Nov 20, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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CM 3250 - Construction Estimating

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course teaches the methodology, procedures and organizational techniques involved in preparing a competitive bid. Detailed estimates for each major construction discipline are prepared, based upon real construction project documents. Ethical considerations in budgeting and estimating are discussed. The final project is the preparation of a formal competitive bid on a project (ABET Design Course). (prereq: CM 2200 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Know the various types of estimating required
• Know the bidding process
• Know how to prepare a quantity survey
• Know how to interpret drawings and specifications
• Know the various costs of work
• Know how to qualify subcontractor quotes
• Know how to develop bidding strategies
• Know the ethical implications of the budgeting, bidding, estimating process
Prerequisites by Topic
  • Construction methods

Course Topics
• Construction estimating
• Planning and administration
• The quantity survey
• Cost of work
• Finalizing, recapping and submitting the bid
• Post bid follow-up and using the construction estimate
• Labor management
• Bid rigging and bid shopping
• Contractor management
• Quality assurance
• Safety
• Project closeout
• Ethical issues to consider in the bidding, budgeting, estimating process
Laboratory Topics
• Types of estimates
• Estimating procedures
• Quantity takeoffs
• On Screen take-off Software
• Accuracy in estimating
• Checks and balances
• Competitive bid
• CostWorks estimating software
Dr. Jera Sullivan

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