By Steven J. Peterson MBA PE

Construction Estimating with Excel, moment Edition, introduces readers to the basic ideas of estimating. utilizing drawing units, real-world routines, and examples, the textual content deals scholars serious estimating adventure. The publication strikes step by step during the estimating strategy, discussing the artwork of estimating, the amount takeoff, how you can positioned bills to the estimate, and the way to finalize the bid. As scholars growth in the course of the textual content they're proven how Microsoft Excel can be utilized to enhance the estimating approach. since it introduces spreadsheets as a fashion of accelerating estimating productiveness and accuracy, the booklet might help either starting and skilled estimators increase their talents.

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The user can set Excel to move to the left, right, up, or down when the Enter key is typed. The default direction is down. To set the direction, select the File tab (the Microsoft Office button for Excel 2007), click on the Options button (Excel Options button for Excel 2007) to bring up the Excel Options dialogue box, select Advanced in the left pane to display the Advanced options for working with Excel in the right pane, and under the Edit options selecting Left, Right, Up, or Down in the Direction: dropdown box directly under the After pressing Enter, move selection check box.

From the Save As dialogue box the user selects the folder where the file is to be stored on the left side of the dialogue box (in the Save in: dropdown box for Windows XP), types the file name in the File name: dropdown box, and clicks on the Save button. An existing workbook is saved under a different file name by selecting the File tab (the Microsoft Office button for Excel 2007) and clicking on Save As in the left pane to bring up the Save As dialogue box. The workbook is saved with a different file name in the same manner that the user saved a workbook the first time.

When a subcontractor phones in a quote, the estimator should take careful notes as to what the subcontractor is bidding. This information should include the bidder and contact information, project name, what the bidder is bidding, addends received, specific exclusions, whether freight and sales tax are included, bid price, the date and time the bid was received, and who took the bid. The best way to do this is to fill out a phone quote sheet such as the one shown in Figure 2-4. Today, most phone quotes have been replaced by faxed or e-mailed quotes; however, they should contain the same basic information.

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