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Estimating - March, 2016

Vertical Takeoff with AutoBid Mechanical

In this video Trimble MEP Sales Engineer David Teague, walks us through Vertical Takeoff in OnScreen View with AutoBid Mechanical. The video covers how to add items to a vertical run, branch from a vertical run, how to change elevation.

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Estimating, Operations Management, Project Management - October, 2015

Improving Change Order Approval and Acceptance

It’s no mystery to any Electrical or other specialty trade contractor that submitting Change Orders for acceptance and prompt payment can be a significant challenge and can negatively impact your profitably on a project. Recently, after publishing a report on Change Orders, a number of subcontractor associations have started promoting to the construction industry a set of Change Order standards that may help the submittal and approval process. While this is not a magic bullet set of standards,

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Project Management - June, 2014

Managing Change Orders is Critical to your Success

Like National Geographic there are some topics worth revisiting every couple of years.  Discussing the importance of managing change orders is definitely in that category.  Estimating a job properly is very important, but managing a project and properly documenting changes is absolutely critical to a company’s overall success.

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Estimating, Project Management - June, 2014

Change Order Protocol - Revisited

In keeping with our theme of managing Change Orders in your business we wanted to bring back one of our more popular Trimble Extensions articles, written by Giovanni Marcelli, detailing the Change Order Protocol.  This is the first in a three part series focusing on this topic and at the conclusion of this article you will find the links to the other two articles. Introduction

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Estimating - June, 2014

Wow, if I do this just one time…

Once a project has been awarded, one of the first tasks for the Project Manager is to set up the basic framework or templates for managing any changes that may occur during the project. Whether you are using Trimble Accubid Classic ChangeOrder or Trimble Accubid Enterprise Change Management just a few preliminary steps can make the management of your Change Estimates (PCO) and Change Orders (CO) easier.

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Estimating, Takeoffs - January, 2014

Data Service Providers: Why You Need One

Many factors are taken into account when deciding who wins a bid – the contractor’s reputation for quality and whether or not they finish on schedule is important, but material and labor cost are perhaps the most definitive factor when it comes to choosing a winner.  Despite that, many contractors enter pricing, and other product data manually even though they have access to services that would make the process not only faster, but more accurate.

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Estimating - January, 2014

Innovation in Estimating, Part 2 – Strut Clamps

In my last article – Innovation in Estimating - I promised to show how to add strut clamps to your “Automatics” option for Auto Hangers in Trimble Accubid Enterprise. The point was to create a trapeze path calculating the quantity of parts, cost, and labor.

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Estimating - September, 2013

Using Estimating Data to Help Build a Project Schedule

Through my years as an estimating software instructor, I have frequently been asked,  “can I export my takeoff information into a scheduling program?” The answer is absolutely!

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3D Modeling, BIM, CAD, Operations Management, Project Management, Scanning, Technology - September, 2013

Using a BIM Service Company to Improve Your Bottom Line

BIM is a word or label that has become commonplace in our industry, and the processes and practices that make up BIM are changing the way MEP contractors do business.

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Estimating, Project Management, Takeoffs - June, 2013

Managing Change Orders – A High-level View

Change orders are a part of all projects, and the way in which they are managed can determine the overall profitability on a job. When creating and managing change orders in Trimble® Accubid Enterprise, there are a few key steps that you must follow.

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Technology - June, 2013

Software Implementation – What’s the “Best” Way?

Throughout my years working with software clients, I have been exposed to numerous approaches and mindsets when it comes to estimating projects. Some clients are very exacting and detail oriented – some might say obsessively so. Others are much more fluid and loose –some might argue to the point of recklessness. . Most clients fit somewhere in between these two extremes.

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Estimating, Operations Management, Project Management - May, 2013

Change Order Protocol Part III

Introduction In the last 2 months,  Extensions introduced a change order protocol that I had the opportunity to  draft with the Toronto Trade Association Standard Practice Committee, along with a taskforce made up of electrical, mechanical and sheet metal Contractors, as well as engineers, general contractors and owners/representatives. This protocol is a shift in thinking across these industries and promises to have significant impact going forward.

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