All of your team members can use Prime Bid
Any team member can easily learn to input bids into the bid matrices. This allows bid-savvy employees to participate in preparing a bid even if they are computer novices. Likewise, employees that are great on the computer can easily learn to input bids and qualify the bids during input.
All of your team members can be in the bid at the same time
Prime Bid is a multi-user software application. This means that all of the team members can be logged into the same bid file at the same time. The team members can each contribute to the processing and review the bids in a real-time environment over a computer network.
Allow anyone, not just a spreadsheet expert, to set up a bid
There is a sample exercise, both in multi-media and on paper that comes with Prime Bid. This exercise walks new users through the process of setting up and processing a bid from scratch to completion. Anyone can learn basic Prime Bid usage in one day. Now each lead estimator can learn to set up a bid!
Empower your team members to participate in bid preparation
Each team member in a multi-user bid file can concentrate on his/her own specialty. One team member can focus on mechanical, another on electrical, another on division 2-7, and another on division 8-14. This allows each team member to focus on their portion of the bid in order to make critical decisions.
Fill in owner supplied unit price bids/bid breakdowns automatically
Within the bid there are bid items and bid breakdown structures available. These work breakdown structures can have quantities and produce unit prices. When the owner requires a list of bid items and/or a list of unit price items to be filled in on the bid forms, you can easily generate the values within Prime Bid.
Meet difficult bid document requirements with the click of a couple of buttons
Many owners require lists of unit price bid items or a bid breakdown list to be completed as part of the bid documents. These lists can be set up in Prime Bid and displayed on screen to fill in the costs. Also, in some states, a listing of subs is required, which can be generated from filters in Prime Bid in the sections spreadsheet view.
Produce a subcontractor list by running one filter
For bids that require a listing of the subs on the bid documents, you can automatically produce the list of used subs for the bid by running the Subcontractor Listing filter. This filter will display the sub's name, city, state and type of work. The filter shows what % of the bid total each sub covers.
Import information from estimating software
If you prepare your general conditions work up and a takeoff of your detailed self-performed work in existing estimating software, you can transfer those costs over to Prime Bid. This process will allow you to maintain the productivity you have in performing your detailed takeoff process.
Export bid information to other software programs
All of the information in Prime Bid can be exported to a text file and picked up with other software applications. This is not limited to a budget; the entire contents of the bid can be utilized for reporting, analyzing or maintaining data with other software applications.
Budget a job to your list of job cost phases
After receiving the award for the job, a budget can be set up in Prime Bid by assigning a job cost phase to each section of work. The budget can be reviewed on screen with the job cost filters. The budget can be exported in a format compatible with your cost accounting software to produce your beginning budget.
Easy one-click summary for bid runner
Bid runners can quickly generate a report that lists all the essential item overviews in a bid. This tabular window lets you look at the Base + Bids Totals, Subcontractor Listings, Bid Breakdown Summary, Bid Item Summary, Bid Item Unit Prices, and DBE Bids Used in order to quickly communicate information about the bid.