So when we say that we want to calculate the cost of a concrete slab, it means that we need to calculate the amount each component in concrete and see how much it costs.

Then, summing up the costs of all components, we get the total cost of concrete.

**Is concrete cost constant in all countries?**

*Of course not.*

Although we can have the same quantities of components, the cost of each component such as cement will differ from location to location. Thus, the cost will not be constant.

### Required data for cost calculation

Before we start calculating the cost of concrete element such as slab, we need to know basic data such as:

Concrete mixture design

Amount of steel in concrete

Dimensions of the element such as slab

**Let us do our calculations on a 100 m2 (10m * 10 m) concrete slab that is made with M20 concrete mix and has a thickness of 200 mm.**

**What is meaning of M20 concrete mix?**

In M20, M denotes Mix and 20 refers to the characteristic strength (fck) of that mix i.e. 20 MPa. **Cement, sand and aggregates** are used for mixing in the ratio of **1 : 1.5 : 3**.

M20 signifies mixture of cement, sand and aggregate which are prepared in such a manner that a cement concrete cube of size 15 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm is formed with characteristic strength (fck) of 20 MPa while examining it after being cured for 28 days.

**Steel needed for 100 sq m slab**

Let us assume that structural design calculations for slab provided two layers of steel bars.

Each layer has main bars and cross bars:

Main bars exist in the shorter span and cross bars are perpendicular to main bars in the longer span.

**Let us assume, for simplicity, that for bottom layer the main and cross bars are 5T16 / m and for top layer, the main and cross bars are 5T12 / m.**

### Summary of data:

Slab dimension = 10 m* 10 m

Thickness = 200 mm

Mix = M20 –> 1:1.5:3

RFT = 5T16/m for bottom layer and 5T12/m for top layer.

## Steps for Cost Calculation of Concrete Slab

### STEP 1: **Volume Calculation ( wet & dry volumes)**

Wet volume = Area × thickness of slab

Wet volume = 100 * 0.2 = 20 m3

**Dry volume calculation**

We need extra material because moist volumes include gaps and pores that are filled with water and bubbles and may be removed using a vibratory or compressor equipment.

We may multiply 1.54 by wet volume to determine dry volume since the mixture of cement, sand, and aggregates in dry concrete has more spaces and pores that evaporate in wet concrete. This causes the volume of wet concrete to drop by 54% while the amount of dry concrete increases by 54%.

Dry volume = 1.54 * 20 = 30.8 m3

### Amount of Required Cement

In M20 ratio of cement, sand and aggregate is 1:1.5:3

Total proportion =1 + 1.5 + 3 = 5.5

Weight of cement = 1 / 5.5 * dry volume * density of cement

Weight of cement = 1 / 5.5 * 30.8 * 1450 = 8120 kg

Weight of cement bag = 50 kg

No. of required cement bags = 8120 / 50 = 163 bags.