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New Year, New Tools: Improving Bid Accuracy with Integrated Tools

New Year, New Tools: Improving Bid Accuracy with Integrated Tools

Posted: February 4, 2020 | Estimating

Estimating — it’s a jungle out there. Bid too low and you may win the project but lose your shirt. Bid too high and you could be lef t wondering how you arrived at such bad numbers in the first place.

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Improved Quantity Takeoffs Headline Revu 2019

Improved Quantity Takeoffs Headline Revu 2019

Posted: January 13, 2020 | Tradewinds, Estimating

Don Peters has been an estimator for more than three decades. When a prospective client insisted that his business use Bluebeam Revu to conduct an estimate as part of the bidding process for a recent job, Peters felt uneasy.

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Five Steps for Building a Better Bid

Five Steps for Building a Better Bid

Posted: December 24, 2019 | Estimating

Ask any cost estimator: Estimating is perfected through experience, practice, and intuition. Bid too low and you may win the project and lose your shirt. Bid too high and you could be left wondering how you arrived at such bad numbers in the first place.

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The Role of an Estimator - Clearing up the Misconceptions

The Role of an Estimator - Clearing up the Misconceptions

Posted: December 6, 2019 | Tradewinds, Estimating

As a consulting estimator, one of the most common questions I get is, “What is the percentage of jobs that you get for your clients?” And my answer is “None!” “I don’t get jobs for my clients. I’m an estimator.”

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Estimating the Cost of Risk at Preconstruction

Estimating the Cost of Risk at Preconstruction

Posted: December 6, 2019 | Tradewinds, Estimating

Construction is a minefield of risks, and cost estimators often have to operate as risk managers. Failure to identify, categorize, and forecast how to mitigate risks during the preconstruction phase can be devastating to a construction company’s financial future.

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