Diversakore helps construction companies reduce their build costs with a combination of advanced framing systems and unparalleled expertise. When Diversakore needed a better way to estimate project costs, it turned to an estimation app built with Quickbase. Since implementation, Diversakore has reduced the time to create estimates by 50% and delivers even more cost savings to its customers.
- Needed to track and manage complex estimation data
- Spreadsheets unable to optimize data insights and opportunities
- Needed to collaborate and share information with external stakeholders
- Estimation app built with Quickbase
- Automatic calculation of cost basis and value engineering data
- Customized summary reports deliver specific information to each stakeholder
- Cloud-based system simplifies project collaboration across devices and browsers
- Time to generate project estimates reduced by 50%
- More time for staff to perform data review and interpretation
- Greater competitive advantage with improved value calculation data
Founded in 1996, Diversakore is a construction-industry supply company that has built a solid reputation for providing expertise in structural framing systems that enhance building performance. The company's patented VERSA:T Composite Framing System combines the speed of building with steel with the strength of concrete to help builders reduce the cost and time associated with their commercial construction — typically by 10% to 15%.
But as demand for their technology increased, so did the number of estimates Diversakore had to prepare for contractors seeking structural framing bids. It's a complex task that involves a lot of data related to project plans and specifications, plus complicated formulas to calculate steel and concrete material and labor costs.
The company was using spreadsheets to manage estimates, but was unable to compare estimates against historical data because of the limited nature of spreadsheets.
Simple summaries, instant value
To improve the estimation process, Rahimzadeh turned to Quickbase. The Diversakore estimation app the company built on Quickbase automates estimation tasks and enables the company to identify new opportunities for value engineering.
Now, Diversakore is able to manage and track all information related to estimates, and provide summary reports to stakeholders — including architects, engineers, designers, owners, and general contractors.
Because all relevant data now lives in one Quickbase app, Diversakore can drive even better results to its customers. Rahimzadeh can analyze not only the benefits of using Diversakore’s framing systems versus traditional methods, but also how much value those systems add to other areas of the project.
For example, using Diversakore systems might save 6 inches in building height per floor, which can lead to dramatic cost savings in the amount of materials needed for the outside of the building.
Within Quickbase, Rahimzadeh can pare down thousands of data fields into fifty or seventy-five fields per stakeholder or activity — and break each process up into discreet activities with a few keystrokes, something that would have been nearly impossible to do accurately with spreadsheets.
More insight, less work
With Diversakore's estimation app, the laborious task of creating estimates, which used to consume valuable staff time each day, has been cut in half, giving staff more time to review and interpret the data.
Cost estimating has been improved, now that summary reports to stakeholders can show complete details of the cost basis for the structural framing material and labor costs — reducing a lot of back-and-forth communications typically required to capture the data.
And competitive advantage is improved, now that Diversakore can make correlations between estimation data and project specifications to show dollar-value savings, structural benefits in other areas of the construction project, and net-cost savings to the customer.