CESMM3 - Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement

The Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (CESMM3) is becoming increasingly used in civil engineering works, under the NEC, ICE and FIDIC forms of contract, both in the UK and overseas.

It has a format designed for more effective costing and ease of computerisation, and has features that differ from other forms of measurement. It is therefore important that both engineers and quantity surveyors are familiar with its form and content.

Aims & Objectives:

This course aims to enable delegates to:

  • Understand the purpose of using a standardised method of measurement
  • Understand the structure and format of the CESMM3 document
  • Be able to prepare bill items and re-measure completed work in accordance with the requirements of CESMM3
  • Be aware of the structure and application of Method Related Charges, unique to CESMM, and the benefits arising from this facility
  • Be aware and appreciate the relationship of the Method of Measurement and the Conditions of Contract

    On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and format of the CESMM3 document
  • Be aware of the underlying ethos behind the CESMM3 approach
  • Apply the rules of CESMM3 to the measurement of work under a range of the "Classes" of work specified in the document
  • Understand and apply the Method Related Charges rules
  • Understand the importance of the relationship between the method of measurement and the conditions of contract


Course Outline:

Introduction and Background

Giving CESMM3 some context

  • Choosing a method of measurement
  • Why use a standard method of measurement?
  • The Structure of CESMM3
  • CESMM3 and the Conditions of Contract
  • Accuracy of measurement

    The CESMM3 Sections

  • Analysis of each of Sections 1-8 of CESMM3 Worked examples
  • Method Related Charges
  • Earthworks, Concrete Works
  • Drainage
  • Piling
  • An interactive discussion using a PowerPoint presentation of the key components of CESMM3
  • Group and individual exercises applying the rules of CESMM3 to actual work situations
  • Be able to measure work in accordance with CESMM3
  • Understand the concepts behind this measurement approach
  • Understand the basis of the Method Related Charges and be able to apply them
  • Appreciate the relationship between CESMM3 and the Conditions of Contract


Intended For:

  • Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyors

Pre-Course Requirements:

Bring a copy of CESMM3 Document for use during the course

  • Have an awareness of the role measurement in construction
  • Have a basic knowledge of site construction operations

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