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Estimating for construction contractors. Chalkstring allows contractors to prepare successful tenders more efficiently.

Prepare successful tenders more efficiently.

Without accurate, up-to-date pricing information at your fingertips, preparing estimates can be a time-consuming task. It’s often done manually using error-prone spreadsheets, and when working against tight deadlines, one could argue it’s a pressured task.

Chalkstring removes the headache. You can easily create detailed tender documents including product descriptions, rate build ups, bill of quantities, prelims and adjustments, all broken down into zones. And the software automatically generates high quality tender documents for you to send directly to your client.

Proven to save time, you can be confident you’re producing an accurate, detailed and competitive tender for your client. And what’s more, you’re more likely to win the job because you’ve been able to easily Value Engineer the solution.

Maximise resource.

Prepare tenders faster and bid for more projects, without needing to recruit more estimators.

Increase accuracy.

Reduce guesswork, make accurate allowances for waste, and retain full control over your OH&P and adjustments.

Win more bids.

Value Engineer with different products and suppliers to deliver the most competitive tenders.

Take the guesswork out of estimating.

With Chalkstring, you can access a wide range of products, materials, services and prices, including valid supplier quotes and historical pricing from real projects.

Simply apply available rates to your tender in bulk or assign individual rates to suit. And you’ve always got the flexibility to add guesstimates based on gut feel if you prefer.

Save time getting different quotes and avoid having the same repetitive conversations with multiple suppliers. Use Chalkstring to get to the best prices, fast.

Control costs confidently.

Aiming to make a set margin on each project? No worries. You have total control over what allowances you make for overheads and profit and can even make allowance for inflation, main contractor discount and any other adjustments. Chalkstring will calculate your tender pricing accordingly, with a clear breakdown of the various component parts within the tender documents.

Set your margin expectations from the outset, with confidence.

Forget your ‘finger in the air’ allowances for waste.

Use real-life information from past projects to guide you on how much to allow for waste or contingency allowances. And fine tune your estimates by applying waste allowances per material, rather than using a single ‘finger in the air’ figure across the whole project.

Reduce the risk of over-pricing and be more accurate with your estimates.

Bells and whistles to make your life easier.

Chalkstring has lots of powerful features to help you prepare winning tenders. Here are a just a few.

Use product templates and save time.

Standardise your documentation and save time by using a library of commonly used product templates that are specific to your business. You can re-use or edit these templates as necessary or create your own new templates ‘on-the-fly’ before defining your rate build up and bill of quantities. And we go even further: break down your products into build phases and your project into zones to help manage the project onsite.

Make a change and review the impact instantly.

Forget all your unconnected systems and multiple spreadsheets. Chalkstring is a single platform that manages the entire estimating process. All tender information is seamlessly linked, whether it’s your rate build ups, bill of quantities, preliminaries or adjustments. Make any change and it will instantly filter through the whole tender so you can immediately see the effect.

Manage past and present tenders easily.

Track and monitor the status of each tender you submit, easily seeing whether it has been withdrawn, rejected or accepted. And version control is simple, as Chalkstring stores every tender version you submit.

Chalkstring also archives each tender, so you’ll benefit from a full audit trail detailing what was submitted and when, along with copies of the tender documents, in case you need to review them.

Value Engineer for the best result.

Quickly shop around to secure the best pricing from different suppliers. Generate quote requests and import pricing at a click of a button, and easily swap out products and services for alternatives. Compare different options side-by-side to see the impact on the tender pricing and margin instantly, enabling you to decide on the best solution for you and your client.

Transfer tender information to the site team effortlessly.

Chalkstring’s end-to-end approach manages projects from tender stage through to final account. So, when you win a bid and the project goes live, the tender information passes seamlessly to the onsite team to pick up and run with the project. Long gone are time-consuming handovers with information in multiple spreadsheets; your Site Managers, Quantity Surveyors and the rest of the team instantly have access to everything they need.

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