Welcome To The Revolution!

What revolution? After all, computers have been around for a while now.

Revolution 2.0 is here. In the first wave, spreadsheets allowed for a little faster rough estimating. Computer Aided Drafting (e.g. AutoCAD) allowed for computer control and storage of necessary drawings. This product builds on these earlier concepts to bring you unprecedented speed and power.

We'll cut right to the chase: You need this product. You may not know it, but you do.

We're not saying this just because we want to sell you a copy. Of course we do. But that's not it. You really need the capabilities. You haven't been able to do what this product does before. And how do we know this? We've been selling this product via more traditional marketing for a few years now. We have a large list of successful and happy customers. We have the experience to know.

The post frame world is fractured. That is, there is no one universal way in which a given thing is done. One would think that a post frame structure is a fairly simple thing to create. But... it's not. It's quite varied. That leads you to ask: why? Well, one answer is certainly self-evident; there are an infinite variety of conditions, loadings, uses, and so on. So sure, there are going to be differences bases on requirements.

When we first started selling this product we expected that. And as the product was selling more and more, we added features accordingly. (No reasonable request is turned down. Ever. We make this for you!) But we also found something we didn't expect.

That "something" was rigidity. And no, we don't mean stubbornness, we mean that we found many customers were virtually locked into doing things in a certain way because there haven't been any tools that make it easy enough to change. A typical example would be where our salesperson would call on customer X, and X doesn't build anything that doesn't use post spacings of N. Pick any N, too. It varies from 6' to 12'. What we found was that a builder will, over the years, get experience in guesstimating quotes providing that the quoted building was based on that particular spacing. They knew that it would break down to, say, $2500 per bay, and it was a heckuva lot simpler to quote that way than doing everything by hand to quote for a spacing change. We also discovered that labor was more often guessed at than calculated; typically, it's something a lot like $N per bay, just like a lot of the quotes were.

This rigidity also has a negative effect on customers, mainly because the buyer may want a warehouse of say 25,000 sq ft, but because of the bay restrictions imposed by a lack of tools, the buyer sometimes had to choose a building that was close, but not quite it.

In other words, there's a lot of really smart people out there stuck with doing things in limited ways because they didn't have tools to do otherwise. This is our mission: we free you up to build what you want, make money, and make things simpler for you by providing these tools. And in today's economy, smart people really NEED smart tools. We know accurate estimating is time consuming. It doesn't need to be.

Ultimately, what this means is that you can quote any building, any time, and you aren't stuck guesstimating. No. You can get it dead right, and within a couple of minutes. You can also take advantage of lumber deals. Let's say you find you can get a certain length, for whatever reason, of SPF #2, for much cheaper than you expect. It takes less than a minute to change the product settings to optimize for that length -- to use it as much as possible -- and you can see the results immediately on any building. You can respond to market conditions Right Now.

Implementing The Philosophy

Creating a building is simple

Draw a box with the mouse. Point to where openings are. Use the mouse to indicate the positions of interior walls, eyebrows, and so on. This aspect is designed to be as simple as possible.

The menu tree is under your control

If you don't use techniques like overlapping purlins, you can simply eliminate this option from the menu. There's no need to have menu items you're not going to use.

YOU control default settings

If your standard is to use say 24" girt spacing, you can set the menu items accordingly and save these as defaults. On subsequent buidings you will always start with the default setting. And as per above, if you don't need to deviate from there, you remove the girt spacing from the menu.

You don't need to do blanket labor estimating

Generating a good quote can become difficult. Labor is particularly difficult. There's no reason to have to guesstimate anything based on bay counts, even if you have always done it this way. With the labor package technology provided, you can instantly get a consistent answer based on the application of formulas. This is the algorithmic approach. Labor can be broken into crew subsections (e.g. roofing, framing, etc.) with each crew getting a different $/hour figure as needed. Application of parts is applied as you desire. For example you can calculate lumber application like girts by connection counts, siding by square footage, and so on. This is a great deal more exact than a blanket estimate of a bay size. Here's how --

Application packages make things simpler

An application package is a way to condense methods. In trim, for example, you could spend hours working out the details. Fascia and other trims that are exposed to the weather may require 8" overlap, whereas trim that isn't may require less. You may normally use a drip cap over windows, but do you want to have to dig into a menu sompleace on every building to make this and the overlaps etc. happen? Of course not. Using application packages, you're telling the system how you go about construction. When your salesperson draws the box on the screen and pops in an opening, the application packages make sure that the building is DONE THE WAY YOU WOULD DO IT.

In the above example, you choose the types of trim that are typical of how you handle things. You can have as many trim packages as you like, each one specializing in a style. This way you can optimize trim for metal roofing or shingle roofing and name the package file accordingly. When your sales staff goes to quote a building, they choose STEEL ROOFING or SHINGLE ROOFING (or whatever the package names are) as needed.

The alternative, of course, is that you have individual control of hundreds of items, and you need to set these individually. That eats time. Packages are the easy way for you to specify what you do.

Now, can you override a setting? Of course! But a package is used so that this is kept to a minimum.

The Revolution is More Than This!

With application packages and speed comes a new capability. In the first wave of the computer revolution, VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet. For the first time, users could easily create "What If?" scenarios. But this capability has been missing in this industry. Speed and concept now allow you to create virtual buildings on the fly, get them right, and make quick comparisons. You can do this right in front of your customer. Now you can play "What If?" not with just a simple number table, but with buildings.

It takes just a few minutes to draw a box or two indicating wings and then drop openings where you need them. You can just as easily move these openings, add new ones, change sizes, change building wing size, and so on. It's easy to dial in what your cusomer wants and get the price and engineering right. No guessing. No "we'll get back to you on that." That's what the revolution is. That's why we think you need this product.

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