Category Archive: Webinars

  1.   3 Ways to Leverage Your Spreadsheets with Construction Software

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    Microsoft Excel is an enormously powerful tool. You can use it to calculate just about anything and it has been an affordable and trustworthy business solution for many years. It’s great software for developing formulas, customizing calculations and moving data between systems. Most of us in the construction industry use Excel heavily. However, one drawback with Excel is that the variety of spreadsheets around the office can be difficult to manage. The inefficiencies of having spreadsheets scattered across departments can lead to budget and project issues.

    In our recent free webinar, “Keep Your Secret Sauce,” we took a poll to see what ways our viewers were using spreadsheets.  The survey said that 66% of the participants currently use spreadsheets for “All of the Above:” bidding/estimating, tracking job progress, take-off calculations and one-off calculations. It seems the construction industry remains quite dependent on Excel!

    Many times here at InEight we will hear the request, “We need to make the changes that can get things standardized and our management systems updated.” Nonetheless, we know that it can be difficult to transition away from trusted processes, even if it is a step in the right direction. Finding a software solution that integrates with spreadsheets, like HD, may be the most efficient way. You can leverage the results in one standard project management tool.

    Do you have any of any of these concerns about leaving Excel behind?

    • You can’t give up the calculations

    You want to standardize your estimating but just can’t give up your time-tested formulas, even though manually entering calculations is time-consuming and prone to errors. Luckily, HD estimating and control solutions can easily integrate with them. For example, HD Estimating lets you store custom calculations in a spreadsheet that can be linked directly to your estimate.

    • You need those quick edits

    We know that the abilities of many standard estimating systems can be limited compared to Excel. HD solutions allow you to still make quick revisions and provide the means to easily import and export between both systems. HD lets you have the best of both worlds by automatically updating your estimate when fields change in Excel.

    • You have a solid system in place for tracking field data

    Perhaps the time collection system you already have is practically flawless. With HD, the good news is that there is no need to learn a new tool. With a bi-directional link to Excel, you can leverage the timesheet collection tools you already have while taking advantage of the  standardized database in HD for things such as forecasting, reporting, benchmarking and schedule integration.

    Would you like to know more about how HD solutions can be integrated with Excel to ease your transition to a more accurate and efficient estimating platform?

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  2. 3 Reasons Why Construction Companies Resist Change

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    We are all creatures of habit; we appreciate the familiar and avoid change.  In the construction industry, tight margins and the need to simply get things done can reinforce our innate instincts.

    The issue for construction companies is that it’s often not just one individual that needs to change.  Instead, the entire organization may have to change to achieve goals. The result is that you may have to restructure key processes across roles, something that can be quite frightening.

    While the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”, history has shown that when companies resist change too greatly and for too long, technology and the outside world can advance so quickly that they will start having a difficult time.  They then may be forced to spend large amounts of money simply trying to catch up.

    Reasons construction companies may be slow to change include:

    • Rigid Company Structure

    Some organizations have such a strong culture that new changes can create immediate imbalance. Over time, any company structure can become rigid without some variance. Did you ever hear someone say, “Well, we have always done it that way?” This attitude can create tunnel vision across departments, which might make change more difficult.

    • Costs of Change

    A sunk cost, a cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered, is one of the main reasons companies resist change. If financial resources have already been invested in a specific direction, reluctance to change course will be likely.

    • Short-term Focus

    The desire to sustain the status quo is common, but this is not always for the good. If you let them, short-term, immediate benefits will guide efforts, leading to indifference or even outright dismissal when a better long-term solution becomes available.

    Innovation is important for construction companies to remain competitive. In our webinar, “Keep Your Secret Sauce,” we discuss how construction companies can leverage – not replace –  spreadsheets for better estimates. We show you how you can ease into innovation, without losing what already works for you.

    What’s your secret sauce? Would you like to learn more about how InEight can help?

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  3. Driving Project Certainty Through Technology [White Paper]

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    Driving Project Certainty Through Technology

    Innovative project-driven companies understand that the scale and complexity of today’s infrastructure, building, oil & gas, mining, and utilities projects call for active coordination and real-time reporting.  To keep all stakeholders informed of schedule and cost status, they have invested in the technologies that enable the faster decisions needed to keep projects on track.

    In this white paper, we will share how companies are adopting modern, connected, electronic project controls solutions that can enable project transparency and mitigate risks to increase productivity, collaboration and optimization.

    In this white paper we’ll share how “The InEight 8 Habits for Project Success” can help companies create:

    •    Process efficiencies
    •    Timely and accurate intraday feedback about activities and progress
    •    A collaborative and transparent work process


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  4. 4 Ways to Speed up your Cost Estimating Processes

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    Winning more profitable work is one of the most important cost estimating goals. To accomplish this, many estimating teams put in lots of overtime simply to keep everything running at current levels, let alone grow the business. Data needs to be captured and analyzed, and mistakes and redundancy are all-too-common with generic software such as Microsoft Excel.

