New Ways to Align Your Construction Estimation Workflow Efficiently

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As constructors, when we rely on manual means, we often create more hurdles than we remove, common ones being human error and individual style variances between teams and departments. Aligning our team with shared vision and goals and the right means and methods to meet those goals is critical to team efficiencies. When everyone is working from the same “book,” we all know that we have the same quality information.

Construction estimation software aligns construction estimation within a company. It streamlines efforts, provides a consistent output, and helps overall alignment at an early stage of the project, allowing for greater success throughout.

Successes set up a project not only with a substantial proposal but also with supporting documents to build with throughout. A solid upfront estimate can be utilized with work breakdown structure codes to outline execution schedules, as well as prepare for man-loading and material procurement.

The estimate is not only a tool to win a project but also a baseline for subcontractors and material procurement. When your estimate is more accurate, you have confidence in fact-checking proposals and change orders, ultimately providing cross-functional use as a project management tool.

Major benefits of construction estimation software include:

  • Speed for estimate turnaround
  • Consistency across multiple teams
  • Accuracy of line-item pricing from project to project
  • Improvement in project management through clear and concise estimates from day one
  • Professionalism in the product provided for proposals to clients and bid packages for contractors.

The speed of an estimate turnaround can be the difference between winning and losing a bid; many times, a proposal is due in a time-frame of only five to ten business days. This period is critical to thoroughly review, understand, and quantify the project at hand. When software does this part for you, it allows you and your team to think more about how to build the project and spend less time on the numbers. A high-quality estimate at the start of a project is a substantial step toward success.

Construction estimation can now utilize software that can perform quantity takeoffs direct from drawings and estimate materials and labor, then combine it all into a streamlined report. This increases the efficiency and continuity between projects and teams.

Due to the competitive nature of construction projects, the bottom line has become quite slim. Construction estimation software can help secure that bottom line with increased accuracy, which also helps the competitive advantage of each proposal.

Various ProEst product features include a preloaded database with over 15,000 items, while being fully customizable. Centralized data means that everyone works with the same information, providing consistency from project to project, or estimator to estimator. With everyone working from the same database, you call-scale your teams quicker through smaller learning curves. The database approach uses set rates for items across all estimates. It also uses current prices and extrapolates to a future date for estimated project execution to account for inflation and price increases.

Construction estimation software takes into account the productivity factors for either time of year or difficult work areas as input by the user. Automating can help lead the way to decrease errors and increase the turnaround speed of top-notch estimates across the board.

The benefits of implementing construction estimation tactics include data integration from previous projects, digital takeoffs from drawing sets, integration into existing software, and a consistent report. Companies are boasting increased productivity, quicker turnarounds, and decreased labor, all while producing more accurate estimates.

The question isn’t if you should use construction estimation software, but rather how quickly you can install it within your organization. The implementation is quick and seamless, often integrating into a company effectively in less than a week.

Now’s the time to stop focusing on single-use solutions to your proposals and implement a construction estimation software that can catapult your organization into the winner’s circle. It can morph and change with the progression of materials, utilizing a combination of pre-programmed database items, as well as new items that can be manually input for changing requirements or specialty work.

ProEst is a cloud-based pre-construction estimating platform that helps you create accurate estimates and digital takeoffs directly from blueprints quickly, allowing you to determine the most favorable rates for your company within the estimation process. There’s no guesswork involved. ProEst makes quality project estimation assurance in commercial construction companies effortless. You won’t have to engage your entire team to be sure your numbers are accurate.

To learn more about how your commercial construction company can increase its profits through company-wide alignment that drastically improves business performance, reach out today and schedule a 1-on-1 walkthrough with one of our specialists!