Like most estimators, Robert's team previously relied on the old-fashioned method, working with paper drawings and sitting through tedious manual take-offs.
"Prior to using the Ensign software package, we used to do take-offs manually from scaled drawings, highlighting the services related to our tender package. With two full time estimators, we used to complete approximately 25 to 30 estimates per month.
The old method took a large amount of time to complete, and we were spending a lot of money on having drawings printed, and masses of stationary (highlighter pens etc).
Another issue was that we would have only a single set of marked up drawings, which could often get damaged or lost if taken to site."