Delmar and DEWALT Release Construction Estimating Handbook

Book provides estimating “how to” essentials and free access to online materials.

Delmar, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, today announced the release of the DEWALT Construction Estimating Complete Handbook for building and construction professionals.

The DEWALT Construction Estimating Complete Handbook, a comprehensive but concise guide covering all aspects of the construction estimating process, is useful for both experienced professionals who want to polish their estimating skills as well as for junior estimators, assistant project managers, and students studying construction management.

This guide covers key industry profit-making factors including bid planning, scope review, quantity take-off for all trades and divisions, cost analysis, value engineering, Excel spreadsheet estimating tutorials and much more.

The handbook is also ideal for general contractors or construction managers who need to have knowledge of every trade involved on a jobsite.

The book focuses on construction estimating "how-to" essentials for busy professionals who need straight-forward, direct answers to on-the-job problems. Loaded with tips, checklists, worksheets and data tables, the DEWALT Construction Estimating Complete Handbook provides readers with the tools they need to effectively navigate through every step of the estimating process.

Users can find tips on budget estimating, managing the hectic bid process, risk assessment and mitigation, mark-up analysis, increasing bid-hit success ratio, value engineering, reducing estimating mistakes, contract language wording, meeting project management turn-over and improving labor productivity.

Checklists are provided throughout the book for drawing, checking, quantity take-off, site visits, sub-trade quote evaluation, indirect costs, scope inclusion and exclusion, and estimating design-build and renovation projects.

Upon purchasing the book, readers will also gain access to online resources that are arranged by chapter for easy referencing. All online documents are printable and customizable including:

  • Pre-bid drawing package and project scope checklists
  • Bid proposals and cost analyses worksheets
  • Post-bid cost analysis, mark-up tracking and risk management worksheets
  • General pricing spreadsheets as well as Excel sheets already populated with the necessary formulas for estimating flooring, plumbing and electrical jobs as well as materials costs
  • Quantity take-off templates for earthwork, mechanical and electrical trades
  • Pricing worksheets for labor, material, equipment and subcontractors
  • Quote evaluation for all trades and divisions
  • Budget estimating and “plug-price” examples

“Beyond explaining the aspects of construction estimating, this valuable resource provides workable solutions to construction industry challenges, such as fierce competition, material price volatilities, skilled labor shortages and strict industry regulations,” said Greg Clayton, vice president, Delmar. “In addition, customers receive free online access to additional resources which sets this book apart from others on the market.”

For more information about the DEWALT® Construction Estimating Complete Handbook or to purchase the book, please visit