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Friday, March 15, 2024
9:00 – 4:30 pm CDT


Presented by: Robert Secrest, PE, CCE, EP2, PMP, LEED AP, MBA

What RS Means Is and What It Does

  • Building construction estimates
    • Square foot estimates
    • Cost estimates
  • CSI Master
  • Format
  • Finding accurate data for your estimate
  • Data sources: costs and benefits

Master Format 1-5

  • 1. General Requirements
  • 2. Existing Conditions
  • 3. Concrete
  • 4. Masonry
  • 5. Metals

Master Format 6-10

  • 6. Wood, Plastics and Composites
  • 7. Thermal and Moisture Protection
  • 8. Openings
  • 9. Finishes
  • 10. Specialties

Master Format 21-23 and 26

  • 21. Fire Suppression
  • 22. Plumbing
  • 23. HVAC
  • 26. Electrical

Master Format 31 and 32

  • 31. Earthwork
  • 32. Exterior Improvements

Case Study: Using RS Means Data to Estimate a Small Project

  • How to set up a project in
  • How to generate a detailed cost estimate in
  • How to generate a parametric square foot cost estimate in
  • How to create reports and export cost estimates to MS Excel


Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 CE Hours
6.5 AIA LU|Elective

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Administration)

(Not approved for credit in New York)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.5 continuing education hours for licensed architects in most states. This course is not approved in New York and others states which require HSW coursework; please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider License No: CEA362), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130).

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this program for 6.5 elective learning units (Sponsor No. J885).

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

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

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.5 LUs (AIA)


Robert Secrest, PE CCE EP2 PMP LEED AP MBA


Mr. Secrest is a highly decorated Public Works and Capital Projects Cost Estimator and executive working throughout Southern California and around the world in the fields of utilities infrastructure, facilities, transportation, heavy civil, rail, bridges, residential, commercial, and military, including asset management and maintenance and operations. His accomplishments include Registered Professional Civil Engineer, P.E., Certified Cost Engineer, C.C.E., Certified Asset Manager, MIAM, and Master of Business Administration (MBA). As the first ever Director of Assets inside a major public works entity, Mr. Secrest leads cost estimating on several remarkable public works infrastructure programs for the U.S. Military, public works departments, and local water districts including several large scale construction projects such as the $150 million Point Loma Fuel Farm Replacement Project, the $8 Billion Westside Purple Line Extension, an Underground Subway Project for LA Metro, and a $3.4 Billion Fire and Police Station Construction Program while stationed in-country during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Federal Service Medal Recipient. He has also had the opportunity to lead several large-scale construction projects throughout his 25 year career such as the $8 Billion East Span of the Oakland to San Francisco Bay Bridg (OSFBB), the $2.3 Billion Sunrise Power-Link Project and the $150 Million Sound Transit Link Light Rail. Mr. Secrest is lauded for his remarkable accuracy in cost estimating having achieved within 1-3% of general contractor sealed bids on several projects in California. He has delivered engaging presentations at the AWWA, WEF and CMAA annual conferences and has also presented before City Council on numerous occasions.

Registered Professional Civil Engineer, P.E.
Certified Cost Engineer, CCE
Certified Project Management Professional, PMP
Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,
Accredited Professional, LEED A.P.
Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, LSSBB
Certified Contracting Officer Representative, COR
Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Developer, QSD
Certified Asset Manager, MIAM
Master of Business Administration, MBA
Licensed Class B+ Skipper (ocean yacht racing) 5-time Season Champion.
Licensed FAA Aircraft Pilot, 17 year consecutive FAA Exceptional Pilot Safety Award Recipient (annual award). Demonstrating Exemplary Pilot Safety Performance.
Licensed REALTOR and Property Manager

Member: AWWA, APWA, WEF, CWEA, CASQA, ASCE, CMAA, SAME, AACEi, PMI, Project Management Institute, U.S. Green Building Certification Institute, USGBCI, former member, American Society for Quality, ASQ, AGC, ACSM, Toastmasters.

Voted Vice President, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping

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: Using RS Means Data to Create Cost Estimates

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour course explains what RS Means is, what it does, and provides instruction on how to set up a project, generate detailed cost and square foot estimates, and create reports. The course will focus on construction costs associated with select CSI Divisions.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to evaluate various data sources for accurate information on costs and benefits.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain how to set up a project and generate a detailed cost estimate using RS Means.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain how to generate a parametric square foot cost estimate, create reports, and export cost estimates to a spreadsheet.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to locate, assess and reference cost data of materials associated with CSI Divisions 3-10, 21-23, 26 and 31-32.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction cost estimating

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/24/2027

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.


Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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