Estimating in Building Construction (5th Edition)

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9780133779387: Estimating in Building Construction (5th Edition)

Combining coverage of principles with step by step procedures, this well established text provides everything needed for an Estimating class for construction, architecture, and engineering students. Includes the popular approach of tracing the progress of a complete project throughout the book. Updated to show the computer as an important estimating tool.

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This book takes a careful, step-by-step approach to construction estimating that documents each value. The book provides practical coverage of both commercial and residential buildings. It also examines the interrelationship between contract documents and the quantity take-off of material. The fifth edition of Estimating in Building Construction has been revised to include computer solutions to all examples as well as appropriate adjustments reflecting current costs. A valuable reference for construction professionals.

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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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