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.
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.
Training estimators in many markets gives me an interesting insight into how each group sees their work. Each has the challenge to get the job done quickly, accurately and efficiently. For some it means preparing an estimate from concept to budget, while for another it means following process and procedure as spelled out in highly detailed and complex requirements. Each is comfortable in his/her own context and particular market.
There are four main markets that have been identified:
Selecting Takeoff Attributes in Accubid Enterprise Estimating
When using a specification driven takeoff tool such as Accubid Enterprise Estimating, it is important to tell the software what needs to be calculated. The estimator selects the wiring method based on the project specification. In Enterprise, this is accomplished by selecting the appropriate specification as shown below.
In Enterprise Estimating, there are a number of features that can assist in accelerating takeoff. The approach of specification-based takeoff used in Enterprise Estimating offers tremendous advantages in speed on its own, but there is a way to further increase speed of takeoff of either items or assemblies and that is by exploiting the graphical approach of on-screen takeoff using on-screen takeoff pads. This article examines that approach in detail.