Cost Engineering


Course Goals

The course is intended to give the student the knowledge and understanding of modern trends in Cost Engineering, •The perspective of both owner, and contractor in cost estimating.

The basic definition in cost estimation,

The methods used to estimate the cost, pricing & associated costs with the constructed facilities,

Project cost control,

labor productivity.

The direct jobsite and indirect jobsite expenses,

Finally, detailed estimation for contractors insurances and surety bound is explained.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

Understand what makes up cost—i.e. the basic resources (material, labor, etc.) that are needed to perform an activity or create an asset;

Understand the distinction between cost elements that are directly applied to an asset and those that are indirectly applied;

Use the understanding of cost elements to further understand how cost is measured, applied, and recorded to arrive at the total activity and/or asset cost;

Apply the knowledge gained to solve problems related to cost element source and definition.

Understand the classification of cost estimates,  

Understand some of the common methodologies used in preparing cost estimates,

Relate estimate accuracy to the level of scope information and methodologies used in preparing cost estimates,

Understand how to apply risk analysis to determine contingency in an estimate,  

Understand how to present and review estimates, and   apply the knowledge gained to specific project estimating situations.

Text Books

Ostwald, P. F. , Construction cost analysis and estimation, 2001, Prentice Hall, Inc. , USA.

Other Books

Aron, A. et al.,  The engineering cost hand book, 1997,  Marcel Decker, Inc.

Clark, Forrest D.; Lorenzoni, A. B.; Jimenez , Applied Cost Engineering , 1997, Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Humphreys, Kenneth King.; Wellman, Paul ,Basic Cost Engineering ,1996, Marcel Dekker, Inc. ;

Scott J. Amos, Skills & Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 2007, AACE International, venue, Suite 100, Morgantown, USA, Fifth Edition Revised

Michael D. Meye t, Estimatin g Building Costs , 2003, Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Course outline

Cost Engineering –Cost estimate definitions –Purpose of estimate –Estimate accuracy –Capital cost estimating –Estimating Process –Code of accounts

Estimate Methods –Opinion –Conference–Comparison –Unit –Unit Quantity –Factor –Power law & Sizing –

Probability –Range estimation –Simulation –Optimization

Labor productivity  –Wages –Productivity measurements –Trend curve

Cost control –System –Elements of cost control –Control estimate –Cost monitoring –Cash flow –Earned value

General overheads, contingency and profits –Home office –Contingencies –Profit –Jobsite overhead –

Personal –Travel –Equipment –Site offices –Utilities –Water & electricity & sanitary –Testing

Surety bond, insurance & Taxes –Surety bonds –Insurance –Taxes

Cost Enginerring Definitions_L1

Purpose of estimate_L2

3 Cost Estimate Process

       4 Labour cost

       5 Material cost

       6 Equipment cost

7 Accounting Analysis

8 Estimating Methods

9 Estimating Methods

10 General overheads

11 Job site overhead

12 Cost Control