Tradesmen approach estimating with the aim of creating a quotation. They know what they can accomplish in a time period, say a day or an hour and they know the resources, like paint or plaster, that they will consume in a period, depending on the task. So, as they walk around a prospective job, they divide it into different tasks and assess how much time each task will take.
Could this process be expressed as a contract or perhaps as a set of contracts? The tradesman is to receive whatever he quotes, if he gets the job, and will be obliged to purchase the material resources he will need for its accomplishment. He may even be obliged to hire a sub-contractor for part of the work.
Could Marlowe be used to describe such an estimate? If so it would have wide application, across a good variety of estimating work.
Hoping to hear from a Marlowe guru…