North America’s Greatest Precon Conference

May 4-7 2020 | Las Vegas, Nevada

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  Revealing How to Stay on Top of Cost Escalation & Forecast Critical Labor & Material Trends

Always a highlight of the conference, Ed Zarenski was back for 2018, where he gave an annual update on construction inflation, and forecasting.

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  Assessing the Target Value Design Process & the Benefits over Traditional Estimating Methods

Jacob Keith from Layton Construction looks at the key questions of Target Value Design, and how it differs to traditional estimating methods.

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Estimation Technology Adoption

We conducted a mini survey with the industry to benchmark the adoption of critical estimating technology, and what value estimators were getting from them.

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Forecasting Costs – Ed Zarenski

Ed Zarenski has over 35 years of experience in construction cost estimating and economics. At ABE 2017 he presented the common errors made in forecasting, the impact of project inflation, sources of forecasting data and more.

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Mini-Interviews, Texas A&M University, and Brigham Young University

  • Kevin Miller of Brigham Young University, discusses how he has been working with software companies to improve BIM estimating workflows
  • Zofia Rybkowski of Texas A&M, explores the pros and cons of Target Value Design and outlines ways in which estimators can adopt to this new method

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Mini-Interview, Gilbane Building Company

Sue Klawans, SVP & Director of Operational Excellence & Planning, Gilbane Building Company

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Staff Training & Change Management: Best Practices

Cecilia Kucharski, VP Preconstruction & Estimating, Balfour Beatty

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Mini-Interview, Hoar Construction

Ford Hazelip gives an insight into the work at Hoar Construction on improving workflows and communication to enable accurate estimation to occur, even while design continues.

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Mini-Interview, Balfour Beatty

Cecilia Kucharski & Daniel Shirkey discuss their experiences of integrating BIM into estimation workflows and their ambitions for adopting more technology in the near future.

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