Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Virtually all architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) companies use some form of estimating software to complete quantity take-offs and estimate costs. The array of available estimating software is quite extensive. The selection of a software program (or programs) that is appropriate for a give AEC firm is based on many variables. AEC firms often select estimating software based on cost, features, functions, reviews, and recommendations, as well as compatibility with their current computer operating system. But, how many stop to consider if this new software will fit in with their current estimating procedures?
The methodology used in this research involves an electronic survey of AEC firms that are on the Construction Engineering Management Technology Industry Advisory Board (IAB) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. The survey was designed to not only determine the type of estimating software systems used by the IAB, but to ask fundament concerns associated software selection. Such questions include: 1.) were the estimating requirement analyzed prior to shopping?; 2.) were the capabilities of the estimating software systems examined in depth?; 3.) were the benefits and functionality analyzed; was pricing the major factor?; and 4.) did you take a test run before purchasing the software? This paper documents the results of the research conducted to answer these fundamental questions.
McIntyre, C., & Adhikari, S., & Ray, V. M., & White, J. W. (2018, June), Selecting Estimating Software: Perspectives from the Construction Industry Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30955
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