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Data Management Institute is a resource for contractors in the construction industry founded by Mike Litz in 2003.  Mike's been achieving takeoff and estimating excellence for more than 30 years.  During the past ten years, Mike neatly packaged his methodology into highly accurate estimating systems.   Mike's systems facilitate top efficiency for contractors whose success depends on reliable information.  Mike's a leading national authority on detailed, construction takeoffs, estimating, and project management.  Learn more about Mike Litz's extensive background in consulting services and project management for construction professionals, go to: History.

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If you want better takeoffs or estimates, you’re spending your time wisely now.  But don’t just dream about getting better; it’s time to take action.  The skills you seek are easily obtainable; just Contact Mike.  Moving forward today will facilitate your work, every day, for the rest of your career.  Transform your dreams into your new realityIn little time, at minimal cost, you can achieve your goalsFor example

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DMI seminars, products, and services enable construction professionals to better organize their daily work routines, both during the selective bidding process and throughout the construction project management process; more specifically, clients improve both speed and accuracy when performing the following tasks:

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DMI's unparalleled methods and techniques are surprisingly easy to learn, and intuitively natural to implement.  Implementing DMI methodologies and strategies builds prosperity for construction firms that depend on reliable bids derived from accurate takeoffs and estimates.  Some of the construction specialty contractors who benefit the most include:

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DMI Products include printed booklets, interactive spreadsheets, and relational databases, all pre-engineered to reduce work-related stress while enabling top productivity for construction estimating professionals.

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DMI Services include consulting, one-on-one tutoring, and reviewing individual project documents (both pre-bid and post-bid) to provide a methodical takeoff, estimate, material stocking report, schedule of values, etc.  Some specific areas of expertise include:

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Invest just a few days of time now; learn the methods and techniques that Mike Litz developed while estimating for decades in the construction industry.  Some of the available courses for learning construction takeoff and estimating include:

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All classes are personally directed by Mike Litz, owner of Data Management Institute, and president of Michael W. Litz, Inc.  Mike acquired his initial hands-on education in the late 1970's and early 1980's, employed with several specialty contractors, both large and small.  Integrating the best aspects of the various estimating methods he learned, Mike established his consulting and estimating service in 1985.  Today, Mike continues to provide cost-effective takeoff and estimating services to his contractor clients.  This enables Mike to further develop his unique, high-efficiency, low-stress methods for producing accurate takeoffs and estimates.

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Both beginner level and intermediate level estimators stand to gain the most from Mike's seminars.  However, even advanced level estimators can attain significant improvement in both speed and accuracy by implementing Mike's straightforward methods.

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Private Takeoff and Estimating Classes motivate construction professionals to employ better accuracy and achieve greater success.  DMI techniques and methods can be learned with pencil and paper, basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software, or customized database software, including:

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Private classes focus on the specific needs of each individual to improve his/her value as a construction professional.  To learn more, go to: Private Takeoff and Estimating Classes.

DMI surveyed 470 wall and ceiling subcontractors in June, 2003.  This survey for construction estimating software reviews revealed that many of the nation's largest specialty contractors were still estimating via paper and pencil.

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Many respondents to the 2003 survey expressed a fundamentally legitimate concern: Construction-oriented software systems have an essential deficiency: relevant, effective data.  DMI has solved this problem by creating comprehensive, industry-relevant data within dynamic data systems.

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DMI's Dynamic Data Systems (DDS) enable construction estimators to perform detailed estimating tasks faster without sacrificing any accuracy.  Without DDS, Conventional Static Data (CSD) restricts the effectiveness of even the most popular and expensive, construction-based software.  Virtually unchanged from decades-old, book format, current data produced by RS Means is a classic example of CSD.

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Estimating Software reliant on CSD misdirects users, squandering both time and effort throughout the estimating process; estimators routinely misdirect their energy because CSD incessantly compels them to focus on "reinventing the wheel" over and over, and over again.

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DMI Database users have already moved ahead to the most sophisticated advancement in construction estimating.  DMI Databases incorporate automated, dynamic data systems to produce accurate, organized results, with unrivaled speed and consistency.  Some of the specialty contractors benefiting the most include:

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Usually a database is measured by the amount of data it saves. At DMI, a database is measured by the amount of time it saves.   DMI Database Systems guide estimators, project managers, and operations managers to harmonize their efforts; this enables these co-workers to act in concert toward ultimate success: generating optimal profitability for their company.  To learn more, go to: Data for Quick Bid.

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Michael W. Litz, Inc. Takeoff and Estimating Service has produced thousands of valuable takeoffs and estimates since Mike became a freelance estimator in 1985Types of commercial and residential projects include:

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States are typically measured by area, or perhaps by population.  Combining both measurements, populous (population density) statistics yield interesting perspectives on state-to-state comparisons.  For example, throughout the state, Rhode Island accommodates on average, more than 1,000 residents per square mile; New Jersey accommodates almost 1,200 per square mile.  By contrast, on average, approximately one person lives on each square mile of Alaska.

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Population ranking of top cities in each state reveals more insight into each state's populous.  For example, more than half of Alaska's population lives in only three cities, leaving most of Alaska's square mileage uninhabited.

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                             National Ranking of State Statistics:                 Density / Sq.Mile      Top 3 Cities      Top 5 Cities      Top 10 Cities 
Nick Name,  State  Rank  Population  Rank   % of State   Rank   % of State   Rank   % of State 
Last Frontier,  Alaska     50            1.10       1 51.24%       1 53.91%       2 60.04%
Equality,  Wyoming      49            5.24     13 25.50%     10 33.03%     10 44.27%
Treasure,  Montana     48            6.43     18 21.76%     15 28.40%     17 35.61%
Sioux, Flickertail, Peace Garden, Rough Rider,  North Dakota     47            9.23       8 30.70%       8 39.07%       6 49.77%
Mount Rushmore, Coyote,  South Dakota     46           10.22     11 26.84%     12 31.83%     13 40.03%
Land of Enchantment,  New Mexico     45           15.89       9 30.34%       9 35.37%       9 44.39%
Gem,  Idaho     44           17.27     19 20.23%     19 26.22%     15 36.52%
Sagebrush, Silver, Battle Born,  Nevada     43           21.99       6 34.99%       5 42.08%       1 64.40%
Cornhusker, Beef,  Nebraska     42           22.88       3 37.52%       6 41.53%       8 48.21%
Beehive,  Utah     41           30.06     27 16.03%     22 23.02%     16 35.62%
Sunflower, Jayhawk,  Kansas     40           33.54     16 23.33%     14 31.17%     12 40.62%
Beaver,  Oregon     39           37.93     17 22.08%     18 26.65%     18 34.55%
Pine Tree,  Maine     38           41.31     45 10.31%     44 13.96%     41 20.86%
Centennial,  Colorado     37           44.97     12 25.55%     13 31.18%     11 41.52%
Natural,  Arkansas     36           51.34     39 12.11%     38 16.36%     36 24.54%
Sooner,  Oklahoma     35           51.66     10 28.04%     11 32.77%     14 39.80%
Grand Canyon,  Arizona     34           52.26       4 37.11%       3 44.21%       4 54.83%
Hawkeye,  Iowa     33           53.09     35 14.08%     29 19.27%     25 28.55%
Magnolia,  Mississippi     32           62.26     44 10.48%     45 13.44%     45 18.77%
North Star, Gopher, Land of 10,000 Lakes,  Minnesota     31           64.47     31 14.74%     31 18.07%     37 24.28%
Green Mountain,  Vermont     30           67.36     40 12.01%     36 17.27%     35 24.61%
Mountain,  West Virginia     29           75.43     49 7.60%     47 10.80%     47 15.67%
Show me,  Missouri     28           84.19     25 16.23%     25 19.64%     31 24.93%
Lone Star,  Texas     27           87.28     21 18.75%     21 24.09%     23 31.01%
Yellowhammer,  Alabama     26           89.81     34 14.11%     28 19.29%     32 24.92%
Evergreen,  Washington     25           94.44     30 15.15%     30 19.18%     29 25.43%
Badger,  Wisconsin     24         101.93     24 16.39%     27 19.50%     30 25.29%
Pelican,  Louisiana     23         103.83     20 20.17%     20 24.20%     19 32.43%
Bluegrass,  Kentucky     22         105.04     36 13.68%     41 15.90%     44 19.23%
Palmetto,  South Carolina     21         141.31     50 6.88%     50 9.36%     50 13.85%
Volunteer,  Tennessee     20         144.66     15 23.38%     16 27.72%     20 32.26%
Granite,  New Hampshire     19         146.05     22 17.89%     23 22.66%     22 31.21%
Peach, Empire of the South,  Georgia     18         156.64     46 8.85%     46 11.41%     46 15.80%
Hoosier,  Indiana     17         174.85     23 17.84%     24 21.20%     28 26.61%
Wolverine, Great Lakes,  Michigan     16         178.16     38 12.72%     43 15.18%     42 20.30%
Tar Heel, Old North,  North Carolina     15         178.23     41 11.99%     40 16.28%     40 21.42%
Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents,  Virginia     14         191.11     42 11.35%     39 16.34%     38 23.42%
Aloha,  Hawaii     13         198.53       5 35.20%       7 40.54%       5 50.41%
Prairie, Land of Lincoln,  Illinois     12         229.59     14 24.99%     17 26.88%     24 30.69%
Golden,  California     11         231.66     26 16.09%     26 19.52%     33 24.77%
Keystone,  Pennsylvania     10         277.32     29 15.76%     37 17.25%     43 19.98%
Buckeye,  Ohio       9         279.93     37 13.27%     32 17.90%     39 22.11%
Sunshine,  Florida       8         329.46     47 7.88%     48 10.55%     48 14.85%
Empire,  New York       7         407.73       2 44.27%       2 46.04%       7 49.31%
Diamond, First,  Delaware       6         431.47     28 15.81%     34 17.40%     27 27.12%
Free, Old Line,  Maryland       5         572.93     32 14.57%     42 15.25%     21 32.06%
Constitution,  Connecticut       4         724.52     43 10.96%     35 17.35%     26 27.44%
Bay, Old Colony,  Massachusetts       3         816.37     33 14.28%     33 17.51%     34 24.65%
Ocean,  Rhode Island       2      1,029.84       7 31.47%       4 42.78%       3 58.64%
Garden,  New Jersey       1      1,175.08     48 7.60%     49 10.11%     49 14.70%
Nick Name,  State  Rank  Population  Rank   % of State   Rank   % of State   Rank   % of State 
                             National Ranking of State Statistics:                 Density / Sq.Mile      Top 3 Cities      Top 5 Cities      Top 10 Cities 

The following chart ranks the population of top cities in each state along with the city's share of its state's population.  Inclusion criteria for cities in each state: Top Ten Cities, Capital City, Cities larger than Capital City, and Cities with population greater than 100,000 (millennium census).

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City  Rank  % of State
Anchorage  ,  AK       1 41.52%
Juneau  ,  AK       2 4.90%
Fairbanks  ,  AK       3 4.82%
College  ,  AK       4 1.82%
Sitka  ,  AK       5 1.41%
Ketchikan  ,  AK       6 1.26%
Knik-Fairview  ,  AK       7 1.12%
Kenai  ,  AK       8 1.11%
Lakes  ,  AK       9 1.07%
Kodiak  ,  AK     10 1.01%
Birmingham  ,  AL       1 5.33%
Montgomery  ,  AL       2 4.42%
Mobile  ,  AL       3 4.36%
Huntsville  ,  AL       4 3.47%
Tuscaloosa  ,  AL       5 1.71%
Hoover  ,  AL       6 1.38%
Dothan  ,  AL       7 1.27%
Decatur  ,  AL       8 1.18%
Auburn  ,  AL       9 0.94%
Gadsden  ,  AL     10 0.86%
Little Rock  ,  AR       1 6.85%
Fort Smith  ,  AR       2 3.00%
North Little Rock  ,  AR       3 2.26%
Fayetteville  ,  AR       4 2.17%
Jonesboro  ,  AR       5 2.08%
Pine Bluff  ,  AR       6 2.06%
Springdale  ,  AR       7 1.71%
Conway  ,  AR       8 1.61%
Rogers  ,  AR       9 1.45%
Hot Springs  ,  AR     10 1.34%
Phoenix  ,  AZ       1 22.24%
Tucson  ,  AZ       2 8.19%
Mesa  ,  AZ       3 6.67%
Glendale  ,  AZ       4 3.68%
Scottsdale  ,  AZ       5 3.41%
Chandler  ,  AZ       6 2.97%
Tempe  ,  AZ       7 2.67%
Gilbert  ,  AZ       8 1.85%
Peoria  ,  AZ       9 1.82%
Yuma  ,  AZ     10 1.31%
Casas Adobes  ,  AZ     11 0.91%
Catalina Foothills  ,  AZ     12 0.91%
Flagstaff  ,  AZ     13 0.89%
Los Angeles  ,  CA       1 10.23%
San Diego  ,  CA       2 3.39%
San Jose  ,  CA       3 2.48%
San Francisco  ,  CA       4 2.15%
Long Beach  ,  CA       5 1.28%
Fresno  ,  CA       6 1.18%
Sacramento  ,  CA       7 1.13%
Oakland  ,  CA       8 1.11%
Santa Ana  ,  CA       9 0.94%
Anaheim  ,  CA     10 0.91%
Riverside  ,  CA     11 0.71%
Bakersfield  ,  CA     12 0.68%
Stockton  ,  CA     13 0.67%
Fremont  ,  CA     14 0.56%
Glendale  ,  CA     15 0.54%
Huntington Beach  ,  CA     16 0.52%
Modesto  ,  CA     17 0.52%
San Bernardino  ,  CA     18 0.51%
Chula Vista  ,  CA     19 0.48%
Oxnard  ,  CA     20 0.47%
Garden Grove  ,  CA     21 0.46%
Oceanside  ,  CA     22 0.45%
Ontario  ,  CA     23 0.44%
Santa Clarita  ,  CA     24 0.42%
Salinas  ,  CA     25 0.42%
Pomona  ,  CA     26 0.41%
Santa Rosa  ,  CA     27 0.41%
Irvine  ,  CA     28 0.40%
Moreno Valley  ,  CA     29 0.39%
Hayward  ,  CA     30 0.39%
Torrance  ,  CA     31 0.38%
Pasadena  ,  CA     32 0.37%
Escondido  ,  CA     33 0.37%
Sunnyvale  ,  CA     34 0.36%
Fontana  ,  CA     35 0.36%
Orange  ,  CA     36 0.36%
Rancho Cucamonga  ,  CA     37 0.35%
Fullerton  ,  CA     38 0.35%
Corona  ,  CA     39 0.35%
East Los Angeles  ,  CA     40 0.34%
Concord  ,  CA     41 0.34%
Lancaster  ,  CA     42 0.33%
Thousand Oaks  ,  CA     43 0.32%
Vallejo  ,  CA     44 0.32%
Palmdale  ,  CA     45 0.32%
El Monte  ,  CA     46 0.32%
Inglewood  ,  CA     47 0.31%
Simi Valley  ,  CA     48 0.31%
Costa Mesa  ,  CA     49 0.30%
Downey  ,  CA     50 0.30%
West Covina  ,  CA     51 0.29%
Daly City  ,  CA     52 0.29%
Norwalk  ,  CA     53 0.29%
Berkeley  ,  CA     54 0.28%
Santa Clara  ,  CA     55 0.28%
San Buenaventura  ,  CA     56 0.28%
Burbank  ,  CA     57 0.28%
Richmond  ,  CA     58 0.27%
Denver  ,  CO       1 11.89%
Colorado Springs  ,  CO       2 7.74%
Aurora  ,  CO       3 5.92%
Lakewood  ,  CO       4 3.09%
Fort Collins  ,  CO       5 2.54%
Arvada  ,  CO       6 2.19%
Pueblo  ,  CO       7 2.19%
Westminster  ,  CO       8 2.16%
Boulder  ,  CO       9 2.03%
Thornton  ,  CO     10 1.77%
Bridgeport  ,  CT       1 3.97%
New Haven  ,  CT       2 3.52%
Hartford  ,  CT       3 3.46%
Stamford  ,  CT       4 3.34%
Waterbury  ,  CT       5 3.06%
Norwalk  ,  CT       6 2.36%
Danbury  ,  CT       7 2.13%
New Britain  ,  CT       8 2.04%
West Hartford  ,  CT       9 1.81%
Greenwich  ,  CT     10 1.74%
Wilmington  ,  DE       1 8.61%
Dover  ,  DE       2 3.81%
Newark  ,  DE       3 3.38%
Pike Creek  ,  DE       4 2.34%
Bear  ,  DE       5 2.09%
Brookside  ,  DE       6 1.76%
Hockessin  ,  DE       7 1.53%
Glasgow  ,  DE       8 1.52%
Claymont  ,  DE       9 1.09%
North Star  ,  DE     10 0.98%
Wilmington Manor  ,  DE     11 0.98%
Milford  ,  DE     12 0.80%
Seaford  ,  DE     13 0.79%
Middletown  ,  DE     14 0.73%
Jacksonville  ,  FL       1 4.14%
Miami  ,  FL       2 2.04%
Tampa  ,  FL       3 1.71%
St. Petersburg  ,  FL       4 1.40%
Hialeah  ,  FL       5 1.27%
Orlando  ,  FL       6 1.05%
Fort Lauderdale  ,  FL       7 0.86%
Tallahassee  ,  FL       8 0.85%
Hollywood  ,  FL       9 0.78%
Pembroke Pines  ,  FL     10 0.77%
Coral Springs  ,  FL     11 0.66%
Clearwater  ,  FL     12 0.61%
Cape Coral  ,  FL     13 0.57%
Gainesville  ,  FL     14 0.54%
Atlanta  ,  GA       1 4.59%
Augusta  ,  GA       2 2.20%
Columbus  ,  GA       3 2.05%
Savannah  ,  GA       4 1.45%
Athens  ,  GA       5 1.12%
Sandy Springs  ,  GA       6 1.07%
Macon  ,  GA       7 0.95%
Roswell  ,  GA       8 0.87%
Albany  ,  GA       9 0.85%
Marietta  ,  GA     10 0.65%
Honolulu  ,  HI       1 29.15%
Hilo  ,  HI       2 3.20%
Kailua  ,  HI       3 2.86%
Kaneohe  ,  HI       4 2.74%
Waipahu  ,  HI       5 2.60%
Pearl City  ,  HI       6 2.43%
Waimalu  ,  HI       7 2.30%
Mililani  ,  HI       8 2.24%
Kahului  ,  HI       9 1.58%
Kihei  ,  HI     10 1.31%
Des Moines  ,  IA       1 6.70%
Cedar Rapids  ,  IA       2 4.07%
Davenport  ,  IA       3 3.32%
Sioux City  ,  IA       4 2.87%
Waterloo  ,  IA       5 2.32%
Iowa City  ,  IA       6 2.10%
Council Bluffs  ,  IA       7 1.96%
Dubuque  ,  IA       8 1.94%
Ames  ,  IA       9 1.71%
West Des Moines  ,  IA     10 1.56%
Boise  ,  ID       1 13.00%
Nampa  ,  ID       2 3.63%
Pocatello  ,  ID       3 3.60%
Idaho Falls  ,  ID       4 3.55%
Meridian  ,  ID       5 2.44%
Coeur d'Alene  ,  ID       6 2.42%
Twin Falls  ,  ID       7 2.41%
Lewiston  ,  ID       8 2.16%
Caldwell  ,  ID       9 1.82%
Moscow  ,  ID     10 1.49%
Chicago  ,  IL       1 22.69%
Rockford  ,  IL       2 1.18%
Aurora  ,  IL       3 1.12%
Naperville  ,  IL       4 1.01%
Peoria  ,  IL       5 0.88%
Springfield  ,  IL       6 0.88%
Joliet  ,  IL       7 0.83%
Elgin  ,  IL       8 0.74%
Waukegan  ,  IL       9 0.69%
Cicero  ,  IL     10 0.67%
Indianapolis  ,  IN       1 12.63%
Fort Wayne  ,  IN       2 3.28%
Evansville  ,  IN       3 1.94%
South Bend  ,  IN       4 1.72%
Gary  ,  IN       5 1.64%
Hammond  ,  IN       6 1.32%
Bloomington  ,  IN       7 1.10%
Muncie  ,  IN       8 1.08%
Anderson  ,  IN       9 0.95%
Terre Haute  ,  IN     10 0.95%
Wichita  ,  KS       1 12.54%
Overland Park  ,  KS       2 5.43%
Kansas City  ,  KS       3 5.35%
Topeka  ,  KS       4 4.46%
Olathe  ,  KS       5 3.39%
Lawrence  ,  KS       6 2.92%
Shawnee  ,  KS       7 1.75%
Salina  ,  KS       8 1.66%
Manhattan  ,  KS       9 1.63%
Hutchinson  ,  KS     10 1.49%
Lexington-Fayette  ,  KY       1 6.24%
Louisville  ,  KY       2 6.14%
Owensboro  ,  KY       3 1.30%
Bowling Green  ,  KY       4 1.18%
Covington  ,  KY       5 1.04%
Hopkinsville  ,  KY       6 0.72%
Frankfort  ,  KY       7 0.66%
Henderson  ,  KY       8 0.66%
Richmond  ,  KY       9 0.65%
Jeffersontown  ,  KY     10 0.64%
New Orleans  ,  LA       1 10.71%
Baton Rouge  ,  LA       2 5.04%
Shreveport  ,  LA       3 4.42%
Metairie  ,  LA       4 3.23%
Lafayette  ,  LA       5 2.44%
Lake Charles  ,  LA       6 1.59%
Kenner  ,  LA       7 1.56%
Bossier City  ,  LA       8 1.25%
Monroe  ,  LA       9 1.17%
Alexandria  ,  LA     10 1.02%
Boston  ,  MA       1 9.21%
Worcester  ,  MA       2 2.70%
Springfield  ,  MA       3 2.38%
Lowell  ,  MA       4 1.64%
Cambridge  ,  MA       5 1.58%
Brockton  ,  MA       6 1.47%
New Bedford  ,  MA       7 1.47%
Fall River  ,  MA       8 1.44%
Lynn  ,  MA       9 1.39%
Quincy  ,  MA     10 1.38%
Baltimore  ,  MD       1 11.63%
Columbia  ,  MD       2 1.58%
Silver Spring  ,  MD       3 1.37%
Dundalk  ,  MD       4 1.11%
Wheaton-Glenmont  ,  MD       5 1.03%
Ellicott City  ,  MD       6 1.01%
Germantown  ,  MD       7 0.99%
Bethesda  ,  MD       8 0.99%
Frederick  ,  MD       9 0.94%
Gaithersburg  ,  MD     10 0.94%
Towson  ,  MD     11 0.92%
Bowie  ,  MD     12 0.90%
Aspen Hill  ,  MD     13 0.90%
Rockville  ,  MD     14 0.85%
Potomac  ,  MD     15 0.80%
Catonsville  ,  MD     16 0.71%
Bel Air South  ,  MD     17 0.71%
Essex  ,  MD     18 0.70%
Glen Burnie  ,  MD     19 0.69%
North Bethesda  ,  MD     20 0.69%
Montgomery Village  ,  MD     21 0.68%
Hagerstown  ,  MD     22 0.66%
Woodlawn  ,  MD     23 0.64%
Annapolis  ,  MD     24 0.64%
Portland  ,  ME       1 5.04%
Lewiston  ,  ME       2 2.80%
Bangor  ,  ME       3 2.47%
South Portland  ,  ME       4 1.83%
Auburn  ,  ME       5 1.82%
Biddeford  ,  ME       6 1.64%
Augusta  ,  ME       7 1.46%
Saco  ,  ME       8 1.32%
Westbrook  ,  ME       9 1.27%
Waterville  ,  ME     10 1.22%
Detroit  ,  MI       1 9.40%
Grand Rapids  ,  MI       2 1.95%
Warren  ,  MI       3 1.37%
Flint  ,  MI       4 1.23%
Sterling Heights  ,  MI       5 1.23%
Lansing  ,  MI       6 1.18%
Ann Arbor  ,  MI       7 1.13%
Livonia  ,  MI       8 0.99%
Dearborn  ,  MI       9 0.97%
Westland  ,  MI     10 0.86%
Minneapolis  ,  MN       1 7.45%
St. Paul  ,  MN       2 5.59%
Duluth  ,  MN       3 1.69%
Rochester  ,  MN       4 1.67%
Bloomington  ,  MN       5 1.66%
Brooklyn Park  ,  MN       6 1.31%
Plymouth  ,  MN       7 1.28%
Eagan  ,  MN       8 1.24%
Coon Rapids  ,  MN       9 1.20%
Burnsville  ,  MN     10 1.17%
Kansas City  ,  MO       1 7.61%
St. Louis  ,  MO       2 6.00%
Springfield  ,  MO       3 2.61%
Independence  ,  MO       4 1.95%
Columbia  ,  MO       5 1.46%
Saint Joseph  ,  MO       6 1.28%
Lee's Summit  ,  MO       7 1.22%
Saint Charles  ,  MO       8 1.04%
Saint Peters  ,  MO       9 0.89%
Florissant  ,  MO     10 0.87%
Blue Springs  ,  MO     11 0.83%
Chesterfield  ,  MO     12 0.81%
O'Fallon  ,  MO     13 0.80%
Joplin  ,  MO     14 0.78%
Jefferson City  ,  MO     15 0.68%
Jackson  ,  MS       1 6.31%
Gulfport  ,  MS       2 2.43%
Biloxi  ,  MS       3 1.73%
Hattiesburg  ,  MS       4 1.53%
Greenville  ,  MS       5 1.43%
Meridian  ,  MS       6 1.37%
Tupelo  ,  MS       7 1.17%
Southaven  ,  MS       8 0.99%
Vicksburg  ,  MS       9 0.90%
Pascagoula  ,  MS     10 0.90%
Billings  ,  MT       1 9.60%
Missoula  ,  MT       2 6.10%
Great Falls  ,  MT       3 6.06%
Butte-Silver Bow  ,  MT       4 3.70%
Bozeman  ,  MT       5 2.94%
Helena  ,  MT       6 2.76%
Kalispell  ,  MT       7 1.52%
Havre  ,  MT       8 1.03%
Anaconda  ,  MT       9 1.01%
Miles City  ,  MT     10 0.91%
Charlotte  ,  NC       1 6.23%
Raleigh  ,  NC       2 3.18%
Greensboro  ,  NC       3 2.58%
Durham  ,  NC       4 2.15%
Winston-Salem  ,  NC       5 2.14%
Fayetteville  ,  NC       6 1.39%
Cary  ,  NC       7 1.09%
High Point  ,  NC       8 0.99%
Wilmington  ,  NC       9 0.87%
Asheville  ,  NC     10 0.79%
Fargo  ,  ND       1 14.23%
Bismarck  ,  ND       2 8.72%
Grand Forks  ,  ND       3 7.75%
Minot  ,  ND       4 5.74%
Mandan  ,  ND       5 2.63%
Dickinson  ,  ND       6 2.51%
Jamestown  ,  ND       7 2.44%
West Fargo  ,  ND       8 2.44%
Williston  ,  ND       9 1.97%
Wahpeton  ,  ND     10 1.35%
Omaha  ,  NE       1 22.17%
Lincoln  ,  NE       2 12.83%
Bellevue  ,  NE       3 2.52%
Grand Island  ,  NE       4 2.44%
Kearney  ,  NE       5 1.56%
Fremont  ,  NE       6 1.43%
Hastings  ,  NE       7 1.37%
North Platte  ,  NE       8 1.36%
Norfolk  ,  NE       9 1.34%
Columbus  ,  NE     10 1.19%
Manchester  ,  NH       1 8.17%
Nashua  ,  NH       2 6.61%
Concord  ,  NH       3 3.11%
Rochester  ,  NH       4 2.17%
Salem  ,  NH       5 2.15%
Dover  ,  NH       6 2.05%
Merrimack  ,  NH       7 1.92%
Derry  ,  NH       8 1.73%
Keene  ,  NH       9 1.72%
Portsmouth  ,  NH     10 1.59%
Newark  ,  NJ       1 3.14%
Jersey City  ,  NJ       2 2.75%
Paterson  ,  NJ       3 1.71%
Elizabeth  ,  NJ       4 1.38%
Edison  ,  NJ       5 1.12%
Toms River  ,  NJ       6 0.99%
Trenton  ,  NJ       7 0.98%
Camden  ,  NJ       8 0.92%
Clifton  ,  NJ       9 0.90%
East Orange  ,  NJ     10 0.80%
Albuquerque  ,  NM       1 23.26%
Las Cruces  ,  NM       2 3.85%
Santa Fe  ,  NM       3 3.23%
Rio Rancho  ,  NM       4 2.68%
Roswell  ,  NM       5 2.35%
South Valley  ,  NM       6 2.03%
Farmington  ,  NM       7 1.96%
Alamogordo  ,  NM       8 1.85%
Clovis  ,  NM       9 1.69%
Hobbs  ,  NM     10 1.49%
Las Vegas  ,  NV       1 19.81%
Paradise  ,  NV       2 7.71%
Reno  ,  NV       3 7.47%
Henderson  ,  NV       4 7.26%
Sunrise Manor  ,  NV       5 6.47%
Spring Valley  ,  NV       6 4.86%
North Las Vegas  ,  NV       7 4.78%
Sparks  ,  NV       8 2.75%
Carson City  ,  NV       9 2.17%
Winchester  ,  NV     10 1.12%
New York  ,  NY       1 41.59%
Buffalo  ,  NY       2 1.52%
North Hempstead  ,  NY       3 1.16%
Rochester  ,  NY       4 1.14%
Yonkers  ,  NY       5 1.02%
Syracuse  ,  NY       6 0.77%
Amherst  ,  NY       7 0.61%
Ramapo  ,  NY       8 0.57%
Albany  ,  NY       9 0.50%
Greenburgh  ,  NY     10 0.45%
Columbus  ,  OH       1 6.21%
Cleveland  ,  OH       2 4.17%
Cincinnati  ,  OH       3 2.89%
Toledo  ,  OH       4 2.74%
Akron  ,  OH       5 1.89%
Dayton  ,  OH       6 1.45%
Parma  ,  OH       7 0.75%
Youngstown  ,  OH       8 0.72%
Canton  ,  OH       9 0.70%
Lorain  ,  OH     10 0.60%
Oklahoma City  ,  OK       1 14.27%
Tulsa  ,  OK       2 11.08%
Norman  ,  OK       3 2.70%
Lawton  ,  OK       4 2.61%
Broken Arrow  ,  OK       5 2.11%
Edmond  ,  OK       6 1.93%
Midwest City  ,  OK       7 1.52%
Enid  ,  OK       8 1.33%
Moore  ,  OK       9 1.16%
Stillwater  ,  OK     10 1.10%
Portland  ,  OR       1 14.53%
Eugene  ,  OR       2 3.79%
Salem  ,  OR       3 3.76%
Gresham  ,  OR       4 2.48%
Beaverton  ,  OR       5 2.09%
Hillsboro  ,  OR       6 1.93%
Medford  ,  OR       7 1.73%
Springfield  ,  OR       8 1.45%
Bend  ,  OR       9 1.43%
Corvallis  ,  OR     10 1.35%
Philadelphia  ,  PA       1 12.21%
Pittsburgh  ,  PA       2 2.69%
Allentown  ,  PA       3 0.86%
Erie  ,  PA       4 0.83%
Upper Darby  ,  PA       5 0.66%
Reading  ,  PA       6 0.65%
Scranton  ,  PA       7 0.61%
Bethlehem  ,  PA       8 0.57%
Lancaster  ,  PA       9 0.45%
Levittown  ,  PA     10 0.43%
Altoona  ,  PA     11 0.40%
Harrisburg  ,  PA     12 0.39%
Providence  ,  RI       1 16.13%
Warwick  ,  RI       2 7.97%
Cranston  ,  RI       3 7.37%
Pawtucket  ,  RI       4 6.78%
East Providence  ,  RI       5 4.52%
Woonsocket  ,  RI       6 4.02%
Coventry  ,  RI       7 3.13%
North Providence  ,  RI       8 3.01%
Cumberland  ,  RI       9 2.96%
West Warwick  ,  RI     10 2.75%
Columbia  ,  SC       1 2.73%
Charleston  ,  SC       2 2.27%
North Charleston  ,  SC       3 1.87%
Greenville  ,  SC       4 1.32%
Rock Hill  ,  SC       5 1.17%
Mount Pleasant  ,  SC       6 1.12%
Spartanburg  ,  SC       7 0.93%
Sumter  ,  SC       8 0.93%
Hilton Head Island  ,  SC       9 0.80%
Florence  ,  SC     10 0.71%
Sioux Falls  ,  SD       1 15.98%
Rapid City  ,  SD       2 7.68%
Aberdeen  ,  SD       3 3.18%
Watertown  ,  SD       4 2.61%
Brookings  ,  SD       5 2.38%
Mitchell  ,  SD       6 1.88%
Pierre  ,  SD       7 1.79%
Yankton  ,  SD       8 1.74%
Huron  ,  SD       9 1.53%
Vermillion  ,  SD     10 1.26%
Memphis  ,  TN       1 10.90%
Nashville  ,  TN       2 9.56%
Knoxville  ,  TN       3 2.92%
Chattanooga  ,  TN       4 2.61%
Clarksville  ,  TN       5 1.73%
Murfreesboro  ,  TN       6 1.15%
Jackson  ,  TN       7 1.00%
Johnson City  ,  TN       8 0.93%
Kingsport  ,  TN       9 0.75%
Franklin  ,  TN     10 0.70%
Houston  ,  TX       1 8.55%
Dallas  ,  TX       2 5.20%
San Antonio  ,  TX       3 5.01%
Austin  ,  TX       4 2.87%
El Paso  ,  TX       5 2.47%
Fort Worth  ,  TX       6 2.34%
Arlington  ,  TX       7 1.46%
Corpus Christi  ,  TX       8 1.21%
Plano  ,  TX       9 0.97%
Garland  ,  TX     10 0.94%
Lubbock  ,  TX     11 0.87%
Irving  ,  TX     12 0.84%
Laredo  ,  TX     13 0.77%
Amarillo  ,  TX     14 0.76%
Pasadena  ,  TX     15 0.62%
Brownsville  ,  TX     16 0.61%
Grand Prairie  ,  TX     17 0.56%
Mesquite  ,  TX     18 0.54%
Abilene  ,  TX     19 0.51%
Beaumont  ,  TX     20 0.50%
Waco  ,  TX     21 0.50%
Carrollton  ,  TX     22 0.48%
McAllen  ,  TX     23 0.47%
Wichita Falls  ,  TX     24 0.46%
Midland  ,  TX     25 0.42%
Salt Lake City  ,  UT       1 7.36%
West Valley City  ,  UT       2 4.41%
Provo  ,  UT       3 4.26%
Sandy  ,  UT       4 3.58%
Orem  ,  UT       5 3.41%
Ogden  ,  UT       6 3.13%
West Jordan  ,  UT       7 2.77%
Layton  ,  UT       8 2.37%
Taylorsville  ,  UT       9 2.33%
St. George  ,  UT     10 2.01%
Virginia Beach  ,  VA       1 5.62%
Norfolk  ,  VA       2 3.10%
Chesapeake  ,  VA       3 2.63%
Richmond  ,  VA       4 2.61%
Newport News  ,  VA       5 2.38%
Hampton  ,  VA       6 1.94%
Alexandria  ,  VA       7 1.70%
Portsmouth  ,  VA       8 1.33%
Roanoke  ,  VA       9 1.25%
Lynchburg  ,  VA     10 0.86%
Burlington  ,  VT       1 6.24%
Essex  ,  VT       2 2.99%
Rutland  ,  VT       3 2.78%
Colchester  ,  VT       4 2.73%
South Burlington  ,  VT       5 2.54%
Hartford  ,  VT       6 1.66%
Barre  ,  VT       7 1.49%
Bennington  ,  VT       8 1.47%
Essex Junction  ,  VT       9 1.38%
Brattleboro  ,  VT     10 1.33%
Montpelier  ,  VT     11 1.29%
Seattle  ,  WA       1 8.96%
Spokane  ,  WA       2 3.11%
Tacoma  ,  WA       3 3.08%
Vancouver  ,  WA       4 2.28%
Bellevue  ,  WA       5 1.74%
Everett  ,  WA       6 1.46%
Federal Way  ,  WA       7 1.32%
Kent  ,  WA       8 1.26%
Yakima  ,  WA       9 1.14%
Bellingham  ,  WA     10 1.07%
Lakewood  ,  WA     11 0.93%
Kennewick  ,  WA     12 0.87%
Shoreline  ,  WA     13 0.84%
Renton  ,  WA     14 0.80%
Redmond  ,  WA     15 0.72%
Kirkland  ,  WA     16 0.72%
Olympia  ,  WA     17 0.68%
Milwaukee  ,  WI       1 10.78%
Madison  ,  WI       2 3.76%
Green Bay  ,  WI       3 1.85%
Kenosha  ,  WI       4 1.63%
Racine  ,  WI       5 1.48%
Appleton  ,  WI       6 1.27%
Waukesha  ,  WI       7 1.17%
Oshkosh  ,  WI       8 1.14%
Eau Claire  ,  WI       9 1.11%
West Allis  ,  WI     10 1.11%
Charleston  ,  WV       1 2.94%
Huntington  ,  WV       2 2.83%
Parkersburg  ,  WV       3 1.82%
Wheeling  ,  WV       4 1.73%
Morgantown  ,  WV       5 1.48%
Weirton  ,  WV       6 1.12%
Fairmont  ,  WV       7 1.05%
Beckley  ,  WV       8 0.95%
Clarksburg  ,  WV       9 0.92%
Martinsburg  ,  WV     10 0.82%
Cheyenne  ,  WY       1 10.41%
Casper  ,  WY       2 9.75%
Laramie  ,  WY       3 5.34%
Gillette  ,  WY       4 3.86%
Rock Springs  ,  WY       5 3.67%
Sheridan  ,  WY       6 3.10%
Green River  ,  WY       7 2.32%
Evanston  ,  WY       8 2.26%
Riverton  ,  WY       9 1.83%
Cody  ,  WY     10 1.73%
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Relatively speaking, an effective takeoff and estimate for one specialty-trade bid requires substantially more documentation than the population statistics charted and graphed above.  Clearly, data management plays a key role throughout the construction takeoff and estimating processes, and leads the way to successfully achieving takeoff and estimating excellence.

