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Model Based Estimating System for Civil Concrete Structures

CRC Construction Innovation (2007) Model Based Estimating System for Civil Concrete Structures. CRC for Construction Innovation, Brisbane.

Abstract

An earlier CRC-CI project on ‘automatic estimating’ (AE) has shown the key benefit of model-based design methodologies in building design and construction to be the provision of timely quantitative cost evaluations. Furthermore, using AE during design improves design options, and results in improved design turn-around times, better design quality and/or lower costs. However, AEs for civil engineering structures do not exist; and research partners in the CRC-CI expressed interest in exploring the development of such a process. This document reports on these investigations. The central objective of the study was to evaluate the benefits and costs of developing an AE for concrete civil engineering works. By studying existing documents and through interviews with design engineers, contractors and estimators, we have established that current civil engineering practices (mainly roads/bridges) do not use model-based planning/design. Drawings are executed in 2D and only completed at the end of lengthy planning/design project management lifecycle stages. We have also determined that estimating plays two important, but different roles. The first is part of project management (which we have called macro level estimating). Estimating in this domain sets project budgets, controls quality delivery and contains costs. The second role is estimating during planning/design (micro level estimating). The difference between the two roles is that the former is performed at the end of various lifecycle stages, whereas the latter is performed at any suitable time during planning/design.

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ID Code: 26838
Item Type: Report
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program C : Delivery Management of Built Assets , Project 2005-008-C : Automated Estimating for Civil Concrete Structures
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > CRC Construction Innovation
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Deposited On: 17 Aug 2009 14:53
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:57

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