360 Difference Estimating

A Cross Platform Mac, Windows, iOS, and Web Based Estimating Program
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Estimating-SliderGraphic360 Difference: Estimating is one of the modules in our suite of FileMaker database tools that works as a stand alone program that allow you as a contractors to produce precise accurate estimates for the the task work being performed your particular company’spersonnel with data you’ve built based on your own company’s compensation structure, productivity rates, and material costs.

In much the same manner as it works with your internal cost structure it also allows you track and build and file of production costs from your subcontractors and other external suppliers too.

It’s one of the very few estimating programs out there that is designed to run on either the Macintosh or Windows platforms and if that wasn’t enough it can also be remotely hosted and worked on from any location with an internet connection too.

360 Difference: Estimating is intended to help you:

  • Prepare a precision estimates for projects in the shortest possible time.
  • Eliminate the repetition of searching through price lists and installation rates.
  • Minimize the risk of errors with extending and adding up columns of figures.
  • Offer consistent reliable pricing to your clients.
  • Reducing the time you spend estimating and give you more time to think about of how you are going to win or sell the job.
  • Help you produce and submit more estimates.

In short it’s a rich, robust, scalable, network enabled, and customizable estimating solution.

Estimating Dashboard

The 360 Estimating Dashboard

The 360 Estimating Dashboard is your starting place that displays a list of the estimates you have to work on along with the most recent and urgent To Do List Items you’ve created while estimating and a list of the notes you have attached to any of the records in the various database tables.

On the right hand side of the screen is dual portal that displays buttons that take you to the List View screens of all the tables in the module or displays buttons of the common task you perform while estimating to put you in the right place and get you started without wasting anytime poking around.

Estimating Labor Cost View

The Estimate Worksheet: Labor Cost View

The Estimate Worksheet: Labor Cost View is essentially a pre-programmed spreadsheet where you point and click to enter cost information. You can select cost data to include in your estimate from three different sources. A cost book that contains cost for work done by you or your own personnel or a cost book that contains costs for work done by third party sub contractors or straight material cost from a materials cost database. A pre-selected markup you’ve set up is then automatically applied to the totals for Labor, Materials, and External (subcontracted) costs giving you a contract price for the project. You can also enter data manually into the lines in the estimate if none of the data you have in your cost books fits the component or project your estimating. All all the line items are color coded to help the estimator identify just where the data he or she selected came from. (i.e. pale blue signifies the value came from the Internal Production Costs database, pale yellow signifies the value came from a sub-contractors quote on a RFP, and aqua indicates it’s a straight materials cost from the Material database and the selected colors are user modifiable).

Estimating Tag Allowances View

The Estimate Worksheet: Tag Allowances View

The Estimate Worksheet: Tag Allowances View: With a quick click you can shift views from the Estimate Labor Cost View to a view where you can then tag the items you want to be considered as allowances in your proposal. And you can tag the labor cost, the material cost, or the sub cost or any combination of the three . And if you want to work on just the items you tagged as allowance you can click again to a window where just the tagged items will appear.

Estimating Price View

The Estimate Worksheet: Price View

The Estimate Worksheet: Price View: Another quick click you can shift to the Estimate Price View where each line item is displayed as the marked up Price you will be charging your client for that particular line item.

This is a particular handy view to have when discussing changes with a client that can be made to the project and project estimate and how they will affect the price of the project to them. You don’t have to take your costs and apply your markup or markups to the individual line items it’s already been done for you.

Estimating Contacts & Assets View

Estimate Contacts & Assets

Estimate Contacts & Asset: Keep a Contact List specific to your Estimate and Project right inside your estimate file so they are right there where you need them as you’re working on the estimate and you won’t need to switch to another application.

Additionally you can also keep inside your estimate file all the supporting digital documents you need to produce that estimate such as photos, excel and word documents, plan PDFs, quicktime movies and more.

Create A New Materials Record For Use In This Estimate

You can create a New Material Record for the use in an Estimate on the fly if no such item appears in your Material Database. And that Material Record will appear in your Materials Database for future use in other Estimates.

Several Work Packages or Estimate Groups Go Totgether To Make Up A Estimate

You can create new Work Packages or Estimate Groups in the Estimate Group Tab.

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