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Data Management Institute builds prosperity for contractors that rely on detailed, accurate construction takeoffs and estimates to successfully follow-up on their construction bids leads, develop construction bid proposals, and perform work. DMI's founder and manager, Mike Litz, has been achieving construction bidding excellence for more than 30 years; striving to stay ahead, advocating use of the most advanced technology, Mike never lost sight of his primary goal: generating income by developing smart, less-expensive, ever-accurate takeoff and estimating methods and systems.  For more on Mike, go to: History.

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DMI seminars, products, and services enable construction professionals to improve both speed and accuracy when performing the following tasks:

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  • Takeoff & Estimating / Bidding
  • Bid Break-down / Project Analysis
  • Material Procurement / Stocking Lists
  • Production Schedules / Labor Analysis
  • Schedule of Values / Billing
  • Revisions / Change Orders

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Process
  • Carpentry Bidding Process
  • Construction Bidding Process
  • Drywall Bidding Process
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Process
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Process
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Process
  • Painting and Decorating Bidding Process
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Process
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Process

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DMI's unparalleled methods and techniques are surprisingly easy to learn, and intuitively natural to implement.  DMI builds prosperity for construction firms that depend on reliable bids derived from accurate takeoffs and estimates.  Some of the specialty contractors who benefit the most include:

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Contractors
  • Carpentry Contractors
    • Rough Carpenters
    • Finish Carpenters
      • Casework
      • Millwork
  • Doors, Frames, and Hardware Contractors
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Flooring Contractors
  • General Contractors
  • HVAC Contractors
  • Interior Contractors
  • Light Gage Structural Steel Contractors
  • Metal Stud Framing Contractors
  • Masonry Contractors
  • MWBE Contractors
  • Painting and Decorating Contractors
  • Painting and Wallcovering Contractors
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Contractors

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DMI Construction Estimating Products include printed construction estimating booklets from the construction estimating institute, construction estimating software, interactive spreadsheets, and relational databases, all custom designed specifically for construction estimating professionals.  Those who receive construction estimating training can choose to work with Mike to develop their own construction takeoff and estimating software free of charge; they can build construction estimating tools such as construction estimating forms and construction estimating calculators enabling them to better manage their construction estimating jobs.  Some examples of construction estimating software include:

  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Software
  • Carpentry Estimating Software
    • Rough Carpentry Estimating Software
    • Finish Carpentry Estimating Software
      • Casework Estimating Software
      • Millwork Estimating Software
  • Construction Estimating Software
  • Drywall Estimating Software
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Software
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Software
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Software
  • Painting and Decorating Estimating Software
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Software
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Software

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimate Software
  • Carpentry Estimate Software
    • Rough Carpentry Estimate Software
    • Finish Carpentry Estimate Software
      • Casework Estimate Software
      • Millwork Estimate Software
  • Doors and Hardware Estimate Software
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimate Software
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimate Software
  • Painting and Decorating Estimate Software
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimate Software
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimate Software
  • Acoustic Ceiling Bid Software
  • Carpentry Bid Software
    • Rough Carpentry Bid Software
    • Finish Carpentry Bid Software
      • Casework Bid Software
      • Millwork Bid Software
  • Construction Bid Software
  • Drywall Bid Software
  • Doors and Hardware Bid Software
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bid Software
  • Metal Stud Framing Bid Software
  • Painting and Decorating Bid Software
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bid Software
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bid Software

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Software
  • Carpentry Bidding Software
  • Construction Bidding Software
  • Drywall Bidding Software
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Software
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Software
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Software
  • Painting and Decorating Bidding Software
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Software
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Software

