Once you’ve recognized the potential benefits of working with digital versions of your blueprints, drawings, reports, change orders and other paperwork, you’ll need to choose an estimating and pre-construction management solution that best reflects your company’s specific needs, goals, budget, user profile and work processes. Common considerations include:
Compatibility with other programs - As more and more office functions become digitized, it’s important to know that your new paperless estimating system will work seamlessly with other business applications, including accounting, payroll, human resources and project management solutions. ProEst is designed to integrate with Procore, Acumatica, Foundation, Viewpoint and other leading construction industry software, providing end-to-end project visibility and data consistency.
Ease of use - If your construction company is like most, your employees have a wide range of technical skills—from beginner to advanced—so it’s wise to choose a digital solution that’s simple and intuitive enough to meet the needs of everyone. ProEst features a graphical, user-friendly interface that encourages adoption and proficiency right away, the key to gaining maximum value from your investment.
Remote access capabilities - The ability to access, view, modify and share project information outside of the office—in real time—is emerging as a key selling point of digital estimating and pre-construction management. ProEst’s robust cloud-based solution offers unlimited 24/7 access from any internet-enabled laptop or mobile device, giving contractors a new ability to keep projects on time and on track regardless of location.
New user training - Education for your users—and new-feature training as long as your company needs it—is an important part of what you’re buying from the provider of a digital estimating and pre-construction management solution. ProEst offers multiple training options for users of all skill levels, including self-guided video tutorials, remote Zoom sessions and one-on-one in-person meetings.
Access to technical support - Moving to a digital platform will almost certainly require changes to your existing processes and infrastructure, making the quality and availability of customer service and technical support a key factor in your decision. ProEst offers live, U.S.-based support on demand from a dedicated team of technical and customer success specialists.
Provider reputation and ratings - In an age of social media and online peer reviews, it’s easy to learn a lot about the experiences of other companies that have used the software you’re considering. The ProEst platform has been adopted by some of the world’s most recognizable construction firms, with long-term client relationships that span decades—and consistently gets positive ratings and favorable reviews by industry experts.
Bryan Riehle, Director of Preconstruction for Cincinnati-based Oswald Company, conducted an exhaustive search for a digital estimating solution to replace Excel. Over the course of six months, Riehle and the estimating team evaluated no fewer than seven estimating products, ultimately choosing ProEst, a cloud-based solution that offered full integration with their Procore management solution. A methodical selection process netted Oswald the digital estimating and pre-construction management tool they were looking for.
Your second step is to evaluate potential solutions based on price, functionality, training, support and the reputation of your software provider—all important considerations in selecting the right digital platform for your estimating and pre-construction management needs.