Tree Tech Consulting    The Knothole  Hop To Forum Categories  The CTLA Guide    INSTALLATION COST inconsistent definition

Closed Topic Closed
Go
New
Find
Notify
Tools
INSTALLATION COST inconsistent definition
 Login/Join 
<Scott Cullen>
posted
The "Cost Approach to Plant Appraisal" text on page 58 states "INSTALLATION COST includes transportation to the site, planting, pruning, staking, maintenance prior to acceptance, insurance, overhead and profit."

The "Regional Plant Appraisal Committee" text on page 59 states "INSTALLATION COST includes transportation to the site, planting it in the same placement as the appraised tree, and monitoring it during the maintenance period. It also includes a guarantee and a reasonable profit."

The "Replacement Cost Method" text on page 69 #9 states "....INSTALLATION COST which includes , planting it in the same placement, and monitoring it during the establishment period, plus the guarantee and."

The "Trunk Formula Method Text" text on page 70 paragraph 2 introduces a new boldface term, COST OF INSTALLATION, but reverts to "installation cost" in discussion. Page 72 states "INSTALLATION COST = cost of transporting the plant to the site, planting it in the same placement as the appraised tree, and monitoring it during the maintenance period, guaranteeing it, and ensuring a reasonable profit." (This definition seems misplaced. The term is not included in the equations immediately preceding it. The term is presented on page 70 #8, but not defined there.)

The "Cost of Cure Method" text on page 79 indicates that PLANT REPLACEMENT COST includes "prices and installation costs..." but they are not defined. The text on page 81 introduces a new boldface term, ACTUAL COST TO INSTALL, but there is no in-text definition and the reader is referred to Column 11 of the "Field Form Report for Cost of Cure" which is not presented in the Guide. (The text on page 70 indicates "...detailed procedures [in the Form] ...must be followed [by] the appraiser." The back cover indicates the Form is a "recommended resource."

SIGNIFICANCE. There are questions here that go beyond simply inconsistent wording.
1. Neither "maintenance" nor "establishment" nor their associated "periods" are defined. Establishment is properly considered a necessary part of replacement and can be characterized as a "capital cost." Maintenance by contrast might describe regular operating costs either during or after establishment that are not a necessary part of replacement cost.
2. Is "insurance" [p.58] a component of contractor overhead that's just stated unnecessarily or is it the same as "guarantee" as used on pages 59, 69 and 70?
3. Is "monitoring" as used on pages 59, 69 and 70 in addition to actual "maintenance prior to acceptance" as introduced on page 58 or in lieu of and excluding actual maintenance?
4. Is the ACTUAL COST TO INSTALL in Column 11 of the "Field Form Report for Cost of Cure" as presented in the 1997 Form or will there be a revised 9th Edition 2000 Form? (The 1997 Form language, BTW, seems to be the more descriptive and usable than any of the 9th Edition text. "Cost [of installation] includes but is not limited to all costs for transportation, equipment, labor, soil, mulch, guying, guarantee, profit, etc."
 
Report This Post
  Powered by Social Strata  

Closed Topic Closed

Tree Tech Consulting    The Knothole  Hop To Forum Categories  The CTLA Guide    INSTALLATION COST inconsistent definition

© 1997-2003 Tree Tech Consulting. All messages are the property of the original author.