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  • For the new and experienced estimator who wants to become certified as an Estimator
  • Estimating in Building Construction, 9th Edition
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  • Discusses computer applications for procurement and project administration and keeps students abreast of the latest techniques in the field.

Incorporates case law examples, sample documentation forms, and completed examples.

  • Gives students real-world examples and information on the laws impacting day-to-day job activities.

New to This Edition

Updated to provide readers with the latest coverage of technology and industry practices.

  • Since so many projects are now being constructed using the Design-Build (DB) project delivery system, this edition offers expanded coverage on how DB impacts the principles discussed throughout the book.
  • With almost universal usage of computers to schedule projects, arrow diagramming has fallen into disuse and hence most of the arrow diagramming discussion was removed from Chapter 14.
  • The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) was added to Chapter 8 because those permits are required on the vast majority of construction projects and a Resident Project Representative needs to understand them.
  • Due to the widespread use of electronic project administration on construction projects, more emphasis was placed on electronic reporting and usage of electronic devices.  

Revised to improve the flow of material and help students study more effectively.

  • The material covering Preconstruction Conferences in Chapters 10 and 12 has been combined into Chapter 12 to minimize redundancy and to improve readability.
  • Chapter questions have been updated in order to be consistent with the revised text material.

Enhanced coverage of the latest environmental and safety issues.

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has become so prevalent in the construction industry that the author felt it appropriate to address its impacts on material already incorporated in the book.
  • Experience Modification Rating (EMR) was also added to Chapter 8 to further emphasize the importance of safety on all construction sites.

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Estimating in Building Construction, 9th Edition

ISBN-13: 978013470165 Format: Cloth 368 Pages

Online Purchase Price: $44.99 EBOOK.



For beginning to intermediate courses in cost estimating and construction estimation.

The only complete, up­-to-­date guide to estimating modern building construction projects
Estimating in Building Construction
covers all the skills the beginning student needs to estimate simple to moderately complex commercial and residential buildings. Ideal for construction, architecture, and engineering students, the text covers bid preparation from the general contractor’s perspective, using a combination of theory and principles, step-­by-­step procedures, instructor resources, and practice problems.

The 9th edition aligns the text with the learning outcomes of the major accreditation bodies ABET and ACCE, giving instructors measurable standards for gauging student success. It includes a new chapter on specialty contractors, two rewritten chapters, and reorganized appendices.


  • Coverage of current industry practices, techniques, and challenges:
    • Updated - The text has been realigned to the student learning outcomes of the major accreditation bodies ABET and ACCE.
    • Students learn methods for estimating labor, equipment, overhead costs, markups, and profit — including computer-based estimations — helping them account for a range of practical expenses.
    • New - A new chapter covering specialty contractors covers soliciting quotes from specialty contractors, writing scopes of work for subcontracts, and selecting specialty contractors.
    • Updated - Two chapters have been rewritten to conform to current industry practices: Chapter 15 covering thermal and moisture protection, and Chapter 17 covering finishes.
    • Updated - Labor and equipment costs in multiple chapters have been updated, making example problems more realistic and bringing them in line with current market costs.
    • Updated - Discussion of BIM (building information model) techniques for estimating has been updated to reflect updates to Autodesk Revit 2017.
  • Hundreds of examples and problems applying theory to practice:
    • Sample worksheets and questions at the end of each chapter — including essay and estimating problems and problems based on drawing sets — help students apply estimating procedures.
    • Book­-length running case study draws connections between all the stages of the construction estimating process.
    • An instructor’s guide includes solutions to all problems and identifies which problems can be used to document student learning outcomes established by ABET and ACCE.
  • Extensive references for professional estimating:
    • Drawings and outline specifications for small and large commercial buildings and residential buildings show students how these visuals should look and how to use them in estimating.
    • Bid-Sim, a bid day simulation, replicates the process of preparing a competitive bid, from the general contractor’s perspective.
    • Updated - Appendices have been reorganized to group similar types of plans together.













1—1 General Introduction; 1—2 Estimating Methods
    Detailed Estimate;     Assembly Estimating
    Square-Foot Estimates;     Parametric Estimates
    Model Estimating;     Project Comparison Estimates
1—3 Estimating Opportunities; 1—4 The Estimator
1—5 Quantity Surveying; 1—6 Types of Bids
1—7 Contract Documents; 1—8 Bidding Information
1—9 Availability of Contract Documents
1—10 Sources of Estimating Information
Web Resources; Review Questions





2—1 The Contract System; 2—2 Types of Agreements;     Lump-Sum Agreement (Stipulated Sum, Fixed Price);     Unit-Price Agreement
    Cost-Plus-Fee Agreement; 2—3 Agreement Provisions; 2—4 Bonds;     Bid Bond;     Performance Bond;     Payment Bond
2—5 Obtaining Bonds; 2—6 Insurance
Web Resource; Review Questions





