Software development effort estimation is the process of predicting the most realistic amount of effort (expressed in terms of person-hours or money) required to develop or maintain software based on incomplete, uncertain and noisy input.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the culmination of a millennium of human efforts to graphically represent building projects. Architects have always required graphical representation of their buildings. This technology makes these designs come alive.
For earthwork contractors the key to survival is an accurate estimate of earthwork volumes. Without an accurate estimate of earthwork volumes, the contractor will be unable to properly assign construction assets or formulate a project schedule. Estimating earthwork construction requires many assumptions and unknowns.
“If you don’t have confidence in your takeoff, it’s worthless,” says Coy Lowden, estimator/project manager at Lowden Excavating Inc. in Kyle, TX, “You might as well not have done it.”
True enough, but how do you get there? Four years ago onscreen takeoffs all but made digitizers obsolete. The current standard,
As the largest public university in the state, Utah Valley University currently offers nearly 34,000 students degrees across 100 subjects ““ including construction management. As part of the educational experience, the university regularly competes in awards competitions ““ allowing students to combine what they’ve learned in the classroom with real-world
With the advent of the computer, and especially more advanced specialized software and graphics capabilities, the whole business of estimating has changed for the better.
For better or for worse, there’s a good reason why certain people are called estimators. It’s obvious, since that is precisely what estimators do: they estimate. Nobody has ever had to hold a staff meeting or a focus group to figure that one out. But the trouble is that while
The idea had been to talk to business and estimating software manufacturers about their web-based learning aides and then advise contractors what they can do to make the best use of what’s available in free or low-cost resources. But Chris Henry, director of technical services at HCSS software, suggested another,
By Ed Ritchie
Certainly, there’s good news about construction employment across the US. According to a recent analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America, 139 out of 337 metropolitan areas added jobs between December 2011 and December 2012. Association officials noted that growing private sector demand for new