May 18, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter
Paul Davis Systems Canada, a mitigation, restoration and reconstruction network, has rolled out an international version of Xactimate 24, a software estimating program for replacement cost calculations, estimate tracking, and data trending in real time.
“Xactimate allows us to provide uniform pricing as well as send estimators across Canada to participate efficiently in CAT situations,” Ken Robinson, the vice-president of marketing and field operations for Paul Davis Systems (PDS), says. “Our users are blown away by the graphical estimating, as well as the flooring and framing tools.”
Enhanced features of the program include:
one-click framing that automatically calculates construction material and labor for framing walls, floors, and roofs
graphic “drop-and-fill” flooring that determines waste and displays cuts visually within sketched rooms
an electrical wizard for instant placement of wiring, switches, and outlets
a new summary matrix screen for enhanced estimate-wide control
real-time training, including many “show me” multimedia helps, throughout the program
The software is a product of Xactware Inc. Founded in 1986, Xactware Inc. is a privately held technology services company specializing in the property insurance, remodeling, and restoration industries.
A year and a half ago, Paul Davis Systems Canada switched from its internal software to Xactimate. All of the PDS offices now use Xactimate exclusively, allowing franchises to access graphical estimating, line-item entry, summary matrix, grouping and dimensioning, third-party integration, one-click framing, flooring tools, and more in both English and in French.
Joel Dagenais, Xactware’s director of Canadian sales, says now, with the French software, Xactimate will be available to Canadian companies from coast to coast.
“To our knowledge, Xactware is the only software provider providing Canada, and especially Quebec, with this level of pricing and language support,” Dagenais says.