Maxwell Systems Launches QuestMX 8.6 to

Program provides takeoff, earth-measuring and estimating in a seamless system.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Systems, Inc., a leading provider of complete construction business management software solutions, today announced the launch of Maxwell Systems(TM) QuestMX(TM) 8.6. This new release of Maxwell Systems' complete takeoff and estimating solution now delivers Estimator, Digital Takeoff, and Earthwork all in one seamless system, as well as capabilities for change order tracking, purchase order management, and proposal manipulation to compete on bid day.

Maxwell Systems QuestMX is ideal for residential, commercial, subcontracting, specialty, heavy/highway, underground utilities, and sitework contractors. Offering enhanced usability and lower cost of ownership while increasing speed and accuracy of takeoff and estimating, the QuestMX solution helps contractors improve productivity and profitability.

"With the Earthwork takeoff functionality now built into QuestMX along with Estimator, I can speed up the process of preparing estimates," explained Chris Hawkins, President of Hawkins Utilities, a Baltimore, MD construction company providing services for site grading, underground utility pipe, and roadwork. He's been a long-time Maxwell Systems estimating customer and believes that this latest release of QuestMX will help his company perform takeoffs and estimates more quickly and be able to price more projects.

"This release of QuestMX provides construction businesses with an unprecedented level of productivity and the critical tools needed to maximize profitability by increasing accuracy, identifying money that would be left on the table, and truly helping them do more with less," explained Jim Flynn, Maxwell Systems President and CEO. "We are committed to delivering solutions that help contractors save time and cut costs. To that end, QuestMX is designed to work seamlessly with Maxwell Systems job cost accounting solutions, which means contractors can experience a true end-to-end solution that works with construction's unique business processes. Contractors will gain increased accuracy, productivity, and visibility throughout the bid-to-cash cycle."

Maxwell Systems QuestMX now includes the following capabilities:

Earthwork and new Earthwork Digital Takeoff - QuestMX now incorporates Maxwell Systems' complete estimating solution for general sitework contractors, QuestMX Earthwork, which allows sitework contractors to precisely measure cut and fill quantities and calculate grade with utmost accuracy. New with the 8.6 release of QuestMX is Earthwork Digital Takeoff that contractors can use to eliminate the hassle or expense of working with bulky paper blueprints while they perform on-screen cut and fill takeoff; quickly identify borings, substrata, swell, and yield; identify amounts and types of materials that need to be moved; and easily verify takeoff to eliminate costly errors and ensure accuracy of quantities. Bid Day and Proposals - this new QuestMX feature allows contractors to quickly create proposals with ease. Pulling data seamlessly from the estimating process, this feature saves time by efficiently and accurately accumulating bid details to produce customized proposals with items, assemblies, and more. The new Bid Day functionality allows the user to easily manipulate a proposal's price on the fly, which helps to maximize time and effort to compete on bid day. Plus, QuestMX Bid Day and Proposals allows contractors to easily analyze current bid funnel to access active bids, pipeline activity, and profit margin. Change Orders - this new QuestMX feature automates the creation and tracking of change orders. Contractors now have a critical tool to efficiently identify and change requests, create and track change orders, and manage pending, internal, and contract change orders, which helps drive timely approvals and thus maximize the profitability of jobs, improve productivity, and save money on potentially costly mistakes. In addition, users can access real-time information to better manage the change order process and print change order documents/proposals by using the Bid Day and Proposals feature.Purchase Orders - this new QuestMX feature provides the necessary tools to easily and electronically create, track, and manage purchase orders for any job. Integrated with QuestMX Estimator, the solution is a robust toolset for the pricing, ordering, and delivery of goods. Contractors can stop overspending on individual job tasks with committed cost reporting of outstanding POs, as well as keep projects on schedule by efficiently tracking what materials have or have not been purchased or delivered to a job site. Ultimately, contractors using QuestMX Purchase Orders can work with great efficiency, minimize costs, and maximize purchasing power.

Hawkins elaborated: "Nowadays, companies are bidding many jobs and getting one contract from every 10 bids. The ability to prepare these estimates without printing out the entire set of plans or portions that don't pertain to our scope will be a huge cost savings in the long run. Also, using the new QuestMX Bid Day feature allows us to react quickly to negotiate projects as well as know what portions of the estimates are being affected by the adjustments made. Finally, QuestMX Change Orders will help us easily track status and job costs for change orders. I would certainly recommend this solution to any contractor -- with the current state of the economy and profit margins at their lowest in years, companies need to know their true cost to operate."

ABOUT QUESTMX

Maxwell Systems QuestMX is complete takeoff and estimating in one seamless system. The industry's premier estimating software, QuestMX Estimator provides user-friendly features such as digitized takeoff, comprehensive databases, customized and template estimates, and interactive 3-D Visual Assemblies. QuestMX Digital Takeoff allows contractors to achieve the most precise calculations for areas, lengths, and quantities and eliminate the cost and hassle of paper blueprints. QuestMX Earthwork is an earth-measuring program designed for all contractors who need to calculate cut and fill. Offering digitized and new digital takeoff, Earthwork helps contractors to ensure accuracy and profitability, minimize the ability of costly mistakes, and streamline processes for improved productivity.

ABOUT MAXWELL SYSTEMS

Maxwell Systems is a leading provider of integrated construction business management and property management software solutions and services. Founded in 1975, Maxwell Systems is dedicated to helping its 10,000 customers streamline their estimating, job cost accounting, and project management processes and improve profitability. To deliver true end-to-end control of critical business processes, the company's integrated product offerings include: American Contractor(TM), Management Suite(TM), StreetSmarts(R), QuestMX(TM) Estimating, and Estimation Logistics(TM). To further help customers grow their business while maximizing the return on their technology investment. Maxwell Systems provides comprehensive support and maintenance, training, and consulting. The company's headquarters are in King of Prussia, PA, with offices in Baltimore, MD, Fort Collins, CO, Santa Cruz, CA, and Sarasota, FL. More information is available at www.maxwellsystems.com.

(C) 2009 Maxwell Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Maxwell Systems, American Contractor, Management Suite, QuestMX, and Estimation Logistics are trademarks and StreetSmarts is a registered trademark of Maxwell Systems, Inc.

    Media Contacts:
    Andrea Frassoni, 
Maxwell Systems, Inc.
    800-688-8226, ext. 1240
    afrassoni@maxwellsystems.com
    Karen Higgins, A & E Communications, Inc.
    610-831-5723
    khiggins@aandecomm.com

SOURCE Maxwell Systems, Inc.

CONTACT:Andrea Frassoni, Maxwell Systems, Inc., +1-800-688-8226, ext. 1240, afrassoni@maxwellsystems.com; or Karen Higgins, A & E Communications, Inc., +1-610-831-5723, khiggins@aandecomm.com


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