For Myself, had to learn a majority of these items on My own. Library once again
came to the rescue.
However, if you have any prototypical resources - like friends or family in any
type of small business, these may be of great help to demonstrate working
The GC we worked with helped on many occasions.
Get an idea of what your overall plan should be, then build from there.
Make your own templates in Word or Excel to keep your costs and learning
curves low. These options allow for templates which are designed specifically for
If you do not have the time or abilities to compile such templates, purchase
some of the more basic ones. Use them for awhile, then consider making
If you're knowledge base is fair in the usage of common business software
applications - such as Word, Excel, Act, etc... along with the machine its self,
will really benefit. And by fair, I mean "Above Basic".
Get to know your applications, review the typical construction documents of all
situations, then everything fits into place.
If planning to go into any type of CAD packages, wait until you are familiar with
the above listed stuff first, then when you have about 6 months of semi-free
time, take the step into CAD.
Good luck with everything!
Keep us informed of your outcome, and post any questions which may / will
You have taken the best first step by asking members here for suggestions -
and as normal, the other members replies are more accurate than mine! These
items I have included here will be in addition to the replies by others.
This is a good thread! it covers a minimally touched area of the trade where
many should have some insight to.
Even if a person is not planning to be involved in the Office - ever, just knowing the basic reasons for proper documentation, paperwork, and similar red-tape,
helps the complete job completion to go smoother.
Also explains that we Prog. Mgrs., EEs, Estimators, and Forepersons have more than just a simple Anal Retentive obsession for paperwork, but there actually is
a legitimate reason for this stuff!
Being in both positions; In-The-Field and In-The-Office, allows me to laugh here.
Just hope it does not offend anyone!
edited to fix some spelling blunderz
[This message has been edited by Scott35 (edited 01-13-2004).]