The accuracy of pre-tender building price forecasts: An analysis of USA data

Skitmore, Martin & Picken, David H. (2000) The accuracy of pre-tender building price forecasts: An analysis of USA data. Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors Refereed Journal, 4(1), pp. 33-39.

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For client expenditure management, risk analysis demands good estimates of the range of possible expenditures likely to occur and their probability of occurrence, while risk management is aided by reducing the range of possibilities.

This paper describes the analysis of a new and updated data set of the pre-tender estimating performance of a USA consulting organisation. It is shown that, with a coefficient of variation of 7.82%, the organisation is the leading non-contractor of those surveyed to date. The analysis then continues to seek a means of improving the estimating performance further by the empirical identification of factors influencing forecasting accuracy. The result of this is to show that, after partialling out the effects of confounding variables, year by year changes account for all the systematic errors that could be detected. These changes are then shown to be significantly correlated with the USA annual inflation rate and a regression model is used to examine the possible effects of adjusting for this in the estimation process.

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ID Code: 4140
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Accuracy, pre, tender forecasts, building prices, market conditions
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Quantity Surveying (120203)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:32

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