How to Prevent Losses on Construction sites through Estimating

How to Prevent Losses on Construction sites through Estimating

If you are an estimator, chances are that you have been given the speech about how you are the only one in the company, who has the power to singlehandedly bankrupt it. Although it’s a bit extreme, there is no doubt that estimators hold a major key to the success of a firm; they forget something or make a big enough mistake, it could be enormously costly for the company. It is very common for construction companies to see regular…

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BIM 360 App – Sigma Estimates 3D 5D Cost Model Builder

BIM 360 App – Sigma Estimates 3D 5D Cost Model Builder

Construction is so much more than the execution of design. It’s a complicated, labour intensive and highly complex process to bring a construction project to life. There is – what sometimes feels like – an never-ending stream of documents and demands; requirements from the owners, conceptual models and documents from architects and engineers, then the General Contractors take those to create even more documents and requirements – and the same for subcontractors and trades. Thousands of pieces of information and…

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Leveraging Templates in Sigma

Leveraging Templates in Sigma

Templates are an incredibly useful way to save time when making estimates with Sigma. In fact, we’ve regularly seen companies use them internally as a way to share knowledge. Templates include several aspects of the project, including a breakdown structure that you can use as a starting point. If you regularly do the same type of projects, the template can include profit, overhead, and margins. It might just be a matter of adjusting quantities and deleting items that aren’t relevant…

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Making the Most out of Estimate Breakdowns

Making the Most out of Estimate Breakdowns

We are often asked if there is a good method for breaking down a construction project. There are many ways to work with estimates, but first and foremost, you have to make sure you include everything. Because construction projects are complex, it helps to break them down into much simpler pieces. Sigma offers a number of functionalities to help you break down your project in ways that make sense to you. For example, you can break down projects in Sigma…

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Save time with a tool built to support your specific needs

Save time with a tool built to support your specific needs

In our view, software only works to help users if it really understands what it’s trying to solve. We specifically set out to build a platform that makes it possible to deliver successful construction projects for all levels of users. Take Excel, for example, which is a very general purpose tool. It wouldn’t understand if the user is making a document for a construction project or a questionnaire. Therefore, it can’t assist you with the goals involved in your work….

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How to Avoid Mistakes While Breaking Down Workflow

How to Avoid Mistakes While Breaking Down Workflow

Breaking down the workflow for a construction estimate requires consistency and accuracy. That’s why it’s extremely important to use the intuition and experience you’ve gained from completing previous construction projects. Although Sigma gives you flexibility on how to break down a structure, sometimes you’re given a specific structure that you have to use. In that case, you need to make sure not to fall into the common trap of forgetting something in the estimate. Another common mistake is trying to…

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