This unit extends on Measurement and Estimating, as in this unit students are introduced in more depth to measurement styles and techniques, such as description composition, measurement of different defined building areas, computer measurement software, and Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Work (ASMM). Other shortened/simple form methods, core estimating principles, estimating, pricing builder's preliminaries, overheads and supervision are also included. The aim of this unit is to give students a hands-on experience of the tendering process for construction professionals. Students undertake a team research project to determine the optimum parameters for a civil/building infrastructure estimation.

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NBC1113 - Measurement and Estimating

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret accepted drawing conventions and formats and building documentation involving architectural, structural and service drawings to apply shortened/simple form methods;  
  2. Apply building principles and methods to a range of civil/building infrastructure construction elements;  
  3. Measure moderately complex architectural and engineering structures using basic measurement techniques and effectively communicate items that have been measured to a range of specialist and non-specialist stakeholders;  
  4. Prepare estimating documentation to the level of a novice professional for a moderately complex building project in collaboration with team members; and  
  5. Develop and assess tender documentation demonstrating professional judgment.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Two (2) Team Research Projects (1000 words each) 70%
Examination End of Semester Examination (2 hours) 30%

Required reading

Students will be provided with class notes and additional resources online, in line with the topics.

Building Cost Planning for the Design Team 2nd ed.
Smith, J. and Jaggar, D. (2007)
Elsevier, Oxford

Australian Cost Management Manual Volume 1
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (2000)
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Canberra

Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works 6th ed.
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (2016)

The A to Z Guide to Builders' Estimating. Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors .
Sierra, J. (2007)

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