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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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An Accurate Budget Estimate is the First Line of Defense Against Cost Overruns

Posted: July 5, 2016 | Tradewinds, Estimating

On Bell Rock off the coast of Angus, Scotland, sits the world’s oldest surviving lighthouse. This 116-foot-tall granite structure was built by Robert Stevenson. Construction on the project began in 1807, and it was completed and functioning by February 1811, making the construction duration around five years. The cost exceeded the original budget estimate by 60%.

Just another example of a public-funded project exceeding budgets of time and money?

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How Do You Use DCD Magazine?

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Estimating

Are you getting the most out of this publication? Is it possible that DCD can be an even greater resource to you and your firm?

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