A guide to the financial control of contracts using the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement


Published for the Institution of Civil Engineers by Thomas Telford Services Ltd, Thomas Telford House, 1 Heron Quay, London E144JD.

First edition 1986 Second edition 1992 Reprinted 2000, 2002 Terms used in this book include terms which are defined in the ICE Conditions of Contract and in the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement, third edition (CESMM, third edition). These terms are printed with initial letters in capitals to indicate that the defined meaning is intended. Paragraph numbers and class letters referto those in the CESMM, third edition; rules in the CESMM, third edition, are referred to by their class and number. The interpretation of the ICE Conditions of Contract and of the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement, third edition, offered in this book is not an official interpretation and should not be used as such in the settlement of disputes arising in the course of civil engineering contracts.

This guide and the statements made or opinions expressed therein is published on the understanding that the author is solely responsible for the opinions expressed in it and that its publication does not necessarily imply that such statements and or opinions are or reflect the views or opinions of ICE Council or ICE committees.

© The Institution of Civil Engineers 1992

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Barnes, Martin CESMM3 handbook I. Title 624.1

ISBN 0-7277-3346-X
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By the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers

When the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (CESMM) was first published in 1976, the practice of preparing and using bills of quantities on civil engineering projects was revolutionized. The practical structure which the CESMM introduced and the thorough analysis upon which its details were based led to its rapid and effective adoption. It was copied widely and influenced quantity surveying practice in many sectors beyond civil engineering. Martin Barnes, who designed and draughted the CESMM, wrote a handbook to go with it. Fifteen years later, it is a pleasure to welcome this third edition of the handbook, published to coincide with publication of the third edition of the CESMM itself. Much of the original text is still here and will continue to instruct young engineers coming freshly to the use of bills of quantities. The new material explaining the new features of CESMM3 will help to ensure the smooth and uncontentious adoption of this method of measurement in the tradition of its predecessors. Mastering of financial control is an essential skill for the rounded civil engineer. I commend Martin Barnes' CESMM3 handbook as an important help in acquiring the skill.
Robin Wilson, FEng, FICE London, 1991


This is the third edition of the handbook for use alongside the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement, third edition (CESMM) itself. In content it differs from the second only in that it explains the changes and additions made in producing CESMM3. There are a number of minor improvements and detailed changes which are introduced either to keep CESMM3 up to date or to eliminate difficulties which have been experienced in practice. A significant addition is the new class Z which covers building work incidental to civil engineering projects. I acknowledge the help of various members of the Institution of Civil Engineers specialist committees who have helped with advice, and pay my thanks to the staff of Thomas Telford Services for their patience and assistance. I acknowledge principally the help of my colleague John McGee, who has contributed a high proportion of the text for the changes made in this third edition of the handbook.
Martin Barnes London, 1991

Introduction Section 1. Section 2. Section 3. Section 4. Section 5. Section 6. Section 7. Section 8. Definitions General principles Application of the Work Classification Coding and numbering of items Preparation of the Bill of Quantities Completion and pricing of the Bill of Quantities by a tenderer Method-Related Charges Work Classification Class A: Class B: Class C: Class D: Class E: Class F: Class G: Class H: Class I: Class J: Class K: Class L: ClassM: Class N: Class O: Class P: ClassQ: Class R: ClassS: ClassT: Class U: Class X: Class Y: Class Z: Index General items Ground Investigation Geotechnical and other specialist processes Demolition and site clearance Earthworks In situ concrete Concrete ancillaries Precast concrete Pipework—pipes Pipework—fittings and valves Pipework—manholes and pipework ancillaries Pipework—supports and protection ancillaries to laying and excavation Structural metalwork Miscellaneous metalwork Timber Piles Piling ancillaries Roads and pavings Railtrack Tunnels Brickwork blockwork and masonry Miscellaneous work Sewer and water main renovation and ancillary works Simple building works incidental to civil engineering works 145 159 169 171 174 181 186 191 194 201 206 211 215 225 237 1 7 11 17 27 29 47 51 71 73 85 90 95 98 111 120 134 137 141 142

Classes V and W: Painting and Waterproofing