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Measurement of Building Designs (CONS20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeCONS20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces the quantification of building works. It covers the principles and practice of measurement in simple residential construction including the application and use of the Australian Standard Method of Measurement (ASMM) of Building works in practice. It covers the following aspects: writing description/specifications for measured building items; purpose and preparation of Bill of Quantities (BoQ); Processes of preparing BoQ including: taking-off, working-up, abstracting and billing; types of bill formats and their uses; basic principles of measurement and description of the following: groundworks (ordinary strip foundation on flat sites – linear) and superstructure (walls – masonry, and partitions including cladding; floors in concrete, reinforcement and formwork, simple timber pitched roof, Roofing, and finishes); Concept of BoQ estimating, pricing of items and introduction to building-up of rates for work items; Introduction to computerised measurement; Tender process.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the Standard Method of Measurement (SMM) to quantification of the works for simple buildings;
  • Measure quantities for groundworks, masonry (Brickwork), concrete/reinforcement and formwork, simple timber pitched timber roofs, cladding, and finishes;
  • Describe a bill of quantities;
  • Design and develop a bill of quantities for groundworks, masonry (Brickwork), concrete/reinforcement and formwork, simple timber pitched timber roofs, cladding, and finishes;
  • Design a financial plan for a building by investigating and pricing items in a Bill of Quantities (BoQ);
  • Explain the application of computer software to measurement of building works;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the theory and practice of competitive tendering;
  • Understand and communicate the role of cost management of building works.

Generic skills

At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Effective participation as a team member;
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas;
  • Correct use of technical terminology relating to quantification of building works and cost estimating;
  • Information gathering and critical synthesis skills;
  • Identification and familiarity with building components;
  • Understanding of construction documentation used in residential construction.

Last updated: 10 August 2019