This course provides hands-on experience to build realistic general construction costs using RSMeans®. Topics include the preparation of quantity surveys (take-offs) and the development of material, labor, and equipment costs, including pricing of contractor and subcontractor work from actual working drawings and specifications.
Develop methodology and techniques for quantifying the basic elements of a construction project
Apply methodology and technique quantities to labor, material, and schedule applications to develop a total cost estimate
Introduce quantification through detailed study of the basic trades including earthwork, concrete, structural steel, rough carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical
About this course:
This course provides an overview of the basic procedures for estimating general construction costs. While there is a range of cost estimating tools in the construction industry such as Procore®, this course focuses on using RSMeans® as the tool of choice for professional cost estimators and knowledgeable project managers. Topics include the preparation of quantity surveys (take-offs) and the development of material, labor, and equipment costs, including pricing of contractor and subcontractor work from actual working drawings and specifications. The cost estimating skills you’ll learn using RSMeans®, the most widely-used estimating app, will significantly reduce your learning curve with a wide range of other cost-estimating software in the construction management industry.
Completion of C&EE X 412.9 Reading Construction Blueprints course recommended, or familiarity with reading construction plans.