Estimating Department Update

Written by Jim Cohrs, Robertson Estimating Manager

Robertson Estimating Department – Daniel Moreau B.Eng EIT, Kris Julian, Les Duong, Jim Cohrs, Brett Lyddiatt, Jim Demik P. Eng, Sherif Refaat P.Eng

Robertson Estimating strives to meet the needs of our Builders in today’s ever-changing market place.  In the past few years it seems Architects are pushing metal building systems beyond the traditional “box”, leading to more complex and creative designs.  
Robertson has seven experienced team members on staff, including three dedicated quote engineers, that provide our builders with the technical expertise and value engineering concepts needed to win projects in our highly competitive industry.  We continue to invest in our design and pricing tools, such as our user-friendly RBS (Robertson Building Software) system, which is constantly being updated and improved to quote the buildings of today.  
We encourage all Builders to attend an upcoming Robertson Builder Orientation (RBO) course in Ancaster, where they will learn to harness the power of the RBS system through hands-on classroom instruction.  Once they apply their knowledge and understanding of RBS, Builders are quick to discover the end result is a faster, more complete quote.
Need to finalize a quote? Here’s what we need from Builders to ensure their quote is as accurate as possible:
Let us know the circumstances of the quote.  Is this a competitive bid situation or budget?  When will it ship?  This helps to better position our District Managers on how aggressive they can be when discounting your quote.  Also don’t forget to tell us when the quote is needed so we can prioritize the needs of all our Builders.
Always create a new file using the latest version of RBS and enter your project as accurately as possible.  Tell us about any special requirements that cannot be entered into the system by utilizing the Project Notes feature in RBS.  Builders can also send us drawings or sketches as a complement to their RBS file.  Providing us with realistic information on cranes, mezzanines, RTU’s and adjacent structures will ultimately lead to a better prepared quote.  
Not sure how to enter into RBS?  Our team is available to guide Builders through any input screen in a matter of minutes over the phone.
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