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Steel Estimating Handbook
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 AM.

cover_web1.jpgWritten by Kerri S. Olsen, The Art and Science of Steel Estimating – Beginning Fundamentals is a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference guide for construction professionals. It is designed specifically for someone who knows nothing about steel or steel fabrication and includes detailed information on steel materials, steel fabrication labor including painting and handling, reading contract drawings and specifications, fabrication pricing, and writing the bid letter.


Reflecting a body of knowledge that can be acquired only by years of experience, this volume is a compilation of the lessons learned throughout the author’s 30 years in the structural steel industry. With a focus on the trade of steel estimating, the book guides the reader through all aspects of the craft, explaining in detail the how and why of the work that is to be performed. Chapters include:

  • The Steel Estimator
  • The Pricing Breakdown
  • The Bid Letter
  • The Bid Documents
  • The Contract Drawings
  • The Steel Materials
  • Reading the Structural Drawing
  • Structural Steel Material Listing
  • Reading Architectural Drawings
  •  Fabrication Labor
  • Paint and Painting
  • Shipping and Handling

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