Building Cost Estimation Simplified

By Prof. Shruti Samuel   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 8776
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
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 15 Feb 2021
End Date :
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jun 2021
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

  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

Books and references


Instructor bio

Assistant Professor in the discipline of Design Architecture and Planning. Programme Coordinator for Bachelor of Architecture Programme (face to face)

Interest areas: Disaster resilient housing, housing typologies, green buildings.

The person can be contacted for proposals and suggestions related to podcasts and MOOC programmes in Architecture, Design and Planning with focus on Indian architecture, contemporary design, product design, quantity surveying, landscape interior design and urban planning.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Architecture

WORK EXPERIENCE: Assistant Professor in Design Architecture and Planning of SOET, 7 years +

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