2022 Virtual Conceptual Estimating (January 31, 2022)

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One of the hallmarks of design-build project delivery is early knowledge of costs. This course introduces the fundamentals of conceptual estimating and how to go about assessing risk and calculating costs before design is complete. (6 CEUs)

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the estimator in design-build
  • Describe the various influences affecting building costs
  • Describe the various types of estimates
  • Describe how estimates are organized using standard estimating formats
  • Explain how to use an estimating manual
  • Describe how unit prices are developed; explain the fundamental concepts of value engineering
  • Explain how to manage and control costs throughout the design process
  • Describe the various checks and balances needed to ensure the reliability of the estimate

Format: Virtual

The DBIA Virtual Training classroom is not an “online” experience, but instead a true “virtual” experience. It allows remote attendees a real-time participant experience, fully engaged with their instructor and others in the classroom. Full engagement is critical As such, the following is required for those joining the classroom virtually:

  • You MUST have video/camera capability on the computer you will be using;
  • You MUST keep your video/camera on during the entirety of the training (you may turn it off during breaks and lunch). Each participant is expected to be visible as a class participant throughout the training, just as it would be if you were physically in the classroom;
  • Please find a quiet location that will have minimal distractions/disturbances;
  • Please Mute your microphone when you are not speaking; and
  • Remain in the virtual classroom during class activities as they, too, will take place virtually and you are expected to participate.

DBIA instructors and staff will actively monitor your attendance and reserve to right to decline issuance of a certificate of completion should virtual attendees not actively participate based on the rules above.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Education@dbia.org.

Daniel Osterman


Sundt Construction, Inc.

Dan Osterman, LEED AP BD+C is a Preconstruction Project Manager at Sundt Construction in the Tucson office.   Mr. Osterman has more than forty (40) years’ experience in the construction industry, including bid and negotiated work in both the private and public sector. His resume of projects range in value from $5,000,000 to more than $300,000,000, and include the aviation, casino, green building, health care, hospitality, office, correctional, institutional, sports facility and university markets.  

Dan is one of Sundt’s corporate members of DBIA and has served on the national DBIA Sustainability Committee (including one year as Chair in 2010).  Mr. Osterman was also involved in the development of the DBIA sustainability class, and presented the class on numerous occasions.  He is about 75% complete in his pursuit of the DBIA Professional accreditation. 

Dan is Sundt’s Green Building Champion, and serves as Chair of the Sundt Sustainability Mentor Committee.  Mr. Osterman is a member of ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators), and USGBC Arizona (currently serving as a Chair) of the Sonoran (Tucson) Branch of the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC.  Dan taught the Advanced Estimating Class for three and half years in the Del E. Webb School at Arizona State University.  He has also taught estimating modules that were a part of curriculum of the ASU Construction Management Certificate Program on three different occasions.  

Some of Dan’s past association leadership roles have been a board member and officer at the USGBC Minnesota Chapter, President of the ASPE Phoenix Chapter, and Chairman of the USGBC Arizona Chapter. 


Day 1 - Conceptual Estimating
Conceptual Estimating
01/31/2022 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  480 minutes
01/31/2022 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  480 minutes ***PLEASE LAUNCH CLASS DIRECTLY FROM THE DBIA LEARNING PORTAL.*** If you are having trouble launching the class via the learning portal, you can use the meeting information below. However, you will not be marked as attended. You will also need to contact DBIA at Education@dbia.org. Meeting ID: 853 8248 0314 Passcode: 898275
Elective Survey
9 Questions
6.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
6.00 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available