Is steel estimating dead?


With all of the steel estimating programs available for steel fabricators, is there no longer the need to learn the trade as we did?  Do we not need to learn how to read and interpert contract drawings and specifications?  Do we not need to know how to list materials, labor the steel, add in costs?  Have we moved on to a world where no knowledge or thinking is required? 

People who think that computer programs are the answer to steel estimating are mistaken.  It takes years of experience to be good at this trade, and even more years to to be able to do the job right.

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