Niclas Peterson, Operation Manager at LP Entreprenad in Gothenburg, is convinced that digitisation brings a lot of benefits. But at the same time he is realistic. Even though it’s the right way forward it’s not necessarily an easy switch to make.
“When it’s a lot of estimations to be done, you want it to be done quick and easily, and you’d rather not change tools or working methods. It’s safe and easy to continue working as you’ve always done. But digitisation is the right way to go, and Bidcon is a great tool for the entire workflow. We have five-six calculators who works exclusively with estimations and just over 25 men in the production management who daily work with Bidcon in some extent, says Niclas.”
LP Entreprenad is one of Sweden’s leading companies within outdoor environment, facilities, management and land work. They started using digital tools very early. The first time Niclas came in contact with Bidcon was in 2002.
“At that time we worked a lot towards industry, and we had a lot of EAT: or where we had to prove what was added. We realised that if we where supposed to work a lot with open calculations, we need a software that can handle it. It’s not fun to realise that you’ve miscalculated or left out things which made the project very costly. It’s possible to make mistakes with all software – since it’s basically a question about capabilities, guys and machines, and to estimate the amount of time needed to do the job. But the big difference with Bidcon is that it can visually show you that you really have everything included in the estimation, which makes the risk lower.
Within the construction industry, it is a bit of resistance towards such IT support tools. A lot of people think that you have to be so careful and that using this kind of tools takes a lot of time. So everyone is not happy about this with the digitisation. But the fact is that the extra time you spend learning at the beginning is absolutely worth it. With Bidcon it’s easy to cooperate and it’s easy for someone new to understand estimations that is already initiated. It is also an advantage that you have everything in one place. Normally we submit a quotation half a year before the customer comes back with a decision. With Bidcon you’ve got everything saved and in front of you when the time is there.
Another great thing about the software is that you can mix different resources into the same product, a bit like an equation with many variables, and then add it to the schedule so that you can pedagogically show the staff where we are at, this is what we are working at right now and this is what we cost’. It improves the understanding of the current project.”
Project planning = to know how
The next step for LP Entreprenad was to complement Bidcon with some kind of project planning tool. LP Entreprenad started with Plancon Planner from Elecosoft but has now upgraded to Powerproject from Elecosoft.
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