What our students say:
- “Exceeded my expectations.”
- “Clarified a lot for me about how other people estimate projects. Good refresher and opportunity to go over processes that your company might not be using.”
- “Improved my skills in tender procedures and practices.”
Who should take this course?
The course is designed for those with some experience in the construction industry who want to improve their knowledge of sitework estimating. This course is also suitable for those with estimating experience who are interested in becoming civil sitework estimators.
What will you learn?
This two-day course will instruct you in the skills and knowledge required for estimating and preparing successful bids in civil sitework construction projects. Course topics include tools fot effective job costing, tips on analysing your competition, how to adjust for material swell and shrink factors ... and much more!
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Calculate work quantities from engineering drawings
- Assemble efficient crews and determine productivity levels
- Put into practice effective methods for determining job costs
- Use essential formats for clearly estimating equipment, labor, material and other service costs related to completing a project
- Assess and decide how a variety of physical site complexities may affect the estimated cost of a project
- Use methods to counteract variance and complexities at the physical site
- Better identify and interpret general site conditions, special conditions, and technical specifications associated with sitework projects
- Analyze and make strategic decisions about which projects to bid on
- Understand risk analysis and how to price it into a bid
- Perform competitor analysis and understand how it impacts your bid
- Perform client risk analysis and how to price this into bids
- Record material and other prices and maintain contact lists
- Formulate a bid strategy
- Understand how to prepare an estimate and the estimating process
- Work with Construction Division Codes
- Understand how to present a bid
- Use the bid depository
- Understand requirements for bonding and insurance
- Understand the post-bidding process
- Work with project managers to pass on knowledge of the bid
Course fee includes: Lunch, digital certificate provided upon successful course completion, and course material provided by the instructor in-class.
Course format: Two days of in-class instruction, plus an optional online component to be completed after the in-class course. The online component will be provided to students by the instructor and will be based on the in-class material. It may include some research, reading, and answering questions (7-8 hours) that will be marked by the instructors.