ALFREDO J. RAVINET
COST ESTIMATOR and VALUE ENGINEERING EXPERT
After 28 years working as a GC in South Florida doing land development, multifamily, commercial, industrial and government buildings with a total cost of $92.3 million he was convinced that estimating is about knowing construction. Coming from the field and having had to build projects and have dealt with all the context and execution challenges that come with construction he used any opportunity to study drawings and plans and walk a jobsite with a contractor and watch how plans and specifications are transformed into a physical thing.
Construction projects can be complex, his approach was to stay organized through the quantity takeoff following the steps of building the project just as the contractor will: from the ground up. With the help of quantity takeoff software, he highlighted drawings as he moved through “constructing” the project.
Costs from previous projects and estimates: the best place to look for cost data was his last job. Also, Published cost data: provided by independent sources. Ravinet maintains an extended Cost Data Base relying on data from subs and suppliers. He validated his own costs and costs he received from all other sources. Keeping consistency throughout the project made it easier
to check that the Estimate was complete.
The sweet spot of efficient estimating is in the convergence of these three factors that overlap. To be successful and achieve an accurate construction cost estimate quickly, he needed to combine his expertise with powerful industry software.
Realistic cost estimates can leverage the power and the speed of estimating. Software and application of know-how confirm and improve the final economic results of a project.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Accurate Takeoff’s and Estimates.
Schedules of Value and Construction Time Progress with MS Project
TA Builders Inc. Coral Gables Florida 2016 to Present
Prior to a new construction build or renovation, cost estimates were used to evaluate information for facility or business owners, contractors, architects, engineers and project managers. All of them rely on the cost estimate to determine project feasibility, funding, logistics and other required resources. Estimating software helped avoid human error and accelerates the estimation and got high-quality estimates out the door quickly. BIM was helpful to coordinate conflicts in structure, mechanical and electrical systems.
Ravinet’s was often an integral consultant on a project during the design phase.
An accurate Context Scope represented the real-world circumstances that surrounded the proposed building. “Gut checks” ensured that the owners could be confident in every estimate.
Value engineering was optimizing the initial and long-term investments, seeking the best value at the lowest cost.
The BEC Group. Miami, Florida 2014-2015
Chief Estimator working successfully in 23 general contracting and subcontracting buildings.
Capturing the Scope of Work was the most important step in the preconstruction process. Ravinet visited the job sites and also gathered input from vendors and subcontractors. Context Scope includes details about where the build will be located, time constraints, weather, labor, materials availability and more
Construction Process Scope forced his estimates to consider the most efficient equipment and labor.
The items or systems we were recommending were the ones that perform the required functions.
IEEC, LLC, I-TRAG CORP., NANOTECNIA, LLC,and perscitus Intl. Corp. U.S., Chile and Central America International Energy Project Consultant 2012 – 2013
U.S. ARMY WESTERN HEMISPHERE INFORMATION EXCHANGE PROGRAM 2004 – 2011
Principal Investigator/Project Manager, Applied Research Center, FIU
Facilitated military-to-military exchange of technologies, ideas, and best practices. Project management including design, construction and control from start to finish.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Miami Beach, Florida
Community Gymnasium Project built in a Brownfield redeveloped site. 2002 to 2004
Project Manager. FIU was awarded a Federal Grant to improve the quality of life in the local community. Teaming with City of Miami Beach planned and implemented a site environmental assessment.
Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology (HCET), FIU. City of Miami, FL 2001 to 2006
Environmental Demonstration Project and Internship for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.
Co-Principal Investigator and Senior Project Manager. The Project involved student interns on the remediation and improvement of the environmental conditions of Florida’s “most polluted” waterway –Wagner Creek.
Miami Dade County Inner-City. Florida Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment, FIU 2001 to 2004
Sr. Project Manager. Brownfield structures and sites redevelopment and remediation for Miami Dade County. Coordinated and gave technical directions to the contractor’s staff executing the assigned projects.
PNR Developers, Inc., ARVIDA Corp., Gamma Construction, Co. Miami, FL
General Contractor/Chief Engineer 1973 to 2000
Engineering, construction management, and operation of 32 full-development projects including land development, public works, and more than 800 housing units (custom homes and multifamily) and total construction cost of $34.2 million. Achieved profitable outcomes and on-time completion.
Maintenance and operational Management of 498 unit rental complexes and three multi-store malls. Applying BMP and achieving a 25% annual increase of the rental operation net profit.
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (www.fiu.edu), Miami, FL 2004 – Present
Professor, College of Engineering, moss Construction Management COLLEGE
Teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering, architecture and construction management student’s economic analysis of engineering projects, hazards preparedness and mitigation, and hazardous materials management.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Ph.D., Civil Engineering. Florida International University.
Master of Science, Environmental and Urban Systems. Florida International University.
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering . Universidad de Chile
Florida State General Contractor.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
BOYS TOWN, Honorary Citizenship • American Society of Civil Engineers • Climate Change Advisory Task Force • Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers •Allied Humanitarian Forces, FAHUM • Guardian ad Litem, State of Florida • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gold Circle Member.