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**What Is Estimates?**

An **estimate** is a technique to calculate the quantities of various items of work, and the expenditure likely to be incurred there on.

The total of these approximate expenses to be incurred on the work is known as the estimated cost of the work. The approximate cost of a work is a close approximation of its actual cost.

There are 12 **Types of Estimates** **in civil engineering** as Approximate or Rough Estimate, Plinth Area Estimate, Service Unit Method, Floor Area Method, Carpet Area Method, Typical Bay Method, Cost Comparison Method.

**What is Estimation?**

**Estimation** is the technique of estimating the various quantities of work and the expected expenses to be incurred on a particular work or project to execute.

In case the funds available are less that the estimated cost the work is executed in part or by reducing it or specifications are altered.

**Estimation **gives an approximate idea of the time required for the completion of the work. The estimate is required to invite the tender and quotations and to arrange a contract.

The estimate is also essential to control the expenditure during the execution of work. Estimate decides whether the proposed plan matches the funds and budget available or not.

The rate used in the estimate should check with the current standard schedule of rates (SOR) & in the case of quantity, it should check with the standard data book.

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**Types of Estimates**

**Followings are TypesÂ of CostÂ EstimatesÂ in Construction**

### 1. **Preliminary or Approximate or Rough Types of Estimates**

This **type of estimate** is also called the** budget, a preliminary estimate**. This **preliminary** estimate is prepared in the** initial stage of the project** to give a clear idea to the client about **funds **needed for the project and to **get approval** from necessary **sanctioning bodie**s (for example: to get loans from banks).

**Documents** like project **drawing plans**, details about the land including **electricity & water supply system** and **sanitary system** a full clear report are necessary to the previous experience.

Eg: To calculate the estimate for a house, a previously completed similar house will be considered. Here the estimator already knows the rate for 1m2 areas & with that he/she calculates the cost estimate for the newly proposed area of a similar house.

**Approximate estimate = Rate of 1m2 area(already known value) x Proposed area (m2)**

The preliminary estimate may be prepared in a various way for different work and structures as:

**A) For Building:**

- Service unit method
- Plinth area method
- Floor area method
- Carpet area method
- Cubical content method
- Typical bay method
- Approximate quantity method

**B) For Road and Highways:**

For road and highway, it is calculated per kilometer basis depending on nature of road, width, and thickness of metalling, etc.

For 10 km of a state highway approximate cost @ Rs.6,00,000/- per km.

Total Cost = 10 x 6,00,000

= 60,00,000 Rs. = Rs. 60 lakh

**C) For Irrigation Canals:**

Cost of Irrigation canal calculated per kilometre basis depending on the capacity of the channel.

The approximat cost of 10 km length of irrigation channel of 3 cubic meter per sec capacity @ Rs. 1,00,00 per km.

Total cost = 10 x 1,00,00 =10,00,00 Rs = Rs. 10 lakh.

**C) For Bridge:**

The cost of bridge is calculated per running meter of span depending on the roadway, nature and depth of foundation, types of structure, etc.

Aproximate cost of a bridge o 4 spans of 50 m each span @ Rs. 50,000 per running meter of span is

Total cost = (4×50) x 50,000

= 1,00,00,000 = Rs. 1 crore

**E) Water Supply and Sewerage Project:**

It cost calculated per head of population served.

Approximate cost of water supply for a population of 80,000 @ Rs. 100 per head comes to 80,000 x 100 = 96 lakhs.

**F) Over Head Water Tank:**

Its cost calculated on basis of capacity per litre of tank depending on the types of structure, height of tank, etc.

Approximate cost of an over head RCC tank of 1 lakh litre capacity @ Rs. 3 per litre works out to be 1,00,000 litre x 3 = Rs. 3 lakhs.

### 2. Plinth Area Estimates

In this **type of estimate,** plinth are is found out by multiplying the** values of length** of the plinth, the width of plinth, and **plinth area rate. **

Here the **plinth area** is referred to as the external plinth area of the building at floor level. Simply it can be also stated as the roof-covered area of the building.

The **plinth area rate** is derived by dividing the** total cost of a previously constructed building** by the **plinth area method**. Documents such as line plan with complete specifications & costs for services such as water, electricity should be attached with plinth area estimate.

**Plinth area estimate = Plinth area x Plinth area rate**

**Plinth area = Plinth length x Plinth width**

**Plinth area rate = Total cost of a previously built building / Total plinth area of the building.**

In this method cost of 1 m3 area is calculates from the cost of similar plinth area construction in the nearby area which is known as plinth area rate.

