Commercial Estimating

Learn to estimate and manage claims involving damage to commercial buildings.

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1 week

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This course provides an introduction to common construction methods and materials used in modern commercial buildings.  Topics include concrete and masonry construction, wood and metal framing, and commercial windows and doors.  Interior finishes and mechanical systems are also reviewed.

Throughout the week, students are introduced to terminology, material identification, damage assessment and repairs of the various structural components of the building.  Class exercises include preparing estimates based on given damage scenarios, as well as hands-on practice using Vale’s facility.

Additional costs associated with commercial building estimates are also considered, such as demolition, debris removal, equipment rental, temporary protection, and other general conditions.  The role of engineers, building consultants, and other experts is discussed.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have the basic knowledge to review or prepare an estimate involving damage to common commercial building materials.

Note:  This course does not teach coverage analysis or how to assess a business income loss.


This one-week course is designed for the individual who is required to produce or review structural damage repair estimates on commercial buildings. The emphasis is on buildings of four stories or less.


Candidates should have some familiarity with the electronic estimating software of their choice (Xactimate, Symbility, Simsol, etc.).    An understanding of residential building materials and construction is also helpful, but is not required.

Course Topics: 

General Conditions
Masonry and Concrete
Wood and Metal Framing
Roof and Wall Materials 
Doors, Windows, and Glass
Interior Finishes
Mechanical Systems
Daily Scoping and Estimating Exercises

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