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The civil construction industry in Alberta is tough. The toughest part: winning bids, building estimates, and completing proposals. It all takes too much of your time—time that should be spent mobilizing crews and moving dirt.
So, why do you fail to win bids, build estimates, and complete proposals effectively? Why does it all feel like such a waste of time? Probably because you are wasting time. You’re wasting time finding the same services, infrastructure, and features over and over and over again in different parts of the province.
You repeat the same process for every new bid. From scratch!! It’s madness. And it probably looks something like this:
For Camps: A quick Google search shows a mish-mash of results. You visit a few websites and make a couple phone calls but there doesn’t seem to be a camp close to your jobsite. Finally, you call a camp provider you’ve used before. They think there might be a camp somewhere near your project, but they aren’t sure. They’ll have to get back to you. You wait… here we go again.
For Fuel: You call your favourite bulk fuel supplier. “Don’t you have something nearby?”, you ask. They have something pretty close. “Probably close enough,” they say. You take the sales rep at their word and hope that your competitors are just as busy as you are and that they didn’t find a closer (read: cheaper) supplier… hope butters no bread, I say.
For Aggregates: You call a local connection you have—she operates a few gravel pits in the area. She’s a high-quality contact. But she can only tell you about her own locations, or about competitor locations (if she’s feeling honest) that are already up and running. What about pits that are available with operators waiting for the right opportunity to open their doors? Never mind… the information she gave you for free will hopefully do the job. You know how I feel about hope.
At this point in the process, most of us have either accepted that we’re submitting a half-assed bid. OR, we’ve hopped in our truck to see things for ourselves. What’s another day on the road…
What if you didn’t need to make that drive?
What if your bid could be whole-ass in half the time?
What if I told you that I’ve bid projects across Alberta in out-of-the-way places and I’ve found all the local information I needed in less than 5 minutes?
Well, it’s all true. Plus, I did it from the comfort of my desk. But it can’t be done with Google. And it definitely can’t be done with a rolodex, a cellphone, a spreadsheet, or with the help of someone in-the-know (even if that’s you). No, you need more help than all of that combined. The good news: it’s a hell of a lot simpler anyway. Let me explain:
LAT60explore.com brings together all the information you need to plan civil construction projects across Alberta in one website. In one map! It’s super simple to navigate (just like Google maps), but with way better information (trust me, Google doesn’t care about the information you and I care about). It’s the information you need to win bids, to build estimates, to complete proposals— all in record time. You know the stuff: camps, bulk-fuel, water, waste, aggregate, weigh-scales, hospitals, heli-pads, to name a few. With LAT60explore, It’s all just a click away. LAT60explore.com is the solution to all that time-wasting inefficiency.
Better still, it’s free to try for 7 days!
So, there you have it: the opportunity to access a service (risk-free) that could revolutionize the way you plan projects. It could save you hours, if not days, of time. It could make you win more bids, build better estimates, and complete proposals in no-time.
Here’s how building a winning bid, estimate, proposal, or project plan looks in LAT60explore:
- Sign up free to LAT60explore.com for 7 days.
- Zoom in to your approximate project location.
- Select the information you want to see.
- Click on features where you want the serious details.
- Export your project map as a PDF and save.
- Print out a big copy and point to it often to look important.
- Conduct follow-up if required (using those map contact details).
- Bask in your own efficiency and newfound time.
There you have it! All the elements of an awesome bid, estimate, proposal, or project plan in a few minutes. That leaves you with a ton of time to fill out all those forms, documents, and questionnaires that your client undoubtedly sent you…
So, why are you still reading this? I’m not going to help you build better projects. You’re going to help yourself. And LAT60explore will be the tool to help you do it.
Consider it your leg-up on the competition, your guy in-the-know, your local connection. Consider it one less drive in the truck, one more night at home, and one more bid won. Whatever LAT60explore.com becomes for you, I’m certain of one thing: it will change the way you plan projects across Alberta. All the while costing less than filling up your truck.