3—1 Introduction
3—2 Construction Specifications Institute
3—3 Invitation to Bid (Advertisement for Bids)
3—4 Instructions to Bidders (Information for Bidders); 3—5 Bid Form; 3—6 Form of Owner—Contractor Agreement
3—7 General Conditions
3—8 Supplementary General Conditions
3—9 Specifications; 3—10 Alternates
3—11 Addenda; 3—12 Errors in the Specifications
Web Resources
Review Questions





4—1 Roll of Estimating; 4—2 Organization
4—3 Notebook; 4—4 To Bid or Not to Bid
4—5 Planning the Estimate; 4—6 Site Investigation
4—7 Quantity Takeoff; 4—8 Materials; 4—9 Labor; 4—10 Equipment; 4—11 Specialty Contractors
4—12 Overhead and Contingencies; 4—13 Profit and Home Office Costs; 4—14 Workup Sheets; 4—15 Summary Sheet; 4—16 Errors and Omissions; Web Resources; Review Questions





5—1 Overview; 5—2 Benefits and Dangers of Computerized Estimating; 5—3 Spreadsheets;  5—4 Specialized Estimating Software; 5—5 Takeoff Software
5—6 Building Information Modeling
    Model Creation;     Limitations and Potential Problems;     Uses in Estimating;     Potential Effects of BIM on Estimating;     Extracting Quantities from Revit;    Exporting Quantities to Excel
Web Resources; Review Questions





6—1 Overhead; 6—2 Home Office Overhead
6—3 Job Overhead (General Conditions, Direct Overhead);6—4 Scheduling; 6—5 Contingencies; 6—6 Checklist
    Undistributed Labor,     Temporary Buildings, Enclosures, and Facilities,    Temporary Office
    Barricades and Signal Lights,    Temporary Utilities
    Repairs and Protection,    Relocating Utilities
    Cleaning,    Permits,    Professional Services
    Labor Burdens and Taxes;     Bonds and Insurance
    Miscellaneous Equipment and Services
Web Resources; Review Questions





7—1 Labor Hours and Productivity
7—2 Fair Labor Standards Act
7—3 Davis-Bacon Act
7—4 Unions–Wages and Rules
7—5 Open Shop; 7—6 Labor Burden; 7—7 Pricing Labor; Web Resources; Review Questions





8—1 General; 8—2 Equipment Productivity
8—3 Operating Costs; 8—4 Ownership Costs
8—5 Leasing Costs; 8—6 Rental Costs
8—7 Miscellaneous Tools; 8—8 Cost Accounting
8—9 Mobilization ; 8—10 Checklist,  Review Questions





9—1 Specialty Contractors
9—2 Request for Quote
9—3 Writing a Scope of Work
9—4 Checking Specialty Contractor Bids
9—5 Selecting Specialty Contractors
Review Questions





10—1 General; 10—2 Specifications; 10—3 Soil
10—4 Calculating Excavation; 10—5 Equipment
10—6 Earthwork–New Site Grades and Rough Grading;     Cross-Section Method;     Average End Area; 10—7 Perimeter and Area; 10—8 Topsoil Removal; 10—9 General Excavation; 10—10 Special Excavation; 10—11 Backfilling; 10—12 Excess and Borrow; 10—13 Spreading Topsoil, Finish Grade
10—14 Landscaping; 10—15 Pumping (Dewatering)
10—16 Rock Excavation; 10—17 Subcontractors
10—18 Excavation Checklist; 10—19 Piles
10—20 Pile Checklist ; 10—21 Asphalt Paving
Web Resources; Review Questions





11—1 Concrete Work; 11—2 Estimating Concrete
11—3 Reinforcing; 11—4 Vapor Retarder
11—5 Accessories; 11—6 Concrete Finishing
11—7 Curing; 11—8 Transporting Concrete
11—9 Forms; 11—10 Form Liners
11—11 Checklist; 11—12 Precast Concrete
11—13 Specifications; 11—14 Estimating
11—15 Precast Tees; 11—16 Precast Slabs
11—17 Precast Beams and Columns
11—18 Miscellaneous Precast; 11—19 Precast Costs
11—20 Precast Checklist
Web Resources; Review Questions





12—1 General; 12—2 Specifications; 12—3 Labor
12—4 Bonds (Patterns); 12—5 Concrete Masonry
    Concrete Block; 12—6 Specifications–Concrete Masonry
12—7 Estimating–Concrete Masonry;12—8 Clay Masonry; 12—9 Specifications–Brick; 12—10 Estimating Brick;12—11 Specifications–Tile
12—12 Estimating Tile; 12—13 Stone Masonry
12—14 Specifications–Stone;12—15 Estimating Stone; 12—16 Mortar; 12—17 Accessories
12—18 Reinforcing Bars; 12—19 Cleaning
12—20 Equipment; 12—21 Cold Weather
12—22 Subcontractors; 12—23 Checklist
Web Resources; Review Questions





