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Feature Index


 

Professional Bid Package and Management Reports

Is your bid package substantially superior to your competitions? Does it give your customers a reason to want you to do their work? If not, then it should.


All of TurboBid's reports are automatically generated from the information entered during the estimating process. This means that you can generate highly professional bid packages and reports with a click of a button.


TurboBid's best of class documents are extreamly detailed and present a professional appearance. You can select to display Item and Assembly pictures in the documents to show your customers exactly what you're including in your proposal.


  1. By Category - Per Tab (View)

  2. By Category - Tabs 1 and 2 (View)

  3. By Column - Per Tab (View)

  4. By Column - Tabs 1 and 2 (View)

  5. Tab 2 - Add / Delete (View)

  6. Bid Price by Phase (View)

  7. Work Order (View)

  8. Invoice (View)

  9. Options Price List (View)

  10. Formal Proposal (View)

  11. Take-Off Analytical Details (View)

  12. Purchase Order (View PO Settings) (View Purchase Order)

  13. Flat Rate Price Book (View)



 

Item Editor

  1. Video Tutorials

    1. Toolstrip Icons and Information

    2. Overview Pricing Detail

    3. Labor Details

    4. Additional Info and Images

    5. Pricing Details Tab

    6. Descriptions Tab

    7. Specifications Tab

    8. Other Options Tab

  2. Overview Tab (View)

    1. Multiple documents are displayed beneath the Item’s Image (Catalog, Instructions, Spec Sheet, etc.).

    2. A large image of the item is displayed.

    3. Assign Your Own Company ID # to items. (View)

    4. Price Details. (View)

      1. List Price (Trade) and TurboBid Price (Target) will always be displayed.

      2. If the TurboBid Price is set as the Item’s Default Price Source.

        1. An * will be displayed before TurboBid Price. The * indicated that it is the Default Price Source.

        2. The TurboBid Price name is a link that will take you to the Default Price Source settings.

      3. If a Vendor has been set as the Item’s Default Price Source.

        1. A new row will be displayed beneath the TurboBid Price, and an * will be displayed before the Name of the Vendor. The * indicated that it is the Default Price Source.

        2. The Vendor Name is a link that will take you to the Default Price Source settings.

    5. New Pricing Unit of Measures. (View)

      1. Per: Assembly, Bundle, Bag, Bulk Pack, Box, Case, Carton, Coil, Dozen, Foot, Gallon, 100 Linear Feet, Inch, Jar, Jug, Kit, Pound, Meter, Pail, Piece, Pint, Quart, Rod, Reel, Spool, Yard.

    6. Added a Standard Package Quantity. (View)

      1. Even though an item might have a Per Each unit of measure, the item might be priced for a case of 12 bulbs, or a jar of 50 anchors. The new Standard Packaging Quantity is for these situations. Enter the quantity of items that are in the Per Each package price, and your estimates will use the correct price for each individual item in the package.

    7. Labor Details. Select one of the following. (View)

      1. TurboBid Labor Unit.

      2. Use Global Adjustment (x.xx%)

      3. Custom Labor Unit

    8. Change Item’s Image. (View)

      1. Three icons have been added to the top left of the image.

        1. Select Image File.

          1. Use this to select a new image for the Item. File Explorer will open and you simply browse to and select the image you want to use.

        2. Select Image from Image Catalog.

          1. This will open your Image Catalog. This only includes Images that you have added. Select the Image that you want to use for the Item.

        3. Clear Image.

          1. This will Clear any Image that you had previously selected to use. Once you Clear an Image, the Default TurboBid Image will be displayed.

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  4. Pricing Details Tab (View)

    1. You can now assign an Unlimited Number of Material Vendors to an item. (View)

    2. You can select one of the following Default Price Sources for each item in your database. (View)

      1. List Price.

      2. TurboBid Price.

      3. Lowest Vendor Price.

      4. Default Vendor.

    3. Added a Vendor SKU # for vendors who use an SKU # instead of UPC # (Home Depot). (View)

    4. Added a Manage Vendors section where you can manage all of your vendor’s information. (View)

  5. Descriptions Tab (View)

    1. Added a Catalog Description.

      1. The Catalog Description will be a longer, more detailed description of the item.

    2. Added a Quantity Take-Off Description.

      1. By default, the documents will use the Item’s Description. If you want to use a different description, enter it into the Quantity Take-Off Description.

  6. Specifications Tab (View)

    1. Added a Properties Section that will be used to define what items are displayed in TurboCloud. This will allow you to quickly display items with Wiring Properties such as EMT, Romex, MC, PVC, etc., or to display only White devices. While properties are in this version, the new filter system will be available in the next version, which should be released in about a month.

      1. Properties will be grouped into categories such as Manufacturer, Brand, Series, Color, Wire Type, Material, Type, Size, etc.

      2. All Properties that are included in the selected TurboCloud folder will be displayed on the left side of TurboCloud.

      3. Each Property will be displayed with a checkbox.

      4. Checking a Property checkbox will cause all items with that property to be displayed.

    2. Added a Specifications section that will be for informational purposes only and will not be used for filtering.

  7. Other Option Tab (View)

    1. This is where you select Applicable Options for the item.


 

Manage Vendors (View)

  1. Added the ability to Manage Your Material Vendors.

  2. Create and manage an unlimited number of vendors.

  3. Your vendors information will displayed in your Vendor Purchase Orders.


 

Assembly Editor (View)

  1. Video Tutorials

    1. Add Items to Assembly

    2. Replace Assembly Items

  2. Added a Company ID field. (View)

    1. This can be used to add your accounting system’s ID number.

  3. Each Item will display the price and name of the selected Default Price Source. (View)

    1. List Price.

    2. TurboBid Price.

    3. Lowest Vendor.

    4. Default Vendor.

  4. Each Item will display the name of the Lowest Cost Vendor. (View)

  5. Added a new method for Replacing an Item in an Assembly. (View)

    1. Click the Add Item to Assembly icon in the top left section of the editor.

    2. The view will switch to TurboCloud’s Items Tab.

    3. A "Drop Item Here” target will appear floating over the Item Grid in TurboCloud.

      1. You can Drag and Drop an Item from the Folder Tree or from the Image Grid onto the Target.

      2. You can select to Replace the Item in all Other Assemblies.

  6. Added a new method for Replacing an Item in an Assembly. (View)

    1. Select the Item in the assembly that you want to replace with a different item.

      1. Select the Item in the Assembly and click the Replace Selected Item icon in the top left section of the editor.

      2. Or Right click on an Item within the assembly and select Replace.

    2. The view will switch to TurboCloud’s Items Tab.

    3. The Item that you have selected to replace will be expanded and highlighted in the Item Tree. Typically, the Item you want to use to Replace the selected Item will be in the same area of the Item Tree.

    4. A "Drop Item Here” target will appear floating over the Item Grid in TurboCloud.

      1. You can Drag and Drop an Item from the Folder Tree or from the Image Grid onto the Target.

      2. You can select to Replace the Item in all Other Assemblies.

  7. Change Assembly’s Image. (View)

    1. Three icons have been added to the top left of the image.

      1. Select Image File.

        1. Use this to select a new image for the Assembly. File Explorer will open and you simply browse to and select the image you want to use.

      2. Select Image from Image Catalog.

        1. This will open your Image Catalog. This only includes Images that you have added. Select the Image that you want to use for the Assembly.

      3. Clear Image.

        1. This will Clear any Image that you had previously selected to use. Once you Clear an Image, the Default TurboBid Image will be displayed.


New Material Screen (View)

The new Material Screen has several purposes.

  1. Video Tutorials

    1. How To Open

    2. View Material and Order Groups

    3. Grouping

    4. Replace Items

    5. Order Quantity and Additional Cost

    6. Price Source

    7. Purchase Order

  2. View the Material in your Estimates.

    1. You can view the Material for Each Take-Off Tab. (View)

    2. You can view the Material for Combined Take-Off Tabs.

    3. Each item will display the Item’s Default Price Source. (View)

      1. List Price.

      2. TurboBid Price.

      3. A Default Vendor.

      4. The Lowest Priced Vendor.

  3. Group the Material Screen by. (View)

    1. None. (View)

    2. Category. (View)

    3. Job Phase. This is a great feature that displays the Total Labor Hours for each Job Phase. (View)

    4. Manufacturer. (View)

    5. Price Source. (View)

  4. Create Separate Order Groups for the Material in your Estimates. (View)

    1. You can create Order Groups for each Take-Off Tab.

    2. You can create Order Groups for Combined Take-Off Tabs.

  5. Edit the Material in your Order Groups. (View)

    1. Change the Order Quantity to account for minimum order size.

      1. You can select to Add the Additional Cost of the extra material ordered to the estimate.

      2. If the quantity of an item is revised in the Take-Off tab, the material screen will revert back to displaying the Order Quantity with the Bid Quantity.

    2. Change the Order Quantity if you have the material in your inventory.

    3. Replace an Item with a Different Item. (View)

      1. Right-click on an Item and select Replace.

        1. You can select to replace the Item with a different Item in every Assembly in the Database.

        2. You can select to replace the Item with a different Item in just the Assemblies in the Estimate.

          1. All Assemblies that include the Item in the Estimate will be displayed and you can select which Assemblies to replace the Item.

        3. You will be taken to the Item's tab of TurboCloud.

        4. A "Drop Item Here” target will appear floating over the Items in TurboCloud.

        5. You can Drag and Drop an Item from the Folder Tree or from the Image Grid.

    4. Change an Item’s Material’s Price Source to. (View)

      1. List Price.

      2. TurboBid Price.

      3. A Different Vendor’s Price.

    5. Reset the Price Source for all Items. (View)

      1. Select to reset every Item’s Price Source to.

        1. Item Default.

        2. List Price.

        3. TurboBid Price.

        4. The Item's Default Vendor.

  6. Create Purchase Orders. (View PO Settings) (View Purchase Order)

    1. Added a Purchase Order feature that will allow you to generate Material Purchase Orders.

    2. The Purchase Order Settings screen will prompt you to select the Material to include in the Purchase Order.

      1. Estimate Name.

      2. Order Group (Combination of Take-Off tabs).

      3. Price Source.

        1. A Default Vendor Name.

        2. List / TurboBid Price.

          1. You’ll be able to select to order the List or TurboBid Priced Items from any of the Vendors that you have created. While this will use the List or TurboBid Price, it will generate a Purchase Order with the Vendor’s information.

          2. You can also select to use no Vendor information in the Purchase Order.

        3. Job Phase.

          1. All Job Phases in the Estimate will be displayed. You’ll select which Job Phases to include in the Purchase Order.

    3. The Purchase Order Settings screen will prompt you to select the order information your Vendor will need.

      1. Purchase Order #. This will allow you to trach the Purchase Order in your accounting system.

      2. Delivery Date.

      3. Deliver To.

        1. Select to deliver the material to the Jobsite. The Jobsite information will automatically be filled in from the Project Info tab.

        2. Select to deliver the material to your Companies Shop. The Shop information will automatically be filled in from the Setup Wizard.

        3. Select to deliver the material to a different location.

          1. You will enter the Delivery Address, Attention To, and Phone #.

        4. Note. You can enter a Note with specific instructions regarding the delivery.

    4. The Purchase Order Settings screen will allow you to include Vendor SKU #, Material Prices, and Item Pictures in the Purchase Order.



 

 

Proprietary TurboCloud Technology

 

Estimating systems need to be installed locally on your computer rather than being online so that you're not held hostage to an internet connection. The problem with other locally installed estimating systems is that after you download their database, you're left on your own to add new items and to create your own new assemblies.


Where TurboCloud comes into play is that as time goes by, we continue to add new items and assemblies to our master database. Through our exclusive TurboCloud technology, you're able to access these new items and assemblies and add them to your local database.


We host our TurboBid master database on a secure Microsoft Azure SQL Server located in the clouds. The TurboCloud control panel, which is located in your copy of TurboBid, communicates with our master database. The left side of the TurboCloud control panel displays the contents of your local database and the right side displays the contents of our master database. You can filter the display to only show the items and assemblies that are in our master database that you don't already have in your local database. You simply drag what you want from our master database to your local database.


Last but not least, TurboCloud also includes a feature that will update the Trade and Target material prices in your local database so that you can be assured that your material prices are always up to date.



Proprietary TurboCloud Technology
 
 
Grid View
 
 

 

 

Material Database Maintenance
 
 




 

 

Employee List

A multi tab screen displays your Employees, Burden Groups, and Employee Burdens. The list is highly detailed and makes it simple to view everything about your employees, including all of their burdens. It is linked to and interacts with the Employee Wizard and the Burden Wizard.



Employee List
 
 




 

 

Employee Wizard

The Employee Wizard is used to create new employees as well as maintain existing employees. It is very detailed and is designed in a simple to use step by step wizard format. It makes creating new employees really simple.



Employee Wizard
 
 




 

 

Burden Group Wizard

The Burden Group Wizard is used to create new Burden Groups as well as maintain existing Burden Groups. Burden is the additional costs that you incur because of your employees. It is payroll taxes, insurance, paid and unpaid time off, etc. In order to calculate an accurate bid price, you must have an accurate burden cost for each of your employees. TurboBid's Burden Wizard is very detailed and is designed in a simple to use step by step wizard format.



Burden Group Wizard
 
 




 

 

Per Plan and Value Engineered

Value Engineering a print means that the electrical layout provides the most cost-effective, yet code specific, layout possible.  Devices are added to meet the requirements of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and all applicable local amendments.  Devices are also eliminated and/or relocated in order to lower the cost while still maintaining the industry standard for electrical design. Your customers need to count on your expertise in this area. The architect is not their electrical contractor, you are. If you can lower their cost thru value engineering, you will have an advantage over your competition.



Per Plan and Value Engineered
 
 




 

 

Overhead Cost Calculator

It can be difficult to determine your company's overhead costs. TurboBid includes two different overhead cost calculators. One to calculate your overhead cost percentage and one to calculate your overhead cost per hour.



Company Overhead Cost Calculator Engineered
 
 




 

Unique Wizard Format

TurboBid's unique wizard format allows estimates to be completed in a fraction of the time. When you've completed a tab, simply click the "Next" button to go to the next step in the estimating process



Unique Wizard Format
 
 




 

 

Win More Profitable Jobs

TurboBid will help you accurately determine your exact cost. This will ensure that all of the jobs that you are awarded will be profitable. TurboBid allows you to leave the losing jobs to your competition.

 

 

Material Price Updates

TurboBid allows you to keep your material prices up to date with TurboCloud, as well as pricing services from TurboPricer, Trade Service, EPIC, and NetPricer. Many national and local supply houses have agreed to provide TurboBid users with price files to update their material prices.

 

 

Original Bid and Change Order Revisions

You can do one take-off Per Plan and another take-off adding and/or deleting items in order to meet the minimum code requirements. Or you can do one take-off for the original bid and then do another take-off based on the customers walk thru. The reports show both side by side as well as a combined total.

 

 

Code Section

TurboBid features a code section so that you know exactly what the local electrical inspector is going to require. It's a good idea to include all of the code requirements in your estimate. It's never a good thing to have to go back to your customer and ask for more money because you did not include all of the code requirements.

 

 

Automated Reports

All of TurboBid's proposals and reports are automatically generated from the information that is input into the estimate. Your bid package will be generated at the click of a button.

 

 

Automatically Adjust Labor Units

The construction factors of a building make a difference on installation times. Example: The 1st floor's ceiling is constructed of dimensional lumber (2x12). The 2nd floor's ceiling is constructed of open roof trusses. A ceiling outlet will take longer to rough-in on the 1st floor than it will on the 2nd floor. TurboBid's electrical estimating program automatically adjusts the installation times based on the construction factors of a building on a floor by floor basis.

 

 

Adjust Labor by Room or Location

TurboBid gives you the ability to assign a labor difficulty to each room or location in your take-off. If you feel that a certain area will be more difficult to install material in, simply enter a percentage and TurboBid will automatically adjust the normal labor units for all of the material to be installed in that location.

 

 

Adjust Labor for Ceiling

Material installed in ceilings typically take longer than material that is installed elsewhere. TurboBid allows you to assign a degree of separate degree of difficulty for the ceilings in each room or location in your take-off. TurboBid will automatically adjust the normal labor units for all of the material that is to be installed in the ceiling.

 

 

On-Screen Take-Off

TurboBid includes an optional interface that allows you to quickly complete your take-off by using the digital blueprints that you receive from your customers. TurboBid is seamlessly linked to Planswift's on-screen take-off software program. Simply click on the symbols displayed in your on-screen blueprint to mark the symbol just like you would on paper prints. The quantity counts and/or linear measurements are then automatically added into TurboBid's take-off tab. TurboBid also provides a huge library of symbols that you can add to your digital blueprints for value engineering or design build. This fantastic feature saves both time and money!

 

 

Employee Skill Level

Use adjusted hours if you have workers that perform at less than journeyman production. This might be the case with an apprentice or summer help. For example, if the apprentice is producing half of what a journeyman produces, the entire crew is going to have to work more hours to make up for the apprentices lack of production. TurboBid's estimating program will calculate and add the additional hours that the entire crew will need to work in order to make up for the apprentices' lack of production.

 

 

Labor Rate Increase

TurboBid automatically calculates the amount of increase to add to all of the units in the project to account for any upcoming labor increases. Example: The project is scheduled to start in April and you have a labor rate increase that will start in June. You don't want to have to go back to your customer and ask for an increase two months after you have started the project. You also do not want to add the full labor increase to the units that will be built prior to the increase. If you do, your price will be too high to get the project. Based on the number of units that are in the project and how many units are built per week, TurboBid's electrical estimating program will calculate the correct amount to add to each unit to offset the labor increase.

 

 

Average Man-Hour Cost

The crew can consist of different pay rates and benefits. (Example: 1 Foreman, 2 Journeymen, and 1 apprentice) TurboBid will automatically calculate the average pay rate per hour as well as the average burden per hour for the entire crew.

 

 

Trade and Target Material Price

Each item in TurboBid's material database lists both Trade and Target pricing. Trade pricing is the manufacturer's suggested list price, and Target pricing is the average price that you can expect to pay for the item at your supply house.

 

 

Global Labor Unit Adjustment

Each item and assembly in TurboBid's database uses a realistic labor unit.


Other programs use a traditional Column 1 labor unit that are usually on the high side. The problem with Column 1 labor units is that they include additional labor that you might not incur. TurboBid's labor units only include the time that the item or assembly will actually take to install. Any additional labor is added on a job by job basis. In the Additional Labor section, you will add time for deliveries, daily job set up, paperwork, driving, sweeping, etc.


Since every company produces differently, you have the ability to globally adjust the item and assembly labor units to fit your company. If you find that TurboBid's labor units are a little high, or a little low, simply enter a percentage and every item in TurboBid's database will be adjusted by that percentage.


This method provides a great way to fine tune your labor units to reflect how your past job came in. If you find that your estimated labor hours are coming out a little high, or a little low, simply adjust the global percentage.

 

 

Room by Room Take-Off

Take-offs in TurboBid are completed on a unique room by room or location by location basis. The take-off spreadsheet is pre-loaded with the rooms or locations that are on the blueprint along with the required assemblies. Take-offs are not only incredibly fast but they are also extremely accurate and detailed. This method allows you to submit a proposal to your customer that lists the assemblies that are included in each room or location.

 

 

Lost Project Report

The lost project report consists of each project that you were not awarded. It lists the project information as well as who you lost the job to and by how much. It can list the either the dollar amount or the percentage that you were higher than your competition that was awarded the job. This historical data can assist you in adjusting your bid price.

 

 

Project Notes

Clicking on the "Note" icon will bring up a screen where you can keep notes for the project that you are working on. The current date is automatically entered for your new entry. This is a great feature if you speak to the builder, architect, etc., and you would like to make a note of the conversation for future reference.

 

 

Manpower Database

TurboBid keeps a database of labor classifications. A labor classification is a name for a worker who receives a certain pay rate and burden rate. For example: Foreman, Journeyman, Apprentice, helper, etc. Each classification includes the employee's pay rate, benefits, corporate burden, and any future pay rate increase. In the direct labor section of the estimate process, you simply select the manpower classifications from the manpower database.


There is also a great Billable Rate Per Hour calculator that will help you calculate how much you need to charge for each employee. The employee's Pay Rate and Billable Pay Rate Per Hour are two different animals.

 

 

Built-In Security

To open TurboBid, you need to enter your user name and password. You also have the ability to restrict access to individual projects to certain users. If you would rather keep the bid price and other sensitive data to yourself, you can set up a user with data entry only restrictions. This means that you can set someone up to enter data into the estimate while restricting them from viewing any of the pricing screens.

 

 

Estimate Checklist

TurboBid's estimate checklist allows you to verify that you have completed all of the necessary steps in generating an accurate and complete estimate. Simply check each item verifying that you have completed the required step. When an item is checked, it changes from red to green. When all of the items have been checked, the icon on the main screen turns from red to green. This provides a quick visual indicator that your estimate is good to go.

 

 

Video Tutorials

Learning a new software program can be daunting. With TurboBid, most of the screens have interactive videos that will guide you through how to complete the screen.

 

 

Database Back-Up

You can enable TurboBid to automatically back up its database to your hard drive. That means if you accidentally lose or corrupt TurboBid's database, you can reload it from the back-up.

 

 

Use Your Own Logo

TurboBid allows you to use your own logo in all of the printed reports and proposals.

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