Estimating Software overview
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All AccountPro Software comes with 90 days free software updates via download from our web and 30 days technical support via our web (email) from date of order and include a 300 plus page user guide in PDF format for each Software module ordered.
Handle takeoff and change orders with a multitude of costing, labor and markup options all from a single takeoff.
Flexible installation options (5 levels from easy to difficult) for each take off item and with totally user defined (material and labor) make this Software unique.
How often have you been asked by the Owner, Contactor, Architect or Mechanical Engineer for a breakdown but do not wish to show your true costs for material, labor or markup. Using either one of the AccountPro Estimating Software you can do so with just a few clicks and still keep your true costs for the estimate or change order. One of our clients mentioned that that feature alone was worth the purchase.
Also check out our Windows Electrical Estimating version and other Software such as Job Costing, Invoicing, Inventory Control and Purchase Orders at our site.
The construction estimating software program may be used to estimate residential home, commercial, industrial, institutional construction projects or manufacturing costs. Takeoffs are done using normal methods and entered into the estimating software program without adding totals first.
With the optional Job Costing module installed, management will be able to compare estimate costs (including labor hours) to actual costs and labor hours used, and what profit the job is generating on a job phase by job phase bases and job total.
The following is a summary describing some of the features of the Cost Estimating Software. Should you have further questions, please contact our office through one of the available contact options.
- The Construction Cost Estimating module may be used as a standalone module or interfaced with the Purchase Order and Job Costing Software.
- When used as a stand alone construction estimating Software, no other Software is required.
- The number of Estimates you may establish is unlimited as are the number of takeoff products you may place into each estimate.
- Distribution breakdown by division (job phase) and sub-division (job sub-phase) of takeoff products within any estimate is unlimited and are all user definable.
- On screen estimate inquiries include pop-up window selection of estimates for viewing, editing and entry of takeoff products.
- To speed up entry of takeoff products into an estimate, user definable settings may be used to bypass fields not normally required at time of entry, such as, for example, drawing number or reference number.
- Control is maintained by the estimator over unit costs, estimate labor units and factors.
- Quick changes may be made without the need to recalculate extensions, supplier discounts, overhead, profit, bonding, etc.
Estimating Master Estimate
- Each estimate master contains the following details:
- An estimate number of up to 8 alphanumeric characters
- A description of the estimate
- Number of units, such as, for example, square feet, meters, suites, etc.
- Unit description
- Estimate type, such as, for example, commercial, residential, industrial, manufacturing, etc.
- Construction Starting date
- Scheduled Completion date
- Client Name including:
- Business phone number
- Cellular number
- Residence phone number
- Fax number
- Tender Due date
- Estimator name
- Bond Required
- Labor Units used in this estimate represent:
- Quoted amount
- Contract details(Contract Amount, Date and Contract number) if estimate is accepted
Estimate Master Item Cost and Labor Database
- A construction cost database may be built without limitation to the maximum number of products the database may contain. Takeoff products may consist of actual products to be used in the estimate, contractor/sub-contractor quotations, supplier quotations, etc.
- Takeoff Items in the master database may be:
- Displayed in a pop-up window for editing or selection into an estimate.
- Added to as required without limiting the number of products the database may hold.
- On an Item by Item bases.
- Globally for each product within a Class.
- From supplier or manufacturer supplied CSV or ASCII file (requires optional Import Data module).
- Deleted if not required.
- Standard industry coding may be used in the construction cost estimating software module to identify products or defined by the estimator. Each product may consist of:
- A Product ID of up to 20 alphanumeric characters
- A description to 45 characters
- 3 costs per product (useful when pricing change orders)
- 5 labor units per product allowing for various levels of installation difficulty
- Separate conversion factors may be used on a per product bases for cost and labor, to convert, for example, feet to meters, meters to feet, yards to meters, etc.. allowing for standard published costs and labor units to be used without having to convert take-off units.
- The factor may also be used as a waste factor, for example, use 1.05 to allow for a 5% waste.
