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Estimating 1-2-3 - Waukesha, WI
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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.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/10/2020 to 11/12/2020
When: November 10-12, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
Where: Metropolitan Builders Association
N16 W23321 Stone Ridge Dr
Waukesha, Wisconsin  53188
United States
Contact: Connie Johnson

Online registration is available until: 11/3/2020
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If online registration is closed, please contact the NLA office at 763.595.4045 to check on seating availability.

If students are not familiar with interpreting blueprints, using scales and general construction terminology they must take Estimating 1 -Introduction to Residential Construction and Blueprint Reading prior to attending Estimating 2 & 3. Estimating 3 cannot be taken as a stand-alone class.

Estimating 1 - Introduction to Residential Construction & Blueprint Reading

With an emphasis on how products sold every day 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 focuses 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

Who Should Attend?

Sales Staff
Design Staff

Registration & Hotel Information



Registration Pricing Member

$525 per Person

$495 per person when registering 3 or more attendees


$745 per person


Hotel Block 

A hotel room block has been set-up at Milwaukee Marriott West W231 N1600 Corporate Ct, Waukesha, WI 53186.  

Phone: 262.574.0888 

Block Rate: $119 plus taxes

Expires: 10/30/20

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Hotels/meeting facilities may have their own health guidelines & protocols due to Covid-19.  Contact the NLA office if you would like more information.