Stack Assemblies for Unlimited Flexibility and Speed
Assemblies can be nested within one another. In other words, one assembly can be a line item in another assembly. This means that when you update the component costs or labor productivity in a basic assembly that is used by several other assemblies, those assemblies' unit costs change automatically.
Start with Spreadsheets, then Buy the Software
Most all of the preparation work can and should be done with spreadsheets. Only after your spreadsheets have been fine tuned are you really ready to buy your estimating package of choice.
The magic of estimating software is not the bells and whistles. It is assemblies. You don't need fancy software to set assemblies up but once you get them set-up do flip over to a comprehensive software package that will store your estimates easily and broadcast your line item cost updates as your supply prices change.
Assemblies make estimating quick and easy. They allow for incredibly fast updating. They can drop out line item budgets at the click of a button. They are truly amazing and well worth the time to set up.
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