BlackBird - Estimating, Budgeting, Cost Control & Value Engineering in Nov 2019

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The decision to proceed with a project is often based almost exclusively on early conceptual cost estimates, and these estimates provide the basis for the cash flow projections and budget forecasts used during the project feasibility study. Unreliable cost estimates can result in significant cost overruns later in the project life when it is too late to contain them. As potential projects are considered, management not only requires costs estimates of high accuracy, they seek opportunities to reduce life-cycle costs, improve budget accuracy and optimize whole-life project value.

Determining which estimation method to use, at each stage of project development, depends on the information available at the time of preparation and its desired accuracy. Besides, decisions regarding optimising project costs without sacrificing quality or functionality are highly dependent on the use of a set of systematic and logical procedures and techniques to enhance the whole-life project value. This course will provide the delegates with the necessary skills needed for accurately estimating the total cost of their proposed projects, eliminating unnecessary costs, linking cost estimates to selected procurement methods, and enhancing the overall value of project delivery. The course offers a series of estimating techniques and processes to forecast accurately the anticipated costs of projects with a focus on budget estimates, estimates for pre-construction services, estimating contractor and sub-contractor work, estimating general conditions, pricing self-performed work, estimating negotiated contracts, and performing lump-sum and unit-price estimates.

The course also presents the value engineering methodology which emphasizes the return-on-investment aspect of decision-making in terms of life cycle costs during project planning, procurement and execution. This methodology can be used to identify alternative ideas/solutions at any project phase to produce the client’s best value requirements. Within the project management context this course significantly enhances cost estimating, budgeting, creative thinking, problem solving, and informed decision-making skills.


Course Objectives of Budgeting, Cost Control & Value Engineering


Course Outlines of Budgeting, Cost Control & Value Engineering


Cost Estimating Basics


Pricing, Contracts and Risk


Developing the Project Budget & Cost Control 


Approximate & Detailed Estimating Methods


Advanced Estimating Methods


Framework for Applying Value Engineering in Projects


The Function Analysis Phase - Expressing Project Functional Needs and Constraints


The Creative Phase - Inspiring Creativity in Your Project Team


The Evaluation Phase -Making Informed Project Decisions


Day Ten

The Planning and Reporting Phases -Getting Results through Effective Communication


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