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The Cost Estimator’s Role in Identifying Contractural Risk

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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Mastering the Full Process of Construction Cost Estimating

Posted: August 11, 2017 | Estimating

A big part of the estimating process is mentally building the project multiple times before the project even breaks ground.  You must begin with a thorough understanding (and visualization) of the project’s scope of work.

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How Does “Green” Affect Your Construction Estimate?

Posted: July 19, 2016 | Estimating

To understand how a green design might affect your construction estimate, there are a few basic principles you should understand.

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The Forensic Estimator as Expert Witness

Posted: July 14, 2016 | Estimating

The vast majority of construction professionals strive to produce a project that they can all be proud of once it is completed. The reality is, “There is no such thing as a perfect set of plans,” and likewise, “There is no such thing as perfect execution of a perfect set of plans.” So, when imperfection rears its ugly head, what happens?

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Estimating Spreadsheet Best Practices – Optimal Use of Multiple Sheets and Tabs

Posted: July 7, 2016 | Estimating

What can we discern as possible best practices in a construction estimating spreadsheet? Let’s look at the use of multiple sheet “tabs” in an Excel estimate for organizational purposes.

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