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Presenter: Daniel Frondorf, CPE, CDT

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Nashville, TN

Scarritt-Bennett Center
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-340-7500

This seminar is closed or full.


Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, this seminar is being rescheduled for June 25, 2020.
Registration for the new date will be open as soon as we confirm dates with the seminar location.

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

Construction Estimating Resources and Processes

   Estimating team
   Estimating process
   Data resources
   CSI Masterformat

Estimating Labor, Equipment, Overhead and Profit

   Estimating labor costs
   Estimating for construction equipment costs
   Estimating overhead costs
   Estimating profit

Analyzing Risk, Managing Subcontractors and Human Interaction as part of 
the Estimating Process

   Estimators as risk identifiers and mitigators
   Soliciting, receiving and reviewing subcontractor and vendor quotes
   How human nature impacts our work as estimators

Group Estimating Exercises

   Work together in teams to estimate the costs of different components of a single 
   con­struction project; teams will perform quantity takeoffs and develop cost estimates for 
   excavation, concrete footers and masonry walls

Using Construction Estimating Software

   Review of industry-standard software for quantity takeoffs of one, two and three 
   dimensional units, PDF creation and manipulation and spreadsheet-based cost estimating 

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Interior Designers
  • Contractors

     6.5 PDHs
     6.5 AIA LU|Elective

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Interior Designers
     6.5 PDHs

     Non-Credit CE

See inside for important
continuing education information.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a maximum 6.5 PDHs to Tennessee architects, engineers, and interior designers. HalfMoon Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee. The content of this course is not considered HSW. HalfMoon Education recommends architects, engineers, and interior designers to not claim the HSW PDHs for continuing education purposes.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|Elective (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in cases that allow for non-HSW coursework. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. HalfMoon Education is not seeking contractor continuing education approval in any state.

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


Daniel Frondorf, CPE, CDT

DG Frondorf and Associates LLC, Cincinnati

Mr. Frondorf owns and operates Cincinnati-based DG Frondorf and Associates LLC, a construction cost estimating consulting firm. He is a member of Consulting Estimator’s Round Table (CERT), AACE, and the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE). He has 25 years of service as a construction estimator, and has presented several seminars on estimating practices and ethical bidding topics to trade associations and at industry events. Mr. Frondorf is also a past instructor of construction estimating at the University of Cincinnati and has guest lectured there and at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He has also written several articles on estimating related topics in Estimating Today and Design Cost Data magazines.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

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 (cesupport@aia.org 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: Construction Cost Estimating

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation covers the different types of cost estimates, construction estimating resources and processes, estimating labor, equipment, overhead and profit, risk analysis, managing subcontractors, and using construction estimating software.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and utilize construction cost estimating resources and processes, and they will be able to explain the role of the estimator as an identifier and mitigator of risk.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to work as a member of a cost estimating group to estimate different components of a construction project.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to distinguish between different kinds of construction cost estimates (design, bid, and control) and be able to explain which type is best for the project owner and project.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to apply processes and strategies to estimate costs for labor, equipment, overhead, and profit, and they will be able to identify and assess industry-standard software to assist in estimating costs.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LUs.

Prerequisites: Experience design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/14/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy: 

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org 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.