Computer Estimating System-Design / Implementation

by James L. Lindeman, Ball, Ball & Brosamer, Danville, CA, USA,
Keith C. Crandall, Ball, Ball & Brosamer, Danville, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Applications of Small Computers in Construction


The Ball, Ball and Brosamer (BBB) Construction Company of Danville, California recognized the need to computerize their estimating process in the fall of 1981. This paper is a narrative of the development of that system. At the outset of this development, the company's personnel were not intimate with computers or the data processing industry. The extent of corporate knowledge was easily summarized by their interaction with a service bureau which was processing their accounting, payroll and cost data. This interaction was primarily one of data preparation for an existing package. By the time the estimating system was completed they had gained an extensive corporate level of knowledge in all aspects of computers and have continued to expand that base by increasing engineering applications and hiring additional personnel.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Construction management | Construction companies | Occupational safety | Industries | Financial management | Knowledge management | Construction industry | California | United States

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