Office of Contract Sales & Estimating
Estimator will now automatically check for new catalogs and download them for you.
To update Estimator templates and catalogs manually, please click on each file in the list, download the files, and save them to the appropriate directory.
To find where Estimator reads the catalogs and templates from, follow this procedure:
An Estimator template is a file that is structured in the same format as an ODOT General Summary plan sheet (i.e., item categories outlined in the ODOT L&D VIII Manual). When selecting a template, we recommend that you choose one that best suits your needs and most closely matches the category breakdown of your General Summary plan sheet. If the template has categories that your project does not use, you can delete them.
The Office of Estimating maintains three templates (No_Categories, Simple_Categories, and Complex_Categories)
An Estimator catalog is a file that contains historical item prices. Estimator catalogs are updated on a semiannual basis. Please note the 2019 Estimator catalogs do not contain prices from 2019 alone; the "2019" refers to the specification year, not the year of the historical prices.
The Office of Estimating maintains four catalogs for the 2016 Construction & Materials Specifications:
Construction Plans & Estimate Item Codes
Construction plans are a contractual document that will be advertised to contractors. Therefore, the item codes, extensions, and descriptions need to exactly match the Item Master.
Design (C2) Estimates are budgetary tools to ensure projects are designed within budget. Budgetary estimates are never advertised with the plans to contractors. Therefore, it is acceptable that the plans do not exactly match the estimate as long as you have accounted for all items in the estimate. You can use a similar item in your estimate and insert notes to explain which items are “placeholders” for the newer items that are not in the Estimator catalogs.