Sites visited by TaperedPlus estimators are often remote with limited or even no data connection. This meant the main aim of the innovative estimating tool was to allow the estimators to create estimates quickly and efficiently using a mobile device without the need of a data connection. The app was to allow the estimators to take pictures and gather information efficiently about each job, measurements, materials etc, on their mobile device without the reliance of a data connection.
The process of collecting information about a job using the traditional pen and paper approach is tried, tested and works (most of the time). However for Tapered Plus there was a need to speed up the process so the information gathered by their estimators was passed back to the office more quickly so quotations could be created more efficiently. Collecting information on paper introduces unnecessary delays and the potential of data loss and misinterpretation of facts and figures.
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.
Sapere developed a mobile app for use on Apple iPhones and Android phones that allows any estimator or customer to enter the details of the flat roof needing an estimate. The app allows the user to take one or more pictures and collect any relevant information on the applications forms. The app can be used with or without a 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 one central store for the estimates. This allows the office staff to see the estimate details in real time. This allows them to provide a quote in a matter of minutes. This greatly helps to improve the turnaround for quotations by reducing the duplication of information and improves the performance of both staff and the business.
By utilising a mobile app with a back office web application the process for estimating and quoting can be significantly improved. In a fast paced world this is a necessity for any business to react quickly to its customers’ requests for information.
The completed apps provide the following benefits to TaperedPlus their estimators and their customers: