To give you an idea of how much more straightforward the take-off and estimating process can be using RapidBid, here are just a few of the great features you’ll wonder how you ever managed without.
Firstly, you have the ability to open the digital copies of your drawings using RapidBid and use the Review tab to quickly preview each one. You can easily ignore any irrelevant drawings and choose the important ones i.e. those that relate to the electrical plans. This means you don’t have to manually open every single file, which can save a lot of time on every job, and that’s just the beginning.
An exciting thought for many contractors is the prospect of eliminating the need for rulers, highlighters and papers scattered across your desk (and every other flat surface in the room). RapidBid accomplishes this by providing a full set of virtual measuring and counting tools, so you can instantly mark up your drawings and take off everything that’s relevant to your quote.
For example, when you draw a line, not only will you see it on the drawing, but the real length of that line will instantly be reflected in your take-off list. The same happens when you click to count instances of the same component, or measure more complex lengths, areas or volumes.
RapidBid also helps to make this whole task quicker and easier by allowing you control over the layers on your drawing. Many PDF plans come with preset layers you can switch off to hide irrelevant details, but even if layers aren’t provided, the program can take care of that. The AutoCount function instantly detects all copies of the same symbol, and you can choose to highlight or hide these to make your job easier.
Calculations and measurements are all just a click away, so you’ll soon find that you’re able to fly through take-offs and estimates much faster than ever before. The beauty of this is that you’ll have full control over how you spend your time again, allowing you to focus on what matters to you and your business. You’ll also more than likely gain a competitive advantage over any rivals who are still using the slow, old-fashioned method.