Estimating Building Costs by Popescu, Phaobunjong and Ovararin

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PDF Free Download | Estimating Building Costs by Calin M. Popescu, Kan Phaobunjong, and Nuntapong Ovararin.

Preface to Estimating Building Costs PDF

This book presents the state-of-the-art principles, practices, and techniques related to estimating building costs in metric.

It is primarily designed as a textbook for graduate and upper-division undergraduate students in civil engineering, architectural engineering, construction engineering and management, and related programs. Instructors should find the book very useful and suitable for various teaching styles.

Inasmuch as the book contains much more material than can be covered in one semester or quarter, selected chapters can be used to meet various academic objectives.

Practitioners or organizations involved in the building industry, such as owners, architects, project managers, general contractors, and subcontractors for building projects all over the world can use this book as a handy reference.

Since this is possibly the first US textbook on building cost estimation in metric units, construction practitioners should find it invaluable when dealing with international and governmental projects.

Although the text was not designed to provide answers to all estimating problems, it does provide a practical sequence and thorough knowledge of cost estimating. Most financial costs in this book are representative of US national average costs in 1999.

The costs are given for the purposes of problem solving and discussion in estimating procedures, and, of course, they will vary with time and the location of the building project.

However, the principles, practices, and techniques described here for estimating building costs will continue to apply regardless of changes in the costs of materials, equipment, and labor.

The emphasis here is placed on several perspectives of building cost estimation, ranging from an overview of estimating building costs such as types of estimating and bidding procedures to a more detailed point of view such as quantity take-off and pricing for various Construction Specification Institute (CSI) divisions, and discussions on overhead costs, taxes, and insurance.

To serve as a useful and effective reference, the contents of this book include 19 chapters as follows.

Chapter 1 discusses the US construction industry and presents various cost indexes in use, one approach to preparing a detailed estimate, and an in-depth description of the organization and function of the estimating group.

Chapter 2 describes various types of building estimates encountered during the lifecycle of a building project, along with the role and accuracy of each.

Chapters 3 to 5 deal with the major components of the direct cost: estimating procedures and cost trends related to materials, construction equipment, and skilled and unskilled labor. The bidding process as recommended by AGC, which when properly implemented can enhance the success of the bidding effort, is described in Chapter 6.

Chapters 7 to 16 are oriented to various categories of construction work organized in sequence and following the approach recommended by CSI.

There are a few very specialized topics not covered in this book, not because they are unnecessary but for considerations of the book size and its intended use in an academic environment.

Jobsite overhead costs, which are often estimated too generally, leading to a significant loss for contractors, are covered in Chapter 17.

Chapter 18 exposes the reader to additional contractor costs encountered during construction, especially bonds, taxes, and various types of insurance required by owners for protection.

These costs represent a large sum of money and should not be neglected during bid preparation.

The calculation of general overhead costs to be allocated to the project under consideration is discussed in Chapter 19.

Appendices are provided as useful tools, supplying a wealth of ready-touse information for students and practitioners in daily practice.

They include CSI Master Format and uniform codes, estimating forms, a list of available estimating software packages, a detailed construction site, and investigation report,

And a list of references related to cost estimating and pricing in a matrix format related to the book chapters.

Estimating Building Costs Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Types of Estimates
  3. Estimating the Cost of Materials
  4. Estimating the Cost of Labor
  5. Estimating the Cost of Construction Equipment
  6. The Bidding Process
  7. Site Work
  8. Concrete
  9. Masonry
  10. Metals
  11. Wood
  12.  Thermal and Moisture Protection
  13. Doors and Windows
  14. Finishes
  15. Mechanical Work
  16. Electrical Work
  17. Jobsite Overhead
  18. Surety Bonds, Insurance, and Taxes
  19. General Overhead, Contingencies, and Profit

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