Steve Watt

Steve Watt is market segment manager of the General Contractor/Construction Manager Division of Trimble Buildings, which is focused on technology solutions that improve collaboration, efficiency and accuracy across the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. Trimble applies solutions such as positioning technologies, asset management and task- or user-specific software applications to help businesses become more productive.

  • What to Do When Your Cost Estimators Don’t Like Change

    What to Do When Your Cost Estimators Don’t Like Change

    You can convince your estimators that there’s a better method to cost estimating than using spreadsheets. Here are some ways to position construction estimating software as a win-win for everyone.

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  • Do Your Construction Estimates Make You Look Like a Dinosaur?

    Do Your Construction Estimates Make You Look Like a Dinosaur?

    Don’t let technology pass you by and hurt your ability to stay relevant. Construction estimating software is a smart and easy place to begin to embrace new tech and keep up with owners’ expectations.

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  • How to Calculate the ROI of Construction Estimating Software

    How to Calculate the ROI of Construction Estimating Software

    When your estimators have been relying on traditional methods like spreadsheets to produce estimates, making the leap to construction estimating software can be a big one.

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  • Should Trends in the Construction Industry Make You Rethink Your Estimating Processes?

    Should Trends in the Construction Industry Make You Rethink Your Estimating Processes?

    Industry trends are giving future-focused construction contractors pause, causing them to take a closer look at their processes and find ways to be more flexible and efficient—or risk falling behind.

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  • Your Estimating Spreadsheets Are Good Enough… or Are They?

    Your Estimating Spreadsheets Are Good Enough… or Are They?

    Some construction estimators feel their spreadsheets are better than dedicated estimating software. But there are risks to spreadsheets which are compounded by the complexity to make them fit for use.

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  • Make Sure Your Construction Estimating Software Pays Off with This Six-step Plan

    Make Sure Your Construction Estimating Software Pays Off with This Six-step Plan

    You may be well versed in the advantages of construction estimating software, but if the challenge of implementing it is weighing heavily on your mind, you’re not alone.

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  • How to Turn Your Conceptual Estimates into Your Competitive Advantage

    How to Turn Your Conceptual Estimates into Your Competitive Advantage

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. When it comes to large or complex construction projects, your first impression is often your response to a request for a conceptual estimate.

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  • The Pitfalls of Using Industry Averages for Construction Cost Benchmarking

    The Pitfalls of Using Industry Averages for Construction Cost Benchmarking

    As a construction estimator, you’re under pressure to work quickly. Needing to move quickly, but beware of generic cost estimates. Generic cost averages can’t ensure accurate construction estimates.

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  • 3 Reasons to Think Twice about Turning Down Conceptual Estimate Requests

    3 Reasons to Think Twice about Turning Down Conceptual Estimate Requests

    How do you decide if conceptual estimates are really worth pursuing? Read this post to discover a few key considerations that can make your decision clearer.

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  • 5 Ways Paper-based Construction Files Are Costing You

    5 Ways Paper-based Construction Files Are Costing You

    General contractors are losing money relying on paper-based construction files. Learn the 5 ways paper-based construction files are costing money, and how digital cost-estimating can help.

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  • Two Tell-tale Signs that It’s Time for Construction Estimating Software

    Two Tell-tale Signs that It’s Time for Construction Estimating Software

    Spreadsheets are a familiar estimating tool for a lot of industries. Because they’re a staple of the business software mix, they’re an easy choice. That doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for you.

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