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Are you comfortable with Excel but wish it could more easily create, manage and integrate detailed project estimates, using cost-knowledge management?  What if you could leverage a company’s project-cost history and ties seamlessly to data from Excel?

With thousands of users world-wide, Trimble WinEst estimating, is considered one of the most powerful database-driven solutions on the market.

The key to its popularity is that it looks and feels just like Excel with familiar Windows navigation, including drop-down menus and ribbon bars.

Behind the covers of the Excel-like interface is a powerful database, flexibly presented with multiple work-breakdown structures (WBS) and filters. Even the filters can be customized to your firm’s preferences so that estimating data can be sliced and diced and presented in any way, shape or form.

WinEst estimates can be standardized for multiple project types so that your team always delivers polished, professional estimates that reflect your corporate brand. The estimate templates are not just skin deep – it extends to the item and assembly level, as well as to labor and equipment rates, including base rates and benefit rates. With this level of detail, your company’s intellectual property is well-protected. Should a key employee leave, they’re not take the estimating expertise with them – it is encapsulated with your templates. This protection is far better than relying on five-year-old spreadsheets riddled with assumptions and broken links. Now you can standardize estimating best practices for all your project types and self-perform work.

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In this 12-minute conversation, BuildingPoint Florida sits down with Steve Watt, Market Manager for Trimble’s Cost Estimating Solutions to discuss the concept surrounding database-driven cost estimating.