With exceptions for extremely large companies or major rollouts, HeavyBid implementation does not typically require that the customer come to the HCSS offices. Instead, the majority of these implementations are done on-site at the customer’s offices.
At the onsite HeavyBid implementation, the HCSS trainer will work with you to conform your current estimating processes to fit them into your new estimating software, while setting up the HeavyBid system to fit your company’s needs.
HeavyBid Basic implementations typically require two days at your office. The HCSS trainer will spend day one discussing your current estimating format and your goals for using HeavyBid. He will do a quick overview of HeavyBid and explain the basic estimating concepts before setting up your Equipment, Labor, and Crews in your “Master” estimate and setting up calendars and standard labor overtime rules.
He will then demonstrate the activity and material codebooks, including importing any accounting codes readily available, before setting up employee codes and rates and finishing master estimate setup. After that, he will start to train your estimators by creating a new estimate based on one you have already bid.
On day two, the trainer will start another estimate to give estimators more practice inputting costs. He will go over the Bid Price and Check Estimate screens, as well as subs and reports, before printing final quotes and reviewing all topics.
This is, of course, a general idea of the training—each implementation is different based on your company’s needs and your estimators’ skill levels.
HeavyBid Advanced implementations require three days, while we ask that you set aside four days for HeavyBid Comprehensive implementation.
These implementations include the same discussions as the Basic training, with the addition of more in-depth training on the features of HeavyBid that are specific to the Advanced and Comprehensive systems, such as subdivided bid items, management of indirect costs, copy from bid history, and global edits.