How Sigma Estimating Software Simplifies the Concrete Estimating Process

How Sigma Estimating Software Simplifies the Concrete Estimating Process

How Sigma Estimating Software Simplifies the Concrete Estimating Process

1. Introduction

• Facts about the concrete industry for residential and commercial construction

• Concrete often dictates the progress and milestones of a construction project: concrete pours on floors are a visual indicator of the progress of a commercial building

• What is required inside a concrete estimate  types of concrete, water content, slump – What can go wrong when concrete is tested at the site  contractors need to protect themselves against poor quality pours

2. Sigma’s Estimating Software Simplifies the concrete takeoff process

• 2D and 3D takeoff that works with any digital plans you receive

• Drag and drop, highlight floor plans for easy SF calculations

• Input templates from one floor to another  speeds up a high rise building estimate

3. Conclusion

• Restate facts about the construction industry

• Restate why it is important to purchase Sigma Construction estimating softwar

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Winning Bids Quickly as a Roofing Contractor

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Winning Bids Quickly as a Roofing Contractor

The Key for Winning Bids

Submitting estimates to clients is a core practice of a successful residential roofing company. When creating bids for projects, customers will often understand the estimate that you provide to them as a contract. It becomes an expectation that you will deliver on the price once the project is done. Customers also want a fast estimate, and without one they may be quick to move on to a new contractor. In this market the only way a roofing contractor can win business and make money is to submit their bids quickly and as accurately as possible.

“In this market the only way a roofing contractor can win business and make money is to submit their bids quickly and as accurately as possible.”

Being quick to submit a bid for a project means having the capability to either respond to a potential customer’s inquiry online with whatever details they provide or quickly sending a representative for a site visit and estimate. People are always free to get a second estimate on any project, but human nature and our necessity for convenience often shows that customers will go with the first reasonable estimate that they receive.

Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Spreadsheets

Some residential roofing contractors rely on spreadsheets, basic parametric estimating, or rough guesswork to meet the demand for a timely and accurate estimate. These contractors would benefit greatly from incorporating estimating software into their business. Estimating software expands the thoroughness of the estimating process and shrinks the time to complete each estimate. The estimating software does this by integrating key aspects of estimating such as the cost book, calculation formulas and spreadsheet, input templates, and final report documents into one program.

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Why templates are so important?

In order to incorporate estimating software and win more bids in residential roofing it is important to leverage the integration of templates into estimating software. Templates can be created and stored for future use in estimating software programs, which allows you to prep a residential estimate prior to even arriving at the property. Roofing contractors can easily look up things about the home that they are going to visit on sites like Zillow or google maps and find homes with similar roof designs from their previous projects. When arriving on site for an estimate, contractors can gather a few critical data points on the project and enter the data into the prepared template for an on the spot estimate.

“In order to incorporate estimating software and win more bids in residential roofing it is important to leverage the integration of templates into roofer estimating software.”

Project estimating is one of the most important, expensive, and time-consuming aspects of roofing that a contractor will perform. A contractor gains more time to talk with customers and complete more site estimates if they adapt an estimating software to their process to increase efficiency. Many contractors are afraid or unwilling to complete estimates on the spot, but there is a significant advantage to doing it.

Providing an estimate on the spot saves a massive amount of time and it will lead to more projects won because customers are more likely to agree to a contract if you are standing in their living room.

Quickly seize upon opportunities by using new technologies

Roofing contractors can overall improve the efficiency of their business by using new technologies to mitigate risk, empower employees, and quickly seize upon opportunities. Risk mitigation is a key practice for construction contractors. A roofing contractor assumes a large amount of risk when they let their employee create an estimate without an estimating software. Numerous errors can occur leading to a low estimate and potentially causing a negative return at the end of the project. When employees use an estimating software to create on the spot estimates, the program mitigates the risk of errant formulas and material price values. Contractors can trust their employees to make on the spot estimates when they train them to use estimating software. This ultimately empowers employees to make decisions, solve problems, and provide safe estimates to your customers.

Improve the efficiency of your business

Roofing contractors looking to expand their business more than anything else must focus on improving the performance and efficiency of the key practices of the business. Creating estimates and submitting bids is the most important non-construction aspect of business that a roofing contractor conducts. Expanding the volume of work and profits that a roofing business creates requires a proven method for completing more bids to feed the business. Contractors who switch to using an estimating software to create their bids and estimates are able to double their volume.

