How Seacon Construction Cut Estimating Time by 50%

Jul 12, 2018

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A concrete and masonry contractor serving Santa Barbara and Ventura County since 1980, Seacon Construction is known for high-end residential and commercial brick, stone, paving, and veneer work. It’s a progressive well-run company that relies on technology tools of the trade – like Sage Estimating, eTakeoff Dimension, and eTakeoff Bridge – to stay ahead of the competition.

Let’s take a closer look at how they leveraged technology to modernize their estimating process and slash the time to produce estimates by an additional 50%.

A Modern Approach to Estimating

“We started using Sage Estimating back in the late 1990s,” recalls Michael Seay, president of Seacon Construction. “Before that, all my estimating was done by me, by hand, and it was very time consuming.” That’s when the company implemented Sage Estimating. He says, “I believe in investing in technology that allows our people to be better and more efficient at their jobs. The productivity gains from implementing Sage Estimating were considerable. It was—and is—the best estimating software on the market, by far.”

Bridging the Gap

While the electronic estimating and takeoff tools freed Seay’s time to build the business, there was one piece lacking – true integration between Sage Estimating and the company’s digital takeoff software. “We were manually keying our takeoff quantities into Sage Estimating which not only took time, there was also plenty of opportunity for error. When I heard about eTakeoff Dimension and eTakeoff Bridge, I was immediately intrigued,” Seay says.

Working hand in hand, eTakeoff Dimension is a leading electronic takeoff solution while eTakeoff Bridge automatically sends takeoff quantities calculated by eTakeoff Dimension to the estimate, eliminating the need for manual data entry.

More Efficient Estimating

“I created and refined all of our assemblies in Sage Estimating to bring consistency and accuracy to the process,” Seay says. “And those assemblies are now available to us during takeoff. It makes the process much more seamless and efficient.”

By streamlining and standardizing estimating tasks through the use of Sage Estimating, eTakeoff Dimension, and eTakeoff Bridge, Seay says he is able to hire less tenured, and therefore less costly, employees to perform the task.

The efficiency also leads to faster, more accurate estimates. “When combined with Sage Estimating and eTakeoff Dimension, eTakeoff Bridge reduces the time it takes to produce an estimate by an additional 50 percent,” says Seay. “It paid for itself within a few short weeks.”

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