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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How to Prevent Construction Injuries

Whether big or small, injuries on construction sites are not unusual.

According to an article on Sourceable, the most common injury in construction projects is “wounds, lacerations and amputations to hands and fingers” from handling nails and timber. Other injuries experienced by construction workers include back pain, muscle stress, knee pain, and injuries caused by slipping.

The best way to prevent construction-related injuries is by implementing preventive measures. Here are some of the best tips to avoid the most common injuries on construction jobs:

Hand and finger injuries

  • A pair of work gloves is one of the best pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) that any construction worker can wear. These gloves are designed to protect the wearer from splinters and punctures, as well as absorb force impact that could possibly injure the person.
  • Motorized hand equipment such as power cutters and nail guns must be working properly. Do not attempt to use a nail gun with a depressed trigger on default or a power saw with a malfunctioning blade guard.
  • Choose hand tools that are lightweight and ergonomically designed to provide comfort to the user. Poorly designed tools can strain the user’s hand and cause muscle strain.

Back injuries

  • Avoid carrying heavy loads manually for a long period of time. Try to find ways to bring heavy objects closer to their intended locations so as to minimize the need to carry them by hand.
  • Use mechanical devices such as forklifts, cranes and hoists to transfer and transport materials within the construction site.
  • Arrange for construction materials to be delivered in smaller packaging for easier carrying and transfer.
  • Worker responsibilities may be rotated to prevent people from doing the same heavy chores all throughout the day.

Knee injuries

  • Provide work tables, platforms and benches to allow workers to bring their work to a more comfortable height.
  • Workers who need to kneel frequently must wear knee pads to avoid direct pressure on the kneecaps.
  • Clean the workplace regularly, making sure that rubble or debris are cleared off pathways with heavy foot traffic. A clean working environment should prevent slips and trips.

Although there is no absolute guarantee that construction sites can remain 100 percent injury-free, providing the right tools and environment should bring down accidents and injuries to near zero.

Watch the ProEst/Procore Webinar Making the Switch: How Dropping Excel in Favor of Construction Estimating Software can Help Increase Profits

The webinar that we co-presented with Procore on March 10, Making the Switch: How Dropping Excel in Favor of Construction Estimating Software can Help Increase Profits, went extremely well.

Thanks to Procore for taking the time to give an overview of their software and how it integrates with other applications like ProEst.

If you want to view the webinar, please fill in the form below with your name and email address and we will provide you with the link to watch it.

 

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In the webinar, you will see:

  • A brief presentation about how switching from Excel to ProEst
    • streamlines your business
    • helps you to increase profits by cutting down on the potential for errors
    • instills confidence in your clients about your estimating procedures
  • A brief demonstration of ProEst’s capabilities
  • A brief presentation about Procore
  • A brief demonstration of Procore’s abilities

If you are still using Excel for your construction estimating, find out how making the switch to ProEst, a software specifically designed for construction estimating, will help you.

Three Ways to Use Big Data Analytics to Your Advantage

Much has been said about the benefits of big data in the business sector, as organizations discover more channels to tap into existing data to boost their sales and operations. Instead of relying on traditional data processing mechanisms, businesses are improving their systems to maximize the potential of big data.

The construction industry is slowly emerging as one of the fields that can benefit greatly from big data analytics. Here are some of the areas where your construction company can use big data to great advantage:

Data management

Running a business is already hard work, so adding another burden to your current workload – say, collating massive amounts of data and interpreting them for use in your current operations – is out of the question. As your company grows, so does the size of your database, which requires a lot more effort if you’re using old data management tools.

By using big data analytics, company executives can let the application run on its own – at breakneck speeds, no less – and focus more on the business.

Risk analysis

Have you ever encountered an issue in your business, and then later on realized that you could have prevented it from happening if you only looked at historical data? Big data analytics can spare you from the horror of reliving your past errors by analyzing existing data and recommending system improvements.

Solution generation for problems

Big construction companies deal with a lot of major projects and, consequently, huge problems. Big data analytics may be used as a tool in addressing forensic issues that could otherwise stall construction work. By using big data, information required to solve forensic construction problems may be directed to the right people for proper action.
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Although it is still in its infancy, big data is definitely going to change the way construction companies run their businesses.

Tips for Reusing Old Concrete

The usefulness of concrete does not end when it gets formed into a structure. Old concrete slabs may be reused in several construction projects, depending on the size and shape of the material.

You may be asking why there’s a need to reuse concrete, considering that cement and other construction materials are readily available.

First, used materials usually cost less than new items, which could lead to lower project costs. A technique called rubblization – or crushing old concrete on the site where it is intended for use – reduces transportation costs because there’s no need to haul in new concrete.

Second, reusing old concrete pieces reduces the amount of solid waste. This significantly lowers the amount of construction waste and garners the company additional points when seeking certification for the LEED® Green Building Rating System. Reusing old materials also allows you to help save the environment.

If you’re considering reusing old concrete, here are some tips on how to maximize this money-saving and environment-friendly alternative:

The Process

Old concrete materials pegged for reuse are crushed using heavy equipment. The crushed concrete is sifted through screens that segregate unusable debris and particles from the actual concrete pieces, which can be further classified according to the degree of crushing. The coarse aggregates are usually removed and the finer concrete particles are passed through several cleaning procedures before getting the usable powder.

Uses of Old Concrete

  • Coarse particles from crushed old concrete may be used in projects that don’t require structural strength.
  • Big chunks of old concrete may be placed on walkways to increase porosity of the surface.
  • Concrete roads may be pulverized on site through rubblization and used as a base before applying asphalt.
  • This kind of material has been found to be suitable for aquatic habitat in reefs. In this scenario, old concrete may be recycled for such a purpose.
  • Finely crushed concrete may be mixed with fresh cement to produce semi-new concrete.
  • It may also be used like fresh concrete for non-critical projects such as benches and plant pots.

Use these tips to find new uses for concrete. It may even help you cut down on your costs.

What You Should Know About Implementing Live Camera Feeds on Your Construction Projects

Project monitoring is more than merely checking the progress of work. An effective monitoring system leads to more efficient processes, better risk calculations, and faster outputs.

Setting up a live video feed of construction projects can be a very effective tool for monitoring the entire scope of work. Camera feeds can boost the level of safety and security in the area of construction, as well as improve the documentation of the project.

Here are some of the areas where real-time video can help your construction management:

Surveillance: If you are concerned about the security of the construction site, CCTV monitors and other video-capturing devices can record what’s happening in the area. It’s best to place the cameras in the storage warehouse or in highly sensitive areas of the project.

Off-site monitoring: Managers who cannot physically visit the construction site can rest assured that the project is going as planned if they are given access to real-time feeds. They can also record sections of the video if they like.

Documentation and marketing: Video logs are great for companies who want to view archives of past projects. Recording the project in video format can also be used for promotional purposes so stakeholders can appreciate the progress of the construction.

If you are thinking about implementing live camera feeds on your construction project, here are some of the benefits of capturing the construction work on real-time video:

Better time management. Live feeds allow project managers to multi-task. Even if they’re engaged in an off-site meeting, they can still check the progress through remote video.

Safety. Is your construction site equipped with sufficient safety measures to prevent accidents? Video captures allow project managers to review the site and implement safety precautions as needed.

Archiving. Nobody can go back through time, but with the help of video recordings, you can check what happened in the past so that you can change things for the better.

I guess the only stumbling block against implementing live video feeds is cost. The company needs to shoulder expenses for camera equipment and software, installation and maintenance. However, if the cost of installing a video recording system can be justified, setting up camera feeds can definitely bring your construction projects to a whole new level.