Software Advice, a company that helps people find the right software for their companies, recently published the results of its survey on estimating software. It heard from 202 construction professionals from a variety of trades and company sizes to understand the use and effectiveness of construction estimating software. Its key findings include the following:
Users of construction estimating software produce faster and more accurate bids. Companies that use construction estimating software under- and overestimate projects less often than spreadsheet users. They also have shorter bid turnaround times.
Construction estimating software users report fewer challenges with their system. Specifically, 72% of construction estimating software users say their system rarely makes bidding on projects difficult. Meanwhile, 46% of spreadsheet users report their system often makes bidding on projects difficult.
These results were more pronounced among medium- and large-sized companies. Software Advice found that there is greater opportunity for construction estimating software to improve efficiency at larger companies. Meanwhile, for smaller companies, simple tools such as spreadsheets prove satisfactory for cost estimating.
To read all of the survey results, click on: http://blog.softwareadvice.com/articles/construction/2013-construction-estimating-software-userview-0913/