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Estimating Tools and Techniques

Anyone contributing to the costs of construction projects, budget proposals, cost controls and change order management must know how to develop a responsible estimate. Gain an understanding of the tools and techniques used in compiling, organizing and analyzing the various elements that influence the costs of construction projects. Learn the latest tools in estimating, and explore emerging technology for maximizing the effectiveness of estimating.  Examine spreadsheet organization, database management, digital take off and 5D estimating. Project engineers, project managers, owner representatives, designers and owners will benefit from this course.

You will be utilizing two software programs in this course, On-Screen Takeoff and Autodesk Quantity Takeoff (QTO). In order to prepare for the free trial downloads, you will need to have the following hardware capabilities. Please note that Autodesk QTO is also Mac compatible.  

On-Screen Takeoff® Professional, PlanViewer, and ePlan

Windows Operating System Windows XP SP2 (SP3 recommended)
Windows Vista SP1 (SP2 recommended)
Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate
Processor 32 Bit / 1 GHz
Memory (RAM) 1GB
Monitor/Resolution Super VGA (800x600)
Free Hard Drive Space 500MB
Internet Connection An unrestricted connection is required for authorizing the product
Web Browser Internet Explorer 6

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff (QTO)

Windows Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows 7
It is recommended that non-English language versions of Autodesk Quantity Takeoff be installed on an operating system with a user interface language that matches the code page of the Autodesk Quantity Takeoff language. A code page provides support for character sets used in different languages. See the Windows Vista versions section of the Microsoft website.  
Processor Intel Pentium IV processor, 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor (or faster)
Multiple processors supported
Dual core supported
Memory (RAM) 2 GB (minimum)
4 GB (recommended)
Monitor/Resolution 1024 x 768 True Color (minimum)
Display Card 128 MB Video Adaptor Card (minimum)
256 MB or greater, Direct 3D compatible 3D Video Adaptor Card (recommended)
Free Hard Drive Space 550MB free space
Web Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
Course Number:
378970