Still using Excel for estimating?

Discover the Top 4 Reasons to Show Excel the Door

Show Excel the Door: Reason #1

Accounting, scheduling and estimating should work together,
but Excel can’t integrate them.

Show Excel the Door: Reason #2

Standardizing processes is good business management,
but Excel can’t handle it.

Show Excel the Door: Reason #3

Accurate estimates can boost profits and win more business,
but Excel isn’t always reliable.

Show Excel the Door: Reason #4

You need a dedicated team of construction estimating experts,
but Excel doesn’t have one.

Construction Estimating Software

Is your construction estimating software costing you time, money and job opportunities? With award-winning ProEst software, you’ll never lose revenue due to inaccurate and inefficient estimating again.

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ProEst is an innovative construction estimating solution that combines the power of SQL with the intuitive look-and-feel of Microsoft Office, which lessens the learning curve to speed adoption. With ProEst, you can create estimates, perform digital takeoffs, manage the bid day process and quickly generate detailed reports and professional proposals. In addition, adjustable markups allow you to refine each bid to take full advantage of project opportunities.

ProEst is built using the latest Microsoft technology, including a SQL database and .NET development platform. This allows us to regularly enhance our construction estimating software to keep pace with changing industry requirements. Cutting edge capabilities are designed to increase efficiencies, and integration with common business tools, leading construction accounting systems and online plan rooms extend the power of ProEst well beyond estimating.

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compareProEst is available in three affordable options: Standard, Professional and Enterprise. Each ProEst construction estimating software subscription delivers:

  • A single solution with one database for storing all of your valuable estimate data, so you’ll never have to search for a missing estimate or drawing file again
  • A standardized estimating process that increases efficiency, eliminates errors and presents a consistent and professional company brand
  • Worry free maintenance that includes unlimited telephone and e-mail support, along with all product updates and enhancements

Customer Case Studies

Find out why over 8,000 leading general and specialized construction firms have selected ProEst as their construction estimating software. Our case studies give you real-world examples of how ProEst is used every day to quickly create accurate estimates.

  • With ProEst construction estimating software, Good & Roberts revolutionized its estimating processes to save 800 staff hours a year.
  • Terra Firma Landscape uses ProEst construction estimating software to cut material costs by 3% and gain a competitive advantage in a challenging construction market.
  • By using ProEst construction estimating software to increase efficiencies, GBC Construction nearly doubles their estimating output while reducing administrative overhead and divisional costs by 18%.

Industries We Service

While many construction estimating software products are designed for a single trade, ProEst is a flexible solution that contractors of all types to accurately calculate the cost of any size project – quickly and easily. Hit the ground running with an industry-specific materials database that includes pre-built items and assemblies that can easily be customized to meet your company’s unique construction estimating software requirements. Then, save time and increase accuracy by taking advantage of features and options developed specifically for your trade. Each ProEst subscription includes our entire line of materials databases. This saves you thousands of dollars when compared to other construction estimating software solutions.

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Top Twitter accounts to follow in the concrete industry

Twitter can be extremely useful for business, but you have to know who to follow.

Following the right accounts can keep you up to date on what is happening in the industry, the upcoming trends and may even lead to some lucrative leads for you.

With that in mind, we’ve researched the best Twitter accounts to follow in the construction industry and categorized them by their specialty. We first take a look at the concrete industry.

If you’re in the construction industry, follow these accounts to stay on top of what is happening. If you think we’ve missed a must-follow Twitter account, please add it to the list.

 

 

Cultivating a culture of sales at your construction company

Running a construction firm requires the company owner to be a hands-on, know-it-all entrepreneur. Attending to your customers is one thing, but it’s an entirely different approach to handle your own employees. Remember that each person in your employ has a significant purpose, so just a handful of people not doing their jobs well could cripple your daily business processes.

A very effective mindset to instill within the company ranks is a sales culture. Not everyone is skilled in marketing products and services or in advertising your company to the world. However, embracing a sales culture in your company is more than marketing; it involves capturing the essence and attitude of a salesperson.

A business cannot survive without sales, and it’s the same with your construction company. As important as the sales department is, each and every employee in all of the company’s sections should also understand their individual importance in the company.

Here are some of the essential steps to creating a culture of sales at your construction company:

1. Ingrain the company’s vision, mission and objectives in each employee.

Potential customers like to ask for more information about your company. Make sure that everyone working for you knows what values your company is founded on, and where your company is heading. This will give the clients the impression that the employees are dedicated to your company, in the same way that they will also be dedicated to the clients.

2. Make your employees proud of the company.

Pride in work makes employees speak highly about the company that they are working for. This could prove beneficial, especially if they chance upon someone who is looking for a company that offers construction services.

3. Allow the employees to go the extra mile.

Company meetings may be boring for some, but a few employees might be passionate and bold enough to voice their suggestions for improvement. As the company boss, you should allow them to not only share their insights, but also get involved in process improvement projects. These employees might be holding a landmark suggestion that could spell wonders for your construction company.

As a final note, you as the company owner must have the mindset that everyone in your firm can become a salesperson in their respective departments.

Technology can help fill tradesperson void: iSqFt VP

Technology will help alleviate the dearth of skilled tradespeople in the construction industry, a top construction software executive says.

By having tradespeople more involved in the design phase of a building and having more components prefabricated, more work can be done with fewer people, helping to alleviate the void left by the lack of skilled tradespeople, Vice President of Product Management for iSqFt Henry Purdy said.

