Professional Estimating

Unit code: NBC2006 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
NBC1113 - Measurement and Estimating
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit extends on Measurement and Estimating, by introducing more depth to measurement styles and techniques, including description composition, measurement of different defined building elements and associated siteworks, computer measurement software, and Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Work (ASMM). Other shortened/simple form methods, core estimating principles, preparing bills of quantities, 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.

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 and contour mapping to apply shortened/simple form methods;
  2. Apply building principles and methods to a range of civil/building infrastructure construction elements and associated siteworks including bulk excavations and site preparation works;
  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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Individual Assignment
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 50%
Group Assignment Stages 1,2 and 3
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 25%
Individual viva

Required reading

Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors| .

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