    What stands in the way? Old systems, manual effort and inefficient processes can all lead to bidding fewer jobs, winning less work and, ultimately, lower company profits.

    In our recent webinar, “Overcoming the 5 Most Common Project Cost Management Challenges,” we polled the 100+ attendees to share *their* top challenge.  Slow and inefficient estimating, no ability to benchmark estimates, and limited visibility between office and jobsite were selected as the overall top three challenges.

    To address the first in that list, here are 4 ways to deal with slow estimating:

    #1) Ensure easily reproducible data

    Having the ability to quickly copy, multiply and split data items can significantly reduce effort and organize jobs. In an ideal system, when changes are made, all related items are updated automatically, including equipment, manpower, hours, production or materials.  Speed estimating by reducing manual work!

    #2) Leverage NORMS databases

    Standard cost libraries that have industry-standard details about productivity rates and costs can make it much easier for estimators to quickly create more accurate estimates. Examples include RSMeans and Richardson Construction Estimating Standards.

    #3) Save time with material/quantity takeoff (MTO/QTO)

    Leveraging designs to quickly build more accurate estimates is a crucial step to expediting the overall process. Estimating systems that integrate with RIB MC2 or On-Center On-Screen Takeoff can quickly move design data about labor, material, and assemblies to drive the cost estimate.

    #4) Keep the estimate and schedule synched

    The ability to link estimating and scheduling systems allows data to easily flow between the two, speeding processes and reducing errors. Save time by taking the initial estimate and move it over to a scheduling system to have the time-phase element that is a key part of a bid.

    As the construction industry is so competitive with such low margins, winning more jobs by producing more bids is key to keeping the company going. Any inaccuracies can affect the company in its entirety.  Substantial amounts of time, manpower and money are often required, but it doesn’t need to be this way.
    Would you like to learn more?

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  5. Overcoming the 5 Most Common Challenges of PCM [Webinar Replay]

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    Overcoming the 5 Most Common Challenges
    of Project Cost Management

    Are you struggling to improve your cost estimation and project control?

    Watch this webinar replay to learn about the 5 most common project cost management challenges faced by owners, contractors and EPCs and how to solve them.

    In today’s challenging environment, project-driven companies must leverage the best tools to maximize cost performance.

    Drawing from real-world examples, we will help you identify the ideal solution to the 5 most common project cost management challenges:

    • Slow and inefficient estimates
    • Disorganized bidding processes
    • No ability to benchmark estimates
    • Hard to change systems
    • Limited visibility between office and job-site

    In each case, we share how industry leaders are seeing project margin improvement with reduced risks by leveraging InEight HD solutions.

    Want to win more work and then execute it more profitability?
 Watch this webinar to learn how we can help.


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  6. Integrate Primavera P6 and Hard Dollar for Complete Project Control [WEBINAR REPLAY]

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    Achieve Complete Project Visibility and Control

    Recent Hard Dollar releases have featured many integration enhancements, making our link with Primavera P6 one of the best bi-directional integrations available. Fill out the form below and watch this on-demand webinar replay to learn how this tight integration can increase your project visibility and control.

    In this webinar we’ll share how to:

    • Define predecessor/successor logic while planning in Hard Dollar and push these changes to Primavera P6
    • New! Add new scope items in Primavera P6 and automatically update HD Estimating
    • Auto calculate escalation by user-defined timing periods
    • New! Push percent complete from Primavera P6 to HD Performance

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  7. 5 Keys to Increasing Project Forecast Accuracy

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    Achieve Project Confidence Through Increased Project Forecast Accuracy

    Continual re-forecasting of active projects can provide the visibility needed to avoid surprises during project execution.

    However, if your project controls system is disconnected from the original estimate, you are stuck with a summary model that lacks the details required for accurate forecasting once conditions change.

    Fill out the form below and watch this on-demand webinar replay to learn five keys to increasing project forecast accuracy.  We will also share how our Hard Dollar solution makes project forecasting accuracy a simple an easy process.

    In this webinar we’ll share how to:

    • Forecasting against current estimate and current budget
    • Manual EAC Forecasting
    • Detailed ETC Forecasting
    • Forecasting based on Average Performance
    • Batch Forecasting


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  8. Real-Time Visibility into Project Performance [WEBINAR REPLAY]

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    Achieve Real-Time Project Performance Visibility

    Watch this on-demand webinar replay to learn how you can gain project visibility and leverage key performance indicators to deliver on time and under budget.

    In this webinar we’ll share how to:

    • Integrated project ecosystem
    • Real time field data capture
    • Key performance indicators
    • Corrective action

    We also share how our HD Performance can build certainty around project performance by measuring current completion against the budget estimate. HD Performance also allows you to compare actual and forecast completion at project and activity levels on capital projects so your team is on time and on budget.

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