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Get the Most Out of RSMeans Data: Concrete Edition

Accurate estimates during the planning process decrease the likelihood of cost overruns, ultimately saving both time and money down the line. With RSMeans data being the ultimate tool in achieving that accurate estimate, we want you to experience our product at its maximum potential. 

With that in mind, for our first round of tips we decided to focus on the most used building material in the world: concrete.

First things first, be sure to carefully inspect all plans and specifications. Concrete often appears on drawings outside of structural drawings, including mechanical and electrical drawings for equipment pads. Also, always obtain concrete prices from suppliers located near the job site. Keep in mind, volume discounts can often be negotiated.

Accounting for waste in your estimate, particularly for slabs and footings on grade is a key best practice. On top of which, special consideration should be given for climate, hot or cold, throughout the estimation process.

Lastly, the cost of hauling precast concrete structural members often plays a major role in the estimation process. For this reason, procuring a quote from a nearby supplier is beneficial. Conversely, it may be economically feasible to set up precasting beds on site if hauling costs are deemed prohibitive.

For the most accurate concrete estimate, consider each of the following major components: 
Reinforcing steel 
Ready-mix concrete 
Placement of the concrete 
Finishing of the concrete

For more information on how to best use RSMeans data, RSMeans seminars and trainings are a great resource. See a full listing of seminars and find one in a location near you.