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Achieving Excellence in Estimating

Posted: January 14, 2017 | Estimating

As you know, estimating is part science and part art. The calculation of the quantities is the science; what happens next is the art. Even if one were to strive for perfection in the quantities, it would all fall apart in the art side of the equation.

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Alternative Project Delivery Methods – Are They Changing Cost Management and Estimating Needs?

Posted: January 13, 2017 | Estimating

The many advantages of new project delivery models are causing a movement away from tradition.

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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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