**Estimate cost = Plinth area x plinth area rate for 1 m2 area**

**For Example,**

**A building has a plinth area of 200 m2 and the plinth area rate in this area s Rs. 3500/- per m2.**

**Estimated cost =Â 200 x 3500 = 7,00,000 Rs**

Â There are some restrictions in calculating the plinth area of a building project and some areas have to include or exclude when calculating the cost.

Among that, areas which include are, floor area with an area of walls at floor level excluding the offsets of the building, internal shafts of sanitary fittings within 2m2, lifts, air conditioning ducts, area of the porch at floor level, a room on the terrace or rooftop with verandah outside.

Areas that canâ€™t include are an area of lofts, open balconies/un-enclosed balconies, and fascia, towers that project above terrace level, louvers & vertical sun breakers. **(Types of Estimates in construction)**

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**3. Service Unit Method:**

**In the Service Unit Method, the **Service Unit indicates the most important unit in a structure. The entire structure is divided into a number of service units.

For example, in a school building, the service unit in the classroom. Then,** the approximate cost of structure = Number of service units in the structure x cost of service unit in the similar existing structure.**

The approximate estimate of the school building is prepared on the basis of the service unit and the service unit for the school building is the **classroom.**

The service units for various structure are given in the below table.

Sr. No. | Types of Construction | Service unit |

1. | School, Collage | Classroom |

2. | Hospitals | Bed |

3. | Hostel | Students |

4. | Hotel | Room |

5. | Treatre(Cinema) | Seat |

6. | Stadium | Seat |

7. | Jail | Kotadi |

8. | Stable | Animal |

9. | Water Tank | Litre |

10. | Dam | Hectare Meter |

11. | Water Supply Scheme | Person |

12. | Road | Kilometer |

13. | Canal | Kilometer |

14. | Bridge | Meter |

15. | Power Station | Kilowatt |

**Types of Construction and Their Service Unit (Service Unit Method)**

While Deciding the service unit from similar construction the following points should be noted.

1) Change in cost of land

2) Change in price level of different materials.

3) Change in rate of labours.

4) Change in specification of construction.

This type of estimate generally used in places where units are easily defined. **(Types of Estimates in construction)**

**4. Floor Area Method:**

The **floor area** is calculated by deducting the area of the wall from the plinth area.

**Floor area = Plinth area â€“ Area of wall**

In the calculation of the area of walls, the thickness of the wall shall be inclusive of finishes and dado if the height of such finish is more than 1 m from floor finish.

**The following points must be included in the wall area:**

i) Door area other opening in the wall.

ii) Built in cupboard, almirah etc. appearing within a height of 2.2 m from foor.

iii) Flues which are within the wall.

**Example,**

**Estimate cost = Floor area x Floor area rate**

Let, one building gas floor area 100 m2 and the floor area rate is 4000 Rs.

**Estimated Cost = 100 x 4000 = 4,00,000 Rs.**

**5. Carpet Area Method**

**The carpet area is the floor area less the area of the followings portions (as pe IS 3861)**

- Verandah
- Corridor, Passage
- Entrance hall and Porch
- Staircase
- Bathroom and W.C.
- Kitchen and Pantry
- Store, Machine Room for lift
- Shaft for sanitary pipes etc.

**Estimated Cost = Plinth area x plinth area rate**

**6.Â Typical Bay Method**

This method is useful in the case of a building that has several similar bays. A bay is a space from centre to centre of two successive columns. A typical interior bay is selected and ita total cost is worked out. Then,

**Approximate cost of proposed building = numbers of bays x cost of one bay**

**Following points are to be noted:**

i) Necessary corrections should be made for end bays due to end walls.

ii) Sufficient allowance should be made to compensate for the small things that are over looked. **(Types of Estimates in construction)**

**7. Cost Comparison Method**

This method is suitable for the **estimate of the prototype structure**. For example when prototype **staff quarters or railway stations** etc, are required to be estimated approximately then the estimate for such prototype work is prepared by comparing the previous cost with the **present market rates, **normally be increasing the pas cost of percentage basis.

Such an estimate can be prepared in a **short time even during meetings also**.Â But expert knowledge is necessary to estimate the present cost of construction as compared to previously recorded cost.

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**8. Cubic Content Method**

In this method estimate is done by multiplying the volume of the unit cubic rate achieved from the previously (also recent) estimate. **Cubic Content Method** is a little bit more accurate than the above-mentioned methods and mostly suitable for multi-storied buildings.

