With a proven record of continually developing the art and science of cost-estimating technology, WinEst serves the quantity takeoff and cost estimating needs of building construction clients, large and small, all around the globe. Trimble WinEst serves the complete range of industry niches and customers—from regional single-office builders to global general contractors, facility owners, specialty contractors, public/government agencies and more.
The quality of WinEst products is matched only by that of our implementation services, technical support and training. Our Professional Services Group is there for organizations worldwide to standardize processes and get estimating teams up and running fast. Accurate and responsive cost estimating is a strategic component of many of our clients, so we make sure our clients know and fully understand how to get the most out of this powerful software system.
WinEst enables the estimator to manage and integrate detailed project estimates, using cost-knowledge management, to increase productivity and customize essential documents. The user-friendly workspace interface simplifies estimating, cost-information gathering, bidding and buying—saving time, minimizing errors and optimizing efficiency.
WinEst is easily adaptable to the way you work. Developed from the estimating professional’s perspective, the system is flexible to help you retain your rules and adjust as needed to realize continuous improvement within your organization. With features designed to help you work more efficiently and effectively, WinEst enables strategic integration with many other leading industry applications.
Add to this our proven record of continual development and our world-class technical support, and you have a true partner in your continuing success.
WinEst is a complete software package to meet building owners estimating needs. The WinEst core application is available in three versions WinEst Pro, ProPlus and eTeam for a custom fit within your organization.
Enterprise Data Manager was designed as a file-based system at the request of customers to store a project tree of active estimate versions, as well as the company’s standard estimating templates for various project types. You can also attach any related documents, drawings or comments to the versions. These versions can reflect the evolving estimate as it moves from budgeting to 50% and 80% drawings and then to the final version.
A file-based system to store a project tree of active estimate versions and standard estimating templates for various project types. You can attach any related documents, drawings or comments to the versions and each version can reflect the evolving estimate as it moves from budgeting to 50% and 80% drawings and then to the final version.
Many WinEst users also use On Center’s On-Screen Takeoff for drawings. With a split-screen interface, the construction estimator can link the On-Screen quantification directly to the WinEst quantities and save the changes to the estimate. The built-in audit trail records the quantity source as On Center, so everyone knows the source. Additionally, when plans new quantities can be updated quickly with a red and green color scheme in both the On Center screen and WinEst screens.
Each line item and assembly in WinEst can be assigned to a task/activity ID. This means you can see a preview of the costs for each task in the Task Table. By exporting the estimate to either Primavera or MS Project, you can quickly populate a construction schedule with resource names, predecessor names and all the cost- and resource-loaded tasks from the estimate.
Owners appreciate seeing multiple what-if scenarios for their construction projects and how these extras might impact the budget. Creating a what-if scenario in WinEst is simple; all the user needs to do is create an alternate. An alternate is a line item or assembly that can be included in, or excluded from, the estimate with just one click. Examples of alternate options include landscaping, a surveillance system, a sound system or even a flagpole.
Filters are a powerful way to organize a view of your estimating data. Construction firms have several methods to code their estimating data, either by CSI Masterformat or Uniformat. And WinEst provides two different filter views, so users can toggle between the two.
One of the challenges of honing-in on construction estimating accuracy is organizing rates for labor, crew and equipment. You can store corresponding rate tables which combine the base hourly and benefit rates to calculate the composite rate. For example, you might know the hourly rate for a forklift, but don’t want to forget the cost of operating the forklift with oil, gas, and maintenance fees. Utilizing standardized tables for these rates takes the guesswork out of estimating for your team.
Integrating WinEst and Vico Office, Providing the Construction Market with the Most Complete BIM and 2D Cost Estimating Solution
Trimble now provides a solution for construction companies that are eager to find a single estimating solution to “carry the load” of creating detailed estimates from BIM models and 2D electronic plans. The latest release of Trimble WinEst 15.2 integrates the strengths of WinEst estimating, a highly adaptable, knowledgebase-driven estimating solution, with the strengths of Trimble Vico Office, an industry leading 5D BIM solution.
Until now, it was typical that a construction company might need to purchase, learn, and deploy as many as five cost estimating and quantity takeoff software solutions to effectively respond to BIM, model-based projects and traditional 2D projects. Each of these independent solutions typically require their own underlying cost database. The cost of maintaining these databases, with limited integration is not trivial. With the release of WinEst 15.2 construction companies now have a single knowledgebase of cost items and assemblies (where quantities are supplied by a single takeoff tool) Vico Takeoff Manager’s 3D model based quantities, and the recently released 2D quantity takeoff capabilities contained in Vico R5.
During the early design phase, it’s not unusual for the BIM Model and 2D plans to change every 2-3 weeks. Design changes typically mean critical variances in quantities from one iteration of the design to the next. Changes to a handful of objects in the BIM model could result in hundreds of quantity changes to the detailed items contained in the estimate. WinEst 15.2 and Vico Document Controller will alert estimators to those changes and allow the estimator to quickly review, and update estimate – making sure the estimate always reflects the current design.
WinEst 15.2 goes beyond using model and non-model based quantities to satisfy the dimensions associated with database items and assemblies. The relationship between model objects and properties and their corresponding items can be saved, dramatically reducing the time to perform quantity takeoffs on future projects.
Important: To take advantage of this integration, the Vico/WinEst plugin is required as well as current licenses of both Vico R5 and WinEst ProPlus or WinEst eTeam.
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