W9_MFO_ Benchmark of Company Cost Estimating Template against NPS Template

  1. Problem Definition

Refer to Dr Paul comment in the 2nd Paper Submission, author want try to benchmark the Company cost estimating template against US National Park Service (NPS) estimating template using Likert Scale / Compensatory method.

  1. Identify the Possible Alternative

To make an estimate, the company already has a cost estimation template. But, using this template, our estimation results are mostly inaccurate so there needs to be an improvement on the template. The description of the template can be seen in figure 1.

Figure 1. Company Cost Estimating Template

Author want try to benchmark the company estimating template with “the best in class” that is US National Park Service (NPS) estimating template. National Park Services has 3 level of estimating, Class A, Class B and Class C. The best fit with Company estimating process regarding to National Park Services is Class A estimating, where Class A Construction Cost Estimates are referred to as actual estimates by the design. These estimates are generally prepared with a fully defined scope of work (SOW), complete with all drawings and construction details, and complete set of project specifications. The accuracy of Class A estimate is -5% to +15%. On figure 2, it shown the template use by National Park Services for estimate project with Class A estimate level.

Figure 2. National Park Services Template Class A Construction Cost Estimate

  1. Development of The Outcome for Alternative

Refer to company template and National Park Services/NPS template, there is gap between them from estimate mark-ups aspect, there is 11 aspect consider by NPS for creating an estimation, that are Published Location Factor, Remoteness Factor, Federal Wage Rate Factor, Taxes, Design Contingency, General Condition, Historic Preservation Factor, Overhead & Profit, Contracting Method Adjustment, Bond Permits, Inflation & Escalation, to identify each aspect author develop using likert to define which aspect must be consider, after that author can make purpose suggestion to company for a better estimate template, the likert score explain on table 1 below :

Table 1. Likert scale

  1. Selection Criteria

We will perform a checklist of each aspect proposed by NPS estimating template. If there are gap from the checklist and potentially to be fixed, it will be recommended to management to improve the estimation process.

  1. Analysis & Comparison of Alternative

Based on data in figure 1 and figure 2, the authors compare both template, calculate the average likert value and we will see which attributes meet the NPS template and which have not.

Table 2. Result of Company template vs NPS template

Refer to table 2, we get average of company template condition is 1.09. Refer to table 1, it means that the company template highly consider to implement NPS template because it effect on estimate value and the fact that estimation value almost always lower than actual value. Based on Table 2, it found that there are three critical aspect which still not fully consider on company template like design contingency, historic preservation factor, and contracting method adjustment. So, we can give the recommendation to the management to improve our template especially from aspect which still not fully consider.

  1. Selection of the Preferred Alternative

Based on above assessment and analysis, company must consider unimplemented aspect and improve the template for a better and reliable estimating process.

  1. Performance Monitoring and The Post Evaluation of Result

Management should consider to use of NPS estimating template to avoid over budget or under budget estimate and monitoring should be conducted during estimation process to ensure that all requirements are met.


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1 thought on “W9_MFO_ Benchmark of Company Cost Estimating Template against NPS Template”

  1. EXCELLENT, Pak Fakhri!!! (Just for your real paper I would hope you would not use the “Page Break View” but switch over the “Normal” view for your graphic?)

    What would be really great would be for your Step 6- “Selection of the Preferred Alternative”, take a screen shot of just the HEADINGS for the NPS template and then make it very clear EXACTLY what recommendations you are making and why. That will make it much easier for your management to make a decision as to what changes to make.

    Also for Step 7, what you want to show in your paper is that to track to see how your recommended changes are having a positive impact, you will run a “Before” and “After” Pareto assessment https://www.qimacros.com/lean-six-sigma-articles/pareto-chart-before-after.jpg Very important that you show management that IF they accept your recommendations that you have a way to follow up to show that your recommendations actually had the desired impact that you thought they would.

    Dr. PDG, Jakarta


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