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Unit Price Estimating Methods, 4th Edition, Updated

ISBN: 978-0-87629-016-3
May 2007
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This comprehensive reference explains everything you need to know about taking off and pricing detailed, unit price construction estimates. The book takes you through every step of the estimating process — from receipt of the plans, to detailed quantity takeoffs and pricing, to bidding strategies, and finally, cost control. Also includes electronic estimating forms you can access to download and customize from the book’s own website.

Organized for quick reference, the book features:

  • Estimating guidance for every segment of construction by CSI MasterFormat division — the most recognized industry standard for organizing construction projects and costs
  • Checklists and forms to streamline the estimating process
  • What to watch out for — common errors and omissions
  • How to calculate and apply direct and indirect costs, including overhead and profit
  • A complete, fully updated sample cost estimate
  • An appendix with labor hours for common construction operations
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FOREWORD.

INTRODUCTION.

CHAPTER 1: ESTIMATE TYPES.

Order of Magnitude Estimates.

Square Foot and Cubic Foot Estimates.

Assemblies (Systems) Estimates.

Unit Price Estimates.

CHAPTER 2: BEFORE STARTING THE ESTIMATE.

CHAPTER 3: THE QUANTITY TAKEOFF.

CHAPTER 4: PRICING THE ESTIMATE.

Sources of Cost Information.

Types of Costs.

The Paperwork.

The Estimate Summary.

CHAPTER 5: PRE-BID SCHEDULING.

CHAPTER 6: UPON COMPLETING THE ESTIMATE.

Bidding Strategies.

Cost Control and Analysis.

Productivity and Efficiency.

Retainage and Cash Flow.

Life Cycle Costs.

CHAPTER 7: USING MEANS BUILDING CONSTRUCTION COST DATA.

Format & Data.

Unit Price Section.

Square Foot and Cubic Foot Costs.

Building Unit Prices and Assemblies for Your Own Work.

Repair & Remodeling.

City Cost Indexes.

Reference Tables.

CHAPTER 8: COMPUTERIZED ESTIMATING METHODS.

Basic Spreadsheet Programs.

Spreadsheet Add-on Programs.

Complete Stand-alone Estimating Solutions.

Pulsar Estimating Software.

Summary.

CHAPTER 9: ESTIMATING BY MASTERFORMAT DIVISION.

Sample Estimate: Project Description.

Division 1: General Requirements.

Sample Estimate.

Division 2: Site Construction.

Sample Estimate.

Division 3: Concrete.

Sample Estimate.

Division 4: Masonry.

Sample Estimate.

Division 5: Metals.

Sample Estimate.

Division 6: Wood and Plastics.

Sample Estimate.

Division 7: Thermal and Moisture Protection.

Sample Estimate.

Division 8: Doors and Windows.

Sample Estimate.

Division 9: Finishes.

Sample Estimate.

Division 10: Specialties.

Sample Estimate.

Division 11: Equipment.

Division 12: Furnishings.

Division 13: Special Construction.

Division 14: Conveying Systems.

Sample Estimate.

Division 15: Mechanical.

Sample Estimate.

Division 16: Electrical.

Sample Estimate.

Estimate Summary.

APPENDIX A: SPEC AID.

APPENDIX B: REFERENCE TABLES.

INDEX.

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