Suggested Reading List and Resources

List of recommended reading for project managers, estimators, detailers, fabricators, erectors, designers and other personnel in the structural steel and miscellaneous metals industry. Many of these are must read if you work in the structural steel and miscellaneous metals industry as a fabricator or erector. You don’t know what you don’t know until you read… Read More

The Leadership Vacuum

The Leadership Vacuum: Why Do Some Leaders Suck? Notes from AISC Steel ConferenceSession by Joe Contrera CEO of Alive @ Work LLC https://www.aliveatwork.com/ Session Notes Many leaders are always negative, not punctual, micro managers and are not reliable. Be clear about who you are and why you are here. Baby boomers believe in hours logged,… Read More

Estimating: Strategy & Procedures

Notes taken from an AISC Steel Conference session. Material by Hillsdale Fabricators. Types of Estimates Lump Sum Design Build GMP = Guaranteed Maximum Price T&M = (know what your costs really are!) Budgetary Go vs. No-Go Decision Process Rate each bid opportunity on a scale from 1-10. Compare and rate each bid opportunity to past… Read More