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Estimating Technology: What’s Out There? What Should I Consider Before Choosing?

There’s a lot of new technology out there when it comes to estimating. Are you thinking of using the new technology available?

What new tech is there? And what are some things to consider before incorporating them into your business?

In today’s blog post, we’ll touch on 3 types of new technology available for estimators:

  1. Apps (ie. magicplan)
  2. Xactimate Mobile
  3. 3D Cameras (ie. Matterport, DocuSketch)

We’ll also discuss 3 things to consider when deciding to use the new technologies available:

  1. Cost
  2. Training
  3. Your staff

1. Apps (ie. magicplan)

There are apps now available that can be downloaded to a tablet designed to make your job easier.

An app like magicplan is very useful. You can use it to sketch your house and then actually use your laser measure, not just a Disto, and you can use that laser measure to make sure you get accurate sketches which will then have to be put in Xactimate when you get to your office. So it’s a great tool!

2. Xactimate Mobile

I know what you’re thinking, “Wait,  Xactimate Mobile sucked!” Well guess what, you were right! It did! But typical of Xactimate, 27.5, 28, and probably X1, were all garbage at the beginning. But they got better! Xactimate Mobile is the exactly the same. It is a great tool now! It increases efficiency in the office and also in the field. So try to put that to good use.

Want to learn how to use Xactimate Mobile in a profitable way? Come to our next Estimating and Negotiating Combo Course!

3. 3D Cameras (ie. Matterport, DocuSketch)

This is the newest player in the estimator technology field. These 3D cameras allow users to capture imagery, collect measurements and process data to create, edit and share a 3D rendering of a location.

3 Things to Consider Before Incorporating Technology Into Your Business

So what do you have to consider when you’re talking about bringing new technology into your business?

Here are 3 things to think about:

  1. Cost
  2. Training
  3. Your staff

1. Cost

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Do we have to purchase a camera and the scans that go with that?
  • Do we have to purchase an app and tablets?
  • Do we have to increase our Xactimate logins?

2. Training

Some questions to consider:

  • Who do you have to train? Your estimator? Your techs?
  • Can you train them in the office? Online? Or do you have to send someone somewhere?

3. Your Staff

Some questions to consider:

  • Do you have to rearrange or reevaluate who’s doing what?
  • Are your techs going to do more?
  • Are your estimators going to do more or less?

After considering all of the above questions and factors, we are confident that you will successfully choose the technology that is right for your company.

nick

Written by:

Nick Sharp

Reets Drying Academy Instructor

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