Tame the Chaos

The estimating article for March of 2015 is available at the online version of Electrical Contractor Magazine. The article is Part One of a primer for scheduling. Click here or on the pictures to read it. Let me know if you have any comments on the article.

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A New Spec I Like

This paragraph is the first time I have seen a reasonable “make sure all the work is covered” specification, instead of the usual “The electrical contractor shall review the documents of all trades for electrical work ….” type of specification.

“The organization of the Specifications into Divisions, Sections and Subsections, and the arrangement of the Plans shall not in and of itself divide the Work among the Contractors and Subcontractors nor establish the Work to be performed by any trade. The “Scope of Work” and “Work Included” under each respective sectional heading, nevertheless, attempts to segregate the Work by known contracting activities. In the final analysis, the General Contractor shall be responsible for scoping the work for each trade based on local practice to
include all the Work of a given type in the related proposal, regardless of where and how identified in the Bid Documents.”

That is quite an improvement.

Still Trying To Get Along

The estimating article for February of 2015 is available at the online version of Electrical Contractor Magazine. It continues the conversation about the differences between the needs of estimators and project managers. Click here or on the pictures to read it. Let me know if you have any comments on the article.

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Can’t We Just Get Along?

The estimating article for January of 2015 is available at the online version of Electrical Contractor Magazine. It is about the differences between the needs of estimators and project managers. Click here or on the pictures to read it. Let me know if you have any comments on the article.

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Upcoming Article – Scheduling

One of my upcoming articles will be about scheduling. Do any of you have questions you would like answered?

Bad Documents Seminar

I just received an ad for a seminar addressing one of the biggest challenges we are facing today – bad plans and specs. It is being put on by an outfit called the Construction Claims Advisor. The lawyer making the presentation specializes in construction law. The web address is; http://constructionpronet.com/Calendar.aspx. The webinar is called “To Kill A Project: Contractor Strategies for Dealing With Defective Plans and Specs”.

This will be the first webinar I will have attended from this company, so I can’t personally vouch for them. However, the subject matter was like cheese to a mouse for me. I could not pass it up.

Bid Listing Redux, Part 2

The estimating article for November 2014 has been posted in Electrical Contractor Magazine. The article is part two about bid listing. Click here or on the pictures to read it.

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