Computerized Construction Cost Estimating in County Government

by Charles R. Bristol, Camp Dresser & McKee, Annandale, VA, USA,
Raymond A. Marks, Camp Dresser & McKee, Annandale, VA, USA,
Jill A. Costea, Camp Dresser & McKee, Annandale, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Prior to establishment of a computerized contruction cost estimating system, four engineering divisions within the Department of Public Works in Fairfax County, Virginia, performed some level of manual cost estimating for more than 1,800 projects per year. Each of the four divisions had maintained its own cost data base. The County's existing cost estimating procedures was evaluated with respect to developing a new software package or operating a canned cost estimating software package. The ICEV2 system from Management Computer Controls (MCC) was selected for application as the County's new computerized construction cost estimating system. This system enables the County's Department of Public Works to standardize its cost estimating system, maintain a centralized cost information data base, and perform all construction cost estimating functions. The purpose of this paper is to present a case study in the application of an interactive computerized construction cost estimating system in a large municipal engineering agency.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Government | Case studies | Computer analysis | Computer software | Computer aided operations | Construction costs | Infrastructure construction | Virginia | United States

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