Surveying & Estimating Software for the Construction Industry
Win contracts using Summit 50 software designed for construction companies.
Summit 500 streamlines the estimating and surveying process by making it easy to create estimates, update pricing information, compare resources, and more. Learn how Summit 500 from RedSky can help your construction organisation become more efficient and take on more projects.
Construction Estimating Software Capabilities:
Using Summit 5000, your team can easily import estimate data into the module. This user-friendly process saves vital time at the beginning of the estimating process and allows the estimator to commence pricing at an earlier stage. Customer or QS data can be imported in CSV orCITE format.If you’re using hard copy documents, you can import images using specially our designed scanning and imaging routine.
Estimate Production: Libraries
With this system, wasted time and duplicate work becomes a thing of the past. Once you import the estimate data, the system maintains one copy to ensure users work from the same source. However, Summit 500 allows for multi-user access, so multiple estimators can price different elements of the same job at the same time. Price increases can be fed into the system as required, keeping pricing information as up to date as possible. To make it even easier for your team to complete estimates, the system is also accessible through a web browser for interrogation purposes.
Settings are adjustable, so you can allow estimators, buyers, surveyors and all members of the contract team access to the data. Database access can be limited to read-only or barred completely, and regional variations can be catered for.
The system’s simple search structure makes it easy for team members to find individual pricing information, and most team members can efficiently use the system with little training or induction.
The libraries are flexible, making it easier for estimators to build up bids. The system features various pricing modes, which allow your team to quickly enter one-off rates and lump sum entries when required.
Estimators can create user-defined screens, allowing them to see customized views of centrally-held data. These screens integrate with other desktop applications, such as Microsoft Excel, to streamline the estimating process. Using these tools, estimators can eliminate mistakes and highlight elements of the estimate that require further attention, such as unpriced or partly priced items.
As the estimate is compiled, the system builds up resource lists. Throughout the estimate process, estimators can globally adjust these lists, update prices, and quickly make specification changes. With multi-user access, all departments can simultaneously work on the same estimate in real time. Instead of waiting for tasks to be completed, all departments can efficiently complete the necessary sections of the estimate and get it out the door faster.
Tender Overview and Summaries
Last minute pricing changes or adjustments can be made using a simple keystroke, ensuring bids against a tender deadline are as up to date as possible and accurately recorded. If further adjustments and negotiations are required, users highlight updated information, allowing for faster and more informed decisions to be made.
Quickly calculate and distribute Profit and Overheads in a number of ways. Using this feature, the final tender meeting decisions can be made using more accurate information and parties can view all implications should the job be won.
Reporting Systems For Construction Companies
This module provides standard reports that break down all elements of the data held in the system. With Crystal Reporting, users can edit and amend standard reports to suit individual company requirements. Your organisation can completely customize the presentation of the reports, and new reports can be added using your preferred template. Some of the most popular features of the reporting module include:
Supplier and Subcontractor Comparisons
Supplier and subcontractor comparisons can be used as both an estimating tool and also as a contract management and procurement tool.
Supplier and subcontractor records are held in a central shared location, allowing your organisation to use, maintain, and update a common database for procurement, estimating and accounts functions.
Each record holds vital account information including basic details, locations, trades, product range and performance criteria. This feature can be used to interrogate the database to quickly find supplier and subcontractor information.
Estimates can be easily tagged or marked up to generate trade packages for both material and subcontractor enquires and comparisons.
Streamline your construction company’s process of sending and controlling enquiry documents by generating custom forms. The system offers a variety of formats to meet your needs, making it easy to manage the enquiry process and delegate tasks to members of the estimating or contract team. Even better, your team won’t have to manually generate enquiry letters. Mail merging in Microsoft Word automatically generates enquiry letters to the selected suppliers and subcontractors. The system will produce address labels and envelopes if the documents are being posted, or enquiries can easily be faxed or emailed. To reduce paper waste, only the items selected for quotation are printed.
Comparison Module for Quotes
Analyze, compare, and adjust any quote received for each trade or product group using the Comparison module. The module includes quote leveling, which can be carried out automatically or with user input. In the case of subcontractors, the module can identify what elements are quoted for in terms of labour, material plant, etc.
With what-if scenario functionality, your team can more accurately select quotes and assess risk. If the estimate becomes a contract, comparison records are maintained and available to the contract team to carry out further comparisons and include quotations from additional suppliers or subcontractors. This reduces the confusion and misinformation that sometimes accompanies the transition from estimating phase to the contract phase.
Multi-user capability allows comparisons and the estimate to be worked on simultaneously – again, making the best use of the time and resources available.
The Planning module allows you to utilize existing estimating documentation and build up a true picture of how the construction project will proceed. You can customize the build up’s details to establish a set of cost heads and associated budgets that the contract team will report on throughout the project.
The caliber of the process and tools your organisation uses to win work are critical. However once the work is won, these systems often lack the ability to support the contract management, buying and QS functions that are vital to deliver on time and to budget. The Planning module supports your team throughout the entire process. The system will import the estimates and associated resource libraries / budgets from most well-known third party systems so your team can stay on track.
Post Tender Adjustment
Post tender adjustment can be made using a full suite of Estimating functions including the ability to:
- Create and view Libraries, Bill Pricing and Resource Comparison
- Work with multiple estimate files and copy existing estimate files to create revisions
- Maintain central resource libraries for LMPS
- Trade tag and Time code estimates
- Amend buildup of items
- Add new items
- View and print entire bills, sections and pages
- Generate mini bills for Material, Plant and Subcontractor pricing enquiries
- Manage quotes and perform comparisons
Manage and log Variation Orders by type or source. Your organisation can define the approval workflow, including sign off and Contract budgeting.
Enjoy effortless scheduling by creating timetabled buy lists. Simply import bill Export time tags and associated resources to project scheduling needs. The Planning module can import scheduled time tags from several software options, including Microsoft, Project & Primavera. Once you’ve imported the data, you can raise Material Requisitions/ Orders by time tag or resource type.
Once the plan is complete and set budgets are agreed upon, you can link the estimate document to a contract. As the budgets change during the project, you can update the contract analysis at any time.
Multiple Budget Sets
Multiple budget sets can be held, allowing you to compare original and re-forecasts over the project periods. Throughout the project’s life, your team can use the contract to manage the collation of commitment, cost commitment, cost and comparison to budget. You’ll also be able to define a contract-specific cost analysis based on contract type, or by using the system’s set of resources, including activity resource and analysis.
Find out more about Estimating & Surveying or any of RedSky’s construction-specific software solutions.