BNI Announces New Strategic Partnership with Sigma Estimates

BNI Announces New Strategic Partnership with Sigma Estimates

BNI Announces New Strategic Partnership with Sigma Estimates

The construction industry’s leading provider of cost data, BNi Building News, has partnered with Sigma to deliver today’s most powerful estimating package.

BNi and Sigma Estimates are teaming up to offer customers an exceptional suite of estimating tools. Numerous businesses who already trust Sigma for all of their estimating needs could not be more pleased with the integration of these two industry leaders to provide a quick, accurate, flexible, and connected solution for estimating and project management.

Partnering to Deliver the Best

The joint solution is a combination of BNi’s 70 years of providing accurate and comprehensive cost data, joined together with Sigma’s estimating solution, the most current and fastest growing estimating solution in North America.

The integration of Sigma Estimating Software adds a new dimension of functionality  to BNi’s extensive construction cost libraries. BNi cost data can be accessed directly while working inside of the Sigma application. While working on an estimate within Sigma, users can access cost data broken down into material and labor costs and based on current national averages, as well as easily account for labor costs based on prevailing rates for all trades and the most current equipment rental and operating costs.

Any type of estimate can accurately be created in record time, automatically checked for mistakes, easily understood by colleagues, and communicated to the field. Sigma brings BNi’s data to life with interactive material lists, job costing macros, activity planning infrastructure, and scheduling functions.

Customers Double their Revenue the First Year

Sigma and BNi’s already existing customers could not be more excited about the partnership between these two key elements of their business. Emil Forys , the technical director of PA Solutions South East, in an interview about PA Solutions’ integration of Sigma Estimating, stated “Since we started using Sigma over the last year, our revenue for the 2019 fiscal year was over $100 million dollars (2X increase). This is all because of the way we were able to respond to projects, we were able to venture into new areas of automation with a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in them.”

Other businesses have felt the expansion in capability that Sigma has enabled for their firms. Derrick Oltmann, Managing Director at Mclenco Construction Services, In. said about Sigma that, “The flexibility, feature set, and affordability makes it a no-brainer for someone looking to move away from Excel into a more structured, secure, and robust environment.”

News, Later this Year – Assemblies will Now Connect Design and Construction

More is on the horizon in the estimating world with this exciting partnership between BNi and Sigma. Coming later this year, BNi cost data will release complete assemblies that will make estimating even faster and prevent costly oversights. This upgrade is in response to the requests of numerous contractors and businesses in the estimating world. With the advent of this upgrade, estimators will be able to connect 3D models created in programs like Autodesk Revit or BIM 360 to editable construction estimate worksheets.

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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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Bill Carey’s Five Best Reasons for Estimators to use Sigma

Bill Carey’s Five Best Reasons for Estimators to use Sigma

Bill Carey’s Five Best Reasons for Estimators to use Sigma

Meet Bill

Bill Carey is Sigma’s U.S. head of Customer Support. That means he’s the guy who helps professional estimators figure out how to get the best results from Sigma Estimates software.

Bill started out as a carpenter over 40 years ago. He soon moved into the construction office and started creating estimates. He’s been at it ever since.

He’s also an old-school techie. Bill still has a Commodore 64 computer and remembers doing electronic estimates on MS-DOS, long before Windows came around. These days, he does takeoffs with the best software tools on the planet.  If anybody knows how to craft an estimate on a computer, it’s Bill. (That’s why we hired him).

 

We asked Bill to sum up the five best reasons for using Sigma. Here’s what he told us:

1. No spreadsheet formulas to break

It can happen to anybody who opens a spreadsheet file — one stray keystroke breaks the entire estimate. Suddenly, the calculations don’t work anymore, and you lose hours you don’t have tracking down the problem.

Sure, you can do all kinds of custom calculations with spreadsheets. But when you’re putting an estimate together for a bid that’s due in three hours, there’s no time for fiddling around with formulas.

Sigma does all the calculations for you — item, unit price, quantity — and always updates them. The math is going to be the math. And it’s going to be right.

2. Templates and libraries save time and avoid repetitive work

With takeoffs, your hours turn into days of scanning every inch of digital drawings and making sure every stud, every wall socket, every square inch of poured concrete, every foot of rebar is accounted for. You can’t afford to miss anything.

Nobody wants to do all that twice. With Sigma, you don’t have to.

Sigma’s estimate templates and libraries let you save the pricing information and assemblies you use every day. Let’s say your general contractor builds chains of grocery stores. They all have similar items like outdoor signage, food freezers, checkout areas, and so on. So, when you finish the bid on one store, you save all your estimate data into a Sigma template or library and reuse it for all the stores to come.

You just drag and drop all that template or library data into your new Sigma estimate and you’re ready to roll.

Could you do all that a spreadsheet? Maybe, but not without running the risk of fouling up your formulas and causing more work for yourself.

3. All your historical data survives

We know, you still have thousands of items and unit prices stored in Excel spreadsheets. All of those sheets have extraordinarily valuable data.

Sigma lets you import all that data into a new library that’s available to all your Sigma estimates. Again, you just drag and drop what you need into the right place in your new estimate.

All that data is sortable and searchable in Sigma. Remember that estimate you made last year with 10,000 square feet of Hardie board siding? You don’t have to comb through a half-dozen spreadsheets trying to track it down this year. You just put the word “Hardie” into Sigma’s search field and find it instantly. Then it’s a snap to add it to your estimate.

4. You have massive reporting options

Some software packages let you create reports based on about a half-dozen categories like labor, material, equipment, subcontractors, rentals and so on. With Sigma, you can have all the categories you want.

Then you can sort for subcategories to give owners and clients extremely detailed views of specific portions of an estimate. If a hospital contractor needs a breakdown of operating rooms and pediatric ICUs, you have the tools to create reports slicing and dicing these data categories.

You can also create alternates — scenarios that help the owner compare costs with different products and materials. So, it’s quick and easy to tell how much it’ll cost to upgrade the floor tile from vinyl to ceramic or slate.

5. You can future-proof your skill set

Sigma integrates with PlanSwift for takeoff, Autodesk Revit for 5D BIM and the RSMeans construction database for the latest cost and materials information. We also can integrate Sigma into popular platforms like Microsoft Office and programs for ERP, accounting and document management.

Even if you don’t need these high-end functions for the estimates you build today, you probably will in the future. With Sigma, you’re always plugged into the latest waves of technology. That keeps you a step ahead of the competition.

See how Sigma works in this 30-minute webinar  

Bill Carey hosted a webinar in November 2018 that explained the main attractions of Sigma Estimates. Click this link to check it out.

Click here if you want to try Sigma – it’s free and with no obligations (but we know you’ll like it).

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