The CMAT program researches innovative construction technologies and processes for the transportation industry. CMAT is a program of the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University.

Support Services for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

The Construction Management and Technology (CMAT) Program at Iowa State University is developing a clearinghouse of training, consulting, and professional development resources for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs).

Resources will be posted here as they become available.

Upcoming Training Event: Estimate Training for Contractors

Date: May 19, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Institute for Transportation in Ames, IA
Registration: Please register online by May 10, 2017
Cost: Free (Lunch will be provided)

One of the most consequential elements governing the success of a construction company is the ability to prepare fully detailed and accurate estimates, to include consideration of cost and schedule risk, for performing work. This training will aid seasoned contractors and newcomers to the industry in understanding how to develop bid pricing. Items covered will include reviewing the contract documents, planning the work, quantities, direct and indirect costs, productivity, and equipment and material unit costs. The training will include presentations and hands-on exercises so participants can implement what is discussed throughout the day. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions and interact with the instructor.

This training will be led by Cliff Schexnayder. Cliff has over 40 years of industry experience. After working as an area engineer for a contractor in the southeastern U.S., he moved to the corporate office as an estimator. Later he joined a major contractor in the western U.S. and opened its area estimating office in Texas. He finished his career as corporate Chief Engineer with direct line responsibility for the coordination and supervision of both the estimating and construction of projects. He was an author of AASHTO's Practical Guide to Cost Estimating and has authored five editions of Construction Planning, Equipment, and Methods for McGraw-Hill, Inc.

This training is offered as part of the DBE supportive services agreement administered for the Iowa Department of Transportation through the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. All DBEs and contractors are welcome to register for this training. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Shane, or 515-294-1703.

Graphic Design Support Service

The intent of this service is to provide DBE firms with tools to aid with professional marketing to help them grow their business. The service offered under this effort is support to develop a graphic design, most likely in the form of a logo or other documents, to help with professional branding of the company.

For more information about this service, visit the information page or contact Jennifer Shane, 515-294-1703,

For More Information

For more information about DBE resources, please contact Jennifer Shane, 515-294-1703,

For more information about DBEs and the Iowa Department of Transportation, visit