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Three Bidding Steps that Help Avoid Costly Change Orders

Three Bidding Steps that Help Avoid Costly Change Orders

Posted: July 2, 2021 | Estimating

It’s a fact: Estimators who invest the extra time tabulating and leveling their bids save time and money in the long run by catching scope discrepancies before awarding contracts. Scope discrepancies and gray areas during the bidding process can lead to construction delays and change order nightmares during construction.

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ASPE is planning an Annual Summit in August in San Antonio.

ASPE is planning an Annual Summit in August in San Antonio.

Posted: June 11, 2021 | Tradewinds, Estimating

The American Society of Professional Estimators is planning a three-day event, August 25th through 28th, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas, designed to hone your estimating skills and enable you to construct more accurate estimates. This event allows you to attend in person or remotely.

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Closing the Cost Gaps   Brokering the Risk During the Construction Phase

Closing the Cost Gaps   Brokering the Risk During the Construction Phase

Posted: February 26, 2021 | Estimating

How of ten do we hear that a new or existing building was flawlessly designed and constructed with no issues whatsoever? Or that the general contractor’s execution and coordination amongst the subcontractors was perfectly performed? Or the coveted, holy grail of all projects: to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget (without changes in scope)? All these scenarios dramatically affect cost and are precepts that have been around for a long time.

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Bidding in Today’s Economy

Bidding in Today’s Economy

Posted: January 4, 2021 | Estimating

As I began to think of the content of this article, I wondered if I was setting myself up for failure. Where would you begin to discuss bidding in today’s economy? There are different ways and methods of bidding as a subcontractor versus a general contractor. Then there are even particular ways and factors to pay attention to by region. So, I’ll start with something I encountered last week.

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Change Order Estimating — Why This Matters to Owners and Architects, and not just GCs

Change Order Estimating — Why This Matters to Owners and Architects, and not just GCs

Posted: November 6, 2020 | Estimating

A job has been estimated, bought out, and is under construction. Great! A vision and a need are being realized, and everyone is employed and happy. But, inevitably, despite proper planning and thorough vetting in the preconstruction process, changes will pop up. They can be due to unforeseen jobsite conditions, architect-specified material changes, or owner-requested changes, etc. The bottom line is that additional costs are on their way — and someone has to pay for them.

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