The Model Manager (PMM) product solves the problem of creating new models based on existing models. This tool has been created with the specific goal of allowing builders to easily copy base plans and options from one representative model to another new model.
The Timberline Estimating Model and Option database represents the hub and the basis on which the Workflow Management Suite has been based. From the Model/Option database, a builder defines the plans, elevations and options/upgrades for single and multi-family dwellings. From buyer contracts and/or job starts the database generates budgets, purchase orders and sales prices for these plans, elevations and options. The creation and maintenance of this Model/Option Database is a significant part of the Workflow Management Suite user's workflow.
One of the major tasks that confront a Workflow Management Suite user is the need to create new models and/or options in their Sage Timberline Estimating database. One of the most popular strategies for creating a new model, along with its attendant options, is to copy an already existing model.
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The process of copying existing model and options to a new model has been a fairly tedious task up until now. It involved the copying of Group Phases, Phases, Items, Group Assemblies and Assemblies in the Sage Timberline Estimating application. While it has been possible to utilize Timberline's Spreadsheet Editor tool to ease the burden of copying Items, it was still necessary to build the Option Assemblies one at a time in the estimating program. The only other option was to have models/options added to a database by the database-building consultants at BuilderMT.