University of Florida Wins Student Construction Management Competition

For the second consecutive year, a team from University of Florida, Gainesville, was selected as the winner of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ third student construction management competition, which took place during the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) 130th Annual Convention held in Las Vegas.

Members of the winning team were Will Foster, Caleb Strauss (team captain), Schaffer Weeks, Forest Wilson and faculty advisor Jim Sullivan.

Six schools of construction management participated in this year’s competition: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; the University of Cincinnati; and M.E. Ringer Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.

The goal of the outreach to the construction management schools is to raise awareness of the roofing industry by developing roofing-related curriculum that can be incorporated into existing construction management undergraduate degree programs, exploring scholarship programs for both students and faculty members and developing an internship program with interested Alliance members.

Teams participating in the competition were presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Each team was required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. All teams had to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin. For this project, it was important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

Each team submitted written proposals and supporting documents in December 2016, and gave oral presentations at the convention.

Orange County Construction, the University of Florida’s team company had the highest cumulative score. The team had a thorough understanding of the project; a safety plan which included planning, training and execution and a well-prepared presentation. In addition, they were well-prepared to answer judges’ questions.

The University of Florida received a team trophy, a $5,000 L.B. Conway scholarship for their school and individual prizes that were presented during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

Plans are now underway for the 2017-18 Alliance student competition at NRCA’s 131st annual convention in New Orleans Feb. 6-8, 2018.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Work Order Software Saves Contractors Time

The Work Order tool offers templates that can be customized.

The Work Order tool offers templates that can be customized.

Scope Technologies has announced its debut of Work Order tool for ProDocs.

Now contractors can transfer real-time aerial measurement report data into real-time work orders in a few clicks, all on the ProDocs platform. Designed to be paired with Scope Technologies’ takeoff reports, the tool will shorten restoration and new construction contractors’ project timelines. As with Estimates, Work Order introduces a level of customization including line items based on materials, conversions and manufacturers. Templates that can be tailored to feature company logo and color schematics are also a highlight. Additionally, the tool Order communicates with contractors’ distribution channels and talks with retailers for added convenience, saving the contractor time.

With construction starts up 15% in 2015 and projected to increase another 6% in 2016, industry-wide trends indicate contractors are evaluating their strategies and streamlining processes to propel their businesses ahead of competitors. Check out ProDocs Work Order Tool here.

ABC Connect Integrates ABC’s Products with Popular Roofing Software

ABC Connect is an online program that integrates ABC’s products and pricing with popular roofing software.

ABC Connect is an online program that integrates ABC’s products and pricing with popular roofing software.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has created ABC Connect, an online program that integrates ABC’s products and pricing with AccuLynx and EagleView Technologies’ software, so ABC Supply customers can build estimates and place orders whenever it is most convenient for them. By integrating customer pricing information and product SKUs with AccuLynx, contractors now have the ease and convenience of running their businesses from the job site or the office, day or night. EagleView’s cloud-based software provides accurate and detailed aerial roof and wall measurement reports, which are then used to calculate bills of materials and product orders using ABC contractor pricing. Learn more about ABC Connect.

GAF Offers Free Tools to Assist Roofing Contractors

GAF offers innovative tools to help roofing contractors save time and improve their businesses. The newest releases include the GAF Pro Roof Estimator app, the GAF Tips for Pros app and an Android version of its popular GAF Remodeler iPad app. It also debuted the GAF Roofing Shingle Design & Style Guide on its website with HGTV celebrities Genevieve Gorder and Carter Oosterhouse.

GAF is focused on helping contractors to improve their in-home sales process. In a recent third-party study, 43 percent of homeowners said they would be more likely to choose a contractor if he/she had a professional-looking estimate. Based on this need, GAF announces the GAF Pro Roof Estimator iPad App, which is available to GAF factory-certified contractors. This app offers a streamlined, customizable estimation process including roof measurement and inspection pictures, product and warranty selection, as well as other key aspects of creating a professional estimate that will help contractors close more sales.

GAF is also launching the GAF Tips From Pros app to provide assistance in the in-home selling process. This comprehensive collection of best practices from top contractors includes tips on measurement, inspections, warranties and other key areas of the in-home sales process. The app features photos and videos; users can also submit their own tips. Available for the iPad, GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractors can download it from the iTunes App Store.

In addition, using popular HGTV design celebrities’ advice on color and style, GAF introduced the Roofing Shingle Design & Style Guide, a web-based program. Created to help homeowners identify the roof styles that best match their home’s architectural style and their personal taste, this online, interactive shingle selection guide is both visually engaging and educational.

Finally, based on the success of its GAF Remodeler app for iPad, GAF announces a version of the app that is available for the Android tablet. This app allows contractors to take a photo of their prospect’s house and then quickly and accurately map the roof with just a tap of the screen. The homeowner can immediately select and apply any GAF Shingle within their region with a single touch. The app has helped GAF contractors demonstrate the beauty of GAF Shingles, eliminating one of the biggest impediments to closing the sale: answering the question, “How will it look on my house?”

The portfolio of GAF mobile apps enables our contractors to receive real world peer-to-peer advice from some of the best GAF contractors in the business while also providing a platform for our contractors to make an immediate impression with homeowners. “The collective power of our mobile apps will help our contractors make a first impression that is sure to help differentiate them from the competition, providing them with a distinct market advantage,” stated Leslie Franklin, senior product manager at GAF.

Contractor Rush Software

Contractor Rush Software

Contractor Rush Software

H.I. Technologies has created Contractor Rush, cloud-based contractor management software that track leads, estimates, labor, material orders, homeowner documents, contractor completion certificates and warranties. Designed to help contractors run their businesses more efficiently, the software will track payables and administrative tasks, as well as empower a sales force and control leads.

www.contractorrush.com