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DEWALT® Construction Estimating Complete Handbook, Excel Estimating Included

ISBN 13: 9781305966345

ISBN 10: 1305966341

Author: Adam Ding

Pages: 352

Published: 02/26/2016

Price: $27.95 Add to cart

This affordable, real-world guide to success in construction estimating is loaded with tips, checklists, worksheets, data tables, and step-by-step tutorials to help you navigate every step of the estimating process. The text focuses on "how-to" essentials, with on-the-spot answers, visual examples and a strong focus on key factors affecting profit, such as marketing, bid planning, drawing review, scope planning, quantity take-off, pricing, quote evaluation, cost summary, and bid closing for all trades and divisions. Drawing on extensive experience in the industry, the author provides practical solutions for the unprecedented challenges that construction professionals face today, including fierce competition, material price volatility, skilled labor shortages, and strict regulations. He also illuminates the relationship between estimating and project management, with coverage of overhead expenses, value engineering, turnover meeting, and change order pricing.
  • Review questions and answer keys for each chapter are now available on the Instructor Companion Site, providing convenient access to useful assignment and assessment material.
  • Internet resources include references, which enable readers to explore key topics and practices in greater depth.
  • Includes expanded coverage and new information on topics important to modern professionals in today's industry, including estimating technology, building information modeling (BIM), and green building.
  • Additional estimating process diagrams and checklists throughout the book provide even more relevant, practical examples to help prepare readers for real-world success.
  • Tutorials on estimating with Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets have been updated with new screenshots featuring the latest software versions, making it easier for readers to follow step-by-step instructions and gain hands-on skills with the latest technology.
  • Complementing the book's comprehensive coverage, the author leverages decades of expertise to offer real-world recommendations on making the estimating process more efficient.
  • A straightforward writing style, visual examples and screenshots throughout the book make the material easier to grasp and master in less time for today's busy students and professionals.
  • This unique, highly practical guide includes detailed tutorials for Excel® spreadsheet estimating, including abundant screenshots and step-by-step instructions.
  • A variety of practical learning features—such as detailed quantity take-off examples, checklists, worksheets, and tips—provide invaluable real-world preparation for professional success.
  • Based on real-world experience, the author shares practical solutions for the unprecedented challenges confronting today's construction professionals, including a weak economy, fierce competition, material price volatility, skilled labor shortages, and strict regulations.
Author Bio
Adam Ding
Adam Ding, M.Sc., PQS, GSC, PMP, CC, LEED AP (BD+C), is a professional estimator with extensive experience in a variety of commercial, institutional, industrial, residential, heavy/civil, and sustainable infrastructure projects. He holds a master's degree in building construction from Auburn University, a professional quantity surveying diploma from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, a project management professional certificate from the Project Management Institute, a gold seal certificate in estimating from the Canadian Construction Association, a competent communicator certificate from Toastmaster International, and a LEED accredited professional certificate from the Green Building Certification Institute. <BR />Adam has enjoyed a successful career estimating projects of varied sizes, ranging from large-scale cost planning to detailed trade take-off. Having bid countless construction projects, he developed a unique and easy-to-understand estimating approach. He has also taught classes at Auburn University and owns the copyrights for a number of spreadsheet estimating programs. Adam currently teaches in the construction management degree program at Red River College. He is a regular contributor to Construction Economist journal, introducing the latest estimating technologies and techniques. Interested readers can also check out Adam's other popular estimating books: DEWALT CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE, DEWALT PLUMBING ESTIMATING PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE, and DEWALT ELECTRICAL ESTIMATING PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE, Second Edition.
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Table of Contents
1. Estimating Preparation.
2. Quantity Take-off.
3. Pricing.
4. Evaluating Quotes.
5. Cost Summary.
6. Post-Bid Estimating.
7. Emerging Estimating Trends.
8. Excel Spreadsheet Estimating.
About the Author.
Sample Chapters