Electrical Estimating Methods / Edition 3

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This comprehensive reference covers the ins and outs of estimating electrical work. You’ll find:

  • Sample estimates and cost information based on the CSI MasterFormat, UNIFORMAT II and RSMeans Electrical Cost Data
  • Complete coverage of fiber optics and uninterruptible power supply electrical systems
  • Comprehensive estimating guidance for all types of electrical construction
  • Unique format quickly directs you to the correct estimating procedures
  • Illustrated electrical system is broken down by components and explained in detail
  • The best takeoff methods, and advantages and drawbacks of different electrical construction methods
  • New chapter on computerized estimating methods

This book also includes sample estimates and cost information, including 70 modules that clarify estimating standards in a user-friendly format.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876297018
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: RSMeans Series, #50
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Estimating Process.

Chapter 1: Components of an Estimate.

Chapter 2: Types of Estimates.

Order of Magnitude Estimates.

Square Foot and Cubic Foot Estimates.

Assemblies (Systems) Estimates.

Unit Price Estimates.

Chapter 3: Before Starting the Estimate.

Chapter 4: The Quantity Takeoff.

Chapter 5: Pricing the Estimate.

Sources of Cost Information.

Types of Costs.

Chapter 6: Direct Costs.





Project Overhead.


Sales Tax.

Chapter 7: Indirect Costs.

Taxes and Insurance.

Office or Operating Overhead.



Chapter 8: The Estimate Summary.

Chapter 9: Pre-Bid Scheduling.

Chapter 10: Bidding Strategies.

Resource Analysis.

Market Analysis.

Bidding Analysis.

Chapter 11: Cost Control and Analysis.

Productivity and Efficiency.

Overtime Impact.

Retainage and Cash Flow.

Life-Cycle Costs.

Part 2: Components of Electrical Systems.

Chapter 12: Raceways.

Cable Tray.

Conduit (to 15High).

Conduit Fittings.

Conduit in Concrete Slab.

Conduit in Trench.

Cutting and Drilling.

Wire Duct—Plastic.

Trench Duct.

Underfloor Duct.

Surface Metal Raceways.


Chapter 13: Conductors and Grounding.

Flexible Metallic Conduit.


Armored Cable.

Cable Terminations (to 600 Volt).

Shielded Power Cables.

Cable Terminations (High Voltage).

Mineral Insulated Cable.

Nonmetallic Sheathed Cable.

Fiber Optic Cable Systems.




Undercarpet Telephone Systems.

Undercarpet Data Systems.

Chapter 14: Boxes andWiring Devices.

Pull Boxes & Cabinets.

Outlet Boxes.

Wiring Devices and Low-Voltage Switching.



Chapter 15: Starters, Boards, and Switches.

Circuit Breakers.

Control Stations.


Load Centers.

Meter Centers and Sockets.

Motor Control Centers.

Motor Control Center Components.

Motor Connections.


Motor Starters and Controls.




Panelboard Circuit Breakers.

Safety Switches.



Control Switches.

Chapter 16: Transformers and Bus Duct.


Isolating Panels.

Bus Duct.

Bus Duct/Busway—100 A and Less.

Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems.

Chapter 17: Power Systems and Capacitors.


Generator Set.

Automatic and Manual Transfer Switches.

Chapter 18: Lighting.

Interior Lighting Fixtures.

Exit and Emergency Lighting.

Exterior Fixtures.


Track Lighting.

Fixture Whips.

Chapter 19: Electrical Utilities.

Electrical and Telephone SiteWork.

Chapter 20: Special Systems.

Clock Systems.

Detection Systems.

Doorbell Systems.

Electrical Heating.

Lightning Protection.

Nurses’ Call Systems.

Television Systems.


Chapter 21: Power Transmission and Distribution.

Getting Started.

Budget Estimates.

Steel Towers.

Right ofWay.

Substation Equipment.


Chapter 22: Field Fabrication.

Part 3 − Sample Estimate.

Chapter 23: How to Use Means Electrical Cost Data.

Format and Data.

Unit Price Section.

Assemblies Section.

Reference Section.

Chapter 24: Sample Estimate.

Project Description.

Getting Started.


Service and Distribution Equipment.

Motor Control Center and Motor Feeders.


Fire Detection System.

The Estimate Summary.

Chapter 25: Computerized Estimating Methods.

Basic Spreadsheet Programs.

Spreadsheet Add-on Programs.

Complete Stand-a lone Estimating Solutions.

Pulsar Estimating Software.



Electrical Symbols & Abbreviations.

Electrical Reference Tables.

NEMA Enclosure Standards.



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