Course Title: Building Measurement and Estimating

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building Measurement and Estimating

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter S.P. Wong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3978 / 3479

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BUIL1226 Introduction to Buildings

Course Description

This course is designed to develop the techniques required to measure, quantify and cost construction work. You will be introduced to the measurement rules as stipulated in the Australian Standard Methods of Measurement. Furthermore, you will develop your understanding of the tender documentation.This course will develop your ability to utilise techniques to measure, quantify and cost construction work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:


  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Measure quantities of simple structures in accordance with the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (ASMM);
  2. Compile all-in unit rates;
  3. Describe the components in a typical tender document
  4. Describe the role commercially available software plays in the production of Bills & Quantities

Overview of Learning Activities

Face-to face workshops provide the key concepts for this course. Hands-on measurement worked examples will be provided during the lecture. Practical tasks and concept tests will be given in order to enhance students’ engagement in the tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.Necessary resources for the course will be available online through Blackboard.

I. Required Texts
Joint SMM Committee , Australian standard method of measurement of building works, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Master Builders Australia, Deakin, A.C.T. (current edition)

II. Suggested Readings
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. 2000, Australian cost management manual, 1st edn, <5> vols., Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Canberra, A.C.T.
Picken, DH 1999, Building measurement: worked examples, Deakin University Press, Geelong, Vic.
Popescu, C, Phaobunjong, K & Ovararin, N 2003, Estimating building costs, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, Basel.
Available online
Rawlinsons Group 2009, Rawlinsons construction cost guide for housing, small commercial & industrial buildings, 17th edn, Sydney Rawlhouse Publishing, Sydney.
Rawlinsons Group 2009, Rawlinson’s Australian construction handbook, 27th edn, Perth, W.A. Rawlhouse Publishing, Perth, W.A.
Rowings, JE 2003, ‘Construction: construction estimating’, in WF Chen & JYR Liew (eds.) The Civil Engineering Handbook, 2nd edn, CRC PRESS, Boca Raton; London; New York; Washington, D.C.
Strychaz, S 2008, 2008 Current construction costs, 45th edn, Saylor Publications, Chatsworth, Calif.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. Assessment may include, but is not limited to, quizzes, assignments and an exam.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: