August 19, 2010 -- Estimating software, used also for project management, is a staple of the electrical contracting business. McCormick Systems, for example, has offered a suite of electrical estimating products for ECs since our founding (by an electrical contactor) in 1979.
What about other types of contractors? Datacom and systems integrators, security dealers, building automation contractors, and others in the low-voltage business can use the automated building systems version of our software.
But not until now – with a new introduction set for fall 2010 – has the company provided software specifically designed to serve contractors who work on the national, regional, and local transmission & distribution power grid.
“Line contractors are a different breed, really in a different business,” explained President Todd McCormick. “We know that. We've waited until we got our estimating software, and our database, to precisely where these contractors need it to be.”
While a construction project for a typical EC consists of buying and installing lighting, switchgear, wire and cable, and everything from UPS units to wirenuts, line contractors are dedicated to digging holes, planting poles, and hanging high-voltage cable on them (or rehabilitating, renovation, and/or maintaining existing power lines).
“We've listened to these contractors,” McCormick noted. “Now, they estimate using spreadsheets or estimate it by hand. Systems created to serve ECs doing product installation inside buildings will not work for them.” “So we had to create something new.”
About McCormick Systems
Privately owned McCormick Systems (Chandler, AZ) is the nation's leader in software used for electrical and ABS estimating and project management. The company's products enable contractors to quickly produce consistent, profitable estimates for electrical and voice-data-video work, and more. More information: www.mccormicksys.com or 800-444-4890.