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In my experience if they want something beyond a $/sq. ft. estimate ( say
$100/sq. ft. for example), I send them to a professional cost estimator,
who charges more than I do for the structural engineering.

Stan Scholl, P.E.
Laguna Beach, CA

On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 10:02:08 -0500 "Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>
writes:
> I am frequently called upon by clients to render an estimate of 
> construction
> cost. I don't mind this at all, except for the fact that I've never 
> come up
> with a satisfactory set of tools to do it.
> 
> I have tried various spreadsheet formats and even looked at 
> software
> available for purchase, but they are all geared more toward 
> estimates FOR
> construction cost, not OF construction cost.
> 
> The distinction is that I, as engineer, am not concerned about the 
> grisly
> details of what goes into an estimate. I want to work with gross 
> effects.
> The contractor wants to be able to apply minute controls; I simply 
> want a
> bottom line with a reasonable breakdown of how I got there without 
> all the
> ghastly detail.
> 
> I wonder if anyone here has come up with or developed a tool that 
> you like
> to use for making such estimates, and if you would care to share it 
> with the
> rest of us. For myself, I'm tired of flailing around trying to find
> something that fits.
> 
> 
> 
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