This week’s tip concerns using Estimating Explorer, the bid management utility that is bundled with your Sage Timberline Estimating package. We recommend using Estimating Explorer for both creating & managing your Timberline Estimates. This accomplishes multiple goals:
- Consistency in the way estimates are created, and estimate data fields are filled in. (Pick lists are provided for numerous fields including Estimator.)
- You can utilize this consistency with Explorer’s built-in reports, to track each estimator’s productivity and performance.
- Explorer provides a convenient, fast way to view the contents of Timberline Estimate files, without opening them.
- Explorer also offers a quick way to copy, move, and delete estimate files. It’s just as safe, more intuitive, and quite a bit faster than using the File Tools wizard.