Hard Dollar Corp., Tempe, Ariz., a provider of integrated cost estimating and project management systems for the construction industry, recently teamed up with the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) to provide its estimating and bidding software to students participating in the ASC Reno 2002 Student Competition Feb. 5-8, in Reno, Nev. Winners will go on to compete in the ASC National Competition sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Hard Dollar’s Estimating Office System (EOS) will help student competitors exercise analytical and problem-solving skills on actual projects provided by industry sponsors.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to support the ASC competition,” said Brad Barth, senior vice president, product management for Hard Dollar Corp. “The competition is an excellent chance for students to practice what they’ve learned in a dynamic setting that is as close to the real world as possible.”

Hard Dollar is offering a complementary version of EOS to each student. In addition, Hard Dollar is providing product support to students via online training and question-and-answer sessions throughout the month of January.

In May 2000, Hard Dollar announced the formation of its Education Council, an industry initiative to bring experts from academia and industry together to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The council is composed of professors and program leaders from dozens of major schools that offer a significant infrastructure construction curriculum. Through the efforts of the council members, Hard Dollar applications are being integrated into the educational programs for thousands of construction students across the country.

For more information on the competition, visit coen.boisestate.edu/ascreno2002/.