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.

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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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  • 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%.

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3 Reasons Construction Companies Fail When Trying to Predict Injuries

Workplace safety is one of the best things that a company can boast of. Taking care of its employees and making sure that their places of work are safe and hazard-free marks it as a company that people want to work for and that people can trust to build their project without any undue concern.

Construction companies should always be on the lookout for safety in the workplace. The company owner should understand that an unsafe and injury-prone work environment could lead to lost man hours, higher cost of employee hospitalization and absences, an increase in Workers’ Compensation premiums and delays in construction projects.

Some construction firms are still not able to prevent injury cases despite the implementation of predictive analytics for accident and hazard prevention. Some companies simply do not use these preventive techniques effectively. Here are three reasons why construction companies fail when trying to predict injuries:

Reason 1: Using the wrong tool

Sure, logging accident reports on simple software such as Microsoft Excel can be helpful to keep track of past incidents. However, if you want to prevent similar hazards from happening in the future, you must utilize applications designed for predictive analytics.

At times, you will notice that the same hazard is being encountered over and over again. With predictive analytics and suitable software, you should be able to remove this hazard altogether.

Reason 2: Failing to collect enough data

Safety data may be gathered through on-site inspection, process audits, root cause analysis, and inventory of aspects contributory to accidents at the workplace. If you plan to use predictive analytics software, the amount of data that you collect must be comprehensive enough for the machine to understand and assess possible scenarios. Unfortunately, data gathering that is considered sufficient for the predictive machine’s algorithm could take years. In short, this is probably the most common reason why predictive analytics tools are not maximized by construction industries.

Reason 3: Not trusting equipment

Many construction firm owners started as small home-based businesses, and data processing was done manually. If you are interested in using predictive analytics to avoid injuries at work, you need to put your trust in the predictive machine that you will use. Gone are the days when you rely solely on your own assessment and problem-solving capabilities. You must understand that computer algorithms are much more comprehensive than what an average human person can process and they are consistent.

Predictive analytics can be a construction firm’s best friend. They are useful and can help you prevent injuries if used correctly and consistently.

How to Choose the Right Screed for Your Construction Project

Construction workers who pour concrete are familiar with using a screed, a device used to smooth concrete after being applied on a surface. Simply pouring concrete mix onto the road will produce, well, a big pile of concrete mix. A screed flattens out the poured mixture to produce a level surface.

There are many types of screeds on the market, and choosing which one to use will depend on how big the project is, how flat the concrete surface should be, and what kind of concrete mixture is used. If you’re scratching your head right now, here are the different types of screeds that you can use as a guide to choose the right screed for your project:

The simplest and cheapest type of screed is a piece of wood – usually a 2×4 – that is manually applied onto the concrete surface. After pouring the mix, the concrete is smoothed out by running the wooden screen manually over the concrete. While this type is one of the least expensive, the results may not be as accurate as the others. It’s generally good for do-it-yourself projects around home.

This type is best used on roads and highways, and when handling low slump concrete. Some variants are handheld while others are motor-driven. Roller screeds can also be used in ramps, steep slopes, and uneven base surfaces.

Although most of the variants of this type of screed are handheld, mechanical screeds involve motor-driven vibrations that propel the screed forwards and backwards. The person handling a mechanical screed only needs to control the motor. This type is beneficial in small construction projects such as sidewalks and driveways.

The most expensive type of the lot but producing the best quality is the laser screed. This type is characterized by a motor-operated vibrator, an auger, and a plow. The operator can control the laser screed through a joystick to steer and rotate the screed. Output is a near-perfect level concrete surface done in a single pass.

All in all, choosing which type of screed depends on the project budget and size. The construction company and the project owner must strike a balance between output quality and overall expense.

Early Adoption of Google Glass Can Help with Inevitable Technology Adaptation

Construction company personnel and those who know a thing or two about construction are probably familiar with goggles. This protective equipment shields the eyes of construction workers from possible hazards, while still enabling them to see what they are doing.

Have you noticed that a pair of goggles reminds you of certain a trending technology recently released by Google? One look at Google Glass, and you’re sure that it can fit right into the construction industry – well, aesthetically speaking, that is.

But, while the features of Google Glass are amazing in any field of specialization that it’s used in, the hefty price tag takes company owners aback.

