Estimating Software Built for General Contractors
Built-In Benefits for General Contractors
Sigma automatically takes care of things behind the scenes when you import building sections from existing projects, and estimates for new building sections are easily produced.
Sigma simplifies the sharing of proposals and estimates, enhancing cooperation and communication between partners in the office and on site. Everyone receives the information they need, providing transparency across the project.
With Sigma it is straightforward to review and adjust your pricing proposal. When you are ready to send it, Sigma speeds up the process by allowing you to save, print and attach a Summary sheet, cover letter, material supply lists and other necessary documents.
Sigma lets you create a 5D model directly from a 3D model in BIM 360 or Revit through a real time Live Link – in one click! With this unparalleled digital tool, you gain a quick and easy way to create a full 5D BIM/VDC model, budget or cost estimation together with your 3D model.
“Sigma is a fast, flexible and precise tool in contrast to, for example, a spreadsheet. It is possible to reuse actual data from previous projects, and there is a direct link to the standard local cost databases, like RSMeans or Molio”
Director of Digital Innovation, Ramboll
“Whether you’re a small construction company with a few employees or you’re a large and growing business like Per Aarsleff, Sigma is the ideal construction project estimation software.”
Divisional Manager of Construction, Per Aarsleff
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Questions Frequently asked
Sigma is the estimating tool you have always wanted
With Sigma, you can estimate construction projects in the same logical way you would build them. Estimates for each building section are created separately, and the project is automatically summarized on the built-in Summary sheet, giving you an overview of the entire project, without you having to write as much as a single formula.
Sigma takes the difficulty out of setting up estimates and pricing proposals. Instead of spending hours writing formulas that link through lots of tabs in a conventional spreadsheet, you can compile estimates of each building section separately, and automatically get a summary from the built-in Summary sheet.
Start with the structure
You start by specifying the building structure, for example by entering the dimensions of a floor, roofing section or wall etc. Sigma gives you an overview, so you can check you have included all the parts required, and then material quantities can be pulled in from the drawings in the CAD program.
Add the detail of your estimates
You can then begin to add the pricing details and material quantities for each section, working in the same methodical way as you would if you were building it. This logical workflow gives you confidence that nothing is missing, and saves you hours of work.
Review your estimates on the Summary sheet
As you complete price and quantity details for individual building sections, the total price of the construction project is automatically summarized on the Summary sheet. From here you can drill back down into the pricing details for each section if you wish.
Easily make last-minute adjustments
The Summary sheet summarizes material quantities, cost prices, profit margins and more. With all this information presented in one place, it is easy to give targeted discounts or adjust the project’s total amount to match a competitor’s price. This is all done without triggering an avalanche of manual recalculations because Sigma automatically updates all the numbers, right down to the individual building sections.
Provide everyone with the details they need
When the estimate is finalized, and the price agreed, you can save, print, attach and send the pricing summary, details, material supply requirements, notes, and other required documents all with the click of a button. This gives everyone on the project the information they need in the format they need it in.
Reuse existing estimates or build your own database
When you have finished and saved an estimate, you can reuse these estimates for new construction projects by importing building sections from an existing project into a new one. You do not need to update any formulas because Sigma does it for you – the only thing you need to change is the pricing and quantity.
In this way, you will gradually build your own database of estimates for building parts that you regularly use. Then you have them ready for the next construction project you need to estimate in Sigma.
Sigma makes your life so much easier.
Try Sigma for free
With Sigma, you get free support always! When you’ve filled out the form, we send you an onboarding email followed by useful links and resources to help you along the way.
Please note your trial includes sample cost data from BNi and RSMeans and you can add our free integrations (PlanSwift, BIM360 and Revit) to your trial account to understand full capabilities of Sigma.
For any questions, call us at 1 877 657 4462 (toll free) or 1 646 790 7158 or email [email protected]