Flexible Estimating Solutions

October 07, 2011

For a construction project to be successful, it needs to start off on the right foot—beginning with bidding, estimating, and takeoffs. Today’s construction firms are turning to software solutions that can help put their best foot forward from the beginning, by streamlining these processes and making them as accurate as possible.

Because today’s construction market is constantly changing, it is important builders and contractors turn to solution providers that continually add new functionalities and make new partnerships to enhance their offerings. Customers’ needs should help dictate content, form, and function.

On Center Software, www.oncenter.com, The Woodlands, Texas, is one provider of estimating and takeoff software that has continually kept its solutions up to par as the construction market demands it. At the core is the ability for builders and contractors to work more efficiently and increase the bottomline by reducing estimation time and allowing for more bids. An underlying value-add is the ability to create more accurate bids, which can also save time and money.

The company’s Quick Bid product automates processes that were once manual, allowing GCs (general contractors) to be thorough and efficient, plus make adjustments or recalculations with much less effort. 

This week On Center announced its latest upgrade—integration of commercial ceiling product and pricing data from Armstrong World Industries Inc., www.armstrong.com, Lancaster, Pa.—into Quick Bid. The two companies worked together to build data such as pricing, component lists, and installation instructions for hundreds of Armstrong ceiling materials into Quick Bid’s “Interiors Database.” 

The solution’s predefined database of vendor pricing for project materials is key to an accurate estimate. By combining On Center’s eQuote functionality with Armstrong product data, Quick Bid users will have the most accurate pricing to put into the hands of their potential customers, and hopefully, win more bids.

Especially when times are tough, winning jobs and finalizing bids accurately and efficiently is crucial for the construction industry. By starting jobs off right, contractors are more likely to succeed throughout the lifecycle of a project. The key is to find a solution that is as dynamic as the customers it serves.