The pace of accomplishment is never set by an estimator- it is set by field supervision. Contractors with good field supervision experience low costs, while those who just let thinges happen have high costs. What can an estimator who cares about the success of his company, and who takes pride in a job well done, do about making the estimates come true? An estimator with some authority, or with no authority but a lot of guts, can translate the estimate into production figures of so many square feet per man hour, or so many square feet per day with a certain size crew, and push the field people into juggling crews and developing handling techniques to make the estimate come true. Does this mean that an estimator who cares should intrude on the affairs of the field people? It certainly does- because it's the only way he can earn what he's being paid. The successful modern estimator is no longer the funny looking guy with the arm garters and the green visor sitting on a stool at the high desk in the corner. He is a vial, indispensable and unrelenting cog in the works of the successful contracting organization and his function is nowhere more important than with respect to formwork. Forming is one of the last remaining chores in general contracting where the risk can't always be rubbed out; with a good formwork estimate, the risk can be greatly reduced. Fully 80 percent of contractors admit that they never allow enough for forming but virtually give the formwork away. With the high mortality rate among general contractors, both new and old, can the case for good estimating be overstated? There have been more innovations in the forming of round, square and rectangular columns in recent years than in any other kind of forming. No one system or method works best for all conditions. There is a multitude of factors to consider in determining the right system. First, the method of placing must be decided. If the columns are to be cast free standing with a crane, than a crane handled forming system may be selected. However, if the free standing columns are to be placed with a pump, a hand set form might be a better choice. Second, pricing of columns forming labor must generally be thought of in terms of man-hours per column, not in terms of square feet of forming or lineal feet of columns.