Understanding Proposals In the Construction Industry

A typical stereo type of Civil Engineers is that they do not know how to effectively write. Eleven weeks into my Technical Communications class, we have conferred on a number of quality aspects that can be used in any career. From the basis of proper Technical Communications to creating effective infographics, the understanding of communicating effectively is crucial in any career field. Being a Civil Engineering student at RIT with a future career in the heavy highway industry, the most important aspect of this class has been the understanding of proposals.

When it comes to bidding proposals in the construction industry, it is crucial to understand how they are written, whom they are addressing and ensure that they are directed to the proper audience. Being the basis for most State and Federal job bidding, these “Solicitations”, are made to gain potential bidders. When a potential contractor looks at a solicitation they would expect to see a number of things like, a general description of the work, bidding documents (General to specific), and the jobs plans (if applicable). If a contractor were not to understand this proposal or if the proposal were not created adequately enough, that could cause both a loss of work or cost the contractor of government moneys.

Thankfully the semester is not over and there are plenty more concepts to grasp a general understanding of in my Technical Communications class. For any person who has hopes in pursuing a career in the construction industry, it is crucial to comprehend the idea and concept behind proposals. Through the content, I have learned in this Technical Communications class I have learned how to comprehend and compose a proper proposal.

Composed by,
Chris O’Brien


“Maximizing the Investment in Transportation Projects” by Becky Moylan Summary by Patrice Golbourne

In this blog post, it briefly discusses the importance of Life Cycle Analysis (LCCA), which helps to determine the most cost-effective options that impact both pending and future costs. Beth Osborne from Transportation America believes that there should be a course to train leaders in LCCA (Moylan, 2014). This will be helpful to maintain budgets and infrastructures. After reading this post, I also felt that LCCA should be incorporated into the decision-making process for civil engineers.

Here is a link to the Life Cycle Cost Analysis Report: http://www.asce.org/Infrastructure/Life-Cycle-Cost-Analysis-Report/

The report contains information on Life Cycle Costs in transportation, existing federal policy, life cycle cost analysis at the state and local level, policy recommendations, and more.

Patrice Golbourne