What Is A Construction Estimator?

What Does a Construction Estimator Do?

A Construction Estimator also is known as a Quantity Surveyor is the person who is responsible for Finding relevant project leads, preparing quantity Take-Off’s and preparing accurate estimates that are profitable.  Those are just a few of the responsibilities of a Quantity Surveyor.

The role of the Estimator is vital in every construction organization.   Every Estimator should have a system that they use to prevents mistakes when responding to proposals.
Some of the other responsibilities of a Quantity Surveyor are to:

  1. Collect and prepare Tender Documents,
  2. Prepare Templates and Checklists,
  3. Complete Quantity Take-Offs,
    And more…

The role of a Construction Estimator consists of preparing the budget and resources required to build the project.  In order to do that the Quantity Surveyor must gather important project information from the project documents. Gathering and Reviewing Specifications and Drawings can take up a lot of your time but gladly there are plenty of tools and resources that you can use to speed up the process.

A great way to gather and check information and improve your estimating skills is to use checklists and templates.  Check-list allows you to check items for completion.  Templates allow you to have a reusable form or spreadsheet to use over and over.

Using Templates and Check-lists allows you to focus on company priorities,  making decisions and selecting relevant projects.  Some of the critical functions on an Estimator will vary depending on your company goals but you should definitely prepare yourself to be the best Estimator possible.
As an Estimator, you should understand the responsibilities that you are expected to know. I have listed some of the responsibilities that are vital to every Estimator.

  1. Collect and prepare Tender Documents,
  2. Prepare Templates and Checklists,
  3. Complete Quantity Take-Offs,
  4. Prepare Cost Estimates,
  5. Prepare material lists,
  6. Review Specifications and Drawings,
  7. Calculate project profit
  8. Be a Team Player
  9. Organize an estimating document.
  10. Understand the Levels of estimates,
  11. Understand Crew Rates
  12. Understand Labour Productivity Rates
  13. Determine profit and overhead mark-up
  14. Negotiate contract terms

A Quantity Surveyor is more than someone who just puts together pricing for a construction project.  A Quantity Surveyor has to understand the principles of estimating, and the materials and methods required to build a project.

You as an Estimator should have a systematic approach and a sense of organization. Plus, The ability to be a great problem solver, creative and resourceful.

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