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We Came In Under Budget – Said No One Ever

Posted: January 3, 2018 | Estimating

Rifka Malik, CPESC, CPE, explains the critical components of a construction cost estimate.

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Implementing Estimating Software? Don’t Do These Five Things

Posted: January 2, 2018 | Estimating

Last year, The Korte Company undertook a major software implementation: We upgraded to a new estimating platform across all of our nationwide offices. The transition was kicked off in April 2017, and by November, all 20 of our estimators across the country were trained and ready to use our new software, DESTINI Estimator by Beck Technology, on every project. During the eight months of hands-on work in between, we learned just how much a solid implementation plan matters.

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For Estimators the Devil is in the Details (the Specifications)

Posted: October 30, 2017 | Estimating

Is it time to start the take-off yet? Absolutely not! Before you open up your take-off software, a thorough review of the specifications is critical to your estimate.

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The Cost Estimator’s Role in Identifying Contractural Risk

Posted: October 30, 2017 | Estimating

Estimators should note that properly reviewing and assessing the risks embedded in the terms of a prospective contract are just as important, if not more so, than the performance of an accurate scope of work takeoff and competitive/reasonable pricing of that work.

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The Estimating Process Starts Earlier Than You Think

Posted: October 26, 2017 | Estimating

Many construction professionals mistakenly believe that the estimating process starts with the take-off.  Not so, says Linda Candels, co-founder of Candels Estimating LLC.

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