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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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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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The Problem With Today’s Construction Specification Books

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Estimating

Do estimators and construction books really help?

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