Construction Estimating Pitfalls and Pratfalls
It is 2:00 AM the night before the day of the big bid. It is the project the
estimator’s firm just has to win. She or he might get to bed in the next ten
minutes, as soon as they finish the masonry takeoff. The new day will see them
at their desk early.
7:00 AM- The bid team is in the office and starting to field
the incessant phone calls, emails and faxes that will not let up until ten
minutes before the bid is due. That is all the time that they will get to
calculate and check the final totals and call them to their bid runner who is
waiting at the bid opening site.
Signs of a Clunky Estimating Process
General Contractors, this article might just be the most life changing thing you
read this year. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you should read this if you
are experiencing any of the following
The Changing Landscape of Estimating
The technology evolution in the A/E/C industry is happening. Advancements in
smart equipment, integrated software solutions, innovative uses of current
products, and the involvement of forward-thinking leaders are driving this
evolution. The majority of these new advancements revolve around being more
efficient with our traditional practices and reducing waste. Preconstruction has
now entered into the technology evolution environment and the estimator’s
options are lighter, more robust, and more agile than ever.
Construction Estimators Should Have a Vested Interest in the Right Contract
Question: Why should professional estimators care about the provisions in the
contract documents that apply to the current project that they are bidding?
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Construction Material Cost Trends for 2015
The construction industry is now on a good track. Housing construction is still
strong and showing gains of 15-20%. Housing starts are up to over 1 million
(adjusted) and show signs of sustainable momentum. This bodes well for the
remainder of the industry which traditionally lags two years behind housing.
Commercial construction should show gains in the 5-10% range, with certain
segments such as hotels and offices leading the way. Institutional construction
is mixed, with schools and hospitals down from last year.
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