Go iPave Adds Up
Go iPave is a software program for measuring and estimating residential and commercial paving and pavement maintenance projects. Since 2009, the tool has aimed to make it easier and faster for paving contractors to view and measure property from their computers.
In September 2021, the company released Go iPave Instant Estimator, which allows paving contractors to produce time and materials estimates as they measure the job. “It’s a fully customizable system for automating the estimating process,” said Go iPave President Curt Conrad.
How to Use It
The user enters an address into the software, and Go iPave pulls up the property in high resolution satellite and aerial imagery. “Go iPave is very intuitive and easy to use, so contractors can start measuring in minutes,” Conrad said. Go iPave also offers support via chat, email and phone, he added. “It’s a fast, accurate way to measure and calculate materials contractors need to bid and win jobs.”
The user can zoom out to see the entire project or zoom in to view details like cracked pavement. Go iPave’s oblique imagery feature lets users see the property from multiple angles and trajectories, as well. From there, the user selects the measuring tool to measure area, distance, volume, count and more, before exporting the data into a spreadsheet.
Prior to the launch of Instant Estimator, which is an add-on service for Go iPave users, customers would use the measurements made with Go iPave to calculate time and material manually or with other programs like Excel. “With Instant Estimator, users can get time and materials estimates in real time as they measure,” said Chris Ascolese, Go iPave’s head of business development.
With Instant Estimator, users can create a library of all the services they offer and customize each service based on materials used and their production rates. “They can do their job costing based on what they know their crew can do,” Ascolese said.
For example, if a user knows their crew can fill a pothole of a certain size in a set amount of time, with a specific amount of material, they can enter that information into Instant Estimator. The next time they perform a job of that type, those calculations will be done automatically based on their parameters as they measure. Users can also change those parameters if they find they’re working more quickly than anticipated or if they expect a complex job to take more time or material.
Beyond Measuring & Materials
Although Go iPave and Instant Estimator can be used in tandem to measure jobs, estimate materials and more, the tools can also be used as a sales tool or a property intelligence asset.
Go iPave’s Groups feature allows users to separate, categorize and color code measurements in multiple ways. For example, the user could group sections by treatment type. The Groups feature can also be used to outline each phase of the project.
“This provides a great sales experience to show prospective customers how their job will be handled,” Conrad said. “Potential customers are impressed as they see their job unfold visually one phase at a time. And, those site maps provide operational excellence by ensuring crews are performing the work efficiently and correctly.”
The tools can also be used as a property intelligence asset, Conrad said. “When you need to go back to a property for another service years later, you can easily pull up that data from past projects there,” he said.
Users can also use the Tag feature to organize projects by zip code and type of work. “Tagging is a powerful feature that allows you to see what types of work you’re doing most,” Conrad said. Tags can also be used to organize potential projects into specific marketing campaigns that you might repeat in the future.
Go iPave in Action
Exterior Maintenance Service LLC, Nashville, Tennessee, regularly makes use of Go iPave’s Groups feature to walk potential customers through projects. “We noticed that almost every potential customer commented about how impressed they were with the property map, and some said it influenced their buying decision,” they said.
Eosso Brothers, Hazlet, New Jersey, said Go iPave has made its estimating more efficient, which has enabled them to bid more work. “We still have to put time into pre-inspections, but not as much time out walking the site with a wheel,” the company said.
Conrad summarized it well: “Go iPave significantly reduces measuring time and fuel costs. Over time, these systematic efficiencies can produce compounding competitive advantages and profit for your paving business.”