Georgia Department of Transportation
DBE Supportive Services
Estimating Material & Equipment Costs
While examining GDOT standard plans and specifications, participants will learn how to properly estimate material costs for a typical project. Using proven methods, overhead cost allocations will be covered with special attention given to unit costing.
DBE TRAINING COURSES
What is the training about and why should I attend these courses?
DBE training courses offer disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) training and support by experienced professionals in the construction industry. The training program is designed for businesses that are considering expanding into GDOT work or are currently involved with GDOT work, but desire additional business training.
If you are a DBE this program is designed by contractors who have been where you are now. They have put together a comprehensive course to help you get started or improve what you are already doing. The online training consists of 10 modules that can be taken as individual units. Our next live training will be announced shortly.
To sign up for online classes click below.
Managing your Business
A contractor’s approach to basic managerial accounting will be included. Participants are to learn techniques for key decision making principals using basic financial reports. Relationships between periodic financial reporting data and daily financial management will be shown.
How to Schedule a Project
Participants will learn proper techniques for project schedule creation. Participant is to complete a construction schedule derived from a unit cost estimate. Items covered will include planning and developing the project schedule, bar charts, basic critical path method and GDOT scheduling performance requirements.
Marketing your Business
Learn how to brand your company, design a website and develop a Capability statement. Understand that costs are not a direct expense but can be good will. Understand community involvement and the positive effect. How market your business in an indirect way.
Participants will learn effective takeoff technique and verification of unit quantities. Instruction includes example exercises. Tips, techniques and methods of estimating road construction, stationing as a takeoff tool and Linear and item category identification are included.
Estimating Labor Costs
After discovering how to accurately calculate labor and equipment costs for their operations, participants will learn how to incorporate these costs into quantities of unit items. A discussion of Federal prevailing wages (Davis Bacon) is also scheduled.
Working with GDOT
General topics for GDOT procurement procedures covered in the introductory workshop are to be expanded in greater detail. To provide contractors better tools, a thorough review of online resources are included. GDOT structure, as well as requirements for working with GDOT are covered.
Locating Work Opportunities
Proper methods in preparation of a bid are tantamount to successfully winning the project. Participants will learn steps necessary in the GDOT bidding process and where to find jobs to bid.
Accounting and Bookkeeping
Attendees will learn techniques for efficiently managing a small construction business. Topics to be included are business plan development, growth and cash flow management, bonding and lending strategies
Contracting with GDOT involves proper contract administration procedures. We will highlight the most important of these including payroll requirements, equal opportunity compliance Contractor’s Performance Report, Fuel and asphalt adjustments and GDOT procedures on billing and payments.
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