Electrical Estimating Methods by Del Pico

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Electrical Estimating Methods, Fourth Edition is a comprehensive guide to estimating electrical costs, with data provided by leading construction database RS Means. The book covers the materials and processes encountered by the modern contractor, and provides all the information professionals need to make the most precise estimate.

The fourth edition has been updated to reflect the changing materials, techniques, and practices in the field, and provides the most recent Means cost data available. The complexity of electrical systems can make accurate estimation difficult, but this guide contains all the necessary information in one place.

An electrical estimate represents the total cost for materials, labor, overhead and profit, but accuracy is virtually impossible without a basic knowledge of the field, and real-world experience in the type of work required. Inaccurate estimates lead to problems with customer satisfaction, which often create payment issues. A thorough, complete, and accurate estimate is in the best interest of all parties involved in the work. Electrical Estimating Methods provides more than just data. Detailed discussions about the work itself help highlight factors that may escape notice, and access to the latest cost data helps tie everything together. Features include:

  • Discussion of current equipment, materials, and processes
  • Means data for both residential and commercial projects
  • Case studies that illustrate best practices
  • Online access to the latest Means data for fast access on the job

The book discusses specific situations as well as general practices, and provides comprehensive guidance to the creation of a true, current, estimation of costs. For electrical contractors and estimators, Electrical Estimating Methods contains must-have content that simplifies the estimating process.

From the Back Cover


With 26 annual cost data books and over 70 reference books, RSMeans is the cost estimating authority that construction professionals recognize. Electrical Estimating Methods, Fourth Edition covers 120+ topics in 26 chapters for comprehensive guidance on providing estimates for virtually any electrical task or project. This edition has been revised to reflect current labor-hour productivities and methods for obtaining material prices in accordance with recognized industry standards and best practices.

This user-friendly estimating resource features:

  • Tables for estimating labor-hours for a wide variety of tasks and conditions
  • Guidelines for obtaining the most contemporaneous material prices
  • New chapters on electrical demolition, change orders, and project closeout provide a more thorough approach to estimating
  • Industry standards and best practices from document review through bidding strategies
  • Discussions on bidding strategies, pre-bid scheduling for time sensitive costs, and computer estimating

Electrical Estimating Methods, Fourth Edition serves as a learning tool for novices and as a desk reference for the seasoned professional. It is an excellent companion to the annual publication Means Electrical Costs Data for the professional developing budgets for electrical projects. It provides detailed information on the advantages and disadvantages of various estimating practices.

About the Author

WAYNE J. DEL PICO is president of W. J. Del Pico, Inc., where he provides litigation support services and expert testimony for construction-related matters. He has more than 35-years of experience in construction project management and estimating and has been involved in projects throughout most of the United States.

He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Mr. Del Pico is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on estimating, scheduling, and project control. He is the author of Plan Reading and Material Takeoff, Estimating Building Costs, and Project Control: Integrating Cost and Schedule in Construction, and coauthor of The Practice of Cost Segregation Analysis. He is also a practicing Neutral with the American Arbitration Association, where he hears construction-related arbitration cases.

More information about the author is available at www.wjdelpico.com

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