Estimating and Bidding for Success
Instructor: Paul Acker
This seven-hour course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Although this course will be beneficial to junior estimators just entering in this field, it could also help architects, engineers and contractors become more familiar with how bids are prepared. The following material will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid. Being able to read and understand blueprints is also integral to the estimating process. Knowing how to apply and itemize costs for specific activities and materials, based on a set of plans and related professional resources, is key. The estimator who can visualize the project, and accurately determine its costs will become one of the most important persons in any construction company.
This course covers:
- Methods of Construction Delivery
- Types of Contracts
- Types of Estimates
- Bid Documents
- The Bid Team
- Structuring the Bid Program
- Parts of a Blueprint
- Reading the Plans
- Estimating Self-Performed Work
Building on Budget by Design
Instructor: Jeff Rice
The benefit and importance of pursuing an efficient design and budget allows for the creation of comparable design per a client’s initial request, but ultimately accomplishing it with considerably less complexity, building materials, construction labor, and finally cost, achieving an efficient design resulting in greater value for the homeowner. Functionality, aesthetics, and methods of code compliance are each guided by financial investment and return.
This presentation will illustrate the basis for the Building on Budget by Design program, as well as numerous examples for the approach of integrating and understanding general incremental pricing at various points in the design development process for further design inspiration and guidance for a desired construction budget.
After completing this course you will be able to:
- Be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations.
- Translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost effective project.
- Understand the process of securing the appropriate information that will help to develop a scope, schedule, and budget.
- Be able to develop a building program that provides for less complexity and better price understanding through design adjustments.
- Outline at least one design strategy based on site standards, code compliance, requested design and budget.
- Utilize current materials and goods to ensure proper construction practices, all with an eye for budgetary constraints.
This Course Covers:
- Industry Standards
- Compromise vs. Solutions
- Reducing Liability
- Over Design & Alternative Designs
- Understanding Client Needs
- Roof Complexity Averted
- Redistribution of Capital
- Value Engineering
- Two-Story Post and Beam vs. Pre-Engineering Trusses
- New Log Home or Renovation?
- Remodel with Plan Adjustments in HVAC
- Square Foot Reductions using Modular Dimensions
- Roof Framing and Practical Design Solutions
- Site Analysis and Re-Design
- Complexity Reduction for Greater Value
- Smaller Footprint, Larger Home
- More Square Footage, Less Cost
- Angled plans
Drones in Construction
Instructor: Greg MacMaster
Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many uses for drones in the construction industry, but there are rules and regulations set in place that currently don’t allow them. So why should you care? Because you need to stay up to date with technology and ahead of the competition. This course is designed to familiarize business owners with the practical use of drone technology. The following topics will be discussed:
- Types of UAV/Drone Technology
- Federal Rules and Regulations associated with UAVs
- Cost of Drones (Pros and Cons)
- Drones in your Industry (overview)
- Acquiring Images
After completing this course participants will be able to:
- Become knowledgeable about available technology and proper use of drones.
- Learn the basics of aerial survey and mapping.
- Explain the FAA application process for an FAA 333 Exemption.
- Learn the benefits of UAV application in marketing and advertising.
This course covers:
- Types of Drones
- Federal Rules and Regulations
- Industry Uses
- Surveying and Mapping
- Measuring and Scanning
- Marketing and Advertising
- Acquiring Imagery
3-Hour Code/Law/Safety Course
Instructors: Scott Corbat and Josh Francis
This three-hour course is a review of the most recent code, law and safety changes in the Michigan construction industry. The first hour focuses on the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book and the latest changes. Next, the fundamental principles of contract law and the elements of a construction contract are explained. Finally, the last hour reviews OSHA regulations and the safety codes surrounding silica safety. This course satisfies the State of Michigan renewal requirement for residential builders and maintenance and alteration contractors.
This Course Covers:
- 2015 Michigan Code Book Basics
- MI Code Changes
- Skilled Trades Regulation Act
- Residential Contract Elements
- Optional Elements
- Damages Claims
- Michigan Labor Laws
- Employee Misclassification
- Introduction to Silica
- PEL Limits
- Employer Responsibilities
- Respiratory Protection
- Exposure Control Methods
Getting Decked: And Choosing How That Happens
Instructor: Paul Spite
Despite our need for shelter from elements, we have always sought opportunity to get back into or close to nature. A large part of our effort to reunite with nature has revolved around creating outdoor spaces adjoining our houses. There, we can get outside to enjoy favorable climate conditions, at whatever time we choose.
These outdoor spaces go by many names and have manifested as lanais, porches, screened enclosures, patios, etc. The most common outdoor spaces, constructed and attached to homes in western cultures, are outdoor decks, balconies and patios. For the purposes of this course, we will explore options available to build decks, balconies, and structures that are usually supported at some point above grade.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- The evolving use of different materials to construct safe and usable outdoor surfaces
- Strengths and weaknesses of each available outdoor surface option
- New surfacing options that have been developed to overcome decking material limitations
- How surfacing materials are being combined to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths
- Decking / Balconies made of wood, man-made materials, aluminum, concrete and Porcelain?
Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades
Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and the construction industry. Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.
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