Estimating and bidding software needs to provide simple-to-use tools that create a comprehensive method for managing the estimating and bidding process. The screenshots below provide a fast and easy way for you to learn more about Estimating Link, and how its tools can make you immediately more productive in developing winning proposals.
Estimating Link is a complete package designed for unit price and lump sum bidding.
Creating new bidding and estimating projects is faster and easier than competitive products.
Project properties is a tool that enables you to easily manage your active jobs and quotes.
The Bid Sheet is a summary of all the primary Item Sheets with the unit costs extended by the Bid Quantity.
New Items can be created on the Bid Sheet using the Add New Item Button
One of the features of Estimating Link is the ability to view the cost basis for any item quickly.
Item Sheets allow the estimator to build a cost analysis of each phase or item of the project.
Estimating Link provides an easy what-if analysis of costs with different production rates or day lengths.
Perform trench excavation calculations by specifying the dimensions of the trench, its bedding layers, and pipe dimensions to obtain accurate volume calculations.
In the Write-in Entry Window, you can enter a Resource Code, Rate Description, Quantity, Unit of Measure and Rate for a resource.
The Rate Tables are a means for entering and editing resources such as Labor, Rentals, Material, Equipment, Subcontract, Crew Rates, and other miscellaneous prices which will save the estimator considerable time in preparing and updating Item Sheets and Bid Sheets.
Sub level Item Sheets provide additional information.
Users are able to view the rate menu in an item sheet.
Labor Rate Table can be built using prevailing wage schedules.
Equipment Rate Table enables entering your company equipment rates.
Rental Rate Table can be entered from local equipment dealer prices or from trade books such as The Blue Book.
Material Rate Table can contain commonly used materials with approximate pricing.
Subcontractors can be listed with plug services until final cost quotes are received and then easily updated in items using them.
Other Rate Table can be used to keep track of costs which can be calculated by either time or quantity.
Crews Rate Table allows you to build Crews and include Labor, Equipment and Rental rates that may be used throughout the project.
Factor Rate Table is used to calculate overtime benefits based on the number of hours per day worked.
Defaults Rate Table allows you to specify fuels used and assign costs to each type.
Estimating Link will automatically calculate the appropriate bid unit for each item based on its cost and markup which are shown on the screen. You can optionally modify the unit prices being bid to control cash flow and potential windfall profit by taking advantage of overruns and underruns.
A Subcontractor/Material Comparison (SMC) allows the estimator to compare Item Sheet unit prices and extensions by subcontractors or vendors.
A Rate Table Comparison (RTC) allows estimators to compare Rate Table resources such as material prices on a vendor by vendor basis.
Item Sheets assemble resource costs into an individual task to determine unit costs and total cost.
Estimating Link will automatically calculate the appropriate bid unit for each item based on its cost and markup which are shown on the screen.
You can optionally modify the unit prices being bid to control cash flow and potential windfall profit by taking advantage of overruns and underruns.
You can individually adjust markup on each cost type such as Labor or Equipment, specify corporate overhead, profit, overhead, and more.
Job Overhead or Indirect Costs such as Job Site Offices, Phones and Storage Yards can be selected from a predefined checklist called the Project Overhead Table.
The Markup Summary is the sum by dollars of each cost type adding up to the Total Direct Cost to complete the project.
Bond Costs are entered by using the Bond Cost Calculator. The rates and levels can be preset for each project.
The Bid Markup Summary window will not only show markup, but also show your DBE/MBE/WBE percentages as well as your potential windfall profit, or loss, due to underruns and overruns.
Markup Summary details make it easy to evaluate every aspect of your bid.
Bid Markup Summary Analysis.
Bid Sheet with Global Reset items.
Bid Sheet with bid unit cost highlighted.
Adjusted bid unit creating windfall.
Adjusting bid units to balance bid.
Job comments allow you to add notes to a project.
Printer options set to preview.
Preview your proposal.
Bid item summary report enables you to easily view final numbers.
Copying an existing project can save time in developing a new proposal.
Selecting a project to copy saves time and effort.