For more information on estimating software and tips on the best practices in the construction estimating industry, visit the informational blog at Sigma Estimates here. Sigma has the best estimating software in the industry which can significantly improve the efficiency of your business and move you forward on the path to continuing success. View the excellent product features that Sigma has to offer at our product site, in addition to the contractor support page which can help your business identify how estimating software fits into your solution.

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What is 5D Estimating to Sigma

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What is 5D Estimating to Sigma?

At Sigma, we Provide Deliver 5D Estimating Info at each

5D Estimating connects workflows and
people from Design to Field Execution

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5D Estimating Helps Optimize Your Workflow, But How Exactly?​

1. Instant Access 3D Model Quantity Takeoff and Structure Data

BIM360 Docs integration gives you an easy way to extract your Takeoff quantities and structures from your 3D models. This process is a 2-way street that allows you to extract quantities directly from the cloud or a program. You can use the information  from your model Revit or BIM360 Docs 

2. Save & Share Docs into the field (import/export form cloud)

After you have downloaded the 5D Model Docs cloud storage integration gives you an easy way to extract your Takeoff quantities and structures from your 3D models. This process is a 2-way street that allows you to extract quantities directly from the cloud or a program. You can use the information  from your model Revit or BIM360 Docs 

3. Save tons of  hours, with Easy Build Your Estimate

Instantly you can build your estimate. After you have downloaded the 5D Model Docs cloud storage integration gives you an easy way to extract your Takeoff quantities and structures from your 3D models. This process is a 2-way street that allows you to extract quantities directly from the cloud or a program. You can use the information  from your model Revit or BIM360 Docs 

4. Create Budget

5. Export to Excel, Your Project Management 

6. Develop Insights

Used through the project from project idea ​
to handover​

1. Idea

Area/functional estimate ​
Three-point risk estimate​

2. Design

Project sqft estimate​
Optioneering and analysis​
5D BIM cost estimate​

3. Bid

Detailed resource estimate​
Bid/tender​

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4. Pre-Construction

Resource and activity planning/coordination​

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5. Construction

Change order ​
Production estimate​
Financial reporting​

6. Project Close-Out

Maintenance cost​
Lifecycle data handover​

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Why Choose Sigma?​

Sigma is Made by Estimators, for Estimators

Sigma is Made by Estimators, for Estimators

Sigma is Made by Estimators, for Estimators

When estimating software is made by people who don’t know the ins and outs of the construction industry, it shows. They simply don’t understand estimators’ unique needs and the challenges they face. That’s why experienced estimators were involved in the development of Sigmas’ Estimating Software, and why they continue to steer our updates and customer support to this day.

1. Sigma means no spreadsheet formulas to break

With traditional spreadsheets, one stray keystroke can break an entire estimate. Sigma does all the calculations for you — item, unit price, quantity — and always updates them accurately. Avoid hours of work tracking down mistakes and create precise estimates quickly and confidently.

2. Templates and libraries save time and ensure accuracy

With takeoffs, you can’t afford to miss any detail. Sigma’s estimate templates and libraries let you save the pricing information and assemblies you use every day. Drag and drop data into new estimates without the risk of a broken formula or misplaced decimal point.

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3. All of your historical data is preserved

Do you have thousands of items and unit prices stored in Excel spreadsheets? Sigma lets you import all that data into a new easy-to-access library. Your sortable, searchable Sigma database lets you find the cost of that unique material from a year-old project with just a few clicks.

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4. You have massive reporting options with Sigma

Create reports based on any category you want, including labor, material, equipment, subcontractors, rentals, and more. Sort for subcategories to give owners and clients extremely detailed views of specific portions of an estimate. Or create alternates for easy cost comparison.

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5. You gain a competitive edge

Sigma integrates with PlanSwift for takeoff, Autodesk Revit for 5D BIM, and the BNI and RSMeans construction database for the latest cost information. It also integrates with Microsoft Office and common ERP, accounting, and document management programs. With Sigma, you’re always poised to take advantage of the latest technology and stay a step ahead of the competition.

