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Presenter: Daniel Frondorf, CPE, CDT and 2 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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9:00 - 9:30 am CST

Morning Session
9:30 - 11:30 am CST

11:30 am - 12:00 pm CST

Afternoon Session
12:00 - 4:15 pm CST

Effective Construction Cost Estimating from Start to Finish    J. Huck

Different types of estimates
Common errors and how to avoid them
Site visits – what to look for
Estimating checklists
Estimating data resources and the good and bad of each
Estimating overhead and profit
Estimating general conditions
Estimating phasing and accounting for proper material and labor contingencies/escalation
Estimating labor costs on a job – all factors to look for
Estimating equipment costs
Square foot cost estimating and adjusting for current market conditions
Reviewing other estimates for accuracy
Composing your own cost estimates
Estimating software
New construction vs renovation factors to consider
Estimating change orders
How scheduling and estimating go hand in hand

Focus on Earthwork Analysis R. Malik

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

Material Estimating  D. Frondorf

Quantity takeoff basics – plan scale, symbol legends, and print reading basics
Onscreen vs paper takeoff practices
Waste factors – when and how much to apply
Getting to know the project during the takeoff process; visualization

Risk Assessment Module    D. Frondorf

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

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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. 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.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs

6.0 CE Hours - not HSW

6.0 LU|Elective

International Code Council
.6 CEUs (Administration)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers licensed in all states and 6.0 continuing education hours to architects licensed in states that accept non-HSW coursework.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

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

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Administration (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


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.

Joshua Huck

Owner at Precision Estimating in Woodstock, CT

Mr. Huck began his estimating career in 1994 while in the US Air Force. Upon leaving in 2000, he worked for general contractors on large commercial projects in Hawaii, Texas, California and Massachusetts. In 2011 he opened up Precision Estimating to serve the needs of design firms, subcontractors and developers providing pre-construction services such as estimating, scheduling and constructability reviews. Most of his firm’s projects involve parks and recreation areas for municipalities, office buildings, restaurants, high-end luxury homes, universities and specialty gaming.

Mr. Huck employs two part time estimators and oversees multiple specialty sub-consultants. Precision Estimating serves clients nationwide as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. In addition to cost estimating, he also teaches estimating courses nationwide to general contractors and design professionals. A native of Texas, he now resides with his wife and kids in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Rifka Malik, CPESC, CPE

Sitework Estimating Services, Inc., Suffern, NY

Ms. Malik is the president of Sitework Estimating Services, Inc., and she 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 and a presenter of seminars and presentations to the AEC community, and she has published construction -related articles in relevant publications.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Select Issues in Constriction Cost Estimating

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the different types of estimates, identifying and avoiding common estimating errors, estimating for materials and labor, square foot estimating, new construction versus renovation estimating, and earthwork estimating.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify different types of construction estimating and be able to identify and void common estimating errors.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to improve estimating skills for materials, labor, overhead, and profit.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to estimate for equipment costs and for earthwork.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss how estimating for new construction differs from estimating for renovations and remodels.


LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites:Familiarity with estimating

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/02/2023

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.