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Posted By Cinder McDonald, Friday, February 8, 2019
 

Certification Journal

 

 

I am concerned about the number of CPEs that have not yet accessed their Professional Development Unit Journal.  I can understand that the task can be daunting.  However, I want to reassure all CPEs that once you begin to use this on-line tool, you will be amazed at how easy it is.

 

I am always available by email at Certification@ASEPnational.org for questions.

 

Thank You.

 

Cinder McDonald

Certification Committee Coordinator

 

Tags:  certification 

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Transparency in 2019

Posted By Brian Wright, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
 

As the Pre-Construction Manager for a global account, I find myself using the word transparency as a productivity adder to many conversations.  Goal setting in the first conversation, of what is needed and what will likely get funded to help the contractor’s efficiency and hit ratio, can help both sides determine if this is a productive exchange that will lead to a profitable project and satisfied client before weeks of bidding and sunk cost resources even begins.

 

Don’t you wish all conversation were high performing and productive?

 

Transparency begins with your approach to every conversation.

 

Brian Wright, CPE

Chair, Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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Starting a New Chapter

Posted By M. John Shampton, Friday, February 1, 2019
 

What are the steps for Chapter start-up?  We have a great location for a new chapter.  We have had members try to drum up interest in the past, but nothing has become of it.  We have even held a regional meeting there. 

 

What have you done in the past?   How did you start a new chapter?   What worked for you?  What made your chapter successful?

 

 

M. John Shampton, CPE

Certification Committee

Tags:  certification 

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BIM

Posted By Peter Hamilton, Wednesday, January 30, 2019
 

BIM, or Building Information Modeling, has been an acronym in our industry now for several years; and many associate it simply with a 3D modeling software.  Viewing BIM as only a software is a tunnel vision approach to what BIM is doing to the construction industry of today and the future. BIM is a host of software that we, as the contractor, are becoming more in line to manage.  With us as estimators at the front line of receiving, we are left with the task of interpreting what we are to do with this new age of information.  

 

This adds a new role to our responsibilities, which is to help assist with the integration of the BIM process. Being flexible and understanding how that role can change, grow, and enhance our process is going to be key to better collaboration between the entire design and construction team.

 

What are some of the process changes that BIM has brought to your estimating team and construction process?  How would you improve the process to make it more efficient for the entire team?

 

Peter Hamilton, CPE

Education Committee

 

https://www.constructiondive.com/news/unpacking-bim-how-contractors-can-reap-the-rewards-of-a-digital-workflow/531123/

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Estimate to Plans or Code

Posted By Ken Horner, Friday, January 25, 2019
 

What should an estimator do when you see something on the plans and you know it doesn’t meet code.

 

But the owner states, bid what is on the plans and then you find a note that is buried in the specs that states installation must be according to code.  You bring this up to the engineer, and he again states bid just what is shown.

 

How do you proceed ?

 

 

Ken Horner, CPE

Certification Committee

Chapter 73 – Des Moines

Tags:  certification 

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All Things Estimating

Posted By Chris Ray, Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 See attached  for blog...

 

By Chris Ray, CPE

Education Committee

Chapter 33 - Little Rock

csray12@gmail.com

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Weather Impacts

Posted By Ken Horner, Friday, January 18, 2019
 

I was the Project Manager on a job several years ago, and the building was half erected when some straight-line winds blew the building down.  The wind event set us back 2 months on the original schedule, which placed us finishing the building in January.  To complicate matters more, that year the temperature averaged 10 degrees below zero; and they would not heat the building.  So it made it virtually impossible to work at a reasonable pace.  Then on top of that we had to over man the job, which leads to less productivity.  

 

Even though we were able to present statistics that substantiated the major impact the wind and extremely cold weather had on our labor force and this project, the insurance company would only reimburse for what we had to reinstall.  It shouldn’t have to be said, but this job lost money.

 

 

Ken Horner, CPE

Certification Committee

Chapter 73 – Des Moines

Tags:  certification 

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A Good Year

Posted By Heather Boulanger, Wednesday, January 16, 2019
 
 

I am so proud of my team.  We worked very hard last year and pushed out 302 bids.  That is a record for my company.

 

Sure, being in this growing market in Colorado didn’t hurt.  It made achieving this record-breaking mark possible.

 

Better news: We exceeded our sales goal by 13%. Fantastic!

 

The best news of all:  The work we received made good profit. Our owners are very happy.

 

Now the bad news: They want to increase our goal by 50% for 2019. 

 

How did your 2018 work year shape up?

 

Heather Boulanger, CPE

Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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Take-Off Methods

Posted By Rick Cormier, Monday, January 14, 2019
 

What is everyone currently using to get their takeoff done?  I began using a wheel scale and markers to manually do my takeoff.  I have not had the opportunity to use a digitizer, but I assume this method made doing takeoff more efficient. 

 

On the software side, I have used Planswift and now currently using On Screen Takeoff.  Both have allowed me to be efficient and organized.  Between the two, I prefer Planswift because of the ability to customize your takeoff to have multiple parts and the effortlessness to organize your takeoff during the different budgeting phases. 

 

What are your thoughts?  And I am open to any and all OST tips/suggestions from those that do use that program.

 

Rick Cormier

Standards Committee

Tags:  standards 

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Construction Contracts

Posted By Eric Ross, Monday, January 7, 2019
 

Last week I participated in a webinar by ConcensusDocs titled; Successful Construction Documents.  The basic concept of ConcensusDocs is to provide fair contracts with shared risk to get better project results.  As estimators, we understand risk and risk mitigation.  When contracts are more one-sided the cost to cover the rick increases which in turn makes the overall project costs increase. 

 

Are you seeing the industry leaning towards use of ConcensusDocs and the benefits they provide?

 

Eric A. Ross, PE, CPE

Standards Committee

Tags:  standards 

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