Practice Question: Cost of a Picket Fence

NCEES Civil PE Specification Project Planning: Cost Estimating


You've been tasked with setting up temporary fencing around your job site using only scrap materials from the laydown yard. 

You decide to build your fence out of timber posts installed every 10 feet around the site perimeter and plywood sheets between each post. 

Given a site area of 70 feet by 30 feet, determine how much it will cost to build the temporary fence:

  • Timber Post Material cost = $420 /unit
  • Plywood Material cost = $870 /unit
  • Installation labor = $55 /hr
  • Productivity Rate = 5 ft/hr


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