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How to Estimate with RSMeans Data. Basic Skills for Building Construction. Edition No. 5

  • ID: 3089812
  • Book
  • April 2020
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
A practical, hands-on guide to real-world construction estimating

How to Estimate with RSMeans Data is the only instructional book on construction cost estimating that uses the most popular source of construction cost data, RS Means. This updated fifth edition includes new coverage on the role of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the estimating process, and over 300 sample problems and exercises that show you how to apply cost data to your building project based on the RS Means 2015 Building Construction Cost Data. The companion website provides access to RS Means CostWorks data, allowing you to use real-world numbers in your practice estimates, and the included Instructor's Manual provides step-by-step solutions to problems in the book. Focused on the practical aspects of estimating, this book emphasizes the application of estimating techniques - which are transferable to any estimating software - through problem solving and the ground-up creation of complete construction project estimates.

Estimating skills are fundamental to the construction industry, and are applied by all parties at all levels throughout the industry. This book is a hands-on guide to the techniques and tools used to create a thorough estimate, with plenty of opportunities for practice.

  • Apply cost data to all aspects of the building project
  • Practice your skills on over 300 sample problems
  • Construct a complete estimate using RSMeans

Besides being an essential construction skill, learning estimating helps you become familiar with reading and understanding construction blueprints and how construction assemblies are built. Mastery of these vital skills is important to your future career, and How to Estimate with RSMeans Data is your ideal guide to a solid foundation.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1: Basic Calculations 1

RSMeans Cost Data Format 1

Productivity and Activity Duration 7

Equipment Costs 10

City Cost Indexes and Location Factors 11

Chapter 2: Spreadsheet Types 15

Manual Spreadsheets 15

Electronic Spreadsheets 17

Using RSMeans Online Estimating 19

Square Foot Estimator 22

Chapter 2 Exercises - Set A 23

Chapter 2 Exercises - Set B 24

Chapter 3: Cost Estimating: An Introduction 27

Introduction 27

Definitions 28

Types and Purposes of Estimates 30

Types of Contract Award Methods 44

Types of Contract Agreements 48

Chapter 3 Exercises - Set A 61

Chapter 3 Exercises - Set B 63

Chapter 4: General Requirements 69

Estimating General Requirements 69

Project Duration 70

Architectural and Engineering Fees 72

Workers’ Compensation Insurance 74

Builder’s Risk Insurance 76

Sales Tax 77

Chapter 4 Exercises - Set A 79

Chapter 4 Exercises - Set B 80

Chapter 5: Adjusting RSMeans Data to Job Conditions 81

Markups on Labor Cost 81

Interpolation between RSMeans Items 84

Substituting Known Local Labor Rates 87

Overtime Productivity Loss and Extra Pay 88

Effect of Inflation/Cost Escalation 91

Unit Consistency 95

Adding, Changing, or Deleting Costs 98

Chapter 5 Exercises - Set A 102

Chapter 5 Exercises - Set B 103

Chapter 6: Concrete (Division 3) 105

Types of Concrete 105

Estimating Concrete 108

Additional Estimating Examples 127

Chapter 6 Exercises - Set A 130

Chapter 6 Exercises - Set B 132

Chapter 7: Masonry (Division 4) 137

Types of Masonry 137

Estimating and Waste Allowances 138

Productivity Factors 138

Quantity Takeoff 139

Chapter 7 Exercises - Set A 146

Chapter 7 Exercises - Set B 148

Chapter 8: Metals (Division 5) 151

Estimating Structural Steel 151

Chapter 8 Exercises - Set A 162

Chapter 8 Exercises - Set B 163

Chapter 9: Wood and Plastics, Thermal and Moisture Protection (Divisions 6–7) 167

Wood and Wood Products 167

Nominal versus Real Dimensions 168

Thermal and Moisture Control 169

Estimating Wood-Framed Structures 172

Using Units of Quantity 178

Chapter 9 Exercises - Set A 180

Chapter 9 Exercises - Set B 181

Chapter 10: Doors and Windows, Interior Finish, and Equipment (Divisions 8–14) 185

Using RSMeans Costs 185

Division 8: Openings 186

Division 9: Finishes 187

Division 10: Specialties 195

Division 11: Equipment 196

Division 12: Furnishings 196

Division 13: Special Construction 197

Division 14: Conveying Equipment 197

Chapter 10 Exercises - Set A 198

Chapter 10 Exercises - Set B 199

Chapter 11: Fire Suppression, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical (Divisions 21–28) 201

Fire Suppression 202

Plumbing 203

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning 204

Electrical 207

Communications 208

Electronic Safety and Security 208

Chapter 11 Exercises - Set A 209

Chapter 12: Earthwork (Division 31) 211

Types of Earthwork 211

Soil Excavation 212

Cost Basis 215

Truck Capacity 218

Excavate by Hand or Machine? 220

Optimum Number of Trucks per Loader 222

Equipment Rental Costs for Short or Long Periods 225

Renting versus Owning Equipment 228

Chapter 12 Exercises - Set A 229

Chapter 12 Exercises - Set B 232

Chapter 13: Equipment Analysis 235

Equipment Depreciation 235

Equipment Expenses 239

Equipment Rental 244

Chapter 13 Exercises - Set A 248

Chapter 13 Exercises - Set B 250

Chapter 14: Assemblies Estimating 253

Preliminary Cost Estimating 253

Assemblies Estimates 253

Combining Assemblies and Unit Costs 256

Chapter 14 Exercises - Set A 258

Chapter 14 Exercises - Set B 259

Chapter 15: Approximate Estimates 261

RSMeans Project Costs 261

Using Online RSMeans Square Foot Estimator 263

RSMeans Project Costs 270

Chapter 15 Exercises - Set A 275

Chapter 15 Exercises - Set B 277

Appendix A: Contractor’s Cash Flow 279

Appendix B: CSI Masterformat 285

Appendix C: Sample Estimating Forms 289

Appendix D: References 297

Index 303

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