Delmar Cengage Learning recently announced the release of the Dewalt Construction Estimating Complete Handbook for building and construction professionals.
The handbook is intended to serve as a comprehensive but concise guide covering all aspects of the construction estimating process. The publication is geared toward professionals who want to polish their estimating skills, junior estimators, assistant project managers, and students. The guide covers bid planning, scope review, quantity take-off for all trades and divisions, cost analysis, value engineering, Excel spreadsheet estimating tutorials, and other areas.
The book includes tips, checklists, worksheets, and data tables, and provides tools to navigate through each step of the estimating process. Users can find tips on budget estimating, managing the bid process, risk assessment and mitigation, mark-up analysis, increasing bid-hit success ratio, value engineering, reducing estimating mistakes, contract language wording, meeting project management turnover, and improving labor productivity. Checklists are provided throughout the book for drawing, checking, quantity take-off, site visits, sub-trade quote evaluation, indirect costs, scope inclusion and exclusion, and estimating design-build and renovation projects.