Briq automates O’Shea Builders’ estimate-to-budget workflow

Briq helped O’Shea Builders reimagine how they could run their business with automations and sped up the roll-in process by 61%.
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Background

O’Shea Builders is a leading commercial construction services provider based in Illinois. Founded in 1900, they are one of the oldest construction companies in the United States and provide general contracting, civil, and commercial services.

Challenge

“We were spending too much time hunting, gathering, and collating information.”
Harry Schmidt

For O’Shea Builders, getting job cost information from estimating to the field in a timely fashion was a workflow that consumed considerable administrative time. Field teams were working on average 20 days without budgets, and it took the estimating team on average nearly 40 days to get the detail-level estimates into the field. Some projects even exceeded 60 days of work in the field without budgets. In the worst cases, some jobs were completed even before the job costs rolled in. 

There was improvement to be made in this process, but they didn’t want to add more headcount and overhead to solve for it. Instead, they needed tools and technology that would allow them to manage their business more efficiently. These tools are needed to support strategic business goals and help benchmark financial and operational KPIs while keeping costs stabilized. 

Solution

Where repetitive, time-consuming data entry is needed, Briq has the answer. O’Shea decided to change their course of action and use Briq’s automations to help them hit their implementation deadline. They worked closely with Briq automation engineers to identify the data and where it belonged, and figure out the correct steps to extract and input data. The extraction process would be important as the sequence it came in mattered. Automation engineers mapped the process and worked on how to get it out, transform it, and finally re-enter it in CMIC. 

“The plan was aggressive yet doable. We were probably leaning pretty far forward in the straps, but at that point, we were like we had no other choice but Briq.”
– Harry Schmidt

Once the process was mapped, Briq had to scale it across O’Shea’s data and drive forward. The process from getting Briq on board to moving the data from Spectrum to CMIC took three months, approximately half the time it would have taken if it was a manual process. 

At the start, Briq and O’Shea worked to ensure everything was set up correctly on the front end to ensure a smooth transition. Thanks to the time and care taken in the preparation stage, it was a more efficient and accurate process.


“These bots were in the 99% accuracy range and saved us about 6,000 hours of time.”

– Harry Schmidt

“If there is a task that is repeatable that we can have a computer do versus a human, we want to scale our company that way versus through adding headcount.”
Harry Schmidt
Director of Business Strategy
O'Shea Builders

Outcome

“The great thing about Briq is we didn’t have to change how we input information at all, but now, our project managers and accountants have direct access to everything in Briq.” 
Harry Schmidt

Overall, Briq has created flow through O’Shea Builders’ organization, setting them up for success. Critical data like job budgets  are now delivered to the right team in real-time and more visible throughout the organization. Briq has also sped up O’Shea Builders’ debrief process, allowing them to quickly learn from their jobs and work on continuous improvement.

By making a critical investment in Briq, O’Shea Builders scaled up and beyond the level they set out to achieve. They were able to rely on technology and not more people to solve their problems. Briq built a better way for O’Shea Builders to work and get more value from their resources.

“The estimator enjoys his Fridays a lot more these days.”
Nate Rohr, Data Analyst

Systems

ERP: CMIC

Estimating: WinEst

Company size

101-250
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