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Construction-specific estimating and job costing software to manage the full project lifecycle

March 17, 2022

Every day, we speak to dozens of construction companies, each one echoing similar challenges they encounter on a daily basis:

  • Copious amounts of spreadsheets clogging staff workflow, reducing efficiency, causing duplications and increasing the risk of human error.
  • Lack of visibility on applications, retentions and current projects due to reports taking extended periods of time to create.
  • Losing work in the pre-contract phase due to tenders being produced late and inconsistently due to communication, sorting and human errors.

Although we’ve only named a few, there are many more challenges construction companies of any type and size face regularly.

In this article, we talk about Mixbrow LTD, and how they’ve adopted a solution to allow them to manage the full project lifecycle from estimate through to job costing and final account which will allow them to increase their efficiency and accuracy through the pre and post contract phases of a job.

What did Mixbrow need from construction-specific job costing software?

Mixbrow is a multi-disciplined construction company based in Ipswich. Operating in the commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, residential, leisure, conservation maintenance and civil engineering sectors, Mixbrow follows their projects through the pre-contract phase, to the post-contract.

Before approaching Eque2, Mixbrow were using Sage 200 Accounts, alongside different estimating, accounting and purchase order modules supplied by a pick-a-mix of different companies. However, due to none of these modules being integrated there was a lot of manual work required to input data between systems, meaning this was very time consuming and prone to error.

How Eque2 became the perfect match for Mixbrow

After discovering Eque2, Mixbrow spoke to our team and explained that they needed software that would support them through every stage of a project. A demo was shortly arranged of Eque2’s construction estimating solution EValuate, and Eque2’s construction job costing solution Construct for Sage 200 Accounts.

During the demo, Mixbrow saw how Eque2’s Evaluate Estimating solution can help to manage the pre-contract phase by allowing them to get tenders out the door faster with greater efficiency, helping them to win more work with less risk. They could also use the solution to perform a fast, accurate on-screen Takeoff from any location.

When they looked at Eque2’s Construct for Sage 200 Accounts, they were impressed at how once a contract has been won, this is then transferred from EValuate to Construct for Sage Accounts, meaning the budgets would automatically be populated, without having to re-key information between systems.

Construct for Sage 200 Accounts offers them a full range of benefits as they can have real-time visibility of their actual financial performance on every job as well as the ability to cost jobs effectively and manage their purchasing and subcontractors efficiently.

What’s more is that Mixbrow will be able to tool up their site workers with mobile apps to track good’s that have been delivered on site within the app, which is then automatically transferred to the back-office in real-time, improving their procurement processes and communication between departments.

After the demos, Mixbrow purchased Eque2’s Evaluate Estimating, Construct for Sage 200 Accounts, as well as the following additional modules:

To find out more about our estimating Eque2’s Construction Estimating Software, and job costing software Eque2’s Construct for Sage Accounts, get in touch with a member of the team for a free online demonstration.

Alternatively, you can see how the solution can benefit you first-hand by checking out one of our free, online webinars below:

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