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimator Software
  • Carpentry Estimator Software
  • Drywall Estimator Software
  • Doors and Hardware Estimator Software
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimator Software
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimator Software
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimator Software
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimator Software

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Programs
  • Carpentry Estimating Programs
    • Rough Carpentry Estimating Programs
    • Finish Carpentry Estimating Programs
      • Casework Estimating Programs
      • Millwork Estimating Programs
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Programs
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Programs
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Programs
  • Painting and Decorating Estimating Programs
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Programs
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Programs

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimate Forms
  • Carpentry Estimate Forms
  • Construction Estimate Forms
  • Drywall Estimate Forms
  • Doors and Hardware Estimate Forms
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimate Forms
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimate Forms
  • Painting and Decorating Estimate Forms
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimate Forms
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimate Forms

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Forms
  • Carpentry Bidding Forms
  • Construction Bidding Forms
  • Drywall Bidding Forms
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Forms
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Forms
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Forms
  • Painting and Decorating Bidding Forms
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Forms
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Forms

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bids
  • Carpentry Bids
  • Construction Bids
  • Drywall Bids
  • Doors and Hardware Bids
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bids
  • Metal Stud Framing Bids
  • Painting and Decorating Bids
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bids
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bids

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bid Forms
  • Carpentry Bid Forms
  • Construction Bid Forms
  • Drywall Bid Forms
  • Doors and Hardware Bid Forms
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bid Forms
  • Metal Stud Framing Bid Forms
  • Painting and Decorating Bid Forms
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bid Forms
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bid Forms

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bid Templates
  • Carpentry Bid Templates
  • Construction Bid Templates
  • Drywall Bid Templates
  • Doors and Hardware Bid Templates
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bid Templates
  • Metal Stud Framing Bid Templates
  • Painting and Decorating Bid Templates
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bid Templates
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bid Templates

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding
  • Carpentry Bidding
  • Construction Bidding
  • Drywall Bidding
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding
  • Painting and Decorating Bidding
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding

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  • Estimates and Forms for Acoustic Ceiling
  • Estimates and Forms for Carpentry
  • Estimates and Forms for Construction
  • Estimates and Forms for Drywall
  • Estimates and Forms for Doors and Hardware
  • Estimates and Forms for Light Gage Steel Stud Framing
  • Estimates and Forms for Metal Stud Framing
  • Estimates and Forms for Painting and Decorating
  • Estimates and Forms for Painting and Wallcovering
  • Estimates and Forms for Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimate Sheets
  • Carpentry Estimate Sheets
  • Construction Estimate Sheets
  • Drywall Estimate Sheets
  • Doors and Hardware Estimate Sheets
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimate Sheets
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimate Sheets
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimate Sheets
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimate Sheets

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Carpentry Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Construction Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Drywall Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Doors and Hardware Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimate Bid Sheets
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimate Bid Sheets

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimate Bid Lists
  • Carpentry Estimate Bid Lists
  • Construction Estimate Bid Lists
  • Drywall Estimate Bid Lists
  • Doors and Hardware Estimate Bid Lists
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimate Bid Lists
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimate Bid Lists
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimate Bid Lists
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimate Bid Lists

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimation Worksheets
  • Carpentry Estimation Worksheets
  • Drywall Estimation Worksheets
  • Doors and Hardware Estimation Worksheets
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimation Worksheets
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimation Worksheets
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimation Worksheets
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimation Worksheets

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimation Activities
  • Carpentry Estimation Activities
  • Drywall Estimation Activities
  • Doors and Hardware Estimation Activities
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimation Activities
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimation Activities
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimation Activities
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimation Activities

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DMI surveyed 470 wall and ceiling subcontractors in June, 2003.  This survey for construction estimating software reviews revealed that many of the nation's largest specialty contractors were still estimating via paper and pencil.

DMI Construction Takeoff Products, products for construction takeoffs, include printed construction takeoff definition booklets from the construction takeoff institute, construction takeoff software, construction take off estimating software: interactive spreadsheets, and relational databases, all custom designed specifically for construction takeoff professionals.  Those who receive construction takeoff training can choose to work with Mike to develop their own construction takeoff & estimating software free of charge; they can build construction take off tools such as construction take off forms and construction takeoff sheets enabling them to better manage their construction takeoff jobs.  Some examples of construction takeoff software include:

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Takeoff Software
  • Carpentry Takeoff Software
  • Construction Takeoff Software to expedite Construction Bid Boards
  • Drywall Takeoff Software
  • Doors and Hardware Takeoff Software
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Takeoff Software
  • Metal Stud Framing Takeoff Software
  • Painting and Wallcovering Takeoff Software
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Takeoff Software

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Takeoff Forms
  • Carpentry Takeoff Forms
  • Construction Takeoff Forms
  • Drywall Takeoff Forms
  • Doors and Hardware Takeoff Forms
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Takeoff Forms
  • Metal Stud Framing Takeoff Forms
  • Painting and Wallcovering Takeoff Forms
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Takeoff Forms

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DMI Services include consulting, one-on-one tutoring, and construction takeoff services, reviewing individual project documents (both pre-bid and post-bid) to provide a methodical takeoff, estimate, material stocking report, schedule of values, etc.  Some areas of specialty contracting expertise include:

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Acoustic Ceiling Estimator Mike Litz
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimator Mike Litz
  • Drywall Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Drywall Estimator Mike Litz
  • Doors and Hardware Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Doors and Hardware Estimator Mike Litz
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimator Mike Litz
  • Metal Stud Framing Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Metal Stud Framing Estimator Mike Litz
  • Painting and Decorating Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Painting and Decorating Estimator Mike Litz
  • Painting and Wallcovering Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Painting and Wallcovering Estimator Mike Litz
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimator Mike Litz

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Acoustic Ceiling Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Rough and Finish Carpentry Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Drywall Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Drywall Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Doors and Hardware Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Doors and Hardware Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Metal Stud Framing Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Metal Stud Framing Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Painting and Decorating Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Painting and Decorating Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Painting and Wallcovering Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Painting and Wallcovering Bid Estimator Mike Litz
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Takeoffs and Estimates directly from Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bid Estimator Mike Litz

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Takeoffs directly from Acoustic Ceiling Estimator Mike Litz
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Takeoffs directly from Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimator Mike Litz
  • Drywall Takeoffs directly from Drywall Estimator Mike Litz
  • Doors and Hardware Takeoffs directly from Doors and Hardware Estimator Mike Litz
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Takeoffs directly from Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimator Mike Litz
  • Metal Stud Framing Takeoffs directly from Metal Stud Framing Estimator Mike Litz
  • Painting and Wallcovering Takeoffs directly from Painting and Wallcovering Estimator Mike Litz
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Takeoffs directly from Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimator Mike Litz

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimates directly from Acoustic Ceiling Estimator Mike Litz
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimates directly from Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimator Mike Litz per Rough and Finish Carpentry Specification with Rough and Finish Carpenter Job Descriptions
  • Drywall Estimates directly from Drywall Estimator Mike Litz
  • Doors and Hardware Estimates directly from Doors and Hardware Estimator Mike Litz
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimates directly from Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimator Mike Litz
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimates directly from Metal Stud Framing Estimator Mike Litz
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimates directly from Painting and Wallcovering Estimator Mike Litz
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimates directly from Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimator Mike Litz

