Why are construction estimators not getting the right tools?

The estimator holds the key to the company safe. Getting bids right makes your career; getting them wrong gets you fired. And sometimes ends the life of the company. Yet studies show that many estimators could complete proposals 35-40% faster and more accurate with better tools. Why is it then, that estimators don’t use better tools?

Managers in construction need to get their estimators off excel. Easier said than done – but definitely possible. Staying with Excel simply creates too many (stupid) mistakes, hinders transparency, forces mind numbing reentry of data and has absolutely no automation or integration opportunity. It is a dead end. Move on or move over.

But how does one approach the process of changing tools in the estimating department? How do you specify demands for the new tools?

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