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Optimize Takeoff with Cost Estimating Software

Optimize Takeoff with Cost Estimating Software

Optimize Takeoff with cost Estimating Software

It is vital that contractors choose the right estimating software for their construction takeoff process. Construction takeoff is often the most excruciatingly detail oriented and methodical processes that a contactor has to complete for a project. Estimating software naturally streamlines the takeoff process, see this video for an example of just how easy it can be.

Only certain estimating software programs get the takeoff process right, and Sigma Estimating Software’s approach to construction takeoff exceeds the standard across the software industry. Within hours, contractors who switch to our software realize why most customers call it the most valuable tool in their contractor toolbox.

Why is Sigma the Right Cost Estimation Software for Your Construction Takeoff?

Choosing the right cost estimating software is one of the most important choices a contractor can make to improve their business. Sigma is simply the best option because it has all of these solutions built in.

A Specific Focus on Takeoff

As projects grow more complex and the market fluctuates, contractors need a more targeted and advanced platform to navigate the takeoff process. Sigma was built with common takeoff challenges and pitfalls in mind. Because our cost estimating software was specifically designed for construction, it’s equipped to help you manage the meticulous takeoff process from original design plans to final construction drawings.

The Right Integrations

Your cost estimating software needs to play well with others, or it’s destined to become another siloed tool that your business struggles to adopt. Sigma offers seamless integration with numerous other programs to include PlanSwift, an estimating tool that streamlines takeoff process.

Thanks to Sigma’s open API, users can synchronize data across multiple platforms, automatically updating your estimate with quantities through programs like PlanSwift. The PlanSwift integration alone, with the added functionalities it offers, reduces the time from takeoff to finished estimate by roughly 40 percent.

The Highest Level of Accuracy

Accuracy is one of the most important aims of the digital takeoff process. Carry-overs and counting errors are eliminated with Sigma Estimating Software and its capability to integrate with digital plans software and cost libraries.

Sigma enables contractors to see the complete scope and requirements of a project materialize as they conduct the takeoff process. This makes it increasingly simple to manage timelines, expectations, and team collaboration to create the very best estimates and project plans possible.

An Estimating Solution Built for Construction

Sigma’s construction estimating tool is designed with accurate insights and the right integrations to optimize the construction takeoff process. Discover how Sigma makes planning and managing construction projects faster and easier, from takeoff to finished estimate and beyond.

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3 Tips for Faster Concrete Estimating

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3 Tips for Faster Concrete Estimating

The traditional methods for estimating concrete jobs are wasteful. Scrutinizing paper plans and outdated spreadsheets takes up unnecessary time that could be spent on more valuable tasks. The more time you spend on a single estimate, the less time you have to drive other sales or be in the field.

Concrete estimating software frees up your time by streamlining the process from takeoff to finished estimate.

BID FASTER WITH CONCRETE ESTIMATING SOFTWARE

With a simple yet comprehensive interface that allows you to track materials, labor, past project data, and more in one place, you can deliver accurate quotes in much less time. Here are three ways you can leverage concrete estimating software to bid faster.

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Slash takeoff time with Concrete Estimating Software

A digital concrete estimation solution makes it easy to determine what’s needed for both standard and specialty concrete projects. By looking to past project data, you can quickly calculate materials, equipment, and labor quantities. No more making materials lists from scratch or fussing with spreadsheet formulas.

Sigma seamlessly integrates with leading 2D takeoff software PlanSwift to serve as a dedicated tool that significantly reduces takeoff time.

Access accurate cost data

The sooner you achieve an accurate material cost estimate, the sooner you can deliver a winning bid. Concrete software lets you price materials and labor quickly by giving you easy access to current cost data.

Stop contacting individual suppliers for quotes or relying on outdated price books. Sigma enables you to import your own price books, upload supplier data, and integrate directly to BNI costbooks or RSMeans.

Focus on your most profitable projects

Concrete estimating software not only helps you bid faster, it also helps you avoid crafting estimates that aren’t worth your time. You can analyze past projects to discover which project types are most profitable and best suited to your business.

Sigma gives you 360 degree insight into your margins and predicted costs. You get to focus your time on concrete quotes that will lead to the highest returns.

DIGITAL CONCRETE ESTIMATION MADE SIMPLE

By bringing all of the data and capabilities you need into one shareable interface, Sigma can save you up to 85% of the time you would normally spend on concrete estimates.

Simplify the entire concrete estimating process with streamlined, easy-to-use, cloud-based software.

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