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FREE WEBINAR: "IMPROVE YOUR ESTIMATING SKILLS WITH CPE CERTIFICATE

Posted By Lorena Quintero, Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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The Green New Deal

Posted By Karla Wursthorn, Wednesday, March 13, 2019
 

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” in the news.  Whatever your political persuasion, whether you think it’s a great idea, aspirational or just plain silly, what if this movement grows legs?  Can you imagine trying to achieve net zero energy in all buildings in the next decade?  Seems highly improbable, but I am starting to see the beginning of a new trend in construction – Net Zero Energy.  First, it was LEED, then Passive House, and now I am seeing tax credits tied to building Net Zero Energy Homes!  In fact, I have spent the better part of last year in preconstruction for a Net Zero Energy speculative office building in Allentown, Pennsylvania (not exactly a hotbed of innovative building construction…).

 

So, if it it’s happening here, I assume this may be a trend in other places too.  I’ve love to hear what others are doing relative to innovative energy projects.

 

Karla Wursthorn, CPE

Standards Committee Chair

Tags:  standards 

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Historical Data

Posted By Rick Cormier, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
 

What are some of the ways you collect historic data?  Is it an elaborate database, simple spreadsheet or just updating your estimating software?  Or do you feel that it's not important since changes frequently?  Just curious to how others view this. 

 

Rick Cormier

Standards Committee

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Building Connected

Posted By Rick Cormier, Monday, February 18, 2019
 

Is anyone else using Building Connected for sending out bid invitations?  If you're not, you should give it a shot.  I love how I can create/customize bid packages and bid forms for the sub-contractor to use and complete.  I find that having a specific bid form for each packages allows me to speed up the process of scoping out each sub.  The bid form also allows me to level each sub-contractor for a better apples-to-apples comparison.   Building Connected also has other functions like project analysis, bid board and qualifications to mention a few. 

 

 

Rick Cormier

Standards Committee

 

Tags:  standards 

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Bid Proposal Formats

Posted By Dave Garman, Monday, February 11, 2019
 

I am finding it shocking and amazing how subcontractors and suppliers are submitting their bid proposals in such inconsistent formats.  At my company, we spend a lot of time to put together detailed scope of work bid packages and a bid form for use by subcontractors to submit their bid proposals on our projects.  Unfortunately, many ignore these instructions and submit their bid proposals their own way. 

 

I still receive bid proposals …

·         By fax, even though I personally have not used a fax machine for over 10 years.

·         By e-mail typed within an e-mail and no attachment.

·         By e-mail as a PDF file attachment.

·         By e-mail as a MS Word attachment unprotected so anyone can make changes to their bid proposal. 

·         By e-mail as MS Excel attachments unprotected so anyone can make changes to their bid proposal. 

·         By e-mail with a link to download from an internet cloud somewhere (you have to careful about malware viruses with the download). 

·         To top all that off, many of bid proposals I receive do not have any contact information on them: no contact person name, no telephone number, no company name. 

·         Some bid proposals come in by e-mail; and the e-mail contains the contact information, but they do not put the contact information on the attached bid proposal so unless you print out the e-mail then you have no contact information on their bid proposal.

·         I still occasionally have some subcontractors who (apparently) do not have a computer, so they hand write their bid proposals which sometimes are barely legible. 

·         I have had a couple of subcontractors who work on the jobsite and also do the bid proposals, and they like to occasionally hand deliver their bid proposals.  It’s not unusual for them to hand deliver a bid proposal after working out on a project all day in mud and track mud all over our office to hand deliver their bid personally to my office. 

·         I have one subcontractor who likes to use any scrap piece of paper he can find and submit a lump sum number bid proposal without any scope details on the scrap paper (usually a used napkin where he recently had breakfast or lunch) and hand deliver that to my office.

 

What is shocking is that this inconsistency in bid proposals is coming from a lot of very large reputable subcontractor companies that do very good work on our projects.  What are your challenges in receiving bids?

 

 

Dave Garman, CPE

Standards Committee

 

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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

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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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Drones

Posted By Eric Ross, Monday, November 26, 2018
 

Drones are the hot topic in construction.  Is your company utilizing drone data?  I see some benefits of using drone data; more accurate estimates, enhanced 3D visualizations and better project visibility.  The initial investment into drone technology is not too expensive.  The extra consideration with utilizing drones, they are heavily regulated in some areas and are limited by their viewing capabilities.

 

Eric A. Ross, PE, CPE

Standards Committee

 

Tags:  standards 

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Detailed Estimates

Posted By Rick Cormier, Monday, November 19, 2018
 

What are some of the effective ways you use to deliver budget and scope details to your clients?  Granted, this is not interchangeable between clients; but I am curious to see some of your approaches in delivering this information.

 

For example, earlier in my career I felt the KISS method would be the best approach.  A one-page or two-page document delivering a lump sum total with a basic list of inclusions/exclusions, maybe a cover page for some clients but not all.  The issue with this was I would often spend more time justifying my lump sum value; not because it was low, but because the client felt like they were paying too much.

 

As experience gained, my budget letters became more detailed and more tailored to each client.  Sometimes I would provide narrative for the scope of work, but often I would just use bulleted scope items with drawing(s) to reference and a pricing breakdown.  I felt the bulleted scope method was more price justifying and interchangeable between clients.  I even have gone as far as putting together a 100+ page bounded booklet with a narrative, bulleted scope and exclusions, detailed estimate with cut sheets of products they could expect for the few detailed clients.   

 

I'm not expecting anyone to share trade secrets but rather discuss what methods work or didn't work for you.

 

Rick Cormier

Standards Committee

 

Tags:  standards 

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Prefab

Posted By Eric Ross, Monday, November 12, 2018
 

Prefab, which reduces construction time from years to months and has grown in quality and reputation, will have ever-increasing impact on the construction market.  Cost and labor benefits are attracting the attention of owners.  What are your experiences, if any, with prefab?

 

Eric A. Ross, PE, CPE

Standards Committee

Tags:  standards 

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