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Estimating Tools That Don’t Communicate

By January 26, 2021 No Comments

You might have your estimating process set, but if your tools aren’t integrated, isn’t there room for improvement? Lack of integration results in wasted time, increased room for errors (not to mention headaches), and even decreased capabilities. All of these can lead to some tough conversations with owners when they’re wondering where your quantities and costs come from. The need to build trust among the project team is a given, and it’s next to impossible to do if you can’t communicate or trust your numbers.

The following is an excerpt from Taimoor Khan’s article, “How to Streamline Today’s Estimating Process”.

“To make matters worse, despite the point solutions being solid and well-loved tools, the way we are forced to move data from one tool to the next introduces more challenges. For example, following the process above with a 2D deliverable of plans, elevations, and sections is tedious and difficult at best. In this case, we would use our 2D takeoff tool of choice to build a list of quantities and then copy and paste these into Excel so that we can both condition and manipulate the quantity to create additional quantities (e.g. use the area of slab multiplied by an assumed pounds of steel per square foot to create tons of rebar).

We would then copy this resulting quantity and paste it into the quantity field of a line item in our estimating solution. At each copy and paste, we run the risk of introducing an error. Further, six months from now, when we are in an estimate review meeting with the owner, how do we communicate where the quantity we are comparing the current estimate came from? How do we build that trust with the owner and the project team that we have our arms around the project when we cannot communicate the answer to a seemingly simple question?”

To read the rest of Taimoor’s article on Streamlining Estimating click here.