Hard Dollar Corporation, and Vertigraph, Inc. announced a technology partnership that will allow customers to radically simplify the takeoff and estimating processes by incorporating Vertigraph's BidScreen XL on-screen measurement tool with Hard Dollar's estimating software. This technology allows contractors to complete project bids in a fraction of the time, with a clear and concise audit trail which results in winning more business while lowering costs.
The partnership is part of a shared commitment to improve the interoperability of technology systems in use within the construction industry. The integration of Vertigraph's BidScreen XL tool with Hard Dollar's Estimating module will allow project teams to eliminate hours of manual takeoff on each bid, stop manual entry of material costs into project estimates, and make more money and stay on schedule for each job awarded.
It has been estimated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that the lack of systems interoperability currently costs the construction industry $15.8 billion per year. Contributing to these losses, cost engineers and estimators often are required to start from scratch each time a project goes from the design stage into the estimating and budgeting stage. By combining Vertigraph's BidScreen XL with Hard Dollar, takeoff data can be gathered and leveraged in project estimates with just a few mouse clicks. The result is less redundant effort, more timely and accurate information flow, and faster overall project throughput.