RSMeans Mechanical & Electrical Estimating

September 9-10, 2013 in Dallas/Ft Worth, TX view other dates & locations


Given the overlap and crossovers among these four systems (HVAC, fire protection, plumbing and electrical) -- fire protection dependent on plumbing, for example, and electrical a major component of HVAC -- reliable estimating can be challenging. . .and then some! In two days of interactive sessions that combine hands-on skill-building with a discussion of real-life estimating challenges and best estimating practices, this invaluable workshop will bring you up-to-date with key concepts, provide answers to important questions, and boost estimating speed and accuracy.


This seminar is tailored to fit the needs of those seeking to develop or improve their skill and to have a better understanding of how M&E estimates are prepared during the conceptual, planning, budgeting and bidding stages. Attendees will learn how the Means Mechanical and Electrical data is generated and how to use it as a valuable adaptable tool. They will practice by preparing complete and thorough cost estimates for both trades. Targeting special estimating problems for mechanical and electrical construction for commercial, industrial and large multi-family applications, the seminar features order of magnitude, square foot, assemblies and unit price estimating. Class problems provide estimating practice in square and cubic foot and assemblies estimating including plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, and electrical with discussion of comparative cost analysis of equipment and design alternatives.

Who should attend?

Taught by the estimating and engineering experts of RSMeans, Mechanical & Electrical Estimating focuses on preparing reliable HVAC, fire protection, plumbing and electrical estimates for any stage of the bidding construction process: conceptual, planning, budgeting and bidding. It&rdqul;s particularly suited for Architects, Engineers, Facilities Managers, Mechanical and Electrical Contractors and anyone who needs a highly reliable method for developing, understanding and evaluation mechanical and electrical construction costs.

Here’s just a sample of what you’ll learn. . .

  • Mechanical & Electrical Estimating: An overview
  • Your cost data - key to success: You’ll learn how using industry-standard RSMeans cost data can save you time and boost accuracy, how to get maximum value from RSMeans incomparable costs annuals, how to customize and adapt the RSMeans costs, and more
  • Four kinds of estimates. . .four kinds of information: A look at order-of-magnitude, square foot, assembly and unit cost estiamtes -- when to use which one. . .and what each can tell you about project costs
  • Key elements of a unit cost estimate - including materials, labor, equipment, profit, and overhead
  • Getting the quantity take-off right. Omissions and double-counting are all too easy with so much system overlap, but here’s how to get the quantities right!
  • Comparative cost analysis, and how it can save you money on system design and equipment
  • Building codes
  • Electrical load requirement. It’s yur key to proper sizing of electrical installations
  • Cost- and time-saving techniques that boost efficiency without sacrificing accuracy
  • Special estiamting challenges such as large commercial and industrial projects, and multi-family residential construction
  • The benefits of standardized forms. Organization, accuracy, consistency and completeness. . .just to name four
  • How to create a complete mechanical/electrical estimate


Atrium Hotel & Suites
4600 West Airport Freeway
Irving, TX 75062

Hotel discounts available - ask for details!

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This course qualifies for AIA and AACE continuing education credits!
Included with Seminar

A class workbook and 3 great books from RSMeans!

Adrian Charest (read bio)