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Construction Measurement and Estimating (ABPL90208)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90208
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Analyze the concept and various issues in Building Information Model as well as BIM workflow.
2. Develop a BIM for a building.
3. Extract quantities of building work items using 2D and 3D measurement approach as well as 5D BIM estimating with relevant software;
4. Apply the Australian Cost Management manual to cost planning of construction works.
5. Prepare a Cost Plan for a building
6. Able to develop unit rate and price for measured construction works items
7. Write specifications for building works and analyze the impact of specifications on project pricing.

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 MCCM-200EP OR Completion of all the following subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90293 Commercial Construction
Semester 2
ABPL90312 Cost Management
Semester 2
ABPL90313 Management of Construction
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • 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 (48 hours total).
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Related majors/minors/specialisations

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.
Last updated: 16 August 2017