Without a doubt, as head of the pre-construction process, one of the priorities is finding the most efficient way to implement your construction integration model. Knowing that every winning bid and successful commercial construction project starts with accurate estimates and information. We’ll examine the best ways to implement your construction integration model, ensure the accuracy of your estimates, and reveal the easiest method for getting the most out of your estimation process with technology.
Method 1: Enhanced DIY
By “enhanced” we mean that during the pre-construction process, the company will shoulder most of the responsibility for quality assurance. You and your team will need key data-sets to get this done cleanly, so here are a few guidelines to consider as you create an integration model and why.
Manage takeoffs efficiently: Master your data
From takeoffs to long-term profit margin projections, the data that you start with will impact your organization’s bottom line. Flawed data from a spreadsheet that paints a possible inaccurate portrait of costs during takeoff calculations will corrupt all of your future bids and profits. If your goal is a frictionless implementation of your construction integration model, then be confident that your data management process is seamless and error-free. To do that you will need a technological system in place that allows you to streamline the takeoff process, preferably enabling you to generate cost estimates directly from blueprints.
Understand integrated project delivery: all hands on deck
When managing the implementation of your construction integration model, communication is key to your success. But, you can’t trust your team’s communication skills. You will need a method that allows you to save time in delivering important updates while guaranteeing access to critical data on-demand for your team during the entire project timeline.
Here are some important features that you will need in your arsenal:
- A universal communications connection for all team members, whether they are on mobile, laptop, or desktop
- Easy and secure data connection with a leading industry platforms like ProCore
- Simple import and storage of critical key-data points
It is a proactive approach to consider a cloud-based estimating platform to accomplish this integrations, unless you are prepared to build a custom solution (a process that may take a year or more).
Optimize your tech resources: Considering the right solution
This is perhaps the most daunting task if you are managing your construction integration model and process. An estimating software can be the engine that allows your operations to proceed on-time and on-budget since your estimates, takeoff, and projections are based on the accuracy of your initial data.
Here’s what to look for when evaluating a possible pre-construction software:
- Access to any estimates and able to integrate with just a few clicks
- An intuitive search function that allows you to find any estimate in seconds
- User-friendly analytics tools that let you evaluate your estimates by type of work, visibility, or department.
The old ways of implementing construction integration models won’t give your company the competitive edge it needs in a fast-paced market or helps you reduce calculation errors or optimize budgets.
Method 2: Working with a consultancy
You may decide that it is easier to find an independent consultant team to help manage your construction integration model and implementation than doing it on your own. This is a valid option, but even the most experienced consultancy firm can’t undo the damage resulting from mishandled or inaccurate takeoff data. They also won’t be able to cut down the time it takes to manage manual takeoff calculations or coordinate communications between team members during the decision-making process.
Although the creation of a custom process with a consultant may seem like the easiest method to implement a construction integration model, it amplifies risk across the organization.
Method 3: Using an cloud-based estimating software
This is the easiest way to manage the implementation of your commercial construction integration model and process. Using a platform that not only offers dedicated integration services, but also extensive training, technical support, and a cloud-based platform that streamlines the entire process and works hand-in-hand with a leading software like ProCore is a proactive approach to securing a process.
Here are a few facts to keep in mind:
Digital integration doesn’t have to be painful
Using a robust technology platform enables you to implement construction integration models easily, compared to outdated ways of storing vital data sets.
Your data sets should stand up to scrutiny regardless of volume
Advanced building information modeling liberates you from the inefficiencies of manual data entry into notoriously error-prone spreadsheets.
Traditional methods of commercial construction estimation and modeling are outdated and too inefficient for today’s competitive market.
Using an all-in-one cloud-based solution keeps your key datasets safe and error-free.
Cloud-based solutions create model implementations that are seamless and efficient. Making it easy to open and save anytime, anywhere.
An enterprise-grade platform will connect effortlessly with a leading estimating software, adding value to your existing work.
The ability to integrate datasets with a dedicated technology like ProCore means you get more value out of your software at every point along your project’s timeline.
Without a comprehensive integrated system for implementation management, your company’s success can vary widely from project-to-project.
Introducing a viable solution
Manual data entry and construction estimation implementation can create costly errors that have a ripple effect throughout the entire estimation process. DIY methods of construction integration implementation are resource-intensive and often contribute to time and cost overruns due to human error.
One viable, proactive solution to help your pre-construction integration model is using a cloud-based software like ProEst, that offers modern building information modeling, and estimation technology that help commercial construction businesses with some of the most resource-intensive and risky aspects of construction integration model implementation.
Here are just some of the features you could gain:
- Instant access to any estimate company-wide.
- Locate any estimate in seconds.
- Sort and analyze estimates by type of work, estimator, or department.
- Develop statistically accurate benchmarks for bid profitability to determine which types of bids and markups make financial sense
- Unlimited number of users
- Unlimited number of estimates
- Digital storage
- Phone and email support
ProEst believes that successful commercial construction projects ultimately start with accurate estimate costs. The ability to automatically create a project in Procore based off a ProEst estimate aligns the pre-construction estimating process with the building processes that will soon begin after a project is awarded.
If you would like to learn more about how you can utilize the latest estimating technology and integration with your existing platforms, feel free to schedule a 1-on-1 walkthrough with one of our specialists today!