Case-Story - Build Health International

BUILD HEALTH INTERNATIONAL SELECTS SIGMA ESTIMATES FOR FUTURE GROWTH

Build Health International (BHI), a design build company in healthcare and one of the leading global forces for health infrastructure development, design, and construction in emerging regions of the world has selected Sigma Estimates for their estimating and project execution.

For any organization operating within regions of less economic development and infrastructure, there are business, operational, and process-level challenges to navigate. Build Health International has developed excellent operating standards centered around project management and estimating that help them navigate the complexity of their projects.

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WHY DID BUILD HEALTH INTERNATIONAL CHOOSE SIGMA FOR ITS BUSINESS?

To help improve and standardize our estimating process, we researched a few software estimating tools available on the market. After conducting an online demonstration with the Sigma team, we decided to test their software for one of our current projects at the time. The software worked well with our business needs, and it really helped us respond to the irregularities in material costs and construction methods that we experience in all the different regions that we operate in.

The full implementation process of the estimating software into our business took four to six months, but once integrated we were able to operate with a common template across all our projects. This has surprisingly helped our non-engineering departments in ways that we did not at first anticipate. Our finance team has been able to streamline and standardize their operations because now every project team in the business utilizes the same estimate format. This provides them with standardized cost tracking data during the implementation of projects. Our higher corporate strategists also have a better input to compare business plans during project selection and strategy planning.

The template that our firm created through Sigma is used to develop project estimates across every area of the business. As a living document, our digital estimate is passed throughout multiple teams and iteratively updated as more information about the project becomes available. Raw data and numbers are typically still passed around the business in Excel spreadsheets, however once finalized they are all uploaded into our master Sigma estimate.

Overall, we have significantly improved over the years in our consistency through the estimating and budgeting process of our projects. Build Health International was created in response to the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti. We pride ourselves as an organization that addresses the critical need for design and construction expertise in building high-quality, low cost infrastructure in resource-constrained settings. In order to accomplish our goal of bringing low cost and high-quality projects to reality, we have to be specifically deliberate during the estimating process.

“The ease of use and the ability to filter and sort the information in many different ways are great features of Sigma Enterprise.”, says Fatlum Troshani.