Vico Guest Blogger Series

Reuse - Reduce - Recycle Good Construction Estimating

Posted by Holly Allison on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 08:16 AM

We are all familiar with the green recycle logo with the three arrows forming a triangle.  Reduce, reuse, recycle is their mantra.


Recycle Logo explains construction estimating budget


Think about that virtuous cycle when you consider how today’s Estimator develops feasibility budgets, conceptual estimates, full-blown estimates, and project budgets.  Data from past projects should be reused to inform new bids.  Time to build those estimates should be reduced because the structure is templatized into a corporate standard.  And the intellectual property in the project budgets (the geographically-specific material, equipment, and labor costs) should be recycled and exploited.


That’s exactly what we showed during this archived Fridays with Trimble webinar – download the recorded webinar and share it with your team.


Trimble Buildings highlighted a powerful new integration for construction teams between Modelogix for analyzing cost histories, WinEst estimating, and Prolog project management.  In this webinar we saw the entire workflow from cost model generation to cost plan development and final estimate to tracking each line item in the budget through to completion on the jobsite and then capturing that completed project cost data for new feasibility budgets.  This means that all the precision that went into the WinEst project estimate is tracked with Prolog’s laser-like system of record…from the design to the field to close out and harnessed in Modelogix so the data can be sliced and diced…so that it can be leveraged when the Owner calls with a new project idea and asks for a feasibility budget.


And for you process geeks out there, here’s the workflow diagram…


Modelogix Winest Prolog estimating data workflow


Tags: conceptual estimate, prolog, WinEst, modelogix, construction estimating worfklow, trimble buildings, feasibility budget, project budget