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#8471 - 03/22/02 06:11 PM Bidding Software?
golf junkie Offline
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Registered: 04/22/01
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Loc: York, NE
Pricing/bidding/estimating seems to be the topic of the week....so I'll throw my question into the mix.

We just finished our largest bid ever, (won't know the results 'til next week), the bid is approximately 750k. And we did it all with paper and pencil!

For those who are involved with bidding medium sized commercial buildings.....

What bidding software have you used and what do you like best?

What other shortcuts do you recommend?

TIA

GJ

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#8472 - 03/22/02 06:23 PM Re: Bidding Software?
The Watt Doctor Offline
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Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 435
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
If I was going to buy an estimating program, it would be "Accubid". They have a web site. I built my own program using Microsoft Excel. As I stated in the other thread, I will send it to you if you are interested. I have used it to bid $1.5 million dollar jobs.

Estimatological Regards,
Doc
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#8473 - 03/22/02 06:40 PM Re: Bidding Software?
golf junkie Offline
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Loc: York, NE
Doc,
Thanks for the offer.....PM sent.

GJ
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#8474 - 03/22/02 09:50 PM Re: Bidding Software?
wirewiz Offline
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Registered: 01/27/02
Posts: 122
Loc: WA.
I have used Conest [url=HTTP://WWW.CONEST.COM][url=HTTP://WWW.CONEST.COM][url=HTTP://WWW.CONEST.COM]HTTP://WWW.CONEST.COM[/url][/url][/url] for about the last 4 years, it works well for me. It was also the one I learned on. You can customize it to suit your needs and you can also update all of your prices through trade services.
You can adjust all of your labor factors and material prices during your take-off and customize your bid recap sheet. All of the items are categorized in a library format which makes locating them pretty simple. You can also make your own items and assemblies that you can use for the job you are bidding on or keep them for future jobs. It is a bit on the expensive side though. I have also used Pulsar which is basically a means database and it seems very cumbersome to me. Another I have tried is Visions Software, for a very short time though so I don’t feel I could give a fair analysis on it. Remember when you use these that you get out what you put into them. Spend sometime tweaking them before you start bidding with them. Most of the companies have classes you can attend which helps you understand there product. I highly recommend going to one of these after you have used it for a few weeks.
Bill

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