Estimating in Building Construction (MyConstructionKit Series) / Edition 7

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Overview

An update of the proven estimating text by Frank Dagostino, Estimating in Building Construction, 7/e, provides everything you need for a course in Estimating. It combines sound coverage of principles with step-by-step procedures to help students learn concepts more easily. Ideal for construction, architecture, and engineering students, it reflects the popular approach of tracing a complete project's progress. Added in this edition is a discussion of computers in estimating, different types of estimates (e.g., square foot, project comparison, and assembly estimating), how to determine labor productivity, and how to determine labor burden.

Plus! A companion student website, "MyConstructionKit", is now available!

  • MyConstructionKit is an online resource that offers a wealth of study tools to engage students for a variety of Pearson construction management, architecture, and civil engineering technology textbooks!
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New edition of a text explaining how to build construction estimates and bids. Chapter topics include specifications, computer-assisted estimating, labor, equipment, excavation, concrete, masonry, metals, wood, thermal and moisture protection, doors and windows, finishes, electrical, plumbing, and heating and air-conditioning. Review questions are at the end of each chapter. Large commercial and residential drawings inserted as foldouts at the back of the book are the basis for examples throughout the text. The included CD-ROM contains Timberline's Precision Estimating-basic edition trial software. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131199521
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Series: MyConstructionKit Series
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 271,399
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Estimating
2. Contracts, Bonds, and Insurance
3. Project Manual
4. The Estimate
5. Computers in Estimating

6. Overhead and Contingencies
7. Labor
8. Equipment.
9. Excavation

10. Concrete
11. Masonry
12. Metals
13. Wood
14. Thermal and Moisture Protection
15. Doors and Windows
16. Finishes
17. Electrical
18. Plumbing
19. Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
20. Profit

21. Other Estimating Methods

Appendix A: Drawings and Outline Specifications for Small Commercial Building.
Appendix B: Drawings and Outline Specifications for Residential Building Project.
Appendix C: Drawings and Outline Specifications for Commercial Building Project.
Appendix D: Common Terms Used in the Building Industry
Appendix E: Conversions.
Appendix F: Billy's C-Store.
Appendix G: WinEst Software and Spreadsheets.
Index.

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Preface

The sixth edition continues to build on the strong foundation of the previous editions. The need for estimators to understand the theory behind quantification is critical and must be fully understood prior to performing any computerized estimating. This underlying premise has been one of the guiding principles that began with Mr. Dagostino and continues with the current author. This edition uses extensive examples and exercises to demonstrate methodology and estimate organization. Estimating is an art that relies heavily on the judgment of the person performing the takeoff. Since the estimate is used throughout the project, the assumptions and methodologies assumed must be documented and organized so subsequent users will have access to this knowledge.

A new feature in this edition is a section of Internet resources at the end of every chapter that addresses quantification. There are website addresses for vendors and trade associations. These resources provide the most up-to-date information on materials and methodology.

This edition contains a CD with WinEst and spreadsheets that were used in the book. These spreadsheets can be used as templates to assist in organizing an estimate. They were created using Excel 2000 and are compatible with other software packages (See Appendix G for more information).

This edition contains a number of commercial and residential drawings in the back of the book. These drawings are included to give the user an appreciation of the "digging" for information that is required to prepare an estimate. The needed information may be found on a number of different sheets and must be accumulated and combined to develop anaccurate answer. These drawings are also used as the basis of the exercises found at the end of every chapter.

In addition, particular thanks are due to Robert W. Turney Turnkey Construction Management Institute, Inc., and Wayne D. Reynolds, Eastern Kentucky University, for their assistance with the sixth edition text review.

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Introduction

The sixth edition continues to build on the strong foundation of the previous editions. The need for estimators to understand the theory behind quantification is critical and must be fully understood prior to performing any computerized estimating. This underlying premise has been one of the guiding principles that began with Mr. Dagostino and continues with the current author. This edition uses extensive examples and exercises to demonstrate methodology and estimate organization. Estimating is an art that relies heavily on the judgment of the person performing the takeoff. Since the estimate is used throughout the project, the assumptions and methodologies assumed must be documented and organized so subsequent users will have access to this knowledge.

A new feature in this edition is a section of Internet resources at the end of every chapter that addresses quantification. There are website addresses for vendors and trade associations. These resources provide the most up-to-date information on materials and methodology.

This edition contains a CD with WinEst and spreadsheets that were used in the book. These spreadsheets can be used as templates to assist in organizing an estimate. They were created using Excel 2000 and are compatible with other software packages (See Appendix G for more information).

This edition contains a number of commercial and residential drawings in the back of the book. These drawings are included to give the user an appreciation of the "digging" for information that is required to prepare an estimate. The needed information may be found on a number of different sheets and must be accumulated and combined to develop an accurate answer.These drawings are also used as the basis of the exercises found at the end of every chapter.

In addition, particular thanks are due to Robert W. Turney Turnkey Construction Management Institute, Inc., and Wayne D. Reynolds, Eastern Kentucky University, for their assistance with the sixth edition text review.

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