Professional Estimators Now Have a Richmond Chapter

The American Society of Professional Estimators welcomed its 82nd chapter in 2011 with the formation of ASPE-Richmond. The organization promotes education, ethics, standards, certification, and fellowship to further the recognition of construction estimating as a profession. The chapter, which currently has about 25 members, meets the third Wednesday of each month and will host the Northeast Regional ASPE Meeting in Richmond March 2-3.

To be certified as a professional estimator, one must pass two examinations and submit a research paper for peer review. Anyone who is interested, certified or not, is welcome to attend the group’s meetings, which carry a nominal admission fee and are currently held at the Baskervill offices in downtown Richmond. For more information, visit the ASPE-Richmond Web site.

Meetings also feature continuing education. At the January 18 meeting, attendees enjoyed a lively discussion of moisture barrier design, installation, and costing led by Lauren Conners of Conners Sales Group Inc.  Noting that 81 percent of construction litigation is related to moisture infiltration, Conners showed properly designed details as well as construction site photographs that showed what is and what is not proper detailing and application.

Laps must be properly sealed, especially at horizontal-to-vertical joints and penetrations, which is particularly problematic when multiple trades are involved and coordination among them is not monitored closely, she said. In particular, Conners was displaying Polyguard waterproofing and underseal materials for large construction projects. She also compared cost per square foot of a variety of commonly used systems, their puncture resistance, concrete adhesion, and pros and cons of various construction practices. Because she is an AIA/CES provider, attendees were eligible to earn AIA continuing education learning units as well. The next chapter meeting is scheduled for February 15, again at the Baskervill offices at 101 S. 15th St.

Regional meeting in March

The Richmond Chapter will be hosting the ASPE Northeast Regional Meeting and Estimating Academy March 2-3, 2012. The first day will feature the estimating academy, which is open to all estimators, including contractors, engineers, architects, project managers, and owners. Topics will include general-construction, site-construction, and communications cost estimating; general conditions and related markups; and what is involved in providing cost estimating services to the Commonwealth of Virginia. A seminar by Virginia Bureau of Capital Outlay Management Director Mike Coppa is also scheduled. It will be based on excerpts from the Construction and Professional Services Manual (CPSM). (The full CPSM can be viewed at the Bureau of Capital Outlay Management Web site.)

March 2 will also feature keynote speaker Michael B. Carringer, FCPE. With 40 years’ estimating experience on projects as large as $2.5 billion, Carringer has also served twice as national ASPE president and was nominated in 1990 for the Engineering News-Record Construction Man of the Year Award. Visit his MCCOST Web site to get a preview of his interesting and educational insight.

For more information on the conference location and registration, visit the Richmond ASPE Web site.

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