Oman Systems, Inc. and the Panama Canal

Panama Canal

In honor of nearing 116 years since the original opening of the Panama Canal, we wanted to share our company’s tie to this historic project.

So, how is a construction software company connected to the Panama Canal?

The Panama Canal first opened as a 300 ft., one-way passage on August 15, 1904

After World War II, increased commercial shipping volume made shipowners resort to larger vessels. This increase in demand and ship size caused 48-hour wait periods to pass through the canal. 

After pressure from ship owners reached its peak, funding was raised to widen the canal to 500 ft.    

Now, here’s where Oman Systems’ predecessor company, Oman Construction, comes in.

For the first time in history, outside contractors were selected to work on the canal. Oman Construction was awarded the contract for the final 8.3 miles of the Gaillard Cut. This section was the most dangerous part of the project because of the risk of landslides. This stretch of the canal also required workers to seamlessly complete the project alongside the daily ship traffic. 

Not only did Oman Construction complete this dangerous part of the project without incident, but the company also wrapped up 19 months ahead of schedule. 

Not to brag, but we don’t know many software companies who can boast connections to the Panama Canal as well as the Trans Alaska Pipeline, FDR’s swimming pool, and the largest earth-fill dam in the U.S.

A software company with a long line of construction history under our belt, that’s who we are.

Oman Systems Referral Program

Refer a future client, get $100! No one knows our industry and it’s professionals better than you. That’s why we have decided to roll out a referral program.

Here’s how it works: if you know someone in the heavy highway industry who may be interested in one of our products, click the link below, and fill out our referral form.

We’ll give them a shout, and if they become one of our customers, we’ll send you a $100 gift card of your choice.

Switching to an Estimating System | 5 Things You Should Know

Estimating Software

Making the change from using Excel to a full-blown estimating software may seem like a daunting task. 

After all, like many estimators, you likely have a fine-tuned process and developed your system after years of industry experience. 

Not to mention, you have elaborate spreadsheets and years worth of pricing, labor, and historical data to consider. 

So, with all this in mind, if you’re considering making the switch to an estimating system, here are some things you should know:

Eliminating Errors is Key 

Even the most seasoned estimators know that when you’re working with spreadsheets, errors happen.

Consider this: have you ever had an extra row in your spreadsheet cause the totals to be incorrect? Item costs that did not get added to the bid? Forgotten to add a cost for an indirect or bond? 

Now, what if I told you the chances of a miscalculation in a spreadsheet can be virtually eliminated? 

ProEstimate.NET has built-in checks and balances as well as “Bid Check” functionality to limit the risk of such omissions. This improved accuracy reduces the time spent correcting bid errors and virtually eliminates mistakes.

You will also no longer need to worry about a file being accidentally deleted or moved to a different folder. All data is stored in one location where every user has shared access.

Error-free estimating has a pretty nice ring to it. 

Standardization Improves Bid Accuracy 

Speaking of eliminating errors, standardizing your estimating process also greatly reduces the chance of mistakes.

By using an estimating system, you can add structure to your project set-up, crew building, bid closeout, and more. This structure improves productivity, enhances profitability, and, again, reduces errors. 

The standardization of reports within the system allows management to review an estimate in the same manner, every time, regardless of who put the estimate together.

Implementation Shouldn’t Be Painful

If you decide to make the switch to using an estimating system, the implementation process is an important part of getting started. 

However, this process shouldn’t require an exorbitant amount of work on your part. Beware: some companies require you to fill out 15+ spreadsheets to get your system up and running. 

At Oman Systems, we only ask for labor and equipment to get you started with ProEstimate.NET

An estimating system is meant to make your life easier, not burden you with spreadsheet homework.

Treat Training and Support Like a Necessity, Not an Added Luxury 

When you make the switch to estimating software, you should have access to expert training and unlimited technical support.

Many companies require you to purchase an additional support package to get the help you need. 

The standard should be 24/7 support without any additional price tags or hoops to jump through. You should also be able to pick up the phone and easily reach a real person, every time.

Don’t settle for less than optimal, all-inclusive support.

Finding Systems that Work for You is What’s Most Important

Most companies will say you need to use all of their products (and yes of course we highly recommend our field management, crew scheduling, dispatch, and bid tabulation software), but what is most important is making sure you’re getting what works best for you. 

Your estimating software should be able to pull data from a variety of systems rather than forcing you to make a switch that you might not want or need. 

Your estimating system should be able to integrate with all of your systems, including accounting, field, takeoff, and more. 

Before switching to an estimating program, make sure you get all of the information you need and make this a one-time move, done the right way.