01 Scope Estimating w/ System Quantity to Check/Qualify Sub

So many people in related construction industries  believe that construction estimating software is the answer to their problems in determining construction cost or building cost. Most often, the business problems companies experience lie within their operations and processes.  Construction Software like: Construction Estimating Software, Accounting Software, and Project Management software does help, HOWEVER, they will NOT help if you do not have your processes and operations clearly identified.  AskTheEstimator.com is here to cleanup all the confusion as it relates to the construction estimating process for virtually ANY discipline like electrical estimating just for example .  So often, construction estimating software is designed with one idea or estimating process in mind.   However, in reality, the estimating process really breaks down into 12 different processes. With that in mind, many construction estimators may find this next comment a little shocking (or amusing) but here it is:  “ESTIMATING is an ART, NOT a Science”. This FREE construction estimating software training video focuses on our Scope of Work “Scope Estimating” with a possible System Quantity performed by you.  This construction estimating software training process illustrates a method for you to check or qualify a Subcontractor’s/Vendor’s/Manufacturer’s Scope of Work, a possible Scope System Quantity and ultimately Price. There is no right or wrong standard, it all has to do with Consistency, Profitability and How you get there.

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Questions received:

On January 18, 2010, we received the following question from Joe, a contractor in New York:

I am trying to figure out what type of construction estimating software program I should buy. How do I go about that since it is very hard for me to distinguish the differences of all the construction estimating programs out there? Your advice would really help me.

Click here view my answer to Joe’s question on How to pick a Construction Estimating Software program for Scope Estimating.

How to Review a Construction Estimating Software Program for Scope Estimating