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. Quantify 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. Create 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
Test Test 20%
Project Team Project portfolio 40%
Presentation Oral presentation 10%
Test Test 30%

Required reading

Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works Latest ed.
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

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