As an experienced construction estimator, you may have likely asked yourself if it is time to turn away from the use of spreadsheets to a tailored software suited more to your building and construction needs. In this article, we will highlight why it is time to bring your business into the future of the construction industry with construction estimating software
Why Construction Estimating Software?
Construction estimating software has been designed to streamline the estimating process ensuring accurate estimates for all projects. Estimating software is largely intuitive, and has removed the issue of human error synonymous with spreadsheets. With estimating software it is easy to review and summarise information including by labour or materials, cost type, or even by location or project phase. Ultimately, this will allow you to be more efficient and confident in your bids and quotes.
Excel Past Excel
As businesses grow they reach a point where spreadsheets are no longer able to meet the scope and complexity of projects. When faced with complex projects and tasks, the superiority of construction estimating software becomes quite apparent. Construction estimating software can:
- Easily and quickly deals with complicated calculations without manual input
- Minimise errors without copious time spent checking calculations and formulas
- Maximise efficiency by removing the whole manual set up phase
- Assist in the bid estimating process
There is No ‘I’ in Team
Unless you are of course a self-employed, most construction estimating professionals will be working with a larger team. On small-scale projects you may not notice the pitfalls in spreadsheets, they are readily available and straightforward to use after all. However, when faced with more complex projects, integration becomes increasingly important.
- Spreadsheets are not set up to to work with other systems (such as project management or accounting).
- Construction calculations become increasingly complex as projects, sub-contractors and variations unfold.
- Spreadsheet may have limited sharing functionality when working as part of a larger team
People often highlight that spreadsheets are useful and tailored for every individual project. In other words, spreadsheets are unable to be effectively integrated and face difficulty when data needs to be compiled.
The ability to transfer the right data into scheduling, costing and project management systems becomes an issue where it is either too scarce or even too detailed, leading to an increased likelihood of miscalculations. Construction estimating softwares removes the prevalence of error by removing the need for manual calculations. Unlike spreadsheets, construction estimating software has been designed with other business functions in mind.
The Dream Team
Whether it be on the sport field or in the office, having the right team behind you is essential. With construction estimating software, you can rest assured that you will be continually supported by the dream team, and before you ask, we are not talking about the basketball team. Your software provider will have a team of developers and construction industry professionals supporting your product and offering any assistance at any stage. This team will also help embed construction estimating software with training and customer service to remove any issues transitioning between platforms.
Close the Door BEFORE the Horse Has Bolted
Times aren’t just changing, they already have. New innovative companies embrace technologies and get the maximum benefit from enhanced efficiency and growth. Although the notion of ‘tradition’ may seem appealing, failing to adapt in the extremely competitive construction industry will lead to your business being left behind.
It is key to speak with industry professionals who understand how this software can impact your business and take their guidance on what will work best for your organisation. Invest in your future and set yourself apart from the old school and embrace the future. The industry will change so contact us or look at our products to ensure you close the door before the horse has bolted.