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Underground Utilities Estimating

Students will receive personalized instruction on how to properly achieve accurate takeoffs for all types of underground utility projects. Using real sets of drawings, students will perform complete takeoffs and will apply material and labor costs to assemble a complete estimate. The training provides the necessary skill sets and knowledge-based processes for consistent underground utility estimating. This course is for new estimators, field personnel and all other construction professionals who want to acquire a sound fundamental
understanding of the principles of underground utility construction cost estimates. The course is designed to improve costing, pricing and production techniques of underground utility contractors on private and government projects.

  • Trench volume calculations
  • Trenching productivity
  • Pipe laying productivity
  • Pipe trench assemblies
  • Storm drainage exercise
  • Materials costing
  • Pre-bid investigation
  • Performing pre-estimate checklists
  • Analyze sites and soil brings
  • The bidding procedure
  • Estimating forms and formats
  • Swell and shrink
  • Material weights and swell factors
  • Prepared exercises
  • Daily production estimates
  • Calculate productivity
  • Allow for time at structure locations
  • Adjust productivity for sub-surface interference
  • Apply crew cost to estimated productivity
  • Test estimating skills with problem solving exercises
  • Equipment selection procedures
  • Subsurface interferences
  • De-watering methods
  • Specification analysis
  • Safety requirements
  • Sanitary sewer exercise
  • Clearing and demolition
  • Drainage pipe and miscellaneous structures
  • Estimating ground water control
  • Format of the estimate
  • Basic cost data
  • Complete the bidding package
  • Effects of interference, interruptions and the unexpected
  • OSHA trenching excavation standards

Contact CEI to develop a training program for your company. Call 800-423-7058 or complete the form below.