Automation and Integration
Many home building companies have started small and grown to multi million dollar businesses. But in this growth they have retained and modified various estimation packages, and interfaced to various accounting packages. This works for a while but it becomes harder and harder to manage designs, have accurate financial reporting, trade electronically with vendors, schedule projects etc and at some point a decision has to be made on what is a better solution.
The core to a home building company is estimation. Whether you specialise in offering designs with options, building from the owners plans, develop whole subdivisions or do combinations of these, there is only really one integrated software package to build your solution on. This is SAP which is used globally by 100,000 customers in 120 countries in most industry segments. More specifically it is used in over 450 construction companies including commercial, homebuilding and ship building.
All ready there are home building companies in Australia using or implementing SAP.
We have taken the SAP solution targeted for home building and addressed the core estimation module to automate and integrate the sales process and the estimation process. We call this Constructor Ai. This means as options you offer on a house are chosen, SAP will dynamically build you bill of materials, calculate the construction time and start scheduling your procurement. Not to mention - calculate the sell price as well. And if you need to add custom options, make manual changes for 5-6 star, or add in site costs (we automate that as well) this is all possible.
At Radiant Think we will work with the software vendor of your choice to implement Constructor Ai on SAP. Our solution uses standard SAP functionality ensuring that future software upgrades are compatible.
To start your journey contact us now to discuss the possibilities.
Constructor Ai is built on the SAP software platform. SAP provides a comprehensive solution map for the Engineering and Construction industry. When you review this you can see there are many features and these cover all types of construction - not just home building. When you implement SAP you have the ability to use the parts that are applicable to your business.
The core elements of the Constructor Ai solution that are configured for the home building industry are:
- Dynamic BOM Builder based on options selected for the house
- Pricing engine for each option selected
- Project Planning for each house integrated with the Dynamic BOM
- Procurement scheduled to match the project plan
- Cost management tools
- Full integration with finance postings in real time
Outside of these core settings SAP provides a wealth of other options that can be turned on if required.
- Real Estate module if you develop land
- Production Planning module if you manufacture as well
- eCommerce tools to trade electronically
- Document Management system to manage specs, plans and contracts
- Warranty tracking on the house and fittings
Constructor Ai can be used by Configit Quote to provide web based or off line quotations using all the pricing and rules from SAP. In addition images can be used in the selection of options.
Demonstrations and Links
This section contains demonstrations and links that relate to Constructor Ai. SAP caters for the construction industry in many aspects and they have released a solution map that explains the type of functionality available. Here is the link.
Below is how Constructor Ai looks based on the types of business roles within home building. In addition demonstrations are being added to demonstrate how it looks and works.
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I have experience on SAP implementations in the construction industry in Australia. This has been in home building, large construction, and suppliers to the construction industry. SAP is widely used and I focus on how to use the comprehensive functionality in the best ways to suit the differing requirements of each sector.
The power of SAP is the fully featured integration and depth of functionality. Even if you do not choose to implement all the available functionality, you have the comfort of knowing it is there. If your business changes, then you are also likely to have all the tools you need to meet the change. Many other software solutions only do part of your processes, whereas SAP will likely do most of your processes.
Contact me if you need opinions, demonstrations, or a general discussion on whether SAP is a good option for you, and whether I think our offering is also a good fit.