Estimating and Scheduling Practitioner (ESP)

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Course Sections and Objectives

Types of Estimates

  • Estimating general and job overhead
  • Accounting for allowances
  • Alternates in the bid proposal
  • Estimator skills and attributes
  • The fundamentals of preparing estimates for the major trades
    • site work
    • concrete
    • masonry
    • structural steel
    • interior finishes
    • mechanical construction
    • electrical construction

Scheduling
A step-by-step approach is provided in preparing project schedules utilizing the critical path method and precedence schedules. The importance of schedule adjustments is discussed to provide realistic and valid information for decision making. The comprehensive analysis of scheduling provides the reader with an understanding of the optimal work sequence and the impact of deviations on the work schedule and ultimately on the project’s cost.

The Quantity Survey

1. Estimating Principles
2. Architectural Drawings
3. Preparing the Bid
4. Project Scheduling

Architectural Drawings

  • How the estimate is structured
  • Important considerations when preparing the estimate
  • Quantity surveying and pricing methods for several major trade categories

Preparing the Bid

  • The difference between general and job overhead
  • The purpose of alternate bids
  • Common bid errors and what to do about them
  • The various uses of the estimate
  • How to prepare a bid

Estimating Principles

  • Important characteristics of an estimate
  • Estimator’s role and qualifications
  • 5 different types of estimates
  • Sources of cost data
  • Components of a detailed estimate

Project Scheduling

  • The significance of planning, scheduling and controlling a project
  • The elements, attributes and development of a schedule
  • Precedence diagramming and schedule calculations
  • How to properly communicate the schedule
  • Resource allocation and leveling, cash flow, and schedule updating

*Estimating and Scheduling Practitioner (ESP) is formerly known as
Construction Document Specialist (CDS) Part 2 – Introduction to Construction Estimating and Scheduling

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ESP is recognized as a quality education program by ACCE, American Council for Construction Education