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Advancing Preconstruction & Estimating Conference in Dallas

Posted by Tony Colburn on Jun 4, 2019 12:05:10 PM

State of the Market

Dedicated to preconstruction and estimating, the third annual Advancing Preconstruction & Estimating conference once again delivered compelling sessions led by thought leaders from construction firms and solution providers. Here are some of my reflections…

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Topics: Cost Estimator, benchmarking, Project History, Sage Estimating, Sage Timberline, Cost Estimating Solution, Cost Estimating, Eos Group, Estimating Software, Sage CRE, Cortex Project History, Conceptual Estimating, Cortex, Sage, Sage Estimating SQL, Eos Cortex, Eos Navigator, Eos Nav

Does Your Project History Walk Out the Door?

Posted by Tony Colburn on Jul 18, 2017 10:29:00 AM

 

Perspectives from the AACE International Conference 2017 in Orlando

Every year, interest in capturing project cost history grows among the attendees at the annual AACE International conference. This year was no different.

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Topics: Cost Estimator, benchmarking, AACEI, Project History, Sage Estimating, Sage Timberline, Cost Estimating Solution, Cost Estimating, Eos Group, Estimating Software, AACE International, AACE, Cortex Project History, Conceptual Estimating, Trend Analysis, Cortex

When Estimating Worlds Collide… In a Good Way

Posted by Tony Colburn on Apr 25, 2017 11:17:47 AM

The owner develops an estimate. The engineer develops an estimate. While both are right, they’re rarely close and often worlds apart.

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Topics: Cost Estimator, Eos High Voltage Knowledgebase, Sage Estimating, Sage Timberline, Eos Group, Estimating, High Voltage Knowledgebase, EPC, Tony Colburn

Benchmarks for Spaceships

Posted by Tony Colburn on Jun 21, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Aerospace contractors, private spaceflight companies, and NASA all maintain libraries of history and benchmarks for their spacecraft and equipment. They use this data to justify and validate current project costs or compare past projects (or elements within projects). However, with the exponential technology advancement curve they undoubtedly operate under, I can imagine how hard it is to keep this data current, much less collect and calibrate the volume of data necessary to achieve a meaningful analysis.

Without a doubt, this is true for engineering, architectural, and contracting firms building Spaceship Apple, the technology giant’s new corporate headquarters targeted for completion at the end 2016.

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Topics: Cost Estimator, benchmarking, Project History, Eos Group, Tony Colburn

Cost Estimating Database or Knowledgebase

Posted by Tony Colburn on Oct 11, 2014 11:37:00 PM

Most cost estimating systems connect to one or more content data sources, even those based in Microsoft Excel. Without them, the estimating system is just a spreadsheet. Content data is hard to develop and maintain. Without standards for development and maintenance, consumers lose trust in the data and you are back to spreadsheet estimating.

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Topics: Eos Piping Knowledgebase, Eos High Voltage Knowledgebase, Knowledgebase, High Voltage Knowledgebase, Cost Engineer, Tony Colburn

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