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The Estimator’s Reference to
Trimble ACCUBID Classic Software
(Version 14 or earlier)


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About the Author

Don Kiper – Don serves as President of Estimating 101 an electrical estimating consulting and training business.  With forty-two years’ experience in electrical industry as an electrician, estimator, estimating manager, and project manager, he brings the best practices and outcomes for estimating electrical projects.

Content Summary

  • 19 Chapters
  • 206 Pages

A detailed table of contents for each volume is listed below.


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Chapter 1 – Introduction to Trimble® ACCUBID Software      

Chapter 2 – Program Overview           

  • Program Structure
  • Database Structure
  • Database Items
  • Takeoff Libraries

Chapter 3 – Job Schedule Screen

  • Sorting Projects
  • Filtering Projects
  • Job Screen Styles
  • Working with Multiple Job Directories
  • Backing Up and Restoring a Job
  • Setting the Project Status
  • Exporting the Job Schedule
  • Deleting a Project
  • Job Schedule Screen Alarm


Chapter 4 – Starting A New Estimate

  • Starting a New Estimate
  • The Job Information Screen
  • Notes Screen

Chapter 5 – Structuring the Estimate



Chapter 6 – Takeoff Basics

  • Selecting the Takeoff Breakdown
  • Labor Factor Breakdown
  • The Takeoff Libraries and Options
  • Temporary Items
  • Temporary Assemblies
  • Database Find

Chapter 7 – Performing Takeoffs

  • Items
  • Common Assemblies
  • Designations – Fixtures & Distribution & Heating
  • Branch Conduit and Wire
  • Feeder Conduit and Wire

Chapter 8 – Advanced Takeoff

  • Typicals
  • Adding a Note to a Takeoff
  • Quick Takeoff Key
  • Multiple Users and Merging
  • Importance of Factoring Labor
  • Labor Adjustments
  • Rebidding a Project
  • Creating Unit Prices
  • Switching Databases

Chapter 9 – The Audit Trail

  • Filtering the Audit Trail
  • Modifying the Audit Trail
  • Copying and Pasting Takeoffs
  • Reassigning Takeoff Breakdowns
  • Substituting Items



Chapter 10 – Introduction to the Extension Screen

Chapter 11 – Extension Screen Basics

  • Consolidated Item View
  • Setting Up Screen Views
  • Setting Up Extension Views
  • Setting Unit Price Group Defaults
  • Adding an Item

Chapter 12 – Material & Labor Review

  • Modifying Labor & Material Pricing
  • Supplier Link Column
  • Locking Values
  • Re-Extending the Job
  • Labor Columns
  • Understanding Blended Labor Rates
  • Increasing Labor by Percentages in Categories

Chapter 13 – Analyzing the Take-off

  • Filtering the Extension
  • Grouping the Extension
  • Analyze Your Estimate Through Grouping



 Chapter 14 – Bid Summaries

  • Bid Summary Toolbar
  • Creating Multiple Bid Summaries
  • Combining Bid Summaries
  • Modifying Bid Summaries
  • Renaming Bid Summaries
  • Changing the Order of Bid Summaries
  • Switching Between Bid Summaries

 Chapter 15 – Closing the Project

  • Direct Labor
  • Incidental Labor
  • Labor Factoring
  • Labor Escalation
  • Indirect Labor
  • Subcontractors
  • General Expenses
  • Equipment
  • Quoted Materials
  • Final Pricing Screen
  • Setting Up Bond Table

Chapter 16 – Key Indicators

  • Key Indicators Columns
  • Key Indicators Fields
  • Labor Risk Ratio Percentage

Chapter 17 – Multi-Level Breakdown



Chapter 18 – Program Settings & Defaults

  • Options
  • Modifying the Default Job
  • Database Folders
  • Job Data Folders
  • Modifying Make-Up Defaults
  • Installation Labor Factor Table Defaults

Chapter 19 – Reports & Views

  • Setting Up Reports
  • Defining Report Styles
  • Deleting Report Styles
  • Setting Up Global Reports and Views

Part 1 – Introduction & Program Overview – The Trimble Accubid Classic program is the original full featured electrical estimating software solution that facilitates the complete construction workflow, from electrical estimating to purchasing, project management and billing.

Part 2 – Estimate Preparation – Preparation is key to perform an accurate estimate. This preparation will require a careful examination of the contract specifications and drawings. When the estimator attends the project’s pre-bid meeting, he or she must be prepared beforehand and know how to conduct a site examination of a project. Properly setting up an estimate before quantifying the project is vital.

Part 3 – The Takeoff – One of the main responsibilities of the estimator is an accurate quantifying of the project. Every estimator must develop a technique that allows for an accurate, detailed, and organized takeoff. The estimator must know the difference between estimating and bidding. Estimating is the quantification of the project and Bidding is the summarization of the project. The estimator must provide a complete list of all direct material and labor costs for a detailed takeoff. Having a knowledge of labor factoring is necessary to arrive at an accurate direct labor hour total.

 Part 4 – The Extension – The Extension Screen gives the estimator the power to check, analyze, and modify a consolidated takeoff. The program allows items on the Extension Screen to be filtered by material and labor options. The Grouping feature provides a quick analyzation of the project by Bid Item, Area, Phase, and System. The Sort Code feature is a powerful option that allows the estimate to be closely reviewed for portions with the largest risks.

Part 5 – Bid Summarization – The Bid Summarization, sometimes referred to as the Bid Recap, must be complete. The Bid Summary feature in Trimble® ACCUBID Classic software is outstanding and provides the contractor with great flexibility in summarizing the estimate.  An accurate takeoff can be useless if the project is not properly summarized.

Part 6 – Settings, Reports & Views – Reporting is customizable for any printouts desired. Learn how to set up company preferences in the Default Project. Trimble® ACCUBID Classic software provides the contactor the ability to have an organized project schedule screen for easy sorting and filtering. The Job Schedule screen allows the contactor to track total volume of estimates as well as first, second, and third place bids.


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