As the sole estimator at LHC, Inc. in Kalispell, Montana, Dave Steely is able to bid between $150-$200million per year. How does he bid this volume of work alone? Time saving features in HCSS’s estimating software HeavyBid make it easy to build DOT estimates in just minutes.
As a user of HeavyBid for over 13 years, Steely knows the features that make his job as estimator fast and easy. “I recently set up a bid item codebook to tie into our DOT projects,” said Steely. “With a combination of the bid item code book and library estimates, I was able to have it so when I pull in a DOT job, it builds 90% of the estimate. I don’t have to go into each activity and create each line. It’s a huge time saver.”
A typical one hundred line item DOT estimate would typically take a full week to bid. Entering all the line items and building it could take a day and a half to two days. “Being able to download all that stuff in a few seconds saves you a day or so doing just that and is a big help,” says Steely.
Other shortcuts in the system also streamline and speed up his estimating process. “I’ve set numerous things up for mobilization items and for large items such as our own crusher and asphalt plants. I can put those items into the library estimate with one line item in the bid item library and when I need that in a bid, I just go in and pull that out. There’s 15 items in there and in a couple of seconds, you have it set up,” continued Steely.
As a long time customer of HCSS, Steely is very satisfied with HeavyBid as a program. “Its versatility and ease to set up how you want it just sets you apart from everyone else.”