Estimators are tasked with more than just estimating projects. Today’s preconstruction professionals are facing challenges that they have not been asked to take on before. This pre-conference workshop will consists of four 15-minute presentations from audience peers discussing Estimators’ issues. They will pose the challenges they are facing and how their company is creating a solution. After each presentation, the audience will have small group discussions as well as share insights from the entire audience.
Stewart Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Beck Technology
The speed of the estimating and bidding process is reliant on strong collaboration between clients, contractors and designers. This workshop will explore how contractual methods such as IPD, team culture and technology can help coordinate efforts between designers and estimators to ensure all stakeholders have the data and insight they need to perform their role quickly and accurately.
John Reich, Preconstruction Manager, Beck Group
Jennifer Cull, Project Manager, The Beck Group
With a significant portion of estimators nearing the end of their career, a major shortage of qualified staff is a major risk for preconstruction departments. While the younger generation tend to be more tech-savvy and eager to leverage BIM, they also lack critical ‘common sense’ awareness and experience. This workshop will explore how a new generation of estimators can be hired and supported to become new corporate leaders, without losing the experience of your mature staff.
Cecilia Kucharski, VP Preconstruction & Estimating, Balfour Beatty
Bill Brady, Chief Estimator – North Texas, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
The cost of a project is directly related to the schedule. How many man-hours of work are required for each step? How will design changes and delays impact the cost? Meanwhile, there is continued pressure to consolidate schedules from owners and GCs. This workshop will explore how scheduling and estimating can be further integrated within your project team to ensure costs are accurate, while leveraging the latest 4D BIM and CPM methods.
Tomislav Zigo, VP, Virtual Design & Construction, Clayco
Contractors often receive BIM models that lack the details they need for estimating. Architects aren’t contracted to provide these details, and many owners are inexperienced in resolving the issue. This workshop will explore how early planning between stakeholders can provide clarity on what data will and will not be included in BIM models and design drawings, enabling estimators to streamline their take-off processes.
Dave Green, Estimating Manager, Mortenson
Tom Philippi, Design Principal, SmithGroupJJR
As our industry moves more toward integrated project delivery systems, collaboration on a single platform for creation and visualization of building data becomes both essential and possible. With automation the power of a single platform can be cultivated to its maximum potential.
Steve Watkins, Director of Preconstruction, The Walsh Group
Gayane Aghazarian, Construction Tech Manager, The Walsh Group
As the construction process becomes increasingly digital, more data is now available to analyze. Revit data cannot just be ‘taken off’ but also extrapolated to determine preliminary costs. New tools can help you visualize cost breakdowns. Bids can be analyzed and compared like never before. This workshop will provide an introduction to these cutting-edge methods, with instructional demos and other interactive ways of learning.
Bob DuBois, Lead Estimator, SSOE Group
Douglas Furia, Project VDC/BIM Manager, SSOE Group