DMS International, Inc. was requested to assist the World
Bank with creating a method of collecting construction cost data from member
countries throughout the world to assist with economic studies. The task of data collection is a difficult
procedure and can be prone to wide variations. Based upon our experience as
construction cost consultants, estimators and quantity surveyors we chose to
develop a data collection method based upon a workbook format. Our workbook defines construction line items
and quantities for relativity simple building types. In fact, four building
types have been chosen:
workbooks would be sent to member countries to be completed by local
contractors, estimators or quantity surveyors.
When completed the data would be collected and analyzed by the World
Bank as part of its overall economic study.