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Building Cost Estimation Simplified

IGNOU via Swayam


The course on building cost estimation has been developed based on the course ET521(D) - “Quantity surveying and Valuation” which was part of B Tech in Construction Management offered in the past by IGNOU.Through this online course, we wish to simplify the basics of how the cost of building works are estimated. Once the architect prepares the preliminary drawings, the quantity surveyor calculates the cost of construction using rate and quantities. This course teaches you about this process.Some of the topics which will be covered would be estimation, analysis of rates and bills of building works.This course would be useful for anyone who wishes to work as a quantity surveyor, project manager or who wishes to undertake a personal construction project (for eg: one’s own residence). The course covers topics which are prescribed in the syllabus for undergraduate students pursuing B-Tech in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Architecture in Indian universities.Course Credit: 2


  1. Introduction to building cost estimation
  2. Measurement procedures
  3. Mensuration
  4. Specifications
  5. Rates
  6. Finding quantities from construction drawing
    1. Excavation
    2. Ground work and Foundation
    3. Superstructure- Walls, partitions, floors, roofs
    4. Internal finishes
    5. Doors and windows
    6. Staircases
  7. General approach to measurements of building services
  8. External works
  9. Bill of quantities
  10. Summary

Taught by

Prof. Shruti Samuel

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  • Anonymous
    my name is Sadame Abadre Mohamed i am currently student at Addis Ababa university constriction technology and management so i must know this construction specification and quantity serving courses so i can not paid any kind of money so please to help me this course to improving my self and also competitive to other students so if you are voluntary please help me about to know this course it is very insentiently to my self because of am construction management student so to know everting about cost estimation and quantity serving course so am so very happy if you are accepting my question

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