Understanding building plans, estimating costs, and scheduling orders is the key to a viable and profitable construction business. This course goes through the process of reading and understanding blueprints and building plans, defines various types of cost estimating, and teaches the application of scheduling principles, all while incorporating the principle of process management and cost control. Advanced skills will be covered, including Quantity Take-Offs (QTO), which are detailed measurements of materials and labor needed to complete a construction project, and practice in Value Analysis, which is a systematic plan to gather information, identify various ways of meeting requirements, evaluating the value and costs, and presentation to the client. Overall, students will be qualified to read prints, plans, and specifications and in turn, price projects.
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