By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The Phoenix chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators (Chapter Six) will host two events in October.
ASPE is the only construction estimating society in the U.S., and Chapter Six is one of the largest chapters with 80 members and growing.
The organization features the industry’s only certified professional estimating program, which is administered through the chapters. Certification involves a series of tests and a written paper to determine competence and familiarity with industry standards.
“For those estimators who are looking to advance their career, a) being a part of ASPE is key and b) is going for your certification,” said former Chapter Six President Carl Cathcart, who owns CPE Estimating.
11th Hour Bid Simulation Coming Oct. 17
One of the chapter’s most popular events and biggest draws is its 11th Hour Bid Simulation, to be held on Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-1p.m. at ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction.
The event simulates a bid day in an actual construction war room. Historically events were conducted twice a year, but they will be offered more frequently moving forward due to increasing demand and popularity.
“It is the actual feeling of being in a competitive bid scenario,” Cathcart said. “Things change. Addendums come in. Wrong bids are submitted. It’s very realistic. Members are broken up into teams and will get a new bid packet every 15 minutes or so they will have to put together. It’s an actual project that was already estimated, and the winning team is the one that comes closest to the actual bid that that won that project.”
While fun, the simulations are also highly instructional and allow attendees from every facet of the construction and bid process to see how the total process is run in a real world environment. “This is not just good for young estimators, but we also encourage architects and engineering firms to be involved so they can see what actually happens on bid day and how all the pieces fit together and affect each other.”
October Educational Dinner: Direction of the ROC
Every second Tuesday the chapter hosts a dinner presentation featuring industry experts brought in to educate members and guests about the ins and outs of the construction estimating process.
“It’s a great resource for any construction estimators in the Valley, whether they be general contractors, subcontractors or suppliers,” Cathcart said. “We have a lot of the big names in construction; so it’s a great resource to not only meet these people but to educate yourself.”
The October event, 5:30-8p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 320 N. 44th St., features a presentation by Jeff Fleetham, director of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, the state’s contractor licensing body. Fleetham and his team will discuss their planned direction for the ROC and policies and programs they intend to implement. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
Online registration is available here.