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How contractors employ tech solutions to help mitigate pricing woes

When The Boldt Co. was asked to submit a proposal for a new building’s structural steel package based on very limited drawings of an existing one, the estimating team didn’t flinch. Using BIM software Autodesk Revit, Boldt designers were able to model the building in a matter of hours and send a detailed cost breakdown of the required tonnage to a fabricator, which sent back a price within a day.

“The typical way of doing it — sending documents to the subcontractor and having them do takeoff and pricing — would have taken a minimum of a week,” said Mark Nolta, corporate director of estimating and preconstruction for Boldt.

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