Construction/Estimating Web Sites
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This company was real specific on their web page. The web page advertised a lot of options of framing a house; they estimate framing, floor truss, materials, lumber, roofing, insulation, siding, and interior work. This company also bids pole barns; they would give you an estimate on treated poles, roof trusses, steel roofs, steel siding, windows and overhead doors. This web site had different links to products, price list and how to and what to consider before you even do an estimate.
This web page has a sample estimate on their main web page. The estimate is broken down to labor material per square feet. The list starts from preparation, excavating, foundation, framing, sheeting, roofing, windows, and doors, inside work such as floor, insulation, and HVAC drywall to general contractors profit. This web page gives you a guide for preparing plans what to consider before going with a project. This helps people to compare their dream verses cost to fit their needs; also being realistic. This web site is user friendly.
This web site is advertising new software called the AdvancedBid 2000 program. They claim that this software is the easiest most sophisticated user friendly. This program would be good for an inexperienced estimator.
This program has redesigned Administrative forms, address book, note pad. This program also has job overhead such as clean-up travel cost, job trailer, permits and fees. This web site shows sample sheet of each data sheet, like the summary sheet, construction categories, major subcontractors, vendors, and the last minute price adjustment. The labor rates buttons on the pricing column and materials are combined.
This web site talks about the new chemical that they put on the vinyl fiberglass siding. This product material is to product from ultraviolet rays (which takes color out and make it look dull and chalky), Acid rain, and dirt that get trapped in it. With this product it restore original beauty and waterproofs it.
Everlast II is very successful with its unique way. Their secret is that it has a special hot for process. It is very popular and successful. This steel is also a galvanized heavier than others. This is excellent steel for commercial, residential, agricultural, architectural, and industrial buildings.
Everlast uses harder paints so that it won't crack as easy.
Roofs vary in there covering materials and design, but most roofs consist of wood framing wood sheathing, roofing felt, flashing, and the surface roofing materials. Roofs are sheath with plywood or panels or for wood singles or spaced boards. Roofing felt lies between the sheathing and the finished material.
This site is dedicated to sales of steel roofing and siding. Everlast roofing Inc. has links to samples of their products, a Q&A section, even links to contractors that may be able to set up a construction schedule.
This is an Australian based site that offers CAD/CAM Estimator software. Plugging into existing CAD software they claim that estimating costs has never been easier. They offer a free demonstration of their estimator CAD software.
This site offer to do the estimating services for you! They specialize in quantity estimation and also do rebar detailing, provide you with produced bar lists, placement lists, and rebar tags.
This site is a good place to go if you wanted to Purchase, Walker’s Building Estimator’s Reference Book Which sounds like a handy book to have around. A cording to the web site this book has been considered the “bible” of estimating for the past 85 years.
At this site I found estimating software and accounting software for sale. The site also provides a slide show of the estimating software with brief description on how it works. It sounds like it is more for company use not for personal.
This site offers seminars on construction estimating and online training that might be interesting. None of these seminars are local but the online does make it somewhat useful.
Busby & Associates Inc. is a company that specializes in cost estimating. They have a large range of services including: Construction budgets, appraisal of sites, cost analysis, and computer application for construction. They have a wide range of experienced staff that contains quantity surveyors, architects, estimators, and data processors. They also had this really cool graphic too.
This web page is a part of the University of South Australia – School of Geoinformatics, Planning and Building, and is all about careers in quantity surveying/estimating. It contains links to information on jobs in the fields of urban and regional planning/transport planning, construction/project management, and surveying/GIS.
Buildsoft produces computer-estimating software. These programs range from large commercial use to homebuilders, subcontractors, and suppliers, to palm pilot estimating programs to linear scaling programs. The site also compares and contrasts the products it offers.
At this website the International Construction Material is offering many types of concrete and concrete tools. The first type of concrete is conloc fibers. Conloc controls plastic shrinkage crack and has less maintenance then any other types of concrete. The second type of concrete is the Fritz-Pak Admixtures. They offer the Prime-A-Pac or Slick Willie Pump Primer. Sika is another additive to concrete that has corrosion inhibitors for reinforced concrete.
The second website I visited was the material take offs. At this website a person can send in a list of items they want to bid on and the professionals at this website will look and analyze the job and send you a quote and a CES Express List which is a list of materials needed for the building. They bid on jobs ranging from hotels to residential to restaurants.
At the last website I visited, Construction Experts Inc, they provided detailed quantity take-off and preliminary pricing for building construction projects. They assist contractors and owners in the bidding or budgeting phases of their projects.
NWBuilders Network a web site is a guide to references for construction and home improvement resources. It has everything from companies in the northwest, to books, and software materials for construction. It shows to start house plans and get the permits to do so.
Civil Engineering a better world by design this web site has headlines about construction and materials, or businesses in the construction field. It also shows upcoming events based on this field. It has a large section of reference books about design and materials, along with a section of links to other sites.
