RFP Consulting’s thoroughness, attention to detail and creativity has completely transformed our estimating department. Our proposals are now more complete, clear-cut and more accurately broken out which has boosted client satisfaction.” Nick Swanepoel, President
Swanepoel Painting, Inc.
Vintage Woods, Inc.
Swanepoel Painting, Inc.
Vintage Woods, Inc.
Pre-Construction ServicesPerformance of duties before, and in direct relation to, the act of constructing. The main purpose of pre-construction services is to assist the client from the beginning, at project conception, in achieving their design and budgetary goals. The end result of the pre-construction process is saving the client time and money.
Pre-Construction ManagementThe implementation, management, supervision, quality control and analysis of pre-construction services including, but not limited to (1) Feasibility Studies (2) Constructibility & Design Review, (3) Scope Definition, (4) Quantity Takeoff, (5) Conceptual Estimating, (6) Preliminary Budgeting, (7) Value Engineering, (8) Scheduling, (9) RFPs & Bid Forms and (10) Bid Review & Comparison
Feasibility StudiesAn evaluation of a proposed project based on preliminary and raw data that is designed to determine the probability of successful completion. Generally, a feasibility study precedes drawing development and project implementation.
Constructibility & Design ReviewsA comprehensive analysis of all related factors to the feasibility of a project. The purpose of the review is to determine the viability of a project before it begins by providing accurate scope definition and material/system specifications, thus bidability, to the project.
Scope DefinitionThe identification and description of all the individual elements necessary to successfully complete a project.
Quantity TakeoffMathematical process used in estimating in which detailed lists are compiled, based on drawings and specifications, of all the material, labor and equipment necessary to construct a project. The cost estimator uses these lists to calculate how much it will cost to construct the project.
Cost EstimatingApproximation of the probable total cost of a project, computed on the basis of available information. Four common types of cost estimates are: (1) Conceptual Estimate: rough approximation of cost within a reasonable range of values prepared for information purposes only. This is also often called "a ball park estimate". (2) Preliminary budget estimate: approximation based on well defined (but preliminary) cost data and established ground rules. (3) Proposal estimate: based on cost data sound enough for entering into a binding contract (4) Not to Exceed Estimate: maximum amount required to accomplish a given task, based on firm cost estimate.
Conceptual EstimatingProcess of assigning cost parameters to a project during the earliest phase of project design, prior to establishment of a defined scope or plan.
Preliminary BudgetingPreliminary design estimating process used to (1) ensure project feasibility and attainable performance levels, (2) develop a reliable project cost estimate consistent with realistic schedules, (3) establish baseline project definitions, schedules and costs, (4) support key decisions made during the planning phase.
Value EngineeringSystematic analysis that identifies and selects best value alternatives for designs, materials, processes and systems. It proceeds by repeatedly asking "can the cost of this item or step be reduced or eliminated without diminishing the effectiveness, required quality, or customer satisfaction?"
SchedulingA comprehensive list of a project's elements with intended start and finish dates that are often estimated in terms of resource requirements, budget and duration, linked by dependencies and predecessors.
Request For Proposal (RFP)Document used in bid procurement procedures through which an owner advises the potential contractors and suppliers of (1) project description and scope of work, (2) project goals, (3) specifications, (4) schedules or timelines, (5) insurance requirements, (6) contract type & requirements, (7) terms and conditions (8) instructions for the preparation of proposals, (9) general criteria used in the evaluation process.
RFPs are distributed to potential contractors and suppliers who then respond with not only a price quotation, but with a detailed cost proposal. RFPs provide an “even playing field” for all interested bidders and are used as a basis for contract negotiations. Each proposal received is easily comparable to the others and assists the project team in discovering the most complete and competitive bids.