Guide to Cost Estimation Guide to Cost Estimation

The Guide to Cost Estimation is part of Auckland Transport’s Enterprise Project and Programme Management Framework suite of guides.

The guide provides a structured cost estimation framework and standardised documentation for a consistent approach to the preparation and verification of Auckland Transport (AT) cost estimates.

The guide enables accurate and robust cost estimates for transport related infrastructure project funding applications from design through to physical work delivery and is aligned with the industry recognised Waka Kotahi SM014 standard. 

Download the Guide to Cost Estimation (PDF 2.2MB, 36 pages)


A downloadable Excel workbook template that presents the cost estimate information in a consistent format and language for use by the estimator.

A downloadable Excel workbook template for recording the outcome of the ‘Input Review Meeting’ under clause 6.3.1 of the guide. This records all the inputs used to formulate and substantiate the estimate.

A downloadable Excel workbook template for use by the estimator responsible for peer reviewing the cost estimate. It includes a checklist of all the components essential to a fully considered estimate prepared in accordance with the guide.


External consultants will need to email to request access for other internal AT documents covered in ‘Section 5 Referenced Documents’ of the guide.