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Old 01-24-2019, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hello all
I'm looking for some help in estimating commercial projects. Do any of you do estimating? I have several projects that I can send you. Let's chat about rates etc.

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Old 01-28-2019, 09:41 PM   #2
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:42 PM   #3
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I'm also looking for someone or to find out if there is a cheap program
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I'm also looking for someone or to find out if there is a cheap program
Me too but I'm in Canada. I wish there was a way to learn. I've got a bid request on my desk right now for a bank. They sent me the blueprints but I'm not able to read them properly. I know if I did this once I'd be over the hump. I've turned down over 200K in commercial business last year. I can do the painting but the quotes are a different ballgame.
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There are online estimating services available. I dont know if they can be trusted, but for a 6 figure job, you better do it right, or hire someone who can....

I use PEP cloud. Its 35 a month.It takes some getting used to, but I've had good luck with it. Other people here have recommended other ones they claim are better.
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Learning to read and understand plans requires patience and practice and no service is really going to replace the time required to learn them.Plans are drawn by architects, who in my opinion are still low on the evolutionary ladder,and most plans don't have all the info needed or are just poorly drawn.What you need to do is be able to take a two dimension drawing and visualize it in 3D. Sometimes looking at the ext. elevations makes the int. elevations make sense. After awhile it all makes sense.
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With blueprints, the devil is in the details. They are like a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
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Learning to read and understand plans requires patience and practice and no service is really going to replace the time required to learn them.Plans are drawn by architects, who in my opinion are still low on the evolutionary ladder,and most plans don't have all the info needed or are just poorly drawn.What you need to do is be able to take a two dimension drawing and visualize it in 3D. Sometimes looking at the ext. elevations makes the int. elevations make sense. After awhile it all makes sense.
Some nerd needs to develop a 3D software that'll bring those drawings to life. Like those 3D glasses. You're right I have a million questions and they want a quote just from the bid package. I'm used to going to the actual job site to do my estimates.
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Some nerd needs to develop a 3D software that'll bring those drawings to life. Like those 3D glasses. You're right I have a million questions and they want a quote just from the bid package. I'm used to going to the actual job site to do my estimates.
Hey bro, that's not possible when the job site doesn't yet exist.
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Hey bro, that's not possible when the job site doesn't yet exist.
I'm referring to 3D animation. That technology probably doesn't exist yet for business.
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I have seen plans that are almost 3D showing what the exterior of the project looks like but not any interior elevations. It was handy for overall perspective. It was used on bigger projects and was probably expensive software.
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Hi everyone, I make my living estimating commercial projects. From a couple of grand to multi-million dollars. Send me a message if you'd like some help.
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