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Project Skeleton Files

When preparing an estimate in Estimator, a project skeleton file can be imported as the initial step in creating an estimate. These files containing general project information and standard item categories to which items, quantities, and cost estimates can be added. 

Consultants need to email skeleton file request to Mike Lippsmeyer

ODOT staff accesses the respective region folder for skeleton files:

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Bid History Catalogs

Trns·port Estimator (Estimator) is a stand alone software package specifically designed for estimating the cost of highway construction projects.  Data for producing estimates is stored in one or more catalogs that include item related code tables and historical item price data. The following catalogs are made available for use in the Estimator module. These files are only useful when downloaded and used in conjunction with Estimator.

English - Spec Book 2015

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Project Federal Aid Number

Federal funded projects require "Federal Aid" numbers.  To obtain a Federal Aid number, click on this link and follow the instructions on that page.
It usually takes one to two workdays to complete.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for answers to the most common Estimator problems. 

Please review the Wage Information Frequently Asked Questions for answers to the most common problems regarding  the Project Wage Information.
Please review the guidelines and procedures for determining and locating midpoint latitude / longitude coordinates for project work segments.

Please review the guidelines, procedures and BOLI/DB directives for Wage Comparisons to determine minimum wage rates for project segments.

If you need to share Estimator files between firms or agencies, you must include tell Estimator who is permitted to share the information in the file. Please follow these instructions to enable Estimator file sharing: Instructions 


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Users of Trns·port Estimator must have user training before submitting projects to ODOT. For training, contact John Riedl, OPL Estimating, at 503-986-3886. For Trns·port Estimator installation questions, contact InfoTech at 352-381-4400. 

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Certified Estimator Users

Use the link below to view the current list of Certified Estimator Users, who has successfully completed the ODOT sponsored Estimator class.
Certified Estimator Users List - ODOT Members
Certified Estimator Users List - Consultants
Additionally, the list below identifies members who have completed the updated training course. 
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