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Online quantity surveying or cost estimation courses can be found in construction, manufacturing and architectural design degree programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Graduates work for engineering or architectural firms in the pricing, cost, and engineering departments. Some trade organizations also offer these types of courses for continuing education purposes. Courses cover topics like building materials, assessment of needed resources, surveying methods and contract considerations.
Online Quantity Surveying Courses
Below are some of the quantity surveying courses offered online through various degree programs.
- Cost Estimation Course: The estimation of costs incurred in the building process from conception to operation is the focus of this course. Students practice using a spreadsheet to estimate costs, performing cost-benefit and lifecycle cost analyses, evaluating economic feasibility and assessing performance.
- Blueprint Reading for Cost Estimating Course: This course discusses how an understanding of building layouts, measurements, specifications, codes and laws can aid in reading blueprints for cost estimation. Terms and symbols associated with blueprint reading are discussed, and blueprint characteristics, such as elevation and floor plans, are explored.
- Construction Materials Course: This course discusses the historic and current uses of building materials in the construction industry, including wood, concrete, steel and glass, among others. Selection criteria like the structural and physical fundamentals of materials, mechanical and non-mechanical properties, long-term performance and construction methods are evaluated in depth.
- Types of Estimating Course: This course discusses different types of building estimating, including commercial, residential and special construction. Topics include an assessment of equipment, materials and transportation costs, along with handling, contracting and subcontracting costs and the difference between these factors by the type of building estimating being used. Planning and budget estimates as well as firm and not-to-exceed estimates are also considered.
- Concrete Construction: After going through a basic overview of the major construction materials, students may then follow courses that more thoroughly study a material. In this course, students will learn about the many properties of concrete, including its physical composition, application in construction, and role in stabilizing a structure. Students will also study safety and coding regulations, as well as proper technique when using concrete.