Key Responsibilities of a Structural Steel Estimator
Some of the key responsibilities of a structural steel estimator include:
- Analyzing Project Documentation
The estimator will review the project documentation, such as blueprints, drawings, and specifications, and understand the scope of work. This includes identifying the type and quantity of steel required for the project.
A visit to the project site is important to better understand the environment and conditions in which the steel will be used. This information is important for determining the steel grade best suited for the project.
After gathering all relevant information, the structural steel estimator will prepare a cost estimate for the project. This estimate will include the cost of materials, labor, equipment, and other associated expenses. Direct and Indirect costs should also be considered. The final estimate also includes a margin for profit and overhead costs.
The project schedule takes into account the time required for fabricating, delivering, and erecting the steel on site. The project estimator is also responsible for considering any potential delays in the estimation that could impact the project schedule.
After the estimator has prepared the cost estimate and project schedule, a bid will be compiled. This bid will be submitted to the client and the estimator's proposal for the project. Important things to consider when bidding on a project include the timeline, price, and terms and conditions.
There are several risks associated with any structural steel project. The estimator needs to identify and assess these risks before bidding on the project. This includes risks related to material availability, price fluctuation, labor shortages, and weather conditions. Commonly neglected risks include the potential for errors and omissions.
The structural steel estimator is also responsible for timely reporting to the management. This includes progress reports, invoices, and change orders. The estimators may also be required to present their findings to the project manager or other members of management.
- Incorporating the latest Estimating Technology
As with any profession, the estimating field is constantly evolving. Estimators need to stay up-to-date with the latest software and technology. This includes learning to use new estimating software and platforms like Eziil.