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Cloud Computing saving time and money for construction firms

Although the challenges faced by small businesses every day in every industry may be similar in nature, never are they more acute than in the construction industry. Low margins lead to increased workloads and less time spent managing and improving. ACRIS Services identified the residential construction industry as a sector most likely to under-utilise technology to help manage their businesses. This provided Russ Stephens the inspiration to create a company with the vision to increase profits...
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Building a successful business

With the downturn in the construction industry, it is a great time to review systems and procedures in any business. This can include a review of the staffing resources to make best use of the talent of those who can help grow the business. It is also a good time to reflect on some of those business decisions made in the past, and check that the controls put in place since have helped ensure the challenges ahead can be faced with confidence. Databuild works closely with the industry to help g...
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The true cost of guestimating

What is the value of 1% to your business, and are you missing items in your quantities take-offs? If you miss a quote by as little as 1% on your jobs it can cost your business more than $50,000 a year, money that could be better spent in growing and developing your business. This doesn’t even take into consideration the cost of unhappy clients facing delays in their builds, supervisors’ down time while driving to the merchant and collecting additional material, or extra delivery co...
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Building a successful business

It is a great time to review systems and procedures in your business during a slow down in the construction industry. This can include a review of your staff and your consultants to make best use of the talent within your organisation, and searching out the right people to help you grow your business. It is also a good time to reflect on some of those business decisions made in the past and check that the controls put in place since have helped ensure you can face the challenges ahead. Da...
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Construction industry's own web-based network

Managing the building administration process just became easier with Bestquote, a business-to-business web application for the construction industry launched earlier this year. Nelson-based Bestquote is a patented job management and quote gathering system. Founder and relationship manager Peter Marr says company research indicates it may well be the only one of its kind available anywhere in the world. “The web site’s edge is it brings together building industry workers and related...
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Valuable tools to help builders now online

BRANZ has launched a new Lintels and Beams online calculator and the revamped – and much anticipated – ALF3.2. Both tools will benefit architects, designers, builders and building officials in their business operations. The tools can be found in the Toolbox on the BRANZ home page at www.branz.co.nz. Lintels and beams This online calculator has replaced the paper version of the BRANZ Guide to Lintels and Beams. It allows users to work out the options for a range of beam appli...
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Helping businesses through the hard times

Is the market downturn affecting your business? Do you have good systems in place controlling your estimates, orders and job costing? And are you making the best use of your staffing resources? Databuild software provides market-leading flexible tools for rapid estimating, including a graphical take-off functionality that allows plans to be measured straight off the screen. The customisable orders format allows a consistent design in all company documents. The software provides a full general ...
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Building a successful construction business

Building a successful construction business

With the slow down in the construction industry it is a great time to review systems and procedures in your business. This can include a review of the staffing resources to make best use of the talent of those who help you grow your business. It is also a good time to reflect on some of those business decisions made in the past, and check that the controls put in place since have helped ensure you can face the challenges ahead. Databuild works closely with the industry to help grow its client...
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Estimating made easy

Databuild’s software for builders has the solutions to help your business work smarter, not harder. The Databuild software is an easy-to-use package developed over 30 years. Developed by people from the industry and customer feedback, Databuild continues to be the most popular product on the market. The software gives users the ability to concentrate on what they do best — build quality homes. Powerful estimating tools include question-based estimating, recipes, graphical take off...
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Estimating software 'thinks like a builder!'

Every so often a new product comes along that changes the way builders do things forever. Years ago in the construction industry two such tools were nail guns and drop saws. These saved so much time and money when introduced, that they are now taken for granted. Now a new time and money saving tool, tried and tested in the industry, has been developed that makes these tools look old fashioned. QuoteFast is a unique estimating program, developed by a building estimator of 30 years, that can lit...
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    Do you have a new product or service that you want 44,000 contacts in the New Zealand construction industry to know about?