BidSmart Estimator

The BidSmart Estimator, version 2.0 is an Excel© 2016 workbook (spreadsheet.) Throughout the documentation, and within the application, it is also referred to as simply the Estimator. It uses Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming extensively, therefore Excels macro functionality must be enabled for it to work as expected. When the workbook opens Excel may alert you to this issue (see figure 2.) Enabling the Macros for this spreadsheet is safe. This can also be done by changing the Macro Settings which are located in the Trust Center. See the chapter Possible Error Situations near the end of this document (just before the Appendix.) for help with this issue.  …

Using the Estimator is as simple as entering the Description of the Work to be Performed, generally one specific task of many, and adding values to its costs. Costs are then calculated according to user-defined variables, such as Markup, Labor Rate, and Profit Margin. These variables can be entered directly in the workbook’s cells, or through the various Input forms. Using the input forms is the suggested method as it prevents the user from altering any vital formulas or data, and provides validation so that your entries are usable values.