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Transforming Historical Project Data Into Useful Information

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Sep 14, 2016 11:32:00 AM

We’re often asked  to help prospects make the business case for investing in a project history system to capture historical cost data. For those of us with religion, the reasons  seem obvious. Others, however, need to be convinced.
 
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Topics: Project Controls, Cost Estimator, Nick Papadopoulos, benchmarking, AACEI, Project History, Cost Estimating Solution, Cost Estimating, Eos Group, Estimating Software, AACE, Conquest Consulting Group, CCG

AACEI 2016 Annual Conference

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Jul 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

This year’s conference was held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Once again, the AACEI staff put on a great conference in a great venue in a great city. For those that haven’t spent time in Toronto (especially in the summer), I highly recommend you find some time to enjoy the city.

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Topics: Project Controls, Cost Estimator, Cost Management, Nick Papadopoulos, AACEI, Project History, Cost Estimating Solution, Cost Estimating, Eos Group, Estimating Software, Total Cost Management, AACE

How to Create an Electrical Substation Estimate in Five Minutes or Less

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Jul 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM

The need for accurate preliminary estimates is never more apparent than in the electric power industry. Projects such as new substations are constantly being considered for capital expense and budgeting. Studies that include cost impact analysis are also important to continually improve the performance and reliability of the electrical grid.

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Topics: Nick Papadopoulos, Eos High Voltage Knowledgebase, Sage Estimating, Eos Group, Estimating Software

Estimating Technology for Construction 2016 Conference

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Jun 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Last week I attended the Estimating Technology for Construction 2016 conference in San Francisco, CA. This was the inaugural event, so I had no prior experience for gauging the attendance and speaker quality.

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Topics: Cost Estimator, Nick Papadopoulos, Sage Estimating, Sage Timberline, Cost Estimating, Sage CRE, Sage 300, AEC, AECO, Autodesk, VDC, eTakeoff, Sage Construction and Real Estate, BIM, Navisworks, eTakeoff Bridge

Thoughts from the 2016 Western Winter Workshop

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Mar 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Western Winter Workshop in Indian Wells, CA earlier this month. This year’s event was presented jointly by the AACEI San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California sections. It was my first event after many, many attempts to participate in prior workshops. Naturally, something always got in the way—work, family, vacations, etc.—but not this time.

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Topics: Cost Estimator, Cost Management, AACEI, Project History, Cost Estimating Solution, Cost Estimating, Eos Group, Estimating Software, AACEI WWW, Total Cost Management, CEC

Hensel Phelps–Sage Estimating

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Dec 8, 2015 9:10:34 AM

 

Hensel Phelps, ranked in the top 25 of ENR's Top 400 Contractors list, chose Sage Estimating as its enterprise cost estimating software solution.

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Topics: Eos Advisor, Sage Estimating, Sage Timberline, Cost Estimating, Hensel Phelps, Eos Group, Enterprise Solution

Who Does the Heavy Lifting?

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Sep 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

What’s the right approach to a cost estimating solution? Should the user be responsible for the heavy lifting, or should the system handle most of the work?

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Topics: Cost Estimator, Nick Papadopoulos, benchmarking, Cleopatra Total Cost Management, Sage Estimating, Cost Estimating Solution, Cost Estimating, Knowledgebase, Database

AACE International Conference Recap

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Jul 8, 2015 11:23:00 AM

I just returned from another trip to Las Vegas (the fourth one in the last nine months) to attend the annual AACEI conference. This is the conference to attend if you're interested in cost engineering and total cost management. Attendance was high with close to 800 participants. While it's not unusual to meet clients and prospects focused on buildings and facilities, the conference is best suited to the non-building sector: energy, process, infrastructure, etc.

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Topics: Cost Estimator, Nick Papadopoulos, benchmarking, AACEI, Infastructure, Eos Advisor, Process, Project History, Energy, Oil and Gas

Why Discipline Matters More to Benchmarking

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Mar 17, 2015 10:07:00 AM

To leverage historical project data, you must develop standards and execute discipline in capturing historical data. That's because you will use historical data for benchmarking purposes (e.g., I want to compare my current project to a collection of historical projects) and conceptual estimating (e.g., I want to use the average of five historical projects as the basis for my conceptual budget).

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Cost Estimate Management–Playing Nice in the Sandbox

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on Feb 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

 

It’s interesting to witness Sage Estimating prospects and clients mature their thinking from each individual “doing their own thing” to a team working with consistent tools, processes, and standards.


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