My team bids for commercial flooring. Estimators often work on very large projects, large enough to necessitate multiple measure files (performance is an issue in large files). Or we have various bid options in separate measure files. Bids requiring multiple measure files presents two main downfalls for us that could potentially be solved if we had the ability to link two or more measure files.
One: it is difficult to manage the product list across multiple measure files. If they could be linked, presumably changes made in one file would be automatically adopted in all linked files (product specs and color chip assignment). This would save time and improve communication.
Two: Currently to consolidate multiple measure files requires manual editing. I would like to see an option to invoke a consolidated worksheet that sums all like items from all linked files. This could be a standalone worksheet or could be accessed from any one of the linked files. I need to be able to export the consolidated worksheet to RFMS.
This would necessitate some sort of link managing tool.
This idea could also include the ability to copy/send a drawing page to a new measure file (similar to Excel function to "Move or Copy..." a sheet to existing or new workbook).
Alternately, if I could append a worksheet to an existing Bid Pro then number Two above would be solved. However, product list linkage across multiple measure files would be helpful regardless.
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