• CDR products are derived from a wide variety of sources. The data is then analyzed by our expert staff before being presented to you in the custom formats that suit your needs.

    Sources include:

    • All permit types applicable/available from local and state permitting agencies (spreadsheets, webpage searches, hand-written permits, etc).
    • Project advertisements.
    • Federal databases.
    • Calls to general contractors.
    • Calls to government agencies. 

Here’s how the data moves from all these sources through CDR and then to you: 

  • There are various ways to study a construction market, but no other method can provide CDR’s fully comprehensive, cost effective results.

    Top-down research methods take state and national statistics and factor them down, but can only approximate local conditions. Meanwhile, statistical sampling cannot provide a true picture of your local market without being deployed at a level that is prohibitively expensive for most organizations.  


  Laborer Counts Other Top-Down Derivations (Census Bureau’s CPIP, etc) Statistical Sampling (Phone and Other Surveys) Trade (Electrical) Permits Only Multi-Source Project-by-Project (CDR)
Share: % Union Hours X        
Share: % Union $   X X X X
Share: % Union Jobs     X X X
Top-Down X X      
Bottom-Up       X X
Market Sectors (hi-level)   X X X X
Market Sectors (detailed)     X   X
Project-by-Project Details         X
Track Competitors’ Behavior         X
Track Customers’ Behavior         X
Seen as Unbiased   X   X X
Consistent X X     X
Accurate Overall $ Estimates   X     X
Accurate Project $ Estimates         X
Unpermitted Work (e.g., Federal)?   X X   X
Timely Data         X
Timely Results         X
Raw Data Usable for Market Recovery         X
Track Contractors Entering Market         X
Trends and Benchmarking (if repeated) X X X X X