Construction Cost Estimating

RSMeans Seminars & Training

Means Online Seminar

May 16-, 2012 in Online view other dates & locations


Learn the Means program from the users perspective as well as the administrator of the programs perspective. Combining an in-depth look at Means functions and features with hands-on skill building, this seminar will show you how -- with just a few clicks -- you can access current RSMeans costs, automatically adjust for your project locale, search through the RSMeans data, create estimates, customize with your own data, generate reports, and export to spreadsheet applications.


The Means training webinar is held online as attendees log into the training site and call into the conference call. The instructor will share their desktop and attendees view the presentation and step by step instructions right on their computer screen.

Designed for users at any level with its hands-on approach, this online training class has something to offer both new users and experienced Means estimators. If you're new to Means, you'll come away with the skills you need to start using it for faster, better project estimating. Seasoned Means users will hone their skills, master techniques that can save time and boost accuracy, and get up-to-speed with advanced functionalities.


This is a 7 hour class running from 9 AM until 4 PM EST. Two fifteen minute breaks and one 60 minute lunch break will be scheduled.


  • Attendees must have access to a high speed internet connection
  • Attendees must have access to a computer with Windows XP or higher
  • Attendees must provide a valid email address
  • Attendees must sign up for a 7 day trial if they have not already done so
  • Attendees will receive an invitation via email once they have registered.
  • Attendees must use the link in the email to test their rich media players
  • Each registration is for one individual only
  • Who Should Attend

    All new or experienced users of Means, including architects, engineers, contractors and facility managers, and others who assemble cost estimates or budgets.

    Here's just a sample of what you'll learn . . .

    • The basics of RSMeans data . . .Unit Costs, Assembly Costs, and Square Foot Models
    • Getting started . . .Setting up and managing your account, including your user profile and password
    • Utilizing the Cost Books Online reference tool to view the data you've purchased
    • Defining your preferences to save time. From data types, titles, and wages to labor rates and locations you can easily define new estimates and search preferences
    • Discover best practices for how to search the RSMeans database by CSI number, keyword, index entry or search tree
    • How to make the most of Means reference materials and online tools . . .search through the reference database, discover the City Cost Indexes, utilize the Means Construction Dictionary, view Labor Rates and access online Help
    • How to generate reports, export estimates to MS Excel, share, collaborate and more
    • Managing made simple . . .from selecting users to establishing "global" parameters
    • Customization tools . . .integrating your cost data . . .create custom cost lines . . .even custom cost books

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Included with Seminar

A class workbook from RSMeans

Gary Christensen (read bio)
Robert Kuchta (read bio)
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