- Takeoffs are entered into the estimate on a line by line bases. Each takeoff line (in addition to takeoff item, quantity, cost and labor details) can track additional details in the takeoff:
- Takeoff Line number
- Change Order number
- Job Phase ID
- Sub Phase ID
- Drawing number
- Detail number from Drawing
- Building number
- Floor number
- Room number
- When printing or viewing a detailed takeoff report for the estimate, the report or view may be sorted by any of the above details making it easy to identify various sections of the takeoff either for corrections or verification of the takeoff.
- At time of entering takeoff products into an estimate, the estimator has a choice of using one of the cost columns 1, 2 or 3 as established in the Master Item Cost database, or override the cost for special, or quoted costs.
- When overriding established costs, the estimator has the option of entering a cost per unit, or total costs for the takeoff product and quantity entered.
- A special code may be used to indicate that the takeoff product(s) is supplied by others.
- For the labor component, the estimator has a choice of using one of the labor columns 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 as established in the Master Item Cost and Labor database, or override the cost for special, or quoted costs.
- When overriding established labor units, the estimator has the option of entering a labor unit for the take off quantity measure, or total labor for the takeoff product and quantity entered.
- A special code may be used to indicate that labor is supplied by others.
Labor and Material Distribution
- The estimate take-off may be broken down into as many divisions (job phases) and sub-divisions (job sub-phases) as the estimator defines. Divisions may represent trades, contracting out, sections of work, shop work, field work, supervision, or whatever the estimator defines. Divisions are pre-defined globally and do not have to be defined on an estimate by estimate bases. Once defined they are available to all estimates.
Tender Overhead / Profit Margins
- Separate overhead and profit margins are maintained for each estimate, and each change order within an estimate.
- Different overhead and profit margins may be applied to:
- Subtrade, subcontractor
- Changes to an estimate may be made at any time and as often as required. To keep track of changes to an estimate, the date and time of any changes made are recorded.
- Supplier discounts are maintained by Class. Using discounts by class allows for maintenance of costs using standard supplier pricing for products in the product master database, eliminating the need to manually convert published pricing to net costs, and also allowing for quick and easy last minute changes to net costs just before submitting final tenders.
Estimating Change Orders
- A change order estimate may be priced using regular supplier pricing with or without discounts, or by using special discounts for change orders, all without changing the change order takeoff, or pricing in the master cost database.
- Separate overhead and profit margins are maintained for each change order.
- Change orders may be printed in detail or in summary format with options to suppress the printing of unit costs, labor units, line totals, etc. Often breakdowns are required by the owner, architect or consultant and these option allow for varying degrees of detail to be printed based on what you wish to show, or not show, in the breakdown of the estimated change order.
- The Assemblies option may be used to create assemblies from any number of products (components) from the master product database. Entry of an assembly into the estimate will automatically place all of the required components into the estimate complete with pricing and labor units from the master takeoff product database.
- Cost levels may be predefined, for each of the components in the assembly, by one of 3 cost levels.
- Labor units may be predefined, for each of the components in the assembly, by one of 5 levels of installation difficulty.
- The construction estimating Software has numerous reports and each may be printed with or without suppliers discounts or taxes and reprinted with a different supplier discount all without changing the estimate (important when printing out change orders).
- Various details may be suppressed, such as, for example, costs and extended costs, when printing the estimate in case a copy of the takeoff must be provided to 3rd parties.
- Retains full detailed history of takeoff.
- Detailed takeoff reports may be sorted by any of the takeoff details making it easy to identify various sections of the takeoff either for corrections or verification of the takeoff.
- Print a breakout of the estimate take-off for any job phase and or sub-phase.
- Print a breakout of the estimate take-off for any building, room, floor or drawing number.
Estimate Bill of Material (BOM)
- From the construction estimating Software a bill of material may be printed with, or without estimated costs ready to fax to suppliers to obtain quotations. Great time saver when quotations are needed, either before or after tendering an estimate.
- Options available allow a bill of material to be broken down by:
- Material Class
- Drawing number
- Subdivision or subtrade
- Change Order number
Estimate Audit Trail
- A comprehensive audit trail is maintained indicating details such as, for example, drawing number, reference, division, sub-division, takeoff sequence line number, date & time of takeoff entry, date and time takeoff sequence line number has changed, etc.
- Full detail is kept for each estimate for as long a period as the user wishes to keep an estimate on file.
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