Still, the potential of Google Glass to improve construction projects cannot be ignored. Here are some of the possible benefits of Google Glass in the construction industry:

Breakthrough concept that works for the future

It cannot be denied that the technology of Google Glass gives us a glimpse of what’s in store in the future. Using Google Glass now can give any construction company an edge in terms of technology and adaptability to change. Some Glass applications for the construction field are already available for commercial or industrial use such as FieldLens, which aims to improve project site communication between contractors, designers, subcontractors, and building owners.

Template for future technology

Using Google Glass today might seem limiting due to its poor battery power and limited applications. However, when companies start using this kind of technology, they are preparing the company to use high-tech products that are still to come. Call it a prototype or template of things to come.

Convenient mobile project management

Despite the limited amount of software available for the construction industry, Google Glass is already pretty handy by itself. Its hands-free design is excellent for multitasking individuals who need their hands to do something else besides taking a picture of the job site or sending text messages to contractors. It’s only a matter of time before software makers develop better apps to enhance the power of Glass.

Sure, the $1,500 price of Google Glass may seem too steep for a construction company that has hundreds of workers, however, taking the future of the construction industry into consideration, do you want to be left eating the dust of your competitors who might already be using cutting-edge technology?

Rural Roads in America are Dangerous: Report

Is there such a thing as a fatal road? According to a recent report by a private nonprofit research organization, rural roads are three times more risky than any other type of road in the U.S.

Transportation research group TRIP released a report on the situational challenges in rural roads across the U.S. The numbers are staggering: cases of deaths due to rural roads reached thrice the number of those in other road types, even including highways. Figures in 2012 showed that “non-Interstate rural roads had a traffic fatality rate of 2.21 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles of travel, compared to a fatality rate on all other roads of 0.78 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel.” On top of this, out of the 33,561 fatalities in 2012 due to road-related incidents, 48 percent were logged to have happened in these rural roads.

Some of the reasons behind the high fatality rate and greater risk of danger in rural roads include the following:

  • Inadequacy in safety features along rural pathways
  • Poor response time of emergency units
  • Faster vehicle speeds on rural roads

Meanwhile, about 15 percent of main rural roads are considered to be in poor condition. States that have the poorest road conditions include:

  • Connecticut (35%),
  • Rhode Island (33%),
  • West Virginia (33%),
  • Hawaii (32%), and
  • Michigan (32%).

As for rural bridges and connections, 12 percent were deemed “structurally deficient” and 10 percent were “functionally obsolete” but are still in use.

As a conclusion to the report’s results, TRIP recommends improvements on the following areas:

  • Access and connectivity in rural communities
  • Rural traffic safety
  • Quality and condition of rural roads, bridges, and connections

Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, pushed for a congressional act to increase budget for rural road repair.

“As this report makes clear, Washington’s failure to adequately fund repairs to our aging network of roads and bridges is having an even worse impact on our rural roads than the rest of our transportation system. And while these rural roads may not be the ones most commuters use on a daily basis, they play a vital role in assuring the movement of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of agricultural, energy and manufacturing products every day,” Sandherr said in a news release.

Housing Starts Low in American South

The rate of new housing construction plummeted by 9.3 percent from May to June of this year, a nine-month low, led by a drastic drop off in the South.

According a report by Washington’s Commerce Department, 985,000 new homes were started in May, but that number dipped to 893,000 in June. This bit of bad news reveals something about the struggles of the construction industry even as the economy continues to recover. Based on a news report by Bloomberg, the annual rate of housing starts peaked this year at 1.07 million homes in April, but has been spiraling downward since then.

Some of the aggravating factors that may have led to the drop in numbers include higher rates in mortgage and steeper property prices, a decline in the number of experienced workers in the construction field, and a decrease in the number of available lots for building homes. Another contributing factor – although indirect and slightly unrelated to residential construction projects – is instability in stocks due to the ongoing conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, out of the four real estate regions, the South registered a huge plunge of 29.6 percent in overall construction projects, the largest since 1959. In contrast, the Midwest region increased by 28.1 percent, the Northeast by 14.1 percent, and the West by 2.6 percent. The biggest factor for the South region’s nosedive is the harsh weather conditions this past winter, which resulted in fewer areas for building this construction season.

The majority of real estate properties have become more expensive, increasing in cost by close to 7 percent compared to last year. An average new home is now selling for more than $280,000. In addition to this, mortgage rates are steeper than last year, rising to 4.13 percent in May 2014 from from 3.35 percent in May 2013.

In comparison, industrial construction rocketed its way to an increase of about 24 percent last July. This figure, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, is the highest since March 2011, and spells big bucks for the U.S. economy.