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Two years ago, the federal government-based business unit of Parsons Corporation decided on US COST’s “Success Estimator” as its standard estimating software. Although government agencies have been a cornerstone of the Success user base for many years, the application did not provide “out of the box” cost reimbursable proposals from the contractor’s perspective that were compliant with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). As a result, each such proposal effort entailed a substantial amount of “crosswalk” between the software’s standard reports and Excel-based forms to fulfill the government requirements—a process that was not only time consuming but also re-introduced the potential for transcription and calculation errors that had been the basis for the decision to standardize on a non-Excel based software application in the first place. This presentation will focus on the successful collaboration between the Parsons and US COST’s estimating staffs to not only create several custom reports that were required, but also additional functionality that will be available in the next release of the software.


Charlie Griffin
Two (2) years ago Charlie joined the Project Controls Estimating group for the federal government-dedicated business unit of Parsons Corporation, headquartered in Pasadena, CA. Prior to joining Parsons he worked in the commercial arena as an estimator for over 10 years. In this capacity, he has traveled extensively within Northern America while also supporting international project locations as well. He is an active member of AACE International and will be participating in the new cost estimating certification program.
Upon joining Parsons, one of Charlie’s first tasks was to transition the old estimating system to US Cost’s Success Estimator estimating program. This has been an ongoing process while he has supported other large and small Government projects worldwide.