Estimator is the core of every one of our Solutions. Beginning with the digitized takeoff and concluding with printing the final tender, Estimator is just the tool you need to carry a tender from start to finish, no matter what your specialty.
Unroll your plan drawings and get to work—the Takeoff screen is where the whole process begins. With Estimator, the Takeoff is a simple matter of tracing over your plans, using a stylus pen and digitizer board to generate accurate measurements and quantities.
Estimator's Takeoff screen can handle multiple sheets, and works with any known scale. You'll have access to several different takeoff tools that enable you to easily digitize lines, areas and count items. And you can even customise all your line styles and symbols.
The Notepad is a quick-reference tool that lets you organise your Takeoff information in a basic spreadsheet format. It provides you with a list of all items included in the Takeoff, complete with quantities, units of measurement, and room for you to add any notations you feel are necessary.
A single mouse-click lets you sort these items as needed, convert items from one unit of measurement to another, or get sum totals for your quantities.
The Database is where Estimator stores all information related to your cost items. The database is completely customisable, which means you can build your database around your business practices, and not vice versa.
The database holds an unlimited number of cost items, and details for every single one of them can be readily edited to reflect changes in real-world costs.
Estimator's database is compatible with 3rd-party supplier databases—you can even import your old Excel spreadsheets. And of course, it's the perfect tool for tracking historical cost data.
As you might have guessed, the Estimate screen pulls together your quantities (generated in the Takeoff screen) and your cost item information (from the Database) to calculate your job totals.
But it also does much more than that—for example; the Global Update feature lets you quickly apply changes to broad classes of cost items, instead of forcing you to update each cost item individually.
You can allocate your financial cost items, either across all cost items or just across those that meet certain criteria.
And you can create sorts and filters based on just about any criteria you can think of.
Alternates are a great way to play the "what if" game, and show your clients the cost impacts of adding or removing particular cost items.
Simply add an alternate cost item, then change its status—"pending," "accepted," "rejected," etc.—as it moves through the approval process.
Once it's approved, it's immediately added to the estimate. There's no limit to the number of alternates you can consider and include, and all alternate cost items are fully customisable.
The Summary screen is where you can subtotal costs from your estimate, organised by work breakdown structure codes.
You have complete control over which codes to subtotal—choose whichever codes are most important to you.
The Summary screen also gives you the capability to set baseline costs and compare any changes in the estimate to those baselines.
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