My name is Vince Hughes, I just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself and my company Steel Estimating Solutions. I have been in the industry since I was 17 years old, so needless to say it is in my blood. My father started a Steel Erection Company 30 years ago, after being in the industry for 20 plus years. I went from apprentice to journeyman to foreman to general foreman. Must say for about the first 10 years I felt like the redheaded stepchild, my dad cut me no slack; at the time I hated it but in time, I came to appreciate it. Those who are a SOB (son of boss) know what it’s like, the old school treatment set me up to move to that next level. We ran up to 160 Ironworkers and did 8 to 15 Million in annual sales.
After 15 years in the field, I was brought into the office and was taught how to estimate the Old School way. After a couple of years of proving myself I was handed over that portion of the company. At that point, although old school is good, I knew there had to be a better way and started doing some research, and went with On Screen Take Off. The ease and quickness that OST provides for doing take offs is unmatched. After mastering OST I started to research programs to make the estimating side easier and found that there was not really anything on the market for Steel Erection. I did find a few programs that I tried out that were just not set up for my needs as an Erector. At this point I decided to start creating my own, an over the years, with help from others in the industry, have developed what I now call the Steel Erection Bid Wizard. Once the Steel Erection program was perfected, we created a Metal Building one as well, which is now called the Metal Building Bid Wizard.
In March of 2012 we got tired of beating our head against the wall and were at a good stopping point, so we made the tough decision to get out of the business. Must say there are days I miss it. Steel Erection is all I know; after the dust settled I was sitting back wondering what to do with myself and started doing some research on Steel Erection Estimating Programs. I found that there were still none on the market, hence Steel Estimating Solutions was born. Since January 2013 (as of December 17th 2013) I have over 90 Erectors using the Steel Erection Bid Wizard and love hearing from them saying they cannot believe how close it is to what they are currently doing, but so much faster.
Onward & Upward
Take a look at this video and you will see what I mean. I have now added a Scheduling component to S.E.B.W. so now upon doing your takeoff and entering it into the Steel Erection Bid Wizard you will immediately have your Steel Erection Duration built into a schedule that is ready to hand to the General Contractor. I have also added a Schedule of values sheet that will come in very handy when it comes time for billing. Watch the video below to see a demonstration.