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Use of RSMEANS to estimate construction project!



What is your experience in using MEANS to estimate a construction project?

RSMEANS is the full name, always used MEANS.
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Never heard of it before so it would be interesting to see the feedback.



Rami

You could check at https://www.rsmeans.com/products/ebooks/20...ata-ebooks.aspx



Thanks Vincent. I checked the link, it has some cost books for sale (For sure very expensive) but still did not get the idea. Maybe I should do more research.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Feb 06, 2018 2:20 PM
Vincent Guerard
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In short what I understand is you could estimate the volume / length of what is to be constructed and tables in the book would tell you estimated time to construct.

If you need to install 20 km of finer optic with information on what is aerial, underground etc you could have a reference time for your estimate. I understand there are factor for seasons and regions.



Feb 06, 2018 1:07 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Thanks Vincent. I checked the link, it has some cost books for sale (For sure very expensive) but still did not get the idea. Maybe I should do more research.
In short what I understand is you could estimate the volume / length of what is to be constructed and tables in the book would tell you estimated time to construct.

If you need to install 20 km of finer optic with information on what is aerial, underground etc you could have a reference time for your estimate. I understand there are factor for seasons and regions.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 06, 2018 2:24 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Thanks Vincent. It would be interesting to see the input from our fellow colleagues.



Feb 06, 2018 2:20 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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In short what I understand is you could estimate the volume / length of what is to be constructed and tables in the book would tell you estimated time to construct.

If you need to install 20 km of finer optic with information on what is aerial, underground etc you could have a reference time for your estimate. I understand there are factor for seasons and regions.
Thanks Vincent. It would be interesting to see the input from our fellow colleagues.



My organization uses a combination of RS Means CostWorks and Sage Timberline Estimating, with an RS Means database. Timberline (now officially, Sage) is powered by trade-specific cost databases, and enables us to do takeoffs and fair cost estimates We have modified some of our databases to reflect our local labor rates, and can choose more global rates for developing estimates in other areas of the country.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Feb 07, 2018 12:30 AM
Vincent Guerard
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Thanks for your input, I will look at Sage.

Any preference, any give you a closer estimate?



Feb 06, 2018 3:27 PM
Replying to Julia Cunningham
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My organization uses a combination of RS Means CostWorks and Sage Timberline Estimating, with an RS Means database. Timberline (now officially, Sage) is powered by trade-specific cost databases, and enables us to do takeoffs and fair cost estimates We have modified some of our databases to reflect our local labor rates, and can choose more global rates for developing estimates in other areas of the country.
Thanks for your input, I will look at Sage.

Any preference, any give you a closer estimate?



Estimating accuracy is defined to a large degree on the level of detail of the inputs, so, theoretically, the same inputs into both programs should give you similar outputs.
Having said that, the reporting and features of RS Means CostWorks and Sage Timberline are different. In the industry in which I work, Timberline reporting is the "gold standard" and people are familiar and comfortable with the way the estimates are presented, which gives those more credibility at times.



Thanks Julia

Could it be that more experience you have with one, more you are confident with the estimate and its bias?

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