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Estimating for Glass and Glazing

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WWW.ONCENTER.COM O N - SCR EEN TA K EO FF A N D Q UICK BID FO R G L AS S A N D G L A ZIN G 2 Page B efore digital te chnologie s, the rolling line a r sc ale, c olore d pe ncils, highlighte r s, le gal pads, a nd c alculator s we re the tools of the e stimator. A s the use of pe r sonal c ompute r s grew in busine s s, e stimator s re plac e d their c alculator s with ele c tronic sp re adshe ets, digital drawings, a nd spe cialize d for mula s. Ma ny c ontrac tor s still use traditional tools to ma nually pe r for m mate r ial take of f s a nd ge ne rate e duc ate d c ost "gue s stimate s" for their bids. Ma nual p roc e s se s a re time - a nd labor-inte nsive. Estimator s c a refully c omb through nume rous drawings spre ad acros s a table to tabulate window a nd spe cialt y gla s s door c ounts, some line a r fra ming c ompone nts, a nd the squa re footage. It take s substa ntial time a nd sk ill to dete r mine the re al value s due to unique c onditions a nd dra matic shape s whe re it is challe nging to me a sure c or re c t value s by ha nd. Contrac tor s inve st a lot of time a nd money into their take of f a nd e stimating p roc e s se s in the hope of winning bids. While ma nual p roc e s se s wor k, c ontrac tor s have double d their bid p roduc tion with O n - Scre e n Take of f a nd Q uick Bid. Bidding on more p roje c ts a nd delive r ing profe s sional package s le ads to winning more wor k . Manual processes are a drag on productivit y

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