Basis of Cost Estimates Template


This one-page Basis of Cost Estimates template captures how costs are estimated for each project activity. It supports project cost management.

This Basis of Cost Estimates template is a project document designed to capture how cost estimates are calculated for each project activity. For each task, our template captures the estimating technique and the supporting data.

This template is developed to support a wide range of project types and sizes. Specifically, it:

  • begins with a section that captures relevant project information;
  • provides for assigning identification numbers and descriptions for each activity;
  • prompts the Project Manager to record information by task; (E.g., it provides sections to include task IDs, task titles, task descriptions, cost to complete, the estimating technique used, and the supporting data relied upon for arriving at the cost estimate) and
  • provides for totaling the estimated task costs to calculate the cost of the project activity.

Who Creates the Basis of Cost Estimates?

Typically, the Project Manager documents the basis of cost estimates. Of course, this accounts for the input of various project team members, other stakeholders, and the project sponsor.

What Are the Inputs?

There are numerous inputs to developing the Basis of Cost Estimates, including the cost breakdown structure and the cost management plan.

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