Transportation Project Cost Estimating
Cost estimates are a key element of the benefit cost analysis in project business cases upon which capital investment plan decisions are made. They are also the basis for establishing and amending project budgets and are one of the most important factors against which the success of a project is measured.
- Project Cost Estimating Guidelines (PDF, 1MB - September 2013)
Guidelines on preparing project cost estimates for capital and rehabilitation projects including estimating principles, framework for submission, classification of estimates, estimating methods, and several cost estimating tools in the form of spreadsheets have been compiled to assist cost estimators in developing and documenting their cost estimates for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure projects.
NOTE: The unit rates and prices contained in these tools are not to be considered current or necessarily applicable for any particular region of the province. It is expected that the unit rates and prices in these tools will be reviewed and updated by the estimator. Estimators must establish their own unit rates and prices in these tools, and ensure they reflect prices prevailing at the time their estimate is prepared. Estimators are fully responsible for the project cost estimates they produce from their use of these tools.
- Sample Project Cost Estimate Worksheets Template (XLSX - November 2013)
Templates for developing and providing a complete cost estimate submission package.
- Learn how contracted consultants can access the restricted Construction Cost Data website (DOCX, 185KB - June 2020)
Tender cost data from construction contracts available to consultants that provide cost estimating services to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
- Conceptual Cost Estimating Tool (XLSX - January 2017)
A tool for conceptual level estimating for four-laning, passing/climbing lane and bridge projects.
- Highway Cost Estimating using the Elemental Parametric Method (XLS) and User Manual (PDF)
A tool developed by E. Wolski Consulting Inc. under contract to the ministry.
- Highway Planning Cost Estimating System (XLSX) and User Manual (PDF)
A tool developed by Kneeshaw Engineering (2001) under contract to the ministry.
- Form H0088 - Create Ministry Estimate Schedule of Approximate Quantities and Unit Prices (XLSM)
A tool used to produce Schedule 7 which is required to tender construction contracts.