HeavyJob may have been designed for crews, foremen, and project managers, but estimators can also use it to help improve bids and communicate with the field.
Here are three ways that HeavyBid and HeavyJob work together to improve the relationship between your office and field.
History of achieved productions — Estimators can click the binoculars button in HeavyBid to see all of the production histories by cost code that are recorded in HeavyJob. They can then include or exclude jobs to find similar work, and find the most relevant, achievable production for that work. The estimator can also copy the achieved production rates directly into the notes section on HeavyBid to justify their work. This is especially useful for younger estimators, who can use production histories to show where they got their numbers.
Daily feedback to/from the field — Once you win a job, the estimator’s notes, crews, and production rates can be easily viewed in HeavyJob so the foreman can understand what the estimator was expecting to happen. If something doesn’t line up, the foremen and estimator can talk about the issue and either correct the work the crews are doing, or educate the estimator about how the work is performed to improve future estimates.
Change orders — If you have changes large enough to require estimates, you can make the estimates in HeavyBid and transfer them directly into HeavyJob.
If you happen to be both the estimator AND the project manager, HeavyJob can help you better manage your projects.
“I’m able to job cost daily per activity, including subs, materials, and rented equipment,” said Jordan Gall, project engineer for Teichert Pipelines. “This feature allows me to stay ahead of budgeting and cost forecasts. The best part is that time saved from traditional forecasting processes allows for better management of a project.”