13—1 General; 13—2 Structural Metal; 13—3 Structural Metal Framing; 13—4 Metal Joists; 13—5 Metal Decking; 13—6 Miscellaneous Structural Metal; 13—7 Metal Erection Subcontractors; 13—8 Miscellaneous Metals; 13—9 Metal Checklist
Web Resources; Review Questions





14—1 Frame Construction;14—2 Board Measure
14—3 Floor Framing; 14—4 Wall Framing;     Exterior Walls
    Interior Walls; 14—5 Ceiling Assembly
14—6 Roof Assembly14—8 Labor; 14—9 Wood Systems
14—10 Wood Trusses; 14—11 Laminated Beams and Arches
14—12 Wood Decking; 14—13 Plywood Systems
14—14 Wood Checklist; Web Resources; Review Questions





15—1 Waterproofing and Damp proofing; 15—2 Membrane Waterproofing; 15—3 Integral Method; 15—4 Painted Method
15—5 Insulation; 15—6 Air and Water Barriers
15—7 Aluminum and Vinyl Siding, Soffit, and Fascia
15—8 Stucco; 15—9 Roofing; 15—10 Roof Areas; 15—11 Asphalt Shingles; 15—12 Wood Shingles; 15—13 Slate Shingles
15—14 Clay and Concrete Tile; 15—15 Sheets, Tile, and Shingles Formula; 15—16 Metal Roofing; 15—17 Roof Insulation
15—18 Built-up Roofing; 15—19 Membrane Roofing
15—20 Flashing and Trim; 15—21 Roofing Accessories
15—22 Labor; 15—23 Equipment; 15—24 Caulking; 15—25 Checklist; Web Resources; Review Questions





16—1 Window and Curtain Wall Frames; 16—2 Accessories
16—3 Doors; 16—4 Prefitting and Machining (Premachining) Doors
16—5 Prefinishing Doors; 16—6 Door Frame; 16—7 Hardware
16—8 Accessories; 16—9 Checklist for Doors and Frames
16—10 Glass; Review Questions





17—1 Drywall and Wetwall Construction; 17—2 Supporting Construction; 17—3 Types of Assemblies; 17—4 Drywall Types
17—5 Drywall Accessories; 17—6 Estimating Drywall; 17—7 Column Fireproofing; 17—8 Wetwall Construction; 17—9 Plaster
17—10 Lath; 17—11 Accessories; 17—12 Suspended Ceilings
17—13 Flooring; 17—14 Wood Flooring; 17—15 Laminate Flooring
17—16 Resilient Flooring; 17—17 Carpeting; 17—18 Tile
17—19 Wood Panels; 17—20 Painting; 17—21 Finishes Checklist
Web Resources; Review Questions





18—1 Electrical Work; 18—2 Single Contracts; 18—3 Separate Contracts; 18—4 Coordination Requirements; 18—5 Electrical Estimates; 18—6 Electrical Estimates Using Assemblies
18—7 Detailed Electrical Estimates; 18—8 Conduit and Wiring
18—9 Checklist; Review Questions





19—1 Plumbing Work; 19—2 Single Contracts; 19—3 Separate Contracts; 19—4 Coordination Requirements; 19—5 Plumbing Estimates; 19—6 Plumbing Estimates Using Assemblies
19—7 Detailed Plumbing Estimates; 19—8 Piping
19—9 Fire Sprinklers; 19—10 Checklist; Review Questions





20—1 HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning) Work
20—2 Single Contracts; 20—3 Separate Contracts
20—4 Coordination Requirements; 20—5 HVAC Estimates
20—6 HVAC Estimating Using Assemblies ; 20—7 Detailed HVAC Estimates; 20—8 Checklist; Review Questions





21—1 Profit; 21—2 Assessing Risk; 21—3 Assessing the Competition; Review Questions


Other Estimating Methods



22—1 Overview; 22—2 Project Comparison Method
22—3 Square-Foot Estimating; 22—4 Assembly Estimating
Web Resource; Review Questions





A. Drawings and Outline Specifications for Small Commercial Building; B. Drawings and Outline Specifications for Residential Building Project; C. Drawings and Outline Specifications for Commercial Building Project; D. Drawings for Billy’s C-Store
E. Drawings and Outline Specifications for Real Estate Office
F. Bid-Sum; G. Conversions; H. Sample Equipment Costs
I. Common Terms Used in the Building Industry
J. Spreadsheets


ISBN-13: 978013470165




Estimating in Building Construction, 9th Edition