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Like I said just learn xactimate and give up on old crap, Xact is the future.
I am not angry guy, come on. I am just telling you that the future of the estimating software is integration of graphical estimating with estimating platform (sketch) and continuous feedback from the field adjuster via network (xactnet). In Simsol you awkwardly draw room by room in an old CAD version that makes you wanna cry. No 3d rendering at all. For example with super cutup roofs that I handle every day (mixed slope, pitch, bunch of dormers) it is IMPOSSIBLE to work those in Simsol. Yes, it's a good database with friendly interface but that's not enough nowadays. And the agrument "oh, gosh, I've been using it for 10 years and now I have to use another program" .. is ridiculours, get yourself into classroom and learn. Once you learn xact it is incredibly powerful program. Come on, carriers switch to xact not only due to their marketing but also when they realize how good this program is.
Posted By Ray Hall on 20 Aug 2009 03:37 PM
This topic with about four or five posters has confirmed what I was predicting was the future of of storm claims back in 2003. Roof measurements by satellite. Estimating programs that can be ran by high school computer nerds from home. Macro,s, copy and paste etc etc. 20 eye balls in the experience room and 50 FICUS taking photos will close 1,000 storm losses per day, quicker, more accurate, more QC and less expense than 200 "one adjuster one house" system used today. Ten adjusters instead of 200. And it will work. The cost per file for estimatics will be a real factor, with simplicity/cost the main focus
:) Will not happen. :) Hail damage can not be determined from satellite. In fact I would even PREFER to have drawing of the roof done by eagleview, so I could just do my test squares and get off the roof. Second. Number of layers to remove, dripedge, valley metal, kind of shingles still have to be determined by an adjuster. Third, interior damages are not adjustable from out of space. Fourth, who is going to negotiate with a contractor? :)
Can a person look at a photo of a roof membrane and see physical damage ? Yes. Can a camera see moisture on the back side of a floor or wall? Yes. Can a person measure a roof, without ever getting on the roof? Yes. Can a person draw a foot print of the foundation and then add in the hips, gables, valleys, dormers and then add 15% and be within 50 SF ever time? Yes. Can a fire adjuster estimate a total fire loss on a dwelling and contents, if nothing but a slab exist or just ashes in an outline of the foundation... for that matter can a flood adjuster? Yes to both. Never happen. Happens several hundred times ever day. How does that happen?, if it never happen? How do adjusters settle losses if they never see the loss. They do somehow or they would not be paid for settling losses. What have I missed? It,s settled and thats what adjusters do
I agree 100%, if you do not need adjusters to crawl on roofs. and they can be settled without crawling on a roof, what have I missed.?
That link isn't working too well, but I can see the neighborhood.
Yeah, those Atlanta area roofs are the most cut-up beasts. Architects on drugs. Whatever happened to those simple gable roofs that didn't have leaking valleys and skylights...
A relative of mine is a home builder and told me, (which I already knew) that homes are being built with high cut up roofs to make the structure look bigger than it really is. It seem we americans are more interested in looks than we are simplicity. No wonder the housing market went to hell with the additional costs invovled in this construction methodology. We seem to have lost our zest for simplicity.