# REINFORCEMENT QUANTITY ESTIMATION

**REINFORCEMENT QUANTITY ESTIMATION**

For estimating the cost of the structure, it is necessary for the quantities of the materials, including those of the reinforcement to be known. Accurate quantities of the concrete and brickwork can be calculated from the layout drawings. If working drawings and schedules for the reinforcement are not available it is necessary to provide an estimate of the anticipated quantities. The quantities are normally described in accordance with the requirements of the **Standard method of measurement of building works**.

**In the case of reinforcement quantities the basic requirements are:**

1. Bar reinforcement should be described separately by steel type (e.g. mild or high-yield steel), diameter and weight and divided up according to:

**(a) Element of structure**, e.g. foundations, slabs, walls, columns, etc., and

**(b) Bar ‘shape’**, e.g. straight, bent or hooked; curved; links, stirrups and spacers.

2. Fabric (mesh) reinforcement should be described separately by steel type, fabric type and area, divided up according to 1(a) and 1(b) above.

There are different **methods for estimating the quantities of reinforcement**;, three methods of varying accuracy are:

**Method-1 for Reinforcement Estimation**

The simplest method is based on the type of structure and the volume of the reinforced concrete elements. Typical values are, for example:

• Warehouses and similarly loaded and proportioned structures: 1 tonne of reinforcement per 105m^{3}

• Offices, shops, hotels: 1 tonne per 13.5m^{3}

• Residential, schools: 1 tonne per 15.05m^{3}

However, while this method is a useful check on the total estimated quantity it is the least accurate, and it requires considerable experience to break the tonnage down to Standard Method of Measurement requirements.

**Method-2 for Reinforcement Estimation**

Another method is to use factors that convert the steel areas obtained from the initial design calculations to weights, e.g. kg/M^{2} or kg/m as appropriate to the element.

If the weights are divided into practical bar diameters and shapes, this method give a reasonably accurate assessment. The factors, however, do assume a degree of standardization both of structural form and detailing.

This method is likely to be the most flexible and relatively precise in practice, as it is based on reinforcement requirements indicated by the initial design calculations.

**Method-3 for Reinforcement Estimation:**

For this method sketches are made for the ‘typical’ cases of elements and then weighted.

**This method has the advantages that: **

(a) The sketches are representative of the actual structure

(b) The sketches include the intended form of detailing and distribution of main and secondary reinforcement

(c) An allowance of additional steel for variations and holes may be made by inspection.

This method can also be used to calibrate or check the factors described in method 2 as it takes account of individual detailing methods.

**When preparing the reinforcement estimate, the following items should be considered:**

**(a) Laps and starter bars**

A reasonable allowance for normal laps in both main and distribution bars and for starter bars has shall be considered. It should however be checked if special lapping arrangements are used.

**(b) Architectural features**

The drawings should be looked at and sufficient allowance made for the reinforcement required for such ‘non-structural’ features.

**(c) Contingency**

A contingency of between 10% and 15% should be added to cater for some changes and for possible omissions.

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It's useful.

Good one but more detail will be highly appreciable…

Good Sirji. Usefull for all Engineers.GM.

it is useful for site engineers.

thanks

same to shewta.

So usefull site this

It's useful

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its batter .

excellent veb site

well done.

very useful

In Method-I , reinforcement estimation/% by area also very helpful.

Excellent & very useful.

thank u

for ware houses it should be 1 ton/10.5m3 …printing mistake i suppose…

How to calculate number of laps in 12 mts column height as per IS Code in various dias

good job

Are there specific names of Estimation of Reinforcement?

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very use full thanks

Nice work and very useful. But this can be best explain with the help of a sketch and proper reinforcement details in it.

the simplest way is (dai bar)square/24 and then * by kg/ft

As described by the Author, this method is followed only when there are no structural drawings available. Its like a thumb rule and can be considered only for estimation purpose initially to know the project cost.