Construction companies often rely on pen and paper to record information for estimating due to the nature of the industry and environment they work in. This makes the transferring of information and providing quotations for estimates slow and prone to human error.

By utilising a mobile app with back office web application, the process for estimating and quoting can be significantly improved and in this fast paced World almost a necessity for any business to react quickly to its customers’ requests for information.

Tapered Plus Estimating App Roof Estimating Mobile App

Project

Tapered Plus are a national leader in providing quality flat roof designs and building services. Tapered Plus approached Sapere to build an innovative mobile and web based platform to assist its experienced and expert consultants to increase the efficiency of the estimating process whilst on site.

Sites visited by the consultants are often remote with limited or with no data connection, so the main aim of the app was to allow the consultants to create estimates quickly and efficiently using a mobile device without the need of a data connection. The app was to allow the consultants to take pictures and gather information efficiently about each job on their mobile device without the reliance of a data connection.

Roof Estimating App development

Problem

The process of collecting information about a job using the traditional pen and paper approach is tried and tested and works. However, there was a need to speed up the process so the information gathered by the consultants was passed back to the office quicker so quotations could be sent out more efficiently. Collecting information on paper introduces unnecessary delays, the potential of data loss and misinterpretation of data.

Solution

Sapere developed a mobile app for use on Apple iPhones and Android phones that allows any consultant or even customer to enter the details of the flat roof needing an estimate. The app allows the user to take one or more pictures and use without a data or WIFI connection. Information can then be sent in real-time if a data connection is achieved or synced manually when a connection is re-established.

A web based application was also built to manage the data passed from the mobile devices so there is once central store for the estimates. This allows the office staff to see the estimate details almost in real time. Thus, allowing them to provide a quote in a matter of hours, greatly helping to improve the turnaround for quotations, reducing the amount of information to type in and improving the accuracy of data.

Platforms

These are the platforms Sapere used to deliver the solution.

Business Benefits

The completed apps provide the following benefits to Tapered Plus and their customers:

  • Time to Quote Decreased - providing quotes quickly.
  • Increased accuracy - all estimates are held in one place and are always up to date.
  • Increased Reportablity - requests for estimates cannot be missed, reducing lost opportunities.