IntelliBid Feature Descriptions
100,000 electrical, data cabling and low voltage materials database with more than 50,000 prebuilt assemblies
IntelliBid includes a database of over 100,000 electrical, data cabling and low voltage material items with more than 50,000 prebuilt assemblies that include over 500,000 assembly options to choose from. The database can be modified or customized by the user to increase the number of items and assemblies or add materials specific to their industry. The database in IntelliBid has been developed over the years by former electrical contractors and estimators who know what it takes to get the job done right the first time. The ConEst database comes ready to use right out of the box!
Online Material Pricing through NetPricer® Service
With an online connection from IntelliBid to NetPricer® Service, you are provided instant, up-to-date material prices for accurate and aggressive bidding – your prices from your account at your supply house!
Epic®, Tra-Ser® and Expert Estimator® Link
This link allows the estimator to connect to the pricing service to either view or import items directly into the IntelliBid database and/or a special job file.
11 Material Columns for Price Service and Supply House Pricing Updates
The database of materials in each level of IntelliBid can be updated by Trade Service Tra-Ser or Epic pricing services. You can also create custom pricing for your local supply houses. Store and display pricing for 10 supply houses by setting up your vendor discounts for a material database that reflects your true material costs. The 11th column represents Trade3C pricing. You can also import your favorite supply house pricing right into IntelliBid. Have your supply house provide you with your price list. IntelliBid will absorb the information and generate a custom supply house price list ready to use.
Modify Database and Assemblies with Cut, Copy and Paste
With IntelliBid you can add items to the material and assembly databases with Cut, Copy and Paste. Point and click your way to a custom database built to your specific needs.
Onscreen Reference Numbers
The IntelliBid database includes over 100,000 electrical, data cabling and low voltage material items that can be identified by user-defined stock number, UPC code number, catalog number or item number.
Database Items Search Functions
Use the IntelliBid Explorer or Find function to search for materials in Item Maintenance and Item Library Maintenance.
Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)
Open Database Connectivity in IntelliBid provides a uniform access method which allows the user to integrate their program database with other ODBC compliant programs such as Microsoft Project, Excel, Access, Word, etc. ODBC allows these other programs to use the data in IntelliBid.
Journal Message Center
Use IntelliBid's Journal Message Center to email and record Bid Proposals, Submittals, Change Order Proposals, RFIs, RFQs, Trans-mittals and phone memos, including inbound emails for complete communication tracking.
Custom exports to major accounting software packages
IntelliBid is delivered with several custom export files for major accounting packages. For a list of accouting software that IntelliBid exports to, vist our Industry Links page http://www.conest.com/Industry-Links.asp and refer to the category for Account Software.
Access Bar Lets You Moves Quickly between Program Functions
The Access Bar in IntelliBid lets you move quickly and effortlessly through the estimating process. Point and click between screens to create or modify your estimate. The fewer mouse clicks you need to make, the faster you’ll get that bid out the door.
Instant Takeoff with Untitled Job
Begin takeoff instantly as soon as the program starts. No need to create a job just to get prices on a couple of items. Decide later if you want to keep the information or not.
Easy Item Search in Takeoff
Search the IntelliBid database by item description, manufacturer catalog number or IntelliBid's item number. Use the same dynamic search function to locate items that are already in your takeoff or to search for comments added into the estimate.
Assemblies with Installation Degrees of Difficulty on Individual Items
Set up your assemblies with distinct labor factors on each item. IntelliBid will automatically correct your labor units to address the requirements of each installation.
Take off Items and Assemblies with Material,Labor and Quantity Adjustment Controls
When taking off multiple installations, simply set the Quantity Control setting in IntelliBid to the installation count. The Takeoff and assembly item quantities will be adjusted automatically. Not all installations of like material should carry the same labor unit. Variables such as height, building construction, access and working conditions warrant adjustments to the standard labor unit. The estimator can easily factor the labor unit for these varying conditions by using the Labor Adjustment Controls in IntelliBid.
Automatic Labor Factoring
The Automatic Labor Factoring feature automatically combines all installation variables affecting labor such as building elevation, mounting height, parallel conduit runs, wires in a raceway, etc. to determine the final labor factor for each item. This feature brings a higher level of accuracy and consistency to all your estimates!
Alerts for Missing Prices and/or Labor on Items before Calculating the Bid Total
Have you ever missed entering a quote value in your estimating or Have you ever missed entering a quote value in your estimating or neglected to price or labor an item? IntelliBid notifies you of missing prices and/or labor on items and allows on-the-fly entries. Before you can recap a bid with your final price, IntelliBid stops the bidding process with alarms that display all items and/or quotes that are incomplete.
The new Job Spec feature lets the user preset assembly group options and job settings for faster takeoff!
PowerSuite™ – The Right Tools for the Job!
SMART SYSTEM™ TECHNOLOGY
(available as add-on modules)
The following features with a (*) are included in IntelliBid Plus and Pro and are available as individual add-on modules for IntelliBid Lite:
* Smart Substitution with Built-In NEC Tables
When changing from EMT to MC cable or copper to aluminum conductors, IntelliBid automatically resizes the conduit and changes the quantities, counts and lengths and all components of the installation to make the substitution correctly and completely based on built-in NEC tables. Not just Find and Replace – with IntelliBid it’s Smart Substitution.
Use Advanced Breakout when you need to know unit prices for one item or multiple items in your estimate. When you need to know the cost breakdown for a 200-amp feeder, simply highlight the feeder and IntelliBid will give you the per-foot cost instantly. Use Advanced Breakout to identify daily work tasks for project management and labor or material scheduling.
*Takeoff Count Sheets
The Count Sheets feature in IntelliBid emulates familiar takeoff sheets. User definable columns on each Count Sheet help you organize your bid by setting up devices and fixtures by E-Drawing. Device and fire alarm symbols provide for easy, accurate counts with the click of your mouse, scaler or CAD system. The Count Sheets feature replaces the Fixture/Feeder Power Tools feature found in earlier versions of IntelliBid and ConEst2000. Counts Sheets are included in IntelliBid Plus, Pro and Design Build and available as an add-on feature for IntelliBid Lite.
Preview an assembly before takeoff. AssemblyVue lets you see a list of all the items, along with the multipliers and labor factors, many with bitmap images.
View all the details about an item onscreen before takeoff, many with bitmap images.. This feature also makes it easier to edit items in the database.
View job conditions using the built-in JPG image viewer in IntelliBid to display images from your digital camera right on screen during takeoff. Having a picture of a job site available during takeoff helps the estimator determine the need for additional labor, material or change orders.
Connect a GTCO® Digitizer to IntelliBid for increased speed and accuracy when measuring and counting items on your drawings. Connecting a GTCO tablet to your program will speed the time it takes to go from estimate to bid.
The following features with a (**) are included in IntelliBid Pro and are available as individual add-on modules for IntelliBid Lite and IntelliBid Plus:
Some jobs require material assemblies that are specific to a particular installation type. With the Temporary Assembly feature in IntelliBid, the estimator can create an assembly specific to any individual installation right in takeoff. If desired, the user can then add the assembly to the permanent database for use with future bids. Quick, timesaving and efficient...Temporary Assemblies!
With the Change Order feature, you can create an estimate within the original estimate without having to open and track a separate job and without affecting the original bid. Link the estimate and change order to ConEst's project management software, JobTrac, to track your project and any changes to the original contract.
**File Security = Peace of Mind
Multi-user security in IntelliBid lets you set user passwords for controlling access to your valuable database. The Job Manager feature allows you to establish security at the user level on a per job basis. Control who can update pricing, delete jobs or freeze/unfreeze bids. You can relax with the peace of mind of knowing that your jobs and your database are secure with IntelliBid.