We use EBM also. I like it.nbjeeptj said:I have used EBM by Vision infosoft for about 15 years now. I was taught to estimate by my previous employer the old school method of hand calculating material cost and labor cost for every item from my takeoff. After I had a real good grasp on the old school method of about 1 year of experience they let me start using EBM. I think for any estimating software to work good you need the basic understanding of estimating, that way you will know if something is not calculating correct in the program. I have been in business now for 13 years, and spent the money from day one to buy EBM since that was what I was used to. I upgraded about a year ago to the onscreen takeoff version of EBM and I would never look back. It was real expensive, but worth every penny. I am not a salesman for EBM but if you are looking into software you may want to choose one that has the upgrade to an on screen take off. That way when you decide to go that way you will not have to learn entirely new software, just the onscreen version. When I looked into the onscreen there were several players in that market. I was talking to my old boss that taught me to estimate years ago and the decided to change from EBM to Acubid with their version of onscreen. He said the learning curve was rough (because they used EBM for so long) but he likes it just as good now.
What type of work are you doing?I have had an online demo with Vision Infosoft for their electrical bid manage plus, and Conest for their Intellibid.
I was very impressed with the Conest system. It seemed put together very well and all the different sections worked and linked together great.
The Sure count system which is their onscreen takeoff worked great.
Any one have experience with either product?
I also had a demo of the Red Rhino system which i did not care for.
Search the internet. Compare cost of software and determine what you really need. Just do not pay out too much, you may not need a very high end program. I did see a lot of links on electrician's toolbox site. It seems that programs are offered for a low cost to very high. Hope this helpsHi Guys,
We are a small shop, currently 6 guys. We are starting to look for an estimating program. Can anyone recommend a system that is easy to use and has good customer support?