College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Andrew Kline, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


There are various components that go into building a construction project. And regardless of the size of the project, construction projects have become increasingly expensive with cost escalations on the rise. The cost element of each construction project is critical to the success of the overall project. In today’s current industry, numerous resources are available that strive to assist the built environment with managing construction costs. Currently, construction firms are maintaining a competitive edge by using the technology that has been made available. The basis of this research, conducted using a quantitative survey, was to provide data that indicated which software and techniques construction companies are utilizing. Students in the Construction Management Department at California Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) engage in a range of curriculum objectives. The reassurance that students are well prepared and are being educated using the most updated technologies is paramount to student success at the university as well as after graduation. Overall, this research paper will look at the various estimating and quantity takeoff software that some of the most prominent companies are using. This data will then be used to analyze the estimating curriculum at Cal Poly SLO.