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Any Construction Estimators here - August 12, 2009, 04:14 PM

Just got a job doing estimations for a large commercial contractor. Looking for some advice plus maybe some pointers to help out. I started 2 days ago and have gained a lot of experience so far and seem to be catching on fast.

Want to gain some insight on the industry to help me transition as best and as soon as possible.

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hey which company are you with? i am looking for a job. i can send over my resume. let me know. thanks.
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Want to gain some insight on the industry to help me transition as best and as soon as possible.

Mainly using "onscreen take off"

thanks,

MikeyB
First off, congrats. I've been in the construction estimating industry for over 4 years now. I really enjoy this aspect of the industry rather than out on the field dealing with the daily bs.

The best way to be successful is get to know the various construction methods and have a good understanding of all the assemblies. Being accurate is one thing, but make sure you allow yourself extra allowances for waste, unforeseen conditions, etc.

You have a lot of responsibilities bidding jobs, so just take your time and double/triple check that you got everything covered.

The best on screen takeoff software is Planswift. It is by far the most user-friendly and beats a typical digitizer anyday of the week. I introduced this to my new company and they all seem to love it.


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August 12, 2009, 05:36 PM

hey look - great advice from a TPG'r

congrats on the job btw - good luck with it

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First off, congrats. I've been in the construction estimating industry for over 4 years now. I really enjoy this aspect of the industry rather than out on the field dealing with the daily bs.

The best way to be successful is get to know the various construction methods and have a good understanding of all the assemblies. Being accurate is one thing, but make sure you allow yourself extra allowances for waste, unforeseen conditions, etc.

You have a lot of responsibilities bidding jobs, so just take your time and double/triple check that you got everything covered.

The best on screen takeoff software is Planswift. It is by far the most user-friendly and beats a typical digitizer anyday of the week. I introduced this to my new company and they all seem to love it.
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I'm in the interior architecture (RTKL) world, let me know what company you are with.
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Architect here, doing CM now. Did estimating for interiors at my last job, before I was laid off last fall. We did everything by hand.

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