Chapter Corner

Ed Coffin

With over 28 years of experience in both the low voltage cabling and electrical industries, Ed Coffin has built his reputation as an industry professional withhands-on experience as a draftsman at the design and pre-planning phase of large, complex commercial and industrial installations to installing and project managing the entire workflow.

Ed’s focus over the past 15 years has been dedicated to improving the methods and efficiencies of the estimating and project management processes, detailing work breakdown structures, and has shared his knowledge of the workflow process with contractors throughout North America.

Ed is currently an industry consultant and the senior product advisor and national training director for ConEst Software Systems, supporting the company’s customer base in the proper use of software tools designed to manage a comprehensive and successful workflow process.

BIM & Estimating

Building Information Modeling (BIM) was originally designed to create architectural 3D renderings of a project before construction began. BIM quickly became an excellent tool for contractors to coordinate equipment interferences or clash detection for better collaboration between trades. In either case, BIM's objective is to create a 3D computerized model of a project to work out construction designs and conflicts prior to incurring construction costs to ensure that budgets, schedules, and quality are maintained once construction is underway.