Seminar instructions will be emailed before the date of the conference.

Sign in 8:00 am – 8:30 am EMT

New York, NY | Monday, June 12, 2023 
8:30 am – 4:30 pm EDT


Basic Estimating Principles  

  • The role of an estimator
  • What is on the drawings 
  • What is not on the drawings, but equally important 
  • Extracting a proper scope of work  


Earthwork Analysis 

  • The components of a complete earth analysis 
  • Expansion and compression of soils 
  • The significance of topsoil 
  • Volumes affecting earthwork  


Factors That Impact the Estimate of Utilities  

  • How the depth of utilities impacts the estimate, and the chain of events it creates 
  • Two ways that pipe volume matters 
  • The importance of fittings and how to account for them  


Calculation of Earth Spoils  

  • The impact of earth spoils on the cost estimate  


Developing Unit Costs  

  • Material
  • Equipment
  • Labor costs
  • Productivity  


Estimating Erosion Control  

  • The responsibilities of erosion control and how they impact the estimate 
  • Estimating proper implementation 
  • The intangibles in erosion control  


Proper Conversions 

  • Industry units of measure  
  • Converting for uniformity and accuracy 


Class Exercise 

  •   Produce sample estimates of components discussed throughout the day 



Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Sitework)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in New York. 

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Sitework (Preferred Provider No. 1232). 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 


Rifka Malik, CPESC CPE

Rifka Malik is the president of Sitework Estimating Services, Inc., and has spent the last 20+ years in the construction industry, specializing in sitework. She is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and a Certified Professional Estimator (CPE). Ms. Malik is an independent consulting estimator, a presenter of seminars and presentations to the AEC community and has published construction related articles in relevant publications.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Estimating the Cost of Sitework

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines basic estimating principles, earthwork analysis, factors that impact the estimate of utilities, calculation of earth spoils, developing unit costs, estimating erosion control, and proper conversions.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to apply basic estimating principles to estimating labor, materials and equipment for site work, improving the accuracy and reliability of site work estimates for project owners.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to take into consideration the factors that impact the estimate of utility expenses. The learner will be able to reference required underground depth of utilities and pipe volume to avoid later cost increases due to necessary adjustments.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to accurately calculate the amount of earth spoils, and make responsible and cost-effective plans for hauling and/or reusing spoils.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to determine compliance responsibility for erosion control management on sites and be able include the cost of erosion control in estimates so the site is not prone to erosion and associated environmental effects.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/21/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.