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimator Jobs
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimator Jobs
  • Construction Estimator Jobs
  • Drywall Estimator Jobs
  • Doors and Hardware Estimator Jobs
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimator Jobs
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimator Jobs
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimator Jobs
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimator Jobs

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bid Jobs
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Bid Jobs
  • Construction Bid Jobs
  • Drywall Bid Jobs
  • Doors and Hardware Bid Jobs
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bid Jobs
  • Metal Stud Framing Bid Jobs
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bid Jobs
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bid Jobs

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Services
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Bidding Services
  • Construction Bidding Services
  • Drywall Bidding Services
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Services
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Services
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Services
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Services
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Services

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Sources
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Bidding Sources
  • Construction Bidding Sources
  • Drywall Bidding Sources
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Sources
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Sources
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Sources
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Sources
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Sources

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Services
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimating Services
  • Construction Estimating Services
  • Drywall Estimating Services
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Services
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Services
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Services
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Services
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Services

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Strategy
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Bidding Strategy
  • Construction Bidding Strategy
  • Drywall Bidding Strategy
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Strategy
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Strategy
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Strategy
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Strategy
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Strategy

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Documents
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Bidding Documents
  • Construction Bidding Documents
  • Drywall Bidding Documents
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Documents
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Documents
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Documents
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Documents
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Documents

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bidding Programs
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Bidding Programs
  • Construction Bidding Programs
  • Drywall Bidding Programs
  • Doors and Hardware Bidding Programs
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bidding Programs
  • Metal Stud Framing Bidding Programs
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bidding Programs
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bidding Programs

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimator Calculators
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimator Calculators
  • Drywall Estimator Calculators
  • Doors and Hardware Estimator Calculators
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimator Calculators
    • Calculates steel studs labor pricing for various steel stud sizes
    • Calculates steel studs labor prices and steel studs labor costs
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimator Calculators
    • Calculates metal studs labor pricing for various metal stud sizes
    • Calculates metal studs labor prices and metal studs labor costing
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimator Calculators
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimator Calculators

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimate Calculators
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimate Calculators
  • Construction Estimate Calculators
  • Drywall Estimate Calculators
  • Doors and Hardware Estimate Calculators
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimate Calculators
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimate Calculators
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimate Calculators
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimate Calculators

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Bid Calculators
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Bid Calculators
  • Construction Bid Calculators
  • Drywall Bid Calculators
  • Doors and Hardware Bid Calculators
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Bid Calculators
  • Metal Stud Framing Bid Calculators
  • Painting and Wallcovering Bid Calculators
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Bid Calculators

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimator Costs
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimator Costs
  • Drywall Estimator Costs
  • Doors and Hardware Estimator Costs
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimator Costs
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimator Costs
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimator Costs
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimator Costs

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimators Estimating Construction Costs
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry Estimators Estimating Construction Costs
  • Drywall Estimators Estimating Construction Costs
  • Doors and Hardware Estimators Estimating Construction Costs
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimators Estimating Construction Costs
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimators Estimating Construction Costs
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimators Estimating Construction Costs
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimators Estimating Construction Costs

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Invest just a few days of time now; learn the methods and techniques that Mike Litz developed while estimating for decades in the construction industry.  Some of the available courses for learning construction takeoff and estimating include:

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  • Plan Reading Classes
  • Acoustic Ceilings Takeoff and Estimating Classes
  • Carpentry Takeoff and Estimating Classes
  • Construction Takeoff and Estimating Classes
  • Drywall Takeoff and Estimating Classes
  • Doors and Hardware Takeoff and Estimating Classes
  • Metal Stud Framing Takeoff and Estimating Classes
  • Painting Takeoff and Estimating Classes
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Classes

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  • Plan Reading Courses
  • Acoustic Ceilings Takeoff and Estimating Courses
  • Carpentry Takeoff and Estimating Courses
  • Construction Takeoff and Estimating Courses
  • Drywall Takeoff and Estimating Courses
  • Doors and Hardware Takeoff and Estimating Courses
  • Metal Stud Framing Takeoff and Estimating Courses
  • Painting Takeoff and Estimating Courses
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Courses

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All classes are personally directed by Mike Litz, owner of Data Management Institute, and president of Michael W. Litz, Inc.  Mike acquired his initial hands-on education in the late 1970's and early 1980's, employed with several specialty contractors, both large and small.  Integrating the best aspects of the various estimating methods he learned, Mike established his consulting and estimating service in 1985.  Today, Mike continues to provide cost-effective takeoff and estimating services to his contractor clients.  This enables Mike to further develop his unique, high-efficiency, low-stress methods for producing accurate takeoffs and estimates.

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Both beginner level and intermediate level estimators stand to gain the most from Mike's seminars.  However, even advanced level estimators can attain significant improvement in both speed and accuracy by implementing Mike's straightforward methods.  Mike will unveil the mysteries involving:

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Formulas
  • Carpentry Estimating Formulas
  • Construction Estimating Formulas
  • Drywall Estimating Formulas
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Formulas
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Formulas
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Formulas
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Formulas
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Formulas

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Quotients
  • Carpentry Estimating Quotients
  • Construction Estimating Quotients
  • Drywall Estimating Quotients
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Quotients
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Quotients
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Quotients
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Quotients
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Quotients

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimation Formulas
  • Carpentry Estimation Formulas
  • Drywall Estimation Formulas
  • Doors and Hardware Estimation Formulas
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimation Formulas
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimation Formulas
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimation Formulas
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimation Formulas

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Private Takeoff and Estimating Classes for construction professionals transcend traditional, estimating trade schools, including:

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Schools
  • Carpentry Estimating Schools
  • Construction Estimating Schools
  • Drywall Estimating Schools
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Schools
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Schools
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Schools
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Schools
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Schools

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Private Takeoff and Estimating Classes for construction professionals transcend traditional, estimating trade schools.  Learn variations in construction definitions of terminology including construction slang definitions.

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Sites
  • Carpentry Estimating Sites
  • Construction Estimating Sites
  • Drywall Estimating Sites
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Sites
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Sites
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Sites
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Sites
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Sites

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Websites
  • Carpentry Estimating Websites
  • Construction Estimating Websites
  • Drywall Estimating Websites
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Websites
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Websites
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Websites
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Websites
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Websites

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  • Acoustic Ceiling Estimating Trackers
  • Carpentry Estimating Trackers
  • Construction Estimating Trackers
  • Drywall Estimating Trackers
  • Doors and Hardware Estimating Trackers
  • Light Gage Steel Stud Framing Estimating Trackers
  • Metal Stud Framing Estimating Trackers
  • Painting and Wallcovering Estimating Trackers
  • Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS Estimating Trackers

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Private Takeoff and Estimating Classes motivate construction professionals to employ better accuracy and achieve greater success.  DMI techniques and methods can be learned with pencil and paper, basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software, or customized database software, including:

Private classes focus on the specific needs of each individual to improve his/her value as a construction professional.  To learn more, go to: Private Takeoff and Estimating Classes.

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