This web site shows useful tools for estimating the cost of some construction. It has a large section on new and alternative insulation materials and products.
It also focuses on books and videos on how to do home projects yourself.
Nicely designed website where you send in blue prints and they give you a takeoff for lumber and building materials. They provide lists with total quantities for easy calculations and prices. Generally takes to do a house project is 3-5 days, 7-10s for any larger projects Average cost is 150$.
North American International
This company specializes in metal building, designs, supplies, and materials. They work with commercial, institutional, residential and warehouse projects. They provide interior finish products, materials and Doors and windows. They also provide help with all projects from start to finish.
General materials, tools website. Discusses new materials and tools in the construction trade. Also goes over equipment used in construction.
Also have a quick links section with classifieds with jobs and equipment for sale, and a message board. Also provides a career center with more detailed job descriptions.
This is a site where you can purchase estimating software. You can also download some update files from the site. The software is called FastCost and was developed by Simon Pty Ltd, which is located in Toowoomba, Australia.
This site has several pages that you can read about procedures for preparation of cost estimates. This is the US Army Corps of Engineers site.
This site is an online bookstore where you can buy a book about estimating excavation. The site allows you to review a chapter in the book as well as the table of contents before deciding to buy the book.
Metal Truss, L.L.C. offers contractors and builders the convenience, quality, and cost savings of plant fabricated pre-engineered trusses, complete with sealed shop and layout drawings.
Online source for finding the lumber you need. Service provided by Tony Lipsey.
Your marketplace is for industrial buying. Suppliers of many products used nationally. "Gives you free access to a searchable database of more than 550,000 distributors, manufacturers, and service companies in all key US industrial markets."
Site relates to the Blue Book of Building and Construction. It lets you search a database to find construction information in different regions and companies. There are tons of accessible information to building materials and where to find various products.
The third site that I came to was buildingsite.com. Unless you were a construction worker of interested in construction this would probably not the place you would really want to go to. This site had different articles on construction. So if you were in construction you would probably be more interesting than to someone who is not. My first web site is on out of Beirut, Lebanon. Construction Material LTD is the name of this company. They have waterproofing and construction chemicals as well a tile laying, flooring, and interior materials for the construction of any building.
The third web site that I looked into was one on construction materials. They have different divisions. Each division looks at one thing like division 1 is general data and division 6 talks about wood and plastics. There are 17 divisions and you may enter the division and get info on what the division is about.
The Directory Exchange for all Manufacturers of Construction Materials, Supplies and Services. Likes to CSI Divisions
This site contains several ideas about stonework for architectural and commercial applications. It offers a variety of stone works for decoration and useful applications. These applications include but are not limited to fireplaces, stone flooring, and exterior stone works. It offers all these stone works in a variety of stone types.
This site deals in cabinetry for homebuilders. The site offers ideas to builders on kitchen planning and cabinet designs. It has a cabinet buying guide, cabinet construction methods, and construction details among other things. It also has a variety of wood types used in these cabinets.
This site offers decorative doors for architecture. The doors offered are made of metal and add flair to any home. It also offers different styles of estate entry gates as well. Another variety of entry doors they offer is pedestrian entry doors.
Micro Estimating Systems was started in 1985, developing and marketing high precision business technology. They say they are the industry leader in computer-aided process planning and estimating systems. Micro engineers software for the machining and fabrication industries with extremely precise manufacturing times and costs. The company designs and markets software products and provides training, maintenance and support services. This will run on Windows 2000 or any Windows local area network. The also sell books and other Micro. Stuff.
Estimationsystems sells books to help with the estimating process. As with all the web sites, if you want to buy something, you can probably find it on this site, but if you are looking for information on estimating, it will cost you.
Like all the others, HCSS has there own software for sale. They say they offer a free version of the software, but I could not get it to download. But they did have a nice slide show to demonstrate their software and how it would work the best for me. They also sold a lot of other thing like books, and services.
iVillage Home& Garden Channel Do-it-yourself Department Initially this sounded like a promising site. However, I found that there was not as much that really would help someone in cost estimating. The "Wallpaper Calculator" feature was no longer available. I realize that planning is an important step in any remodeling or construction project. However, much that was listed in the "Remodel Your Kitchen On A Budget" was more about determining what your personal style was than actual money amounts. When I searched the site for cost estimating, the results were disappointing. Most of what was listed was irrelevant unless you were planning to remodel using pricey antiques. Probably the most helpful information was in the link to the United States Fire Safety Association. Even that provided very little in terms of actual costs. Overall, I felt this site was more of a decorating and advertising site than a construction and estimating site.
