105 Estimating and Bidding 1, ENGR 021
Class Syllabus

Introduction 

This 105 estimating and bidding online course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with General Conditions, Site Work, Concrete and Form work, and Masonry Estimating.

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  1. Estimate the cost of general conditions
  2. Prepare quantity take off of excavation and back-fill
  3. Prepare a quantity take off of concrete, and form work
  4. Use unit prices to price your estimate
  5. Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of masonry work

The Certificate in Construction Estimating program includes this class.

Prerequisites

To do well in this 105 estimating and bidding course you should already have the following skills:

  • Know how to read blueprints
  • Know how to use a spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel, Numbers (Mac), or the spreadsheet software found in open source software programs (i.e. LibreOffice, Open Office)
  • Have a basic knowledge of construction estimating subjects including:
    • Basic math skills

    • Estimating terminology (quantity take off, unit price, production rate, etc.)

    • Use of the calculator and architectural scale

  • Be able to organize your work so it can be easily understood by others

You should consider taking Introduction to Construction Estimating and/or Construction Blueprint Reading if you feel you need more information in these areas before taking this class.  Those courses are not prerequisites but they are a part of the Certificate in Construction Estimating.

Learning objectives

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  1. Plan for and organize an estimate
  2. Estimate the cost of general conditions
  3. Prepare quantity take off of excavation and back-fill
  4. Prepare a quantity take off of concrete, and form work
  5. Use unit prices to price your estimate
  6. Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of masonry work

Class Organization and Grading

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum point value a student can receive within each module, and the week in which the modules must be finished.

In each module there are discussions (10 points), a quiz (10 points), and homework (10 points).

Module

Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1.  An Overview of Estimating and Bidding 30 1
2.  Planning and Organizing the Estimate 30 2
3.  Estimating General Conditions 30 3
4.  Estimating Labor and Equipment 30 4
5.  Estimating Site Work – Excavation 30 5
6.  Estimating Site Work – Utilities and Other Site Amenities 30 6
7.  Concrete Estimating 1 – Footings and Foundations 30 7
8.  Concrete Estimating 2 – Slab on Grade 30 8
9.  Concrete Estimating 3 – Columns, Walls and Systems 30 9
10. Estimating Masonry Construction 30 10
Total Points

300

It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind.  Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week.  Class work must be completed before the following Monday.  Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and posted in the Critical Course Information.

 

Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions.   Class discussions count as 1/3 of the overall grade and are a very important part of this course.   Students should provide at least three contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis.  You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

The grading scale is as follows:

  • A  270 to 300 points

  • B  240 to 269 points

  • C  210 to 239 points

  • D  180 to 209

  • E  Anything less than 180

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.

105 Estimating and Bidding 1 Textbook

Link to: Estimating in Building Construction, 8th Edition by Steven Peterson and Frank Dagostino

Students will also need the following materials:

  • A calculator
  • An architectural scale
  • A couple of colored pencils
  • A spreadsheet program (Excel, Numbers).  An acceptable free spreadsheet program can be downloaded from OpenOffice.org

105 Estimating and Bidding 1

Module Detail

Module Detail

0. Student Orientation.  Learn about the course, how to get a good grade, how to communicate with the instructor and how to use the course tools.
1.  An Overview Of Estimating and Bidding.  Meet your fellow classmates.  Learn what it takes to be an estimator and practice your spreadsheet skills.
2.  Planning and Organizing the Estimate.  Learn how to organize estimating information.  You will prepare an estimate summary and a project fact sheet.  Learn how to avoid estimating errors and how to prepare the quantity take off.
3.  Estimating General Conditions.  Learn how to estimate general conditions.
4.  Estimating Labor and Equipment.  We will practice the fundamentals of estimating and pricing labor and equipment.
5.  Estimating Site Work – Excavation.  Learn about dirt work and prepare an earthwork estimating assignment.
6.  Estimating Site Work – Utilities and Other Site Amenities.  Learn about paving, underground utilities, and other site work.
7.  Concrete Estimating 1 – Footings and Foundations.  Learn concrete estimating fundamentals and prepare an estimate of concrete foundations.
8.  Concrete Estimating 2 – Slab on Grade.  Learn quantity take off techniques and prepare a concrete slab estimate.
9.  Concrete Estimating 3 – Columns, Walls and Systems.  Learn about estimating complex formwork and concrete placement.
10.  Estimating Masonry Construction.  Learn how to estimate masonry, brick, and stone installation.

Student Reviews

The various types of calculations involved in the estimating homework we did in this course were the most beneficial for me. It helped me understand a lot more about the construction process and not just the estimating process. It allows me the ability to confirm with confidence the subcontractors quotes on bid day rather than just compare the numbers to confirm the price is accurate. D. Raver (Summer 2016)

I can proudly say I finished my first estimate for my company yesterday and I was right on the money. So thank you for that.

The instructor is on top of this class at giving feedback and being involved in the discussion board

I think that Greg has been my favorite instructor so far – very attentive and firm – but I stuck with him and I feel really good about going into the next session.