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Estimating 1-2-3 -Eagan, MN
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Learn how to read blueprints and do a material take-off. Discover short-cut formulas that will speed up the material take-off process. Estimating 3 takes students beyond to the basic construction take-off. Students choose which days to attend – day 1 & 2 or day 2 & 3 or all three days.

10/9/2018 to 10/11/2018
When: Oct. 9-10-11 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
Where: Simpson Strong Tie
3711 Kennebec Drive
Suite 700
Eagan, Minnesota  55122
United States
Contact: Connie Johnson

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If online registration is closed, please contact the NLA office at 763.595.4045 to check on seating availability.

*Please Note – If students are not familiar with interpreting blueprints, using scales and general construction terminology they must take Introduction to Residential Construction and Blueprint Reading prior to attending this workshop.

Estimating 1 - Introduction to Residential Construction & Blueprint Reading 

With an emphasis on how products sold everyday are used on the jobsite, participants will become familiar with residential construction processes, industry terminology, interpreting house plans and using scales.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Product applications from foundation through finish
  • Construction definitions and industry terminology
  • Lumber grades and span tables
  • Building material math - board footage square footage and applying conversion factors
  • Blueprint reading
  • Using architectural and layout scales
  • Estimating decks and railing

Estimating 2 - Residential Material Take-Off

This session will lead attendees through the process of completing a material take-off of residential structures. Emphasis is placed on developing a consistent method for measuring and applying formulas to produce an efficient take-off,

Topics Covered Include:

  • Floor framing
  • Wall construction
  • Roof system
  • Siding & exterior trim

Estimating 3 – Advance Residential Material Take-Off

The workshop will progress beyond basic house design and focus on some of the more difficult areas of completing framing take-offs including Irregular layouts, doors, windows and millwork.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Insulation & wallboard
  • Irregular floor and roof lines with over-framing
  • intersecting roof lines with over-framing
  • Stick-framed roofs including hip, valley, and jack rafters
  • Multi-pitched roofs
  • Vaulted walls and ceilings, rake framing

Additional time will be included for doors, windows and millwork.

**ESTIMATING 3 cannot be taken as a stand-alone class

Registration & Hotel Information


Registration Pricing


Day 1 & 2 - $495

Day 1 & 2 (Three or more) - $470

Day 2 & 3 - $495

Day 2 & 3 (Three or more) - $470

All 3 Days - $695

All 3 days (Three or more) $670


Day 1 & 2 - $745

Day 2 & 3 - $745

All 3 Days - $945


Hotel Block 

Best Western Dakota Ridge
450 Washington Dr, Eagan

Phone: 651.452.0100

Block Rate: $89.99+ taxes

Expires: 09/08/2018