CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - Delmar Cengage Learning has announced the release of theDEWALT® Construction Estimating Complete Handbookfor building and construction professionals.

According to the company, theDEWALT® Construction Estimating Complete Handbookis a comprehensive but concise guide covering all aspects of the construction estimating process, and is useful for both experienced professionals who want to polish their estimating skills as well as for junior estimators, assistant project managers, and students. This guide covers key industry profit-making factors including bid planning, scope review, quantity take-off for all trades and divisions, cost analysis, value engineering, Excel spreadsheet estimating tutorials, and more.

The book is said to focus on construction estimating how-to essentials for professionals who need straightforward, direct answers to on-the-job problems. With its tips, checklists, worksheets, and data tables, the handbook provides readers with the 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.

Upon purchasing the book, readers also gain access to online resources that are arranged by chapter for easy referencing. All online documents are printable and customizable including:

• Pre-bid drawing package and project scope checklists;

• Bid proposals and cost analyses worksheets;

• Post-bid cost analysis, mark-up tracking and risk management worksheets;

• Quantity take-off templates for the mechanical and electrical trades;

• Pricing worksheets for labor, material, equipment, and subcontractors.

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Publication date:02/08/2010