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Construction Estimating I

March 15, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

$600.00 – $810.00

Construction Estimating I

March 15, 22, 29,
April 5, 12 & 19, 2023

8:00 am – 11:00 am each session

at ABC Keystone Headquarters
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Maximize Success in the Bid Process!

Seminar Overview:

This course covers various techniques that estimators use to perform quantity takeoffs quickly and accurately to minimize mistakes and omissions.  It stresses inclusion of the items required in the front end of the specifications and using the CSI format to organize the takeoffs and estimate to eliminate holes.  These are standard practices used by estimators regardless of their discipline or the in-house estimating program they are using.  Additionally, the course covers reviewing bids from subcontractors and vendors for completeness to eliminate holes in the estimate.  We do this in a simulation of comparing the bids using a spreadsheet to analyze the various combinations to determine the lowest complete price.

This course – part 1 of 2 – introduces the types of cost estimation from the conceptual design phase, to reviewing the bid documents and measuring quantities.

Pricing, the bid process, mock bid, cash flow and project cost estimating are included in part 2.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Gain confidence in the bid process
  • Understand and practice cost control methods
  • Realize bids built for maximum benefit

Topics to be Covered:

  • The role of estimating in the Construction Industry
  • Project delivery systems and estimates
  • Types of cost estimates: Conceptual, Unit Price, Preliminary, and Detail
  • The bid process
  • Bid documents
  • Open bidding vs. Closed (Invitation only) bidding
  • The decision to bid
  • Reviewing bid documents
  • The team approach
  • Measuring quantities, the quantity takeoff
  • Takeoff rules
  • Organization of the takeoff
  • Mean perimeter calculations and Formulas
  • Measuring Sitework
  • Calculation of Cut & Fill using Grid Method
  • Trench excavation and backfill
  • Measuring Concrete, Masonry, Steel, Carpentry, Finishes, Piping, Insulation, Sheet Metal, Conduit and Conductors using both residential and commercial examples


Sullivan Tim 2017Tim Sullivan, recently retired, has been a part of the construction industry since 1979. Tim brings his 42 years of diverse project experience with him in Estimating and Project Management from Wohlsen Construction Company, Reynolds Construction and eciConstruction. He is a graduate of Penn State’s Architectural Engineering Program with a degree in Construction Management.

Registration Details:

Preferred registration date: 7 days prior to session date

Price includes: Interactive Instruction, textbook, hands-on activities & other class materials (textbook is Fundamentals of Construction Estimating, 4th Edition by David Pratt)

Cancellations will be accepted up to 7 days prior to session date. Substitutions can be made at any time. If you do not cancel, reschedule, or substitute prior to class you are responsible for full payment.

ABC Members may select the option to be invoiced. Non-members will need to please pay at time of registration either via credit card payment online or by calling the Chapter office: (717) 653-8106.

EIN: 23-1618254 – Contributions or gifts are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, payments may be deductible by members as an ordinary, necessary business expense. See your accountant for details.


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March 15, 2023
8:00 am - 11:00 am
$600.00 – $810.00
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ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim, PA 17545 United States
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