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An estimators typical responsibilities includeanalysing plans, bills of quantities and other project documentation in order to estimate costsresearching, sourcing, negotiating and obtaining the best prices and quotes from suppliers and subcontractorsanalysing data that can affect costs (such as currency exchange rates and the company s productivity rates)assessing the financial, technical and operational risks of the projectvisiting project sites to gather informationstaying aware of the latest construction technologieskeeping up to date with the latest regulatory and legislative requirementsinputting into decisions over whether to bid for the projectworking closely with key members of the project team (such as the bid manager) and liaising with clients and supplierskeeping detailed records and writing reports.The role is very similar to that of a quantity surveyor. The main difference between an estimator and a quantity surveyor is that a quantity surveyor typically has a wider remit. If they work for a consultancy (which is concerned with the design of the project), they will cost the designs and provide documents that estimators (who are employed at contractors) work from when making estimations. If quantity surveyors work for a contractor, they will be involved in measuring and monitoring the actual cost of the project as it progresses.