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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Estimator - Concrete Structures

Our client is an international post tension contractor specialising in the construction and remediation of concrete structures with projects ranging in value from $1 - 20m.

These projects include bridges, floor decks and tilt up panel both precast and poured in situ.

Due to company expansion they are seeking an Estimator to join their small but proactive office to estimate from first principle on new and remediation projects which will cover all aspects of remediation including stressing, grouting, painting and sand blasting.

This opportunity would suit someone from a specialist second tier concrete or civils contractor looking to make an impact in a growing company.

Due to this opportunity being an integral part of the company's growth plans our client requires candidates to have the following as a minimum:
  • Tertiary Educated In Civil Engineering.
  • Minimum 3 yrs Estimating Experience.
  • WA / Local Contracting Experience Essential.
  • Specialist Contractor Experience Advantageous.
  • Ability To Work On Own Initiative.
  • Proven Experience In Similar Role.
If you possess the above experience, skills & qualifications apply to Andy Stewart by emailing your CV in WORD format not PDF or phone me directly for a confidential discussion on 08 9322 3088.

Salary: $105,000 (pa)

You can also submit your resume by clicking on APPLY.

Estimator - Concrete Structures

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Electrical Utility Construction Estimator

This position will be responsible for the preparation of electrical utility estimates for construction projects to aid management in bidding on or determining price of construction of service.

Estimating experience on electrical utility projects in the following construction and maintenance areas is preferred:
  • Distribution, Overhead
  • Distribution, Underground
  • Substation
  • Transmission
We are looking for a project estimator with strong time management skills and who is team-oriented. Candidate must have the ability to work in a fast-paced, high pressure, deadline driven environment with minimal supervision.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management or similar field of study is preferred. Related work experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Ability to comprehend blueprints, construction drawings, unit takeoffs and other documentation to prepare time, cost, units, materials and other labor estimates.
  • Consult with clients, vendors, other company personnel or construction supervision to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Interface with vendors or subcontractors during estimating process.
  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing and scheduling work.
  • Assist in special studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost data or to effect cost reduction.
  • Prepare and maintain a directory of suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Physical Demands & Working Conditions: 
  • The overall nature of this position is sedentary requiring little physical effort and occasional light physical exertion.
  • The majority of work takes place inside an office environment however some field site time will be required.
  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing and scheduling work.
  • At times extended periods of driving may be required.
  • Overnight travel may be required.

Electrical Utility Construction Estimator

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Estimating with Excel for the Small Contractor

In the video I will teach you how to use Excel to build a worksheet for estimating projects for the small contractor. The end result is a very basic, but usable estimating template. I hope to make additional videos to expand on this template and build a complete system of estimating, proposals letters, tracking your hours and materials and invoicing the job. All your information about the job is in one worksheet. I am not selling a product and I am a contractor just like you. I just wanted to teach other contractors how to use Excel in estimating. If I get some interest in the video then I will continue to make more of them. If no one is interested then I'll just stop at one video.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

How to Build a Foundation from Start to Finish

This exclusive video tutorial is presented by ProvenHelper. Our footage of a home addition project where we documented each step of the Foundation Work.

Things you will see in this video include: explanation of a crawl space foundation, foundation pinning, anchor bolts from foundation to framing, explanation of foundation footings (footers), explanation of various foundation processes.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A guide to home safety

Homeowners everywhere, and of every age, need to be careful when at home, because when our guard is mostly likely to be down, hundreds of thousands of us will be injured while in the home. According to Statistics Canada, in the two year period of 2009-2010, 4.27 million Canadians were injured sufficiently enough that we had to limit our usual activities; 15 per cent of the population. What's interesting, is that 627,000 of these injuries occurred in the home while doing household chores and another 123,000 happened while sleeping, eating or during personal grooming. Despite the stereotype, it's not just seniors who hurt themselves while at home.

Look around your home. Chances are there are a thousand and one ways that something could go sideways in the kitchen, the bathroom and certainly on the stairs (the same Statistics Canada study says that in the two year period there were 166,000 injuries resulting from a fight with steps). For this reason, it is important that homeowners create a safer home environment. By evaluating each part of the home and making the necessary changes, people can help their loved ones avoid unnecessary injuries.

