Integrated Project Workflow
Accubid Enterprise emulates the life cycle of a project, using logical business rules and centralizing the data. By using a project workflow approach, you can work within core aspects of the project whether in the estimating or change management phase. To enable consistent presentation, the estimate data is used as a baseline for any proposed change orders, where project managers quantify changes using the same methodology as the original bid. This provides faster and more accurate pricing of change orders without the need to set up systems or specifications.
With Enterprise's advanced multi-user capabilities, you can have multiple estimators working on the same estimate, at the same time, minimizing redundancy and increasing accuracy and efficiency. The system allows the maintenance of items and assemblies while estimates are being created, thereby eliminating any downtime.
The Power of a Spec-Driven Database
Accubid Enterprise includes specifications, assemblies and item libraries. Specifications hold key item property information including material description, attributes, and manufacturer, so you need only enter a few fields at time of takeoff. This flexibility reduces redundancy while providing detail and accuracy without sacrificing speed. For value engineering purposes, you can modify the spec to evaluate alternate scenarios.
Using an intuitive and customizable takeoff pad, you can click graphic shortcuts to quickly select items and assemblies for takeoff. This intuitive interface allows contractors to leverage the staff's time by allowing the delegation of more repetitive tasks and freeing up senior staff. One takeoff pad can serve several scenarios and lends itself well to touch screens.
Using current technologies, you can obtain up-to-date pricing for projects, including pricing from vendors not associated with pricing services. Reduce the burden and risk of manually entering prices at bid time by allowing vendors to see quantities so as to provide volume pricing.
Powerful and Granular Security
By defining user's access in the security manager, you can define who has access to what parts of the job on various levels. You can also define the access to personal and document folders. Leverage your junior estimators by granting them access to only their defined areas while maintaining data confidentiality and consistency.
To facilitate the development of the Schedule of Values, contractors have the ability to break an estimate down into any structure. Cost centers can also be quantified across the necessary breakdown categories, for both the client and the project manager.
Live Extensions and Calculation – with Pivot!
Bid updates are viewed in real time, allowing you to take off an item and immediately view the results in the bill of material and closeout screens without the need to run a report. Data validation also immediately informs you of any issues or conflicts in the takeoff. Speed up the process of obtaining and representing bid tendering information by pivoting the data to view it by breakdown category.
Assemblies are a powerful way to save time and maintain consistency in the takeoff process. In Accubid Enterprise, assemblies can be nested and can contain variables that ask you user-defined questions at the time you take off the assembly. Because the program contains assemblies that can be size-driven as well as spec-driven, the overall number of assemblies required is reduced, eliminating redundancy and reducing errors.
When presenting documents, Accubid Enterprise provides the tools to create professional reports to submit to owners. You can choose from a wide selection of standard reports included in the program or create your own company specific reports to cover data from areas within each module. Regardless of the method you use, the power lies in the reporting module's ability to aggregate and analyze data from across the entire project. You can also view internal costs as well as external costs when creating a Proposed Change Order Report.