Registration:                        8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 – 4:30 pm

Producing Different Types of Cost Estimates

    Purposes of and methodologies for cost estimates
      • Design estimate
      • Bid estimate
      • Control estimate: put estimate to budget

Construction Estimating Resources and Processes

   Estimating team
   Estimating process
   Data resources
   CSI Masterformat

Estimating Labor, Equipment, Overhead and Profit

   Estimating labor costs: unit manhours or unit labor dollars
   Estimating construction equipment durations and costs
   Estimating jobsite overhead costs: general conditions
   Estimating profit

Estimating Construction Materials and Services

   Earthwork and excavation
   Concrete structures
   Basics of wood structures
   Steel structures

Estimating Mechanical, Electrical and Piping

   Process piping
   Instrumentation and controls
   High voltage outdoor electrical
      • Transmission up to 435kV
      • Distribution: overhead and underground
      • Substations and switchyards
   Mechanical systems: comfort HVAC, process HVAC, process equipment

Using Construction Estimating Software

   Review of industry-standard software


Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers and architects (HSW) in all states, except Florida architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors; it has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


James Puckett


In September 1991, Mr. Puckett became the second certified Timberline estimating consultant, two weeks after Nick Papadopoulos, founder of Eos Group, was certified. In 2009, Mr. Puckett led the Aspen K-base forward integration evaluation at Fluor-Daniel. Estimating software evaluated included MC2, Sage (Timberline), and WinEst. In addition to estimating and project management, he has an extensive background in computerized estimating and in establishing computerized job cost accounting and control systems. Mr. Puckett has worked in the construction industry for 44 years. Throughout his career, he has held positions as estimator, project manager and project controls manager. And he has successfully participated in key engineering and project management roles on projects up to $2.74 billion in contract value on water and wastewater, deep foundations, pulp and paper, automotive foundry, cement, oil and gas, alternative “green” energy, and a major lift bridge. In addition to estimating and project management, Mr. Puckett is licensed as a professional engineer (PE) and his record is verified and maintained by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. He is also certified as a cost engineer by the American Association of Cost Engineers and has an extensive background in computerized estimating and in establishing computerized job cost accounting and control systems.

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