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These books, CDs, and videos have been reviewed by our staff or by our clients. The materials were found to be valuable professional reference and training tools. We have authored a successful technical book, video, and training materials that were used worldwide. That experience gives us a better appreciation of the needs of our niche readers. It has also served us well in seeking out, finding, and in critically reviewing the materials we list.

“Environmental Remediation Cost Data –
Unit Price (5th Ed. 1999)"
Published by
R. S. Means Company, Inc.

 

NST Engineers found that this book provides current cost estimates for thousands of basic “Unit “ items. They are the detailed cost items that comprise the “Assembly” costs that, in turn, comprise the project costs for the major environmental site remediation technologies. Both the “Unit” and “Assembly” items are numerically coded. Coding follows the “U.S. Government Interagency Code of Accounts” system. This is an evolving standard for organizing environmental remediation costs.

  For example, “air stripping” may be defined as a major process for removing volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from contaminated groundwater at a site. The “packed tower” air stripper is the most widely used assembly of equipment for affecting that removal. There could be hundreds of assembly items comprising a packed tower. One example might be the combined lineal foot price and cost of installation of 2 inch, Class 200, PVC piping. This book gives 1999 cost details, and then total cost per foot, for installation at a site.

  By cost details are meant the labor, equipment, and materials required to do the specific “Unit”. The composition of the labor crew is given, individual labor rates and the amount of time for the crew to accomplish that “Unit”. The only costs not included are contractor overhead and profit. They are to be added by the estimator for the specific contractor being used. Otherwise, guidelines for expected overhead and profit are given in the 18 page introduction together with detailed estimating forms and tables.

  The greater the site hazards, and the more numerous the operating safety precautions to be taken, the higher the cost. Estimating factors are given for those increases in cost. More explanation of the bigger picture of the technologies and process flow through equipment is given in the companion book “Environmental Remediation Cost Data-Assemblies” also by the R.S. Means Company.

  The NST Engineers, Inc. reviewers found this R.S.Means book most helpful in providing the details of the makeup of the labor crew, and the number of hours they will require, to do each of the “Unit” tasks. Also given, the details of the equipment and materials items required, will be most helpful to readers who have not managed or done a specific task over and over. Readers wanting more information on cleanup processes, and all of the factors entering into project estimation in this field, should refer to “Environmental Remediation Estimating Methods” by the same publisher.

  This “Unit Price” book provides very helpful “localization factors”. The cost you develop from the Unit items is based upon national averages, having a factor of 1.00. You can develop the estimated cost for any locality in the U.S. using its ZIP code. For Canada, the factors are given by city name. Localities in Mississippi, for example, have a factor 0f .70. Localities in New York have a factor of 1.34.

  The NST Engineers, Inc. reviewers, from the viewpoint of remediation consulting engineers, find this book to be a great time-saver. Especially for those estimating costs for projects involving technology and operations with which they do not have a long background of experience.

  The reviewers believe this book will be valuable to all: site owners, engineering consultants, environmental course students, environmental regulators, construction managers, cost estimators, and insurance and financing providers. They will each benefit from a better understanding of the current costs and cost factors involved in the major technologies being used in site remediation.

To find out more about this book, or to order it online, just enter its ISBN (same as the ASN) number:0876295251 in the Amazon.com keyword search box.

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