On-Demand Course

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0.5 CEUs / 5 PDHs


Member $220 | Non-member $270


Nils J. Gransberg, Ph.D., AC, A.MASCE

Purpose and background

This course teaches the fundamentals of construction cost estimating, including the development of a work breakdown structure. Technical focus is on quantity takeoff (QTO) for typical civil/utility systems; including, but not limited to earthwork, trenching and piping, and pavements. Learners will develop fundamental skills enabling them to produce QTO’s for their projects that improve their understanding of cardinal quantities, means and methods, and improve the accuracy of engineer’s estimates produced for their clients.

Benefits and learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how to conduct a quantity takeoff for a heavy civil or utility project focused on construction means and methods used to conduct the work.
  • Identify necessary documents, tools, and techniques necessary to conduct an accurate QTO.
  • Calculate quantities for cardinal materials using construction plans and specifications.
  • Apply tools and techniques to conduct quantity takeoffs for linear‐based project scope and area‐based project scope.
  • Estimate linear, area, and volumetric units of materials in a heavy civil/utility project scope to develop and/or validate an engineer’s estimate.

Assessment of learning outcomes

Achievement of the learning outcomes by attendees will be assessed through a short post-assessment (true-false, multiple choice, and fill in the blank questions) will also be administered.

Who should attend?

  • Entry-level civil engineers
  • Construction project owners
  • Design consultants
  • Construction contractors
  • Architects
  • Non-engineering construction professionals

Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to cost estimating

  • Lesson 1.1 = Organizing for project management
  • Lesson 1.2 = Developing work breakdown structures
  • Lesson 1.3 = Estimating fundamentals
  • Lesson 1.4 = Estimating forms and procedures

Module 2: Risk-based estimating and print reading

  • Lesson 2.1 = Introduction to stochastic estimating
  • Lesson 2.2 = Using stochastic estimating tools
  • Lesson 2.3 = Print reading – plans and profiles
  • Lesson 2.4 = Introduction to estimating earthwork and pavement quantities

Module 3 : Earthwork

  • Lesson 3.1 = Quantity surveying fundamentals
  • Lesson 3.2 = QTO – volumetric calculation procedures for earthwork
  • Lesson 3.3 = Cost estimating – engineer’s estimate quantities
  • Lesson 3.4 = Cost estimating – excavation & haul

Module 4 : Pavement and bridges

  • Lesson 4.1 = QTO – pavement quantity survey procedures
  • Lesson 4.2 = QTO – calculation procedures HMA and base courses
  • Lesson 4.3 = QTO – calculation procedures for concrete pavements
  • Lesson 4.4 = QTO – calculation procedures for structures