Course Description

Learn the processes required to estimate the cost of construction projects from start to finish. This course covers the detailed steps involved in the tendering process including how to analyze the tender documents, the types of estimating methods used, the application of productivity factors, the calculation of job overheads, and the final assembly of the lump sum tender. An individual project will help you apply the concepts learned.

Course Details

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1.  Give an overview of the construction industry including: types of project; project delivery; types of contract: owner/consultant/contractor relationships
  2. Describe the cost planning process including elemental estimating and project cost control
  3. Explain the cash-flow profile of a typical construction project
  4. Outline how biding documents are prepared and describe the bidding process
  5. Describe the preliminary estimating processes
  6. Perform quantity takeoffs for earthwork and concrete work
  7. Describe the estimate pricing process
  8. Price the work of a project including labour, materials, equipment and subcontracted work
  9. Price project overheads
  10. Explain how the project markup is calculated including consideration of bid strategy, general overhead and risk
  11. Compile a construction tender, explain the legal aspects of bidding and conduct a post-tender analysis

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Online Synchronous
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Oct 19, 2024 to Nov 23, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $639.99
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Fundamentals of Construction Estimating
Edition: 4th
Authors: David Pratt
Publisher: Delmar Publishers Inc.
ISBN: 978-1337399395 (hard copy), 978-1337552929 (digital rental)

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

This course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.

To fully participate in the live sessions, students will need: an internet connection, a reliable headset with microphone and a webcam.

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registering on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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