The price of corbelling (corbel-a piece of broken stone, wood, brick, or any building material, projecting from the face of a wall and generally used to support a cornice or arch, etc), cornice, and other works like that are neglected.

**Cubic content estimate = Volume of the building or structure x Unit cubic rate (original value)**

**The volume of the building = Plinth area (length x breadth of the proposed building) x Height of the**

building (floor to roof top)

**Unit cubic rate = Total cost of the previously construct building / Total volume of that building**

**9. Annual Repair Estimate or Special Repair Estimate:**

Â It is used for a**nnual repair estimates or special repair estimates. **These estimates are prepared for the purpose to maintain the constructed element in good condition.

Works that included when considering **repair works, whitewashing, painting, plastering works, patching works, sanitary works, etc. **

A **special repair estimate** is prepared in a situation where the **costs of materials increased** when compared to the annual repair estimate cost.

**10. Revised Estimates**

**A revised estimate** is prepared when the cost of the previously submitted estimate **increases by 5-7% **or more than that. But here the** reason for calculating the estimate **must have a **strong & valid reason** like a sudden increase in cost and expenses of materials.

The reason and comparative statement between the two estimates should be annexed with a revised estimate.

**11. Supplementary Estimate**

**Â **This type of estimate is prepared when there is a necessary** situation of supplementary works**, to progress out the original work.

The annexure of the originally prepared estimate and supplementary amount of the originally prepared estimate when submitting for requesting approval.

**12. Detailed Estimate**

**Â **It is the most important **type of estimate** for building construction. A detailed estimate is prepared with the help of a complete set of contract documents.

The preparations of the detailed estimate can do under 2 phases such as work out with quantities of different works and calculate the cost of each work.

**a) Work out with quantities of different work**:

- The whole construction work procedure is divided into categories such as excavation and earthwork, concrete work, formwork, reinforcement, masonry work, roof covering and roof plumbing, carpentry, painting and decorating, plumbing, electrical installation, etc.
- Decoration of the approximate estimate depends upon the area to be decorated.
- The measurement-taking procedure is done with the help of drawings/plans and then they are entered into the measurement.
- A measurement is a form that contains a number of columns to enter the respective measurements and descriptions of the works. Finally, the measurement columns are multiplied to get the necessary quantity.

**b) Calculation of the cost of each work**:

- The already obtained quantities are used to get the cost of each work. Estimated costs of each work item are summarized in ascending order and that document is called the Abstract sheet.
**Detailed types of estimates**should include all the related documents such as reports, specifications, drawings & plans, design charts, and schedule of rates(SOR).- There are various factors that affect the cost of each work such as material quantity, transportation of materials, location of the site, labor charges, cost of equipment (commonly allowed 2% of the estimated cost), overhead charges (commonly allowed 2.5% of the estimated cost), contingencies and unforeseen (commonly allowed 4-5% of the estimated cost) items are needed to consider well while preparing the detailed estimate.
**(Types of Estimates in construction)**

## FAQs:

### Types of Estimation

**12Â TypesÂ of CostÂ Estimates**

Preliminary or Approximate or Rough Estimate

Plinth Area Estimate

Service Unit Method

Floor Area Method

Carpet Area Method

Typical Bay Method

Cost Comparison Method

Cubic Content Method

Annual Repair Estimate or Special Repair Estimate

Revised Estimate

Supplementary Estimate

Detailed Estimate.

### What is Estimation in Civil Engineering?

**Estimation** is the technique of estimating the various quantities of work and the expected expenses to be incurred on a particular work or project to execute.

### Plinth Area Estimate

**Plinth area estimate is a method of approximate estimate in which plinth area is multiplied by plinth area rate to find out the **approximate cost of construction.

### Methods of Estimation in Civil Engineering

**12 TypesÂ of CostÂ Estimates in Construction**,

Preliminary or Approximate or Rough Estimate

Plinth Area Estimate

Service Unit Method

Floor Area Method

Carpet Area Method

Typical Bay Method

Cost Comparison Method

Cubic Content Method

Annual Repair Estimate or Special Repair Estimate

Revised Estimate

Supplementary Estimate

Detailed Estimate.

### Estimation of Building

**It** is the technique of e**stimating the various quantities of work** and the expected expenses to be incurred on a particular work or **project to execute. Estimation** gives an** approximate idea **of the time required for the **completion of the work.** The estimate is required to invite the tender and **quotations and to arrange a contract.**

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