Feasibility & development of an Arabic/English computer-aided detailed estimating system

(1990) Feasibility & development of an Arabic/English computer-aided detailed estimating system. Masters thesis, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.


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The process of cost estimating is a key factor contributing to the success or failure of the construction firm. This thesis discusses the main problems facing the local building conractors in the area of cost estimating. To identify the major problems, a sample survey of twenty-four building contractors classified as Type A by the Ministry of Commerce in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia was undertaken. The survey includes several parts such as the process of detailed estimating, the information needed in developing the estimate, and the major problems frequently facing the estimators in this process. The results of this survey are presented here. It has been revealed by this survey, that many contractors, utilize manual estimating methods that require an excessive amount of time and effort to prepare a project bidding cost. Certainly, manual estimating systems or methods do not provide the flexibility for revision and reviewing the project bid. In an attempt to solve some estimating problems, a microcomputer estimating system that can be used through the English and Arabic languages was developed. The development of this system is presented and discussed here. The system will assist in reducing the estimating time, effort, the calculation, and omission errors. The most important feature of this sysem is that all of its functions are accessible through a menu system, giving the estimator complete control over the estimation process.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Architectural
Department: College of Design and Built Environment > Construction Engineering and Management
Committee Advisor: Al-Subhi, Kamal
Committee Members: Assaf, Sadi A. and Ziad, Mostapha and Abdulgader, Abdullah
Depositing User: Mr. Admin Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2008 13:51
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 13:52
URI: https://eprints.kfupm.edu.sa/id/eprint/9889