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“Should We Just Flip a Coin?” – The Hilarious (and Slightly Terrifying) World of Infrastructure Cost Estimation

Ah, infrastructure cost estimation. The art of predicting the future, gazing into the crystal ball of budgets and sometimes feeling like you’re just… winging it. We spend [more…]

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The “Value Engineering Samba”: Turning Lemons into Lemonade (and Saving Millions on That Bridge) 

Ah, the never-ending quest for value in infrastructure development! Sometimes, the initial budget for a project feels like a stubborn mule, unwilling to budge. That’s [more…]

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The “Hope & Hype” Fallacy: Why Infrastructure Projects Get Stuck in Budget Purgatory

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Let’s be honest, folks: infrastructure projects and an optimistic budget often go together like peanut butter and something less ideal, like unexpected delays. But why? Why do [more…]

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“The Optimism Bias”: Why We Always Think Our Project is Special (and Immune to Cost Overruns)!

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We’ve all been there. You start a DIY project brimming with confidence that you’ll finish under budget and ahead of schedule without any additional cost. Then, reality sets [more…]

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From Excel Guru to Fortune Teller: The Unexpected Skills Required of a Cost Estimator

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Alright, infrastructure enthusiasts, gather for a confession that might surprise you: a cost estimator isn’t just a spreadsheet wizard who can summon budget breakdowns with [more…]

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Budgeting for the Apocalypse (or Just the Next Traffic Jam): Why Infrastructure Needs a Rainy Day Fund 

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Let’s be honest, folks. Life is full of surprises. And in infrastructure development, those surprises can sometimes significantly impact the budget. That’s why, as a [more…]

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Sleepless in Seattle (and Every Other City With Ageing Infrastructure): The Never-Ending Battle Against Budgetary Backlog 

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Ah, infrastructure. It is the backbone of our cities, the arteries of our commerce, and the occasional source of restless nights. For a cost estimator [more…]