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Use the DCD Magazine & DCD Archives to their Full Potential

Design Cost Data and the DCD Archives™ online at DCD.COM, are your cost resources for preliminary estimating, budgeting, estimate validation, and guide to industry building and cost information. Following is Tip #2 in a series of suggestions on using DCD magazine and the DCD Archives to their full potential.

The DCD Archives is included with your subscription. It is a 1,300 plus project database of projects featured in DCD along with DCD’s cost indexes. All projects can be modeled to your date and location generating a new square foot cost model.

Once logged on to the DCD Archives you will need to find a project that fits your needs. On the left hand side of your screen you will notice the drop down menus: Category, Building Use; Foundation Types; Interior Wall; Exterior Wall; Floor; Roof; and Project Type. Or if you know the Case Study number as it appeared in DCD magazine you can use the Case Number field at the top of the list.

To select a project simply click on the drop down menu per selection. For example:

Category:         Bank
Foundation:       CON (Concrete)
Exterior Walls:   MAS (Brick)
Floors:              CON (Concrete)
Roof:                 MET (Metal)
Project Type:     NEW (New construction)

The search found 2 projects:

CM020560 Members Choice Credit Union 4,000 SF 1 Floor
CM040929 Cambridge Bank 4,520 SF 1 Floor

Queries are sorted by square footage by default – ascending order.

For a definition of Search Codes go to Help in the Blue Bar located at the top of the screen. Click on Construction Classifications Key for information.

Following these easy steps will locate just the right project to fit your needs quickly.

DCD Magazine News: The May/June issue of DCD is in the mail. You can also view the current issue in digital format at DCD.COM. This issue includes the new feature – Legally Speaking by Matthew DeVries. Part I of Minimizing the Legal Pitfalls of Sustainable Design & Construction.

Would any of your associates benefit from a subscription to DCD and access to the DCD Archives? If so we offer Group Subscription rates with or without DCD delivered in the mail. Please call us at 800-533-5680 for more information.

Thank you for your subscription to Design Cost Data. We hope these newsletters will be helpful to you using your DCD subscription to its fullest potential. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question at 800-533-5680 or at barb@dcd.com.

Barb Castelli
Design Cost Data/DCD.COM

Tip #6: DCD User Tip #6 - Saving a Project for Later Use
Tip #5: DCD User Tip #5 - How to Use the New Features
Tip #4:
DCD User Tip #4 - How to Add a Cost Division

Tip #3: DCD User Tip #3 - Cost Modeling Instantly

Tip #2: DCD User Tip #2 - Search Functionality

Tip #1: DCD User Tip #1 - Let's Get Started




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