"I’m a graduate of the Construction Management Engineering program at UNC Charlotte. During school, I had one class dealing with takeoffs, and one class dealing with estimating. Needless to say, I didn’t learn near enough in two classes to completely prepare me for the real world. Zach Burick (D.S. Duggins Welding Inc.)
Upon graduation, I was hired at the steel erection company that I interned with during college. After “getting my boots muddy” in the field during my internship, and for a short period after graduation, I was promoted to the estimator/project manager position. Initially, I was doing takeoffs on 24x36 drawings; “The old school way.”
I knew there had to be a better, faster, more economical way to do my job. That’s when I came across Bid Wizard and On Screen Takeoff. After watching the tutorial videos, I was interested to say the least.
Using On Screen Takeoff with Steel Erection Bid Wizard has made my job so much more productive. What used to take me a week to do, now may only take a few days. Once my takeoff is completed in On Screen Takeoff, I literally press one button on the keyboard, and my estimate is essentially completed.
I still like to take my quantities to my spreadsheet with my company’s unit prices just to compare with Bid Wizard. 99% of the time, the two estimates side by side are within 5% of one another.
The learning curve from looking at hard drawings with highlighters to digital drawings with a keyboard and mouse didn’t take long at all. Vince was actually in the area when we purchased OST and Bid Wizard, and he came by to give a quick introduction.
I’m really happy with the software I have in On Screen Takeoff and Bid Wizard."
D.S. Duggins Welding Inc.