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Construction Measurement and Estimating (ABPL90208)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90208
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject builds on knowledge from Measurement of Building Works (ABPL30040) and Cost Management (ABPL90312). It comprises further measurement, quantification for cost planning and documentation of building works and measurement of civil engineering works. Topics include: measurement of building works including substructure (foundation on sloping sites, stepped foundation, column bases and basement construction, non-linear strip foundation, raft foundation); superstructure; reinforced concrete structures including frames, columns, beams and slabs; stair in steel and concrete; doors and windows in timber and steel including ironmongery; glazing; floor, wall and ceiling finishing; painting and decorations; measurement of mechanical and electrical installation for simple buildings; measurement of civil engineering works including roads and simple railway work; piling; simple bridges and culverts. It also addresses unit rate estimating and project pricing in depth. The subject focuses on 2D and 3D electronic measurement and estimating with CostX 6.6 software as well as Building Information Modeling using Autodesk Revit Architecture Software. It will introduce students to 5D BIM estimating with CostX 6.6 software and project coordination with Solibri software.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Develop a Building Information Model (BIM) for a simple residential building;
  • Extract quantities of building work items from BIM using take-off software;
  • Apply the Australian Standard Method of Measurement to measurement, quantification and description of construction works;
  • Prepare a bill of quantities for work items measured from drawings;
  • Develop unit rate and price for measured construction works items; and
  • Write specifications for building works and analyze the impact of specifications on project pricing.

Generic skills

  • 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
  • Electronic measurement skill
  • Identification and familiarity with building components
  • Understanding of construction documentation used in residential construction.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into the Master of Construction Management (200pt Entry Points) MCCM-200EP or Master of Construction Management (200 points) MC-CONMG2Y


Completion of the following subject:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90312 Cost Management
Semester 2


Approval from the Course coordinator



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 2 x 2000 word assignments (35% each) focusing on demonstrating technical and communication skills to produce building design documents in two dimensions and three dimensions, using ICT as an enabler and on that basis producing cost plans and cost models, due week 7 and 11
  • One examination of 1.5 hours duration at the end of the semester, (equivalent to 1500 words) demonstrating understanding of cost planning process and the role of ICT in financial representation of building design and construction, 30%

Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 40% has to be achieved in the examination in order to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAjibade Aibinu
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours4 hours a week ( 1X1 hour lecture + 1X3 hour tutorial )
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    • Marsden, P. (1998) Basic Building Measurement. University of New South Wales Press.
    • AIQS et al (1990) Australian Standard Method of Measurement. AIQS & MB-CHAA.
    • Picken, D. (1999) Building Measurement: worked examples, Deakin University Press. Geelong.
    • Browne, P.W. (1988) An Analytical approach to Construction Estimating. University of New South Wales Press.
    • Sierra, J. (2007) The A TO Z Guide to Builders’ Estimating. Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

    Recommended texts and other resources

    • Sierra, J.J.E. (1991) Building Measurement: A Guide to the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works. OTEN, Redfern, NSW.
    • Murray, G.P. (1997) Measurement of Building Services. Macmillan, London.
    • Seeley, Ivor H, (1989) Advanced Building Measurement. Macmillan, London.
    • Buchan R., Fleming, F.W., and Grant, F.E. (2003) Estimating for Builders and Surveyors, 2nd edn. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018