Paradigm — A noun meaning a typical example or pattern of something; a model. Similar to a standard, archetype, or exemplar.
The Golden Rule of Estimating
Consider not only the cubic foot, cubic yard, lineal foot, square foot, pound or ton but all of the complicating conditions encountered in putting the materials in place.
That’s The Golden Rule of Construction Cost Estimating, as quoted from Richardson Engineering Services General Construction Estimating Standards.