Today’s Building Information Modelling systems allow more opportunity for subcontractors to get involved with the initial design phase of a building project. Having the input of the people who will be doing the actual physical work on a building is valuable, Purdy said, because they will know how best to use the available space for their components and may help designers save, time and cost.

Henry Purdy, VP of Production Management at iSqFt

Henry Purdy, VP of Product Management at iSqFt

For example, rather than having a building designer make estimates about how much space is needed for plumbing components, if the actual mechanical subcontractor who will be doing the work is consulted at the design phase, they will likely be in a better position to know what space will be needed for the plumbing components and may be able to better utilize the space allotted for those components and help potentially cut costs.

“There is a huge benefit in getting people who are actually going to be doing the physical building involved in the design phase of building,” Purdy said during a recent interview from iSqFt’s headquarters in Cincinnati.

And on a related note, if the subcontractors are involved in the initial design phase, the components they require can more accurately be prefabricated in a shop prior to being shipped to the worksite, Purdy added. This cuts down on the need for skilled tradespeople in the field, which is a good thing considering the acute shortage of skilled tradespeople at the moment.

The shortage is so bad, Purdy pointed out, that when general contractors bid on a project, they have to consider whether they can actually find the subcontractors required to do the necessary work.

Then and now

These Integrated Project Delivery solutions that involve the input of numerous people on a given project are a far cry from software when Purdy started in the construction industry 20 years ago. Then, it was mostly individualized desktop applications replicating pre-existing business processes, the VP of Product Management recalled.

These applications were highly specialized and had to be run by highly specialized individuals. In the ensuing years, though, the focus has shifted to user-friendly, integrated and mobile applications that can all communicate with each other, compile as much data as possible about a project and mine that data for useable information.

While software developers used to be keen to add on new functions and complexity, Purdy said, developers today are much more apt to concentrate on making their applications simpler to use so more people can master them in a shorter amount of time.

“There’s a much stronger view around usability as there is a larger and larger percentage of people using this technology,” Purdy said. “You can’t exist within a construction company no matter what role you are and not touch technology. And the technology is built in such a way that it’s connected.”

iSqFt

It’s this technology that iSqFt excels at. The cloud-based, subscription service provides a platform for all the various parties involved in construction to find projects and get access to information that allows them to be more successful in winning projects and building their business, from architects; general contractors; subcontractors; suppliers; distributors, down through the building product manufacturers.

Purdy oversees project management, product strategy and marketing for iSqFt, which he started at in 2004 after an acquisition by the company.

After 20 years in the business for Purdy and so much change in construction software, one thing is certain: that change will continue for the next 20 years.

FAA wants lower building height limits near airports

Airline safety requires buildings and structures near airports to stay below the maximum height limit set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And now, the aviation agency is looking into reducing this height threshold.

Infrastructure development has been soaring over the years, with more skyscrapers and tall buildings being erected each year. The FAA envisions a safer environment for airplanes to prevent risks in flight paths, especially in cases where the plane loses engine power. Flying through obstacles such as sky-high buildings could pose serious danger to the plane, its passengers, and the people below.

The FAA proposal has been met with criticism, particularly from real estate developers and some members of government. Peter Bazeli, senior vice president of the Weitzman real estate group, said in a news release that lowering the building height limit could cost the real estate industry a huge amount of money in property value. “Just one flight path could cover hundreds and hundreds of acres in densely developed areas … You are going to be bumping up against some very valuable property rights,” Bazeli said.

Ken Quinn, aviation lawyer and former FAA chief counsel, shared the adverse impact of this new proposal with the real estate industry. “A single building can be worth $100 million and more. If you are talking about lopping off whole floors, you can ruin the economic proposition and you can destroy the viability of the building, so you are talking about easily a $1 billion in economic impact.”

The FAA is listing the proposal not as a rule of law, but as a revision to the existing policy. All property and real estate owners must submit an application to the agency before constructing any structure near airports in order to determine any potential dangers to aviation.

What do you think of the FAA’s proposal?

Should you rent or buy when replacing construction vehicles?

Much like a luxury sports car, construction vehicles come with a hefty price tag that can keep construction companies from replacing them in a timely manner. While it’s important for a construction firm to replace worn-out or obsolete vehicles, the expensive equipment can jack up construction costs too much.

Construction vehicles may be considered as investments or capital expenditure and construction companies are now choosing between two options: buying and renting.

Buying

Purchasing a construction vehicle gives you reliability and productivity, especially because you own the equipment. As the owner, you get to control the maintenance schedule, thereby ensuring your clients that the equipment you are using can deliver. Did you know that you can get a full tax deduction on the first year of vehicle ownership? That’s a big advantage if you’re really hesitant to buy huge equipment at the beginning of a project. Buying the vehicle is also beneficial if you’re planning to use it frequently.

Renting

On the other hand, renting a vehicle for your construction needs gives you many equipment options without burning through your budget. You don’t need to worry about maintenance because the vehicle owner will take care of it. Initial costs for any project will be kept to a minimum because you don’t need to purchase bulky equipment at the beginning of a project. Also, if you need the construction machinery for only a short period of time, renting it is your better option.

Before making that decision on whether to buy or rent a construction vehicle do your research, weigh the pros and cons and think about whether you are able to get maximum usage from the vehicle or if you’ll only need it infrequently.