P.S. Here are some common questions:
How can LAT60explore.com help me win bids? LAT60exlpore.com was designed around one founding principle: That we all waste a lot of time “finding”. In our experience, and in the experience of our founding advisory group, this took up the most time in the project planning process. It also had the biggest impact on our success and on our ability to win bids. When it comes to working in the dirt-moving industries the old real estate adage rings true: location, location, location. Location is time. Time is money. Money determines your price. Your price wins (or loses) you the work. The reality: LAT60explorers spend less time “finding” (searching, scouting, driving, and calling around) and more time bidding. They’re able to submit higher quality proposals and they’re able to submit more of them. And so, they win more bids than you do.
How can LAT60explore help me build better estimates? You build estimates to determine how much it will cost you to complete the work. The truth is that most estimates are full of assumptions. Sometimes we identify these assumptions to our clients (which they sometimes use against us) and other times we keep them to ourselves. Some assumptions are worth making, right? WRONG. How you communicate your assumptions is up to you. What you should never do is build your internal estimates based on assumptions. It’s lazy, it’s dangerous, and it’s uncompetitive. LAT60explore.com lets you explore every proposed project site in the province along with the services, infrastructure, and geographical features that surround it. In under 5 minutes, you’re able to rule out any assumptions. Now, your bid is still going to likely contain assumptions—that’s good contract management. But your estimate should never be built on them. Stop making assumptions, start exploring.
How can I justify the cost of LAT60explore.com? One trip in your truck. One stay in a hotel. One fourth of one flight. That’s how you justify the cost. Ignoring all the other benefits of using LAT60explore (actually winning bids and making effective use of your time), the platform costs less than any of the other means to get this insanely specific and targeted information. Plus, and I’m going to get nerdy here for a second, you’re gaining access to what is essentially a custom geographic information system (GIS) platform that would cost hundreds of thousands to develop and maintain. The big guys (the ones who aren’t already certified LAT60explorers) all have their own custom GIS platforms that contain this exact type of information. They’re incredibly costly to build and maintain, but they all have them because the value is so obvious. One successful bid and you’ve paid for it 100 times over. I hope by now, it’s abundantly clear how and why the heavy-hitters in Alberta’s earthworks industry can maintain their competitive edge. They’re more sophisticated than you are. But you don’t need to have a degree in GIS to access this kind of high-quality information (we fully update our system every two weeks). All you need is LAT60explore.com and the playing field will be leveled. How can you afford not to sign up for free? Chalk up one point for the little guy!
I hate the sound of using another software product. How long will it take me to get up-to-speed? Look, if you’re the kind of person that puts together estimates, pricing, proposals, and projects plans, then you’ll take to LAT60explore like a fish to water. It’s by far the simplest way to view the information you need. You’re no doubt finding this information already and you’re probably doing it the hard way. While we will reach out to you to offer a 1-on-1 demo to show off the tool’s power, you can also learn at your own speed by viewing some of our tutorial videos or just by clicking around. Honestly, you should be totally proficient in under 5 minutes. It’s high-powered GIS mapping, simplified. If you can look at a map, you’re halfway there.
Can I use LAT60explore.com to build sketch plans? We have a number of clients who use LAT60explore for exactly that. The tool itself doesn’t complete the process from start to finish, but it does speed up the process and make it significantly cheaper. To start building a sketch plan using LAT60explore it’s super simple. Zoom into the area you’re interested in. Drop the GPS coordinate pin in the middle. Click to export the map as a PDF. Save and send the PDF in an email to Lorne@lat60.com along with any notes or special requirements. We’ll fire back an email to confirm the pricing to complete your sketch plan that will be based on a couple factors to get you the best pricing possible (we can discuss volume discounts). When you give us the green light, we’ll finalize the sketch plan for you and email it back. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Who needs AltaLIS anyway? Say goodbye to those expensive data/map purchases.
Can you help me plan my projects? We have a full-time staff of mapping and industry professionals on the LAT60explore.com team. We’re happy to provide continuous support as you learn the ins and outs of the tool. Our 1-on-1 demo is typically our opportunity to simply plan a mock project (or a real one) for you using LAT60explore! With a team of pros at your disposal, there isn’t much you can’t accomplish. Plