• 33 minutes

Cost Estimating: Direct vs. Indirect Cost


How do you differentiate between a direct and indirect expense?

Direct expenses are usually the big three – labor, material and equipment; however you can include other fees and subcontractors as part of the main direct expenses as well. Indirect expenses include project overhead, contingencies, inflation and escalation. This video reviews allocation of expenses and risk; and also discusses labor analysis, and how to organize the estimate.

Runtime: 32 minutes



Saleh Mubarak

Saleh Mubarak

Saleh A. Mubarak, Ph. D.

  • Construction project management professor, consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer
  • An authority on project planning, scheduling, and project control
  • Over 30 years of diversified, industrial, and academic experience, all in the general field of construction project management
  • Extensive experience in continuing education and professional training around the world, mainly in technical subjects but also in soft skills
  • Author of two books, Construction Project Scheduling and Control, 4th edition, and How to Estimate with Means Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction, 5th edition, both published by Wiley; also wrote many articles, technical and other
  • Public speaker at many local, regional, and international events
  • Presented at many professional conferences, such as PMI and AACE International
  • B.S., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering, specializing in construction project management

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