Estimating and Bidding

This 5-week course will cover the basics of advanced building estimating to include but not limited to unit price cost estimating; quantity takeoff; labor; material; equipment; and computer applications. Bid strategies, productivity, and value engineering will also be examined.





Time Commitment

This 5-week course is synchronous: Students participate online via Zoom with a live instructor. 



image of two people on a construction site putting together a bid

Course Schedule

DateTopic(s)Class Time
TBDTypes of EstimatesTBD
TBDThe Bidding ProcessTBD
TBDQuantity TakeoffTBD
TBDBid StrategiesTBD
TBDUsing BIM for Estimating & BiddingTBD

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

  1. Understand the principal role of the estimator
  2. Read and interpret bid documents
  3. Recognize different types of estimates and their uses
  4. Perform quantity takeoffs and generate detailed estimates
  5. Determine labor and equipment costs
  6. Describe different bidding methods, agreements, overhead, profit, and bid strategies
  7. Explain how to categorize direct and indirect costs
  8. Understand labor productivity in various segments of construction projects
  9. Visualize and understand the construction process through site visitation
  10. Create construction estimates from a Revit model
  11. Demonstrate the ability to utilize estimating software
  12. Demonstrate the ability to utilize cost data bases
  13. Participate in the estimating process as a team member
  14. Understand the role of ethics in the bidding process

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image of Dr. Michael EmmerDr. Michael Emmer received his B.S. in Construction Management, Suma Cum Laude, from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston in 2002, his M.S. in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University in South Carolina in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction, and Planning in Gainesville in 2009. His areas of research and interest are sustainable construction with a focus in material extraction/reuse and deconstruction, estimating, and is also active in promoting and exploring owner training and productivity in the AEC industry. He has been teaching full-time for over ten years and before that worked in the construction industry for over 25 years in a variety of positions to include laborer, carpenter, carpenter foreman, superintendent, project manager, and owner’s representative.
Dr. Emmer is a member of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) as a trustee, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), City of Attleboro Planning Board & Historical Commission, Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), and Housing Works of Rhode Island (HWRI) board of directors.

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