General safety: In general, it is important to ensure that the home has everything that it needs to promote the well-being of the people living in it. General safety typically applies to the entire home, regardless of the room. For example, all electrical items and appliances should be checked to ensure that the cords are in good condition. A few common examples of general safety include locks on doors and windows that are easy for all residents to handle (children straight on through to seniors). Additionally, they should be kept locked at all times. Fire alarms are another general safety concern and batteries should be checked twice a year to ensure they are in working order if needed.
  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it every six months.
  • A list of important phone numbers should be kept by phones in the home and programmed into one's cellphone.
  • Setting the water heater so that it is no higher than 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) will prevent burns when using water in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere in the home.
  • U.S. Fire Administration Fire Safety Checklist (PDF)
  • A Housing Safety Checklist for Older People (PDF)
Kitchen The kitchen is one of the most potentially unsafe areas in the home. In this room of the house there is the elevated risk of fire, injury due to cooking burns and cuts, slipping and falls, to name a few. Proper lighting and non-slippery flooring are important to kitchen safety. Drawers and cabinet doors should be kept closed at all times and a step stool with a hand rail made available to reach higher-up areas.
  • Microwaves, slow cookers, and toaster ovens are alternatives to using burners with open flames.
  • Clothing with short sleeves or sleeves that are tight-fitting is less likely to accidentally catch on fire while cooking.
  • Place items in lower cupboards and shelves that are easier to reach, particularly heavier items.
Stairways and halls: Stairways represent a special challenge. People living in homes with stairs run the risk of falling or slipping from a variety of hazards, lighting, clutter, slipperiness etc. While living in a home without stairs is the safest and most certain way to avoid stair-related injuries, many people may find moving from their home to be an undesirable option. Ensuring the safety of the stairs is of the utmost importance, and typically involves ensuring that the steps are even and undamaged, that the surface won't cause slipping, and that the stair-rail is secure and sturdy. Like the stairs, hallways can be a problem too. Hallway injuries are often related to clutter and a lack of proper illumination.
  • Make certain that hallways and stairs are kept free of objects that can't be tripped over, such as toys, shoes, etc.
  • Install an overhead light at the top of stairways and a light switch at the top and bottom for easy access.
  • Prevent slipping by placing non-slip rubber treads on stairs.
Living room In the living room, furniture, rugs, and electrical appliances are all examples of potential hazards. Bumping or tripping over furniture can result in scrapes and bruises, with glass top furniture being of particular concern. Cords and cables also pose a tripping threat as do other items on the floor, which can cause injuries such as broken bones or sprained muscles.
  • Make the living room easier and safer to navigate by rearranging furniture, so that there is a clear walking path.
  • Eliminate the threat of slipping on throw rugs by securing them with double-sided tape or removing them entirely.
  • Never run electrical cords under rugs as this can be both a fire hazard and a tripping threat.
Bathroom: In the bathroom, water can create an unsafe environment. Surfaces such as bathtubs and showers are typically slick when wet and can result in slips and falls. Stepping in and out of a shower or bathtub, and lowering and raising oneself from the tub or even the toilet without some sort of support can also be difficult and dangerous. Because of the damp nature of a bathroom, use electrical appliances with caution. Blow dryers, curling irons or other electrical items should never be used near bodies of water or while the faucet is running.

Bedroom: When assessing a bedroom for safety, ensure that there is minimal risk of falling and that any fire hazards are eliminated. For example, avoid using space heaters and make the bedroom a no-smoking area.

Sturdy, comfortable chairs should be kept in the bedroom as a place to sit while dressing in order to reduce the risk of falling or tripping. Adequate lighting and keeping pathways clear to the bathroom and hallway are also important or preventing accidents. Placing smoke detectors near bedrooms helps to ensure that they will be heard in the event of a fire.

Outdoor area: When outside the home, it is harder to control what is and is not safe. Directly outside of the home, however, may still be adjusted for safely. Like inside the home, it is important to look for areas that can cause a person to trip and fall or that otherwise creates an unsafe environment. Porches and decks, for example, should be well maintained with a railing that is secure. Making changes outside of the home also makes it safe for anyone who may visit.
  • Ensure that steps and entrances to the home are well illuminated.
  • Install handrails wherever there are outside steps.
  • The area leading to the home's entryway should be in good condition and free of any obstacles that can cause a person to fall or slip.
A guide to home safety

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to hold a subcontractor by the contractor to its bid

Many times, the contractor has to face problem for relying on the subcontractor’s low bid as after being awarded the prime contract to the contractor, the subcontractor refuses to work at the price originally bid.

In this situation the contractor has no alternative than hiring a subcontractor from a different company at higher charges.

So it is important for a contractor to assess properly whether he/she can hold a subcontractor to its bid.

The contractor should consider the following points to perform the same.
·         Suppose the subcontractor provides only an estimate of the cost of the work without proposing to create a specific offer for executing the work at that price. 
·         Suppose the subcontractor’s bid or proposal is made unpredictable specifically or needs modification. Is there an apparent and clear-cut offer under such situations? 
·         Should the subcontractor contain genuine knowledge and anticipation that the contractor will apply his bid or proposal while suggesting a bid or proposal for the total project? 
·         Is there any rules or regulation in the construction industry that ensure the reliability of a subcontractor upon which a contractor can trust in the subcontractor’s bid or proposal in the making of the contractor’s overall bid or proposal on the project? 
·         Does the subcontractor’s bid or proposal varies to a large extent from the other bids or proposals that the contractor obtained? 
·         Is there an evident mathematical miscalculation in the subcontractor’s bid or proposal that the contractor can notice apparently? 
·         Is the subcontractor’s bid or proposal much lower as compared to other quotes obtained on the same project?  If so, does the contractor undertake any method to authenticate or certify the subcontractor’s bid or proposal? 

·         Does the contractor give the wrong impression about an inexperienced subcontractor ensuring that the subcontract work can be accomplished at a price offered by the contractor when that price undervalued the accurate cost of performance?

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Heavy Highway Construction Managers/ Estimators/ Engineers

Mid-Atlantic work is for several bid packages & upcoming project management for projects related to: $600M So Capitol St Bridge; $2BB Metro Purple Line; $100M Design-Build Greenfield Hampton Roads; $100M WWSSC Utilities and ongoing $40M, $85M and $100M MD & VA DOT highway projects.

Must have experience working on DOT highway projects.

FL work is for several bid packages & upcoming project management to include: The I-4 Ultimate P3 project, a $2.1 Billion reconstruction project that is 21 miles long and has 140 bridges. I-75 Design Builds: The initial projects are $75M and $50M and involve widening I-75 and the associated bridges.

The remaining 4 projects will be advertised over the next 5 months. All ABoard Florida: A high speed rail project from Orlando to Miami; the Design Build sections have a total value of $500-$600M. These projects involve major earthwork, bridges, drainage and rail.

The Crosstown Parkway: This $140M Design Build project involves building a new bridge approximately 4,000 feet long over wetlands and navigable waterway.

The Field Engineer positions involve supervising correctness & work quality of $10M - $50M of: Roadwork: earthwork, storm drainage, roadbed, paving, barriers, curbs, signs and electrical scopes Structures – bridges/flyovers, water transverse bridges, pilings, abutments, columns, deck and walls.

Responsible for submittals, quantity tracking of materials, waste & yields; planning of the work in detail to provide direction and provide guidance to the Assist Superintendents and Foremen for performance of the work; take a leading role in the planning and resource control to achieve effective progress that meets the schedule.

Candidates must be BSCE professionals with large and complex DOT roadway & bridge projects experience involving federal & state specifications and construction procedures related to mainline roadway, interchange and bridge/structures construction.

Heavy Highway Construction Managers

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Plumbing Take-off Sheets

A good number of knowledge and experience is required to do a plumbing work properly. You have to be very careful to work with piping, plumbing fixture, water system otherwise you have to bear a huge amount of cost or any small mistake. So it is very important to calculate the amount of cost for the plumbing job. Apart from the expenditure for materials, the man hour needed for the plumbing work is also very important. You have to choose the right service for preparing plumbing take-off sheets in pdf.

Plumbing take off sheet is depended on various factors like, the category of work (new construction or remodeling), the variety of materials like hot water heater, sink, wash basin, sump pump and many more things; types of materials (what kind of pipe like plastic, cast iron, galvanized or copper); the quantity of materials like how many feet of pipe you need for the construction.

Quantity-take-off Sheets

In a plumbing take off sheet, there are more information about the requirements of man hours and days for the plumbing part of the construction. There must be a clear calculation about how many hours will be needed to fix the shower, the sink, the basin and the other fixture. It is now clear to you why you need a plumbing takeoff sheet to do your work properly. Quantity Takeoff can serve you with a reliable and accurate plumbing take off sheet for your construction. We provide plumbing take off sheet in the sectors of:

Elevated sheet for plumbing

Service building fire fighting

Service building plumbing

Site utility

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Position Vacant for QA/QC Manager

Hill International (Middle East) is a US based Project Management and Claims Consultancy firm with offices throughout the World. With over 4,000 employees in 100 offices worldwide, Hill provides program management, project management, construction management and construction claims and consulting services. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the 8th largest construction management firm in the World.

Hill International is seeking to employ QA/QC Manager, preferably from an airport / hotel / leisure & entertainment industry background. UAE experience preferred however not essential.

Qualifications: The QA/QC Manager shall be a qualified Engineer (BSc Civil Engineering Degree or higher, with minimum of 8 years experience in QA/QC works in Large Scale Projects out of a minimum of 10 years overall experience. Should be a certified lead Auditor for ISO 9001 quality management systems, and shall have good knowledge and experience with ISO 9000 series requirements.


  • Implement and manage ISO 9001 quality management systems including a Project –Specific Quality Plan to match the EMPLOYER and CLIENT expectations.
  • Conduct and or Participate in Quality or technical compliance audits for CONTRACTOR, Sub CONTRACTOR or VENDORS.
  • Review QA/QC site organization, key personnel CV’s as submitted by the MAIN CONTRACTORs and advice the Delivery Manager of any comments.
  • Review QA/QC Procedures and document control as submitted by the Contractors and ensure implementation is in compliance with Contracts requirements.
  • Review Inspection and Test Plans and other technical submittals as required and ensure compliance with contracts requirements.
  • Attend site activities and ensure their compliance with QA/QC procedures and contract requirements.
  • Ensure traceability of all materials and equipment from purchasing and up to delivery on site.
  • Check materials and equipment as delivered on site and ensure its compliance with approved materials and specification.
  • Closely monitor the various projects activities to ensure total compliance requirements are met.
  • Participate with CONSULTANTCY staff in assessing concession requests and field Design Changes as submitted by the Contractor.
  • Participate with CONSULTANCY staff in reviewing the Close out Report as submitted by Contractors.
  • Coordinate with all disciplines and CONSULTANTS for QA/QC.
  • Arrange and conduct Quality Meetings with CONSULTANTS /CONTRACTORS on regular time intervals.

QAQC Manager

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quantity Surveyor MEP

Hill International (Middle East) is a US based Project Management and Claims Consultancy firm with offices throughout the World. With over 4,000 employees in 100 offices worldwide, Hill provides program management, project management, construction management and construction claims and consulting services. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the 8th largest construction management firm in the World.

Hill International is seeking to employ a QS, with heavy construction experience, for one of its on-going projects in Qatar.

Qualifications and Requirements:-
  • Degree qualifications in Quantity Surveying or Cost Engineering.
  • At least 8 years’ experience on construction projects.
  • An understanding of costs and FIDIC.
  • A strong MEP background.
  • Experience in heavy infrastructure projects.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
General Description of Role & Responsibilities:-
  • Daily monitoring of contractor progress including materials delivered, materials installed, materials dredged, labor resources employed, equipment resources utilized and other statistical management
  • Verification of the contractor’s monthly request for payment derived from surveyed completed fill quantities.
  • Development and provision of data and information to produce progress reporting and monthly schedule status.
  • Specific tasks will include but are not limited to the support of.
  • Set-up of the budget and reporting process.
  • Accumulation of statistical progress and resource data on a daily basis.
  • Quantity estimates for progress payment purposes.
  • Updated final quantity estimates based upon actual progress data.
  • Provision of progress data for schedule purposes.
  • Assistance as required for development of budgets and costs-at-completion.
  • Variation analysis and estimates.
Quantity Surveyor MEP

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The contractor proposal bid form

The contractor proposal bid form is used by a contractor to provide a construction proposal. It refers as the initial point-of-contact connecting the owner and contractor. In this form a neat, prearranged bid is written on a proficiently designed bid form. The contractor proposal bid form contains the breakdown of all the material, labor and equipment costs to make out the proper quantity of materials, labor and equipment necessary for accomplishing the work project. The form also includes the costs, overhead as well as profit of a contractor. All the taxes, bond premiums and insurance under "Work Scope and Details are also included in the form.

While seeking for work proposal from contractors, it is useful to attach this contractor bid sheet with the request made by the owner. In this way a owner can obtain the accurate information as required from a contractor.

A contractor proposal bid form facilitates a contractor to ensure the customer/owner that he is the best contractor - subcontractor - construction company to execute their project.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

construction programs to reduce their project costs significantly

Prototype constructions are gaining popularity among the governmental entities in the United States. Prototype construction refers to a construction program and the model of it is based on replication. In Prototype construction some prototype designs are created maintaining fundamental or crucial features which are approved for several structures. In this concept the design become identical through replication procedure. The design costs are reduced to a great extent due to onetime investment.

This method is ideal for architects, construction companies and engineering firms who strive to capture big public sector contracting opportunities in the United States.

The public officials are trimming down public project costs significantly through the Prototype construction.

Some applications of prototype constructions in USA

The state officials in Pennsylvania have planned to prototype construction to lessen the costs associated with the repairing works for structurally damaged bridges through the state’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Program.

To execute this program, a private-sector partner should be employed to facilitate finance, design and construction of 500 new bridges over a six-year period. Under a prototype construction project, the private-sector partner has to take the responsibilities for preserving the bridges for the state for up to 40 years.

The public-private partnership agreement facilitates saving money on design, construction and maintenance through a prototype for each bridge. The 500 bridges are same in size and design and hence one rendering will be applicable to each structure. Costs will be minimized as the replication process facilitates various types of economies of scale and shorter construction timelines.

In the same way, a private-sector firm has made a prototype design for the construction of all future U.S. embassies. The federal government can save huge amounts through utilization of the similar model and the similar building materials even as reducing construction timelines with best practices and experience.

School districts all through the country are going to undertake prototype building programs. Lots of school districts require new buildings at once due to the increased population. As soon as the design process for a structure is finished, construction work is cut down 10-14 months to about 4 which result in considerable savings.

In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, a prototype procedure is used to a dozen new schools which bring $9 million saving for the district.

In the Wake County schools of North Carolina, the prototype design results in saving between $1.9 million and $6.6 million on design fees. The DeKalb County School District in Georgia has applied a prototype design for reconstruction of seven elementary schools and in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, two new elementary schools were created from a prototype design.

AEC firms are adopting prototype construction programs to reduce their project costs significantly

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

How to Build a Pool Surviving the Inground Pool Construction Inspections

In most areas of the country when building an inground pool, permits along with inspections are required as with any construction process. Structural, Electrical and Plumbing inspections during construction, and a Final inspection when you finish building your inground pool.

Electrical inspections include the grounding and bonding of the pool walls, coping, anchor sockets, the electrical equipment – and inspection of PVC electrical conduit for the pool lights and the electrical boxes and conduit at the pool equipment pad.

Structural inspections consists of checking that your concrete collar has provided the pool walls with enough support. Schedule this inspection after the concrete collar, or foundation of the pool is poured.

Plumbing inspections or permits are not “usually” needed for pool plumbing lines but would be required for gas piping if you are going to have a gas heater. Part of this inspection may include a pressure test on the gas line so the inspector can see it holds pressure without leaks.

After the pool is built you will need a Final inspection which is basically a safety inspection, that would include things such as pool alarm if required, door or window alarms, and fencing. The electrical inspector may also want a final inspection to make sure everything is wired properly and working. And if gas piping was done a final on that after it has been connected to the heater.

Working with Pool Construction Inspectors: Inspections are usually performed by different inspectors, specialized in the trade of either structure, electric, or plumbing (which includes gas). Inspectors are usually state or local government employed, and are found in the local Building and Zoning Department in your area.

Scheduling inspections should be done ahead of time as in the building season the inspectors are usually backed up and need substantial notice. Remember, if you are not ready you can always postpone an inspection but at least you have an appointment. In my area, inspectors are available to take phone calls for an hour in the morning, and an hour in the afternoon. This is so you can call with any questions or to schedule your inspections. During other times of the day, they are usually out of the office, doing inspections!

Your inspectors can be a good resource for any questions regarding the pool construction process. They may also be able to give good referrals to sub-contractors such as fence, concrete, or excavation companies. Their main purpose [of building inspectors] is to protect the public they serve. Building codes are written and rewritten, to keep our structures, such as pools, safe for use.

How to Build a Pool Surviving the Inground Pool Construction Inspections 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

General Cost Estimator for Excel Sheet

General Cost Estimator for Excel Sheet is specially designed to assist builders, cost estimators, architects, contractors and construction professionals. User can work in a single MS Excel environment to develop, build, and manage their estimates in a quick and easy manner. With this estimating software, user can also adjust costs for their area automatically.

Containing extensive industry standard cost data in the CSI format (Masterformat- 16 divisions) for each of the cost categories covering general construction, General Cost Estimator is capable of creating instant user-modifiable, on-screen or printed estimate reports including price quotation. Even city indexes are automatically applied to adjust costs for the local area.

Comprehensive as well as easy to use, General Cost Estimator for Excel Sheet is contained completely within an Excel file. It not only saves time but also ensures absolute accuracy, eliminates errors and saves money.

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