Introduction

The chapter on The Steel Estimator describes in general the job requirements and the estimating process. Information is given on how work to bid is found and how an estimate is created.

The chapter on The Pricing Breakdown lists the specific categories of that pricing to create a completed quote. The bid items listed there can be used at every project and is intended to help keep you from missing any aspect of that quote. Each item is explained in detail so that you may understand why they are being used. This format may be utilized at every quote in some capacity, and serves as a good reminder for items that may otherwise not be considered.

The chapter on The Bid Letter shows an example of a standard bid letter used to define the specific scope of work to be presented to your potential customer. The Bid Letter is considered a ‘living’ and legal document as it is the guide for everything the quote contains, from the day the job is bid to the final closeout billing.

Each qualification, inclusion and exclusion is listed for a specific reason and those reasons are explained in detail, some of which are further defined within subsequent chapters. Items for which you find only partial details and information at the bid documents need to be established, identified and described in specifics in the bid letter. At times you may need to provide quantities and sizes to define ambiguities in the bid set information. The section on Reading Architectural Drawings will show you how.

The chapter on The Bid Documents explains what these documents are as well as how to interpret and apply the information contained there. These documents identify the scope of work intended for Steel Fabrication. Samples of a Division 5 – Metals specification is shown, followed by an explanation of every point of condition that is listed together with what each one means to the steel estimator.

The chapter on The Contract Drawings gives examples of some architectural drawings along with an explanation of how to read these drawings. Detailed information on how to view and understand these drawings is provided through samples of plan views, elevation views and section cuts, presented in a step by step format.
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