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Construction Estimating Complete Handbook

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A real-world guide to success in construction estimating, the DEWALT Construction Estimating Handbook is loaded with tips, checklists, worksheets, data tables, and tutorials that will provide readers with the tools they need to effectively navigate through every step of the estimating process. The book focuses on the construction estimating "how-to" essentials and provides on-the-spot answers backed up with graphic examples. With a thorough understanding of the important profit-making factors within the industry, its comprehensive coverage includes marketing, bid planning, scope review, quantity take-off for all trades and divisions, cost analysis, value engineering, Excel spreadsheet estimating, and more. Based on the author's extensive experience in estimating, this valuable resource aims to provide workable solutions to the unprecedented challenges that construction professionals face today, from a weak economy and fierce competition to material price volatilities, skilled labor shortages, and strict regulations.


1. Estimating Preparation

2. Quantity Take-off

3. Pricing

4. Evaluating Quotes

5. Cost Summary

6. Post-Bid Estimating

7. Excel Spreadsheet Estimating. Appendix



Adam Ding is a professional estimator with extensive experience in a variety of commercial, residential, institutional, industrial, and infrastructure projects. He holds a Master’s degree in Building Construction from Auburn University. Adam has had a successful career in estimating projects of different sizes, ranging from large-scale cost planning to detailed trade take-off. Having bid countless construction jobs, he developed a unique and easy-to-understand estimating approach. Adam taught computer classes in Auburn University, and also owns the copyrights for a number of computer estimating programs. Currently a registered member in the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), he continues to provide cost-estimating services to building professionals in North America, Canada and Asia Pacific regions.



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