Deccan Systems Incorporated site seems to be focused primarily on the businessperson that is currently doing all of own estimating manually. It advertises software that can perform cost estimating for a wide variety of construction and manufacturing situations, i.e., plastics molding, metalworking, construction, and software development. The three main sections were Benefits of Using DeccaPro, Is This Your Typical Day and What You Can Do With DeccaPro. According to them, this software is quick, accurate, results in more bid awards, less risk, more sales, saves time and money and lowers costs. Not only that, "anyone can do it". Excellent presentation. If this site and software can provide everything that they say they can, it made me wonder why we are learning to do this any other way!!
The Samson Homes Company is a company based upon the sales of pre-fab homes. Which means a home that is put together in a warehouse and then sold to a contractor or contractors. It is then the duty of the contractor to ship and assemble the pre-fab home to the job-site or property of the client. These homes are fairly inexpensive but are also fairly generic. With the pre-fab home comes simplicity.
BT Building Systems manufactures pre-fab wall panels. The system that BT is using is a mix of CAD and CAM, computer aided manufacturing. The process can manufacture six three-story homes in a single eight-hour shift. This being only the structural framing and not including siding or flooring or any other details of the home. They then number the wall panels and inform the contractor the order of the construction.
QB Corporation is involved in the making of glue-lam beams. Basically this is a process of taking waste wood products and mixing them with a type of glue and compressing them into the form of beams with extreme pressure. This site also provides structural charts to let the contractor determine the type and size of the beam needed for his application. For example, the span for a particular beam before it will give to pressure. The contractor definitely wouldn't want to get a call from his client saying he fell through his kitchen floor because the contractor used too weak of a glue-lam beam. Not good!!!
This website sales construction material and products. Contech is a construction product incorporation that produces material to sell. At their website they sell and produce corrugated steel, aluminum and plastic pipes, metal plate structures, segmental concrete walls, pedestrian and two-lane bridges. They also sell and produce geosynthetic products for the highway, drainage, sewage, site-improvement markets, and they do have innovative applications for detention systems, storm drainage, sewage lines, bridges, tunnels, and retaining walls. The website has features which allow you to find what a product can be used for or what products they have available for your application. The website basically is an informational tool which has a list of sales offices and their location with phone number and fax.
This web address is a site about Construction Experts Incorporation. They provide house formation training programs, seminars for supervisors, construction planning and scheduling, cost estimating, and project management. They offer general quantity take-off and preliminary pricing for building projects, structural and architectural concrete estimating, conceptual estimating, and bidding assistance. They also offer an online course Introduction To Construction Estimating. This is an informational based website with various ways to contact them for further incite.
GAF Materials Corporation offers a wide range of residential and commercial roofing materials. They meet design needs for standard 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, conventional built-up roofs, modified bitumen systems, and composite systems. They have 26 plants throughout the United States. They also have roofing products such as flashings and vents, insulation, membranes and felts, cements, coatings, adhesives and asphalt. In addition they have training videos. This website is informational only with ways to contact them for further information.
The company is Vertigraph Incorporated. They supply Construction Company’s software that computerizes their bidding, estimating, and digitizing. Vertigraph has a wide range of customers they supply, such as contractors, subcontractors, industrial, residential, and road crew construction. Examples of their software include, BidWorx (a program that keeps track of materials, equipment, and other items you wish to detail) BidPoint XL (basically an advanced estimating software based off of Excel). Vertigraph also offers training classes, consulting services, and needs assessments for contractors.
They supply contractors, estimators, engineers, and designers with software and services throughout the world. They supply a staff of technical workers that are there to provide contractors with effective solutions to any cost estimating and analysis situation. The technicians also supply information about Value Engineering, Risk Analysis, Systematic Design, Partnering Solutions, and Project Scheduling. U.S. Cost developed their own software called Success and software tools that connect estimating to scheduling, external cost databases, and quantity takeoff.
It turned out to be a Construction Estimating Institute. It is a non-profit organization that increases estimating and management skills of those who attend the courses. They offer staff training, contractors licenses for certain states, on-line education, estimating software, employment, and even on-site training. This was amazing to me finding an institution that teaches you on the job while your doing it. They also address training needs on a nationwide level.
This website opens to several folders from wood and concrete to furnishings and electrical. Any of these can be opened and explored further, focusing on the numerous details of these general construction concepts. Also included on this website are various posted construction trade and architectural/engineering jobs. Like the other websites, the latest new in this industry is also available.
This site, is for a business based in Phoenix, Arizona, was mainly set up for remodeling of homes. They do the estimating, and the financing needed to remodel. They also draw and redraw blueprint for homes. One feature that stuck out was there links to local contractors.
This site tells you where to send a set of drawings to have an estimate done. They review your drawing, then call you so that you can have changes done depending on cost or any thing else that you would like to have done. They are able to have your estimate and drawings sent back to you with in seven working days.
This company specializes in division 2 and 3 site work and structural concrete, quantity surveys, earthwork takeoffs, environmental redemption, marine and heavy highway projects, Construction claims and value engineering.