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Sitework Estimating

Students will learn to better understand the methods by which sitework construction cost estimates are developed. This course is designed for new estimators, more experienced estimators who have never been exposed to formal training, and other construction professionals. This course will cover all the tasks required to develop an accurate sitework estimate. Students learn to calculate work quantities from engineering drawings, correctly adjust for material swell and shrink, assemble efficient crews, and determine productivity.

  • Pre-bid investigation
  • Plans and specifications
  • Site visit and soil borings
  • Pre-estimate checklists
  • Area and perimeter calculations
  • Cut/fill calculations: average end area method
  • Soils shrink and swell
  • Cut/fill calculations: grid cell method
  • Soils classifications
  • Matching equipment to soil type
  • Excavation production
  • Bulk excavation exercise
  • Crew analysis
  • Trucking optimization
  • Bidding and mark-up discussion
  • Equipment costing
  • Road calculations
  • Mass haul diagrams 
  • Earthwork “Rules of Thumb”
  • Estimating forms and formats
  • Trench volume calculations
  • Trenching productivity
  • Pipe laying productivity
  • Storm drainage exercise
  • Materials costing
  • Equipment selection procedures
  • Subsurface interferences
  • Clearing and demolition
  • Dewatering methods
  • Specification analysis
  • Safety requirements
  • Complete the estimate
  • Sanitary sewer exercise
  • Estimate slopes/shoulders
  • Curb and gutter calculations
  • Estimate and quantify asphalt paving
  • Estimate and quantify concrete paving
  • Estimate hauling costs
  • Crew assemblies
  • Estimate Compaction



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