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5 Things to consider when evaluating estimating software

A key element of any successful construction business is accurate estimating, allowing you to anticipate all of your costs and ensure profitability. The problem is that estimating is time consuming and often labour intensive, where errors can add up and have a.....

Today, you no longer construct houses in the same manner as you used to do in the 60s, 70s, and even early 90s. Access to better technology has improved the materials and tools you use on a build.

Software has had the biggest impact on the current building and construction environment, with over 400 major construction companies in Australia making use of it. Given that the revolution has already started in the construction industry, it is time for you to get on board, or risk falling behind. 

In any build, there is always a team of professionals working together to ensure that the project is completed successfully and on time. So who are these people, and how do they benefit from using construction software?
 

  • Consultants—in a build, their role is to estimate the services that are required
  • Estimating teams—are in charge of centralising all the estimates collected from various groups and ensuring that these can be accessed by multiple users
  • MEP estimators—this is the group in charge of handling the plumbing, mechanical, and electrical works in a build
  • Subcontractors—also known as the first principle, they deal with estimating all the trades in each particular build
  • Head contractors—in charge of coming up with the unit cost, also referred to as the baseline estimates for the clients

As more and more companies are making the shift towards digitising their systems, you could be wondering what is making software so appealing, as compared to the old shorthand way of doing things.

Below are some of the features that come with construction estimating software for contractors. The software has all the time-saving tools that a developing business needs to grow and remain competitive in an ever-changing environment.

 

1. Estimating

In any estimating software, there are thousands of built-in formulas designed to simplify your estimating and takeoff process. You'll be able to estimate in a fraction of the time when compared to traditional methods, allowing you to submit more bids, tenders and quotes; and have a higher likelihood of winning jobs. 


Import your plans in a range of file types, including PDF, CAD and image files, and use them to perform your takeoff.

 

2. Takeoff

Using traditional estimating methods, takeoff can prove to be an inaccurate and inefficient process. However, using estimating software, takeoff can be completed with pinpoint accuracy; slashing unnecessary costs and driving project efficiency.

Cubit allows you to trace directly over your plans with pinpoint accuracy, and using the 3D function, can easily see elements of your takoff from any angle.

Cubit is a natural estimating solution, seamlessly integrating estimating and takeoff, and presenting it in a single view to show you the information where you want it, when you need it.

 

3. Reporting

Reporting is an essential element to any project. Not only does it ensure you weed out inaccuracies in your work, but also promotes a transparent relationship with clients to keep you as their top preference for future work.

 

4 time saving email templates

 

Cubit features a powerful reporting tool, allowing you to generate and print a range of professional reports including Trade Summary, Trade Breakup, Rate, Takeoff, and Bill Of Quantities. These reports are also customisable, meaning you can hide and conceal items as necessary so you may share different elements of your estimate with a range of stakeholders, and even personalise them according to your unique branding.

 

4. Price Lists

Template price lists and template jobs are some of the key draw cards of estimating software over traditional methods. Using these templates saves you immeasurable time and frustration when working on new projects, and ensures you maintain accuracy.

Cubit’s price lists feature goes one step further, allowing you to collate common trades and items to streamline how you start a new estimate. When updating your template price lists and jobs, these can be pushed into current estimates to ensure you’re working with up-to-date information.

To see why Cubit is the estimating solution of choice for Australian companies, get your free 14-day trial below:

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