Asturian Group, Inc. is a general contractor in the DC-area working almost exclusively for federal agencies, including just about every federal agency in its locality.
Asturian Group was losing money because subcontractors in the field often worked off of outdated drawings. Revisions were made frequently, and it was virtually impossible to ensure everyone was using the most current set of plans.
Procore's drawing management solution gave the general contractor the ability to align the teams so that the field, office, and accounting staff could collaborate and access project information in real-time.
"Asturian has projects in eight states now," explains Geoff Bambini, who works at Asturian with the Business Development and Management Organization teams. "We are experiencing exponential growth. We went from basically no revenue, to three million, to seven million, to almost thirty million."
When Geoff joined Asturian, he was looking for an intuitive, cloud-based, cutting-edge software and found Procore. After watching a demonstration and realizing how well Procore worked, Geoff bought the platform. Once Asturian launched Procore, they were blown away by the quick implementation and functionality of Procore's solution.
"When I was looking for a software company, I wanted to make sure that the company was standing on its own. Procore fit that description exactly," says Geoff. "I was concerned when I bought my previous solution because it was taken over by Meridian, and then it became something else. It went through an evolution that just didn't work. Procore stands totally on its own."
When asked how long it took Asturian to implement Procore, Geoff said, "Within 45 days, we had Procore up and running. The tech support that we received from Procore was wonderful and unexpected. We had never seen anything like it before." He continues, "The evolution and the change it has caused in our company is revolutionary. Especially, if you consider that we've only been using it for a year."
Geoff praises Procore's customer service and says it had a large part in the success of Asturian's quick implementation process.
It Is a challenge to implement a team of construction folks who are not computer geniuses, but Asturian's experience has been positive across the board. "The biggest challenge with any implementation is getting buy-in from people who aren't as tech savvy. I have an older gentleman in my office who didn't know much about computers before, but now he's distributing all of his submittals through Procore," says Geoff.
After investing in Procore, it was clear to Asturian what kind of return they would see in terms of improved efficiency and time and money saved. For starters, they looked at how much time they were spending to process a subcontractor agreement.
"It used to take nearly an hour for contract administrators to prepare, print, package, and put the agreement in the FedEx envelope. With a couple hundred contracts a year, at $30-$40 per man-hour, per subcontract agreement, we're looking at upwards of $10,000 saved just in this task alone."
Geoff also appreciates that Procore's platform reduces overhead. Being a small business, Asturian has to make sure such costs are minimized. Procore ensures the company never has to hire additional resources, especifically in the office for administrative purposes. "That's a testament to Procore's ROI—I'm saving two to three salaries worth of money."
Geoff believes that Asturian is almost at the stage where errors are completely eliminated, a huge risk-saver.
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