02 Jan 2019
Staying up to date in highly technical, evolving disciplines.
The design, mechanical, plumbing, and building world is without question a precise, highly competitive arena. What you learn and how you can apply the knowledge, will position you and your company as a formidable competitor. Professional estimators in these trades are involved with design and construction costs, however, their tasks don’t stop there. Creating estimates for process or manufacturing areas is also their responsibility and involves accessing accurate information in a timely manner.
How many decisions are reliant on an accurate estimate? From an owner’s perspective, the cost estimate may be used to determine the project scope or whether the project should proceed. The construction contractor’s cost estimate will determine the construction bid or whether the company will bid on the construction contract.
Most lucrative firms have highly, skilled, knowledgeable professionals who are juggling many elements within a large bid. A certain amount of staff is seasoned and experienced, but some are new to the industry. Many employees assume multiple roles, and most lack detailed information on less familiar bid requirements such as a high purity water system. Although an HPW system may be lower on the bid list, it’s specification and footprint planning are key in the design stage.
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It is not surprising, given the importance placed on an estimate to deliver a successful outcome, that a line item on a bid list of thousands may not be given adequate consideration or forethought. The pressure inherent in this relentless competition for contracts is real and those deciphering what is needed and how the process fits into the project budget must have access to current, reliable solutions. If water treatment is involved in your project, design considerations could include: