Boral Asphalt

Benchmark Estimating Software provides Boral with consistency in estimating

Introduction

Boral Asphalt is a national supplier of asphalt with over 35 plants producing asphalt and other materials for surfacing and maintenance of road networks in Australia and the Pacific.  Kevin McCullough, Business Development Manager for Boral Queensland, shows how Benchmark Estimating Software was able to improve the estimating practices for Boral.


The Challenges Boral Faced

Boral needed a consistent approach to its estimating as many of the estimators had their own methods of estimating using spreadsheets.  Because these were personalised there was a problem with consistency within the organisation.  Boral also needed a flexible tool for its estimating to be able to handle both big and small jobs.

Boral’s estimating system needed to be flexible and easy to use to accommodate their broad user group.  Benchmark Estimating Software provides the flexibility and simplicity that Boral required. Because of this, Kevin thinks that “Benchmark is a great program for Boral.”


The Benchmark Solution

Kevin states that one of the primary benefits to Boral was that “Benchmark Estimating Software was ready to go.  Employees can do the whole project and do not have to get other people involved in the estimating process.  This reduces the amount of wasted time with doubling up on work.” The flexibility of the software’s connectivity means that connecting and sharing information with Boral’s other management software was done with ease.

Kevin believes that “Benchmark Estimating Software is useful as a consistent format to review – as a manager I can see where the costs are and I am able to trace the logic through the estimate that I am reviewing.” This means that time and money are saved with the improved accuracy and consistency from both the estimators and the managers within Boral.


Summary

Benchmark Estimating and Boral have had a good relationship for over five years and this is planned to continue into the future.  Kevin agrees with Benchmark Estimating’s other clients about the broad nature and flexibility of Benchmark Estimating Software when he affirms that “both simple and complex jobs need to be done within our organisation – Benchmark makes this possible”. This flexibility has led to Boral’s use of Benchmark Estimating Software within its Timber Flooring and Linemarking businesses.

Find out more about Boral Asphalt from their website.