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Estimating starts the process of making the project successful;  my experience includes estimates for Order of Magnitude, Conceptual Estimates, Lump Sum Bid estimates, Change Order Estimates,  and Value Engineering Estimates, using custom software packages, pencil and paper, references like Means, NECA, MCAA, Flour, Richardson Rapid, and MS Excel.  Estimates are only as good as the information they are based on.
a Gantt Chart communicates start and stop dates for activities, and also triggers and dependencies




Philadelphia Shipyard ENR article showing the Fabrication Ship and project milestones.

Milestones are points along the project Critical Path that usually allow for subsequent work to begin, or sometimes are simply high profile accomplishments visible to outsiders
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DOCUMENT CONTROL:  MANAGING PROJECT CHANGES


    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.


    -Benjamin Franklin