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On-Site Training - Construction Cost Eng

Construction Cost Engineering (PDF)


Purpose and Background 

This seminar gives practical guidance on construction project administration, field management, and claims avoidance. Hundreds of participants have saved time and money on their projects by applying the principles and techniques set forth in this dynamic seminar. In two intensive days, you will follow the construction process from the preconstruction phase through project closeout, learning procedures, contract provisions, and rules of conduct that will help minimize and resolve claims and disputes. Information technology tools that can be used to assure a smooth flowing project will also be discussed.

Particular attention is paid to the claims-sensitive areas of communication between owners, architects, engineers, bidders, contractors, subcontractors and other concerned parties. Special attention is also focused on the handling of changes during the bid phase, change orders during the construction phase, payments to contractors, claims, project closeout, and protection against liens and stop notices. The seminar is lecture/discussion format and includes numerous court and board of contract appeals cases as well as case studies that illustrate many of the seminar's key points.

Seminar Benefits 

  • Determine which bid strategies and procedures apply to different types of construction projects
  • Understand the various estimating requirements for conceptual vs. hard bid estimates
  • Know which estimating approaches are appropriate for different construction delivery systems (design-build, lump sum, unit price, guaranteed maximum price)
  • Know the components and potential impact of conducting a Value Engineering analysis
  • Know the impact of life cycle costing on estimating and pricing change orders
  • Know how to prepare an acceptable change order Learning Outcomes

Summary Outline

Earn 1.4 Continuing Education Units (1.4 CEUs)

 Fundamentals of Estimating

  • Introduction to estimating
  • Quantity surveys and takeoffs
  • Principles of basic pricing
  • Basic pricing examples
  • Computerized estimating
  • Construction Specifications Institute format

Detail Estimating and Bid Process for Lump Sum Contracts

  • Bonding and site overhead estimating
  • Bid Strategy and bid selection
  • The Bid/No Bid decision
  • Electronic Plan Centers
  • Preliminary procedures and pre-bid communications
  • Takeoffs
  • Pricing the estimate
  • Closing the bid
  • Overview of computerized estimating
  • Project examples

Conceptual Estimating for Design-Build, GMP, and Negotiated Projects

  • Order of magnitude estimates
  • Square foot estimating
  • Systems estimating
  • Unit price estimating

Estimating for Heavy Civil Construction and Unit Price Bids

  • Bonding and site overhead costs
  • Bid strategy and bid selection
  • Decision to bid (Electronic Plan Centers)
  • Preliminary procedures
  • Pre-Bid communications
  • Pricing the bid
  • Takeoffs
  • Closing the bid

Value Engineering and Conceptual Estimating

  • Practical applications of Value Engineering
  • Preparations of cost models
  • Function analysis
  • Practical creativity skills
  • VE applications to risk analysis
  • VE Case Studies

Life Cycle Estimating for LEED and Sustainability

  • Life Cycle Costing for LEED rated projects
  • Life Cycle Costing for sustainability in construction
  • Life Cycle estimating procedures
  • Life Cycle Costing design methodology
  • LCC Case Studies

Estimating for Change Orders

  • Assessing construction phase costs
  • Negotiating construction costs
  • Managing the change order process 

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for civil engineers, design engineers, consulting engineers, project managers, construction contractors, constructors, project estimators, owner's representatives for civil engineering infrastructure projects, contract managers, cost engineers, construction superintendents, regulatory agency project managers, and value engineering program managers.

Seminar Instructors

Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., CCE, FRICS, M.ASCE, is the Donald and Sharon Greenwood Professor of Construction Engineering at Iowa State University. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon, a Certified Cost Engineer, a Designated Design-Build Professional and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK. Before moving to academia in 1994, he spent over twenty years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. In his final posting, Professor Gransberg was the Europe District's Area Engineer stationed in Ankara, Turkey where he managed an annual design and construction program that exceeded $200 million. He teaches courses in integrated project delivery, cost estimating, project controls, and project management. His research is centered in the delivery of infrastructure/ transportation projects. Dr. Gransberg is currently leading the effort to develop the AASHTO Guidelines for CMGC project delivery and Guidebook for Alternative Quality Management. He was also one of the co-authors of the AASHTO Guide for Design-Build Contracting.

Keith R. Molenaar, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is an Associate Professor with the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) Program in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in construction. His research focuses on alternative delivery strategies for constructed facilities and infrastructure. He has conducted design-build and project delivery research for the US General Services Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials and other public and private agencies. With funding from the National Science Foundation and participation from 56 Federal, State and Local agencies, Dr. Molenaar developed a Web-based advisory system to aid public sector agencies in successfully implementing design-build delivery of constructed facilities. Dr. Molenaar received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Designated Design-Build Professional. Before returning to the University of Colorado as a faculty member, Dr. Molenaar was employed as an assistant professor in the Construction Engineering and Management program in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP, F.SAME, Senior Vice President and Director, Federal Services Group with Hill International. In this role, Koch will manage the Washington, DC Region for Hill's Project Management Group as well as have oversight of Hill's work for the U.S. Federal Government, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Koch spent two decades with the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, where he managed construction and renovation of military, transportation, residential, medical, environmental, educational and other facilities throughout the world. Koch earned his Ph.D. in engineering management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, his M.S. in civil engineering and his Engineer's degree in construction engineering from Stanford University, and his B.S. in commerce from Washington & Lee University. He is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

Contact Information

All of ASCE's face-to-face seminars are available for On-Site Training. For details and/or needs-based training programs, please complete the online request form or contact:

John Wyrick
Senior Manager, On-Site Training Worldwide
ASCE Continuing Education
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Tel.: 703-295-6184 

Lauren Obermeier
Senior Coordinator, On-Site Training Worldwide
ASCE Continuing Education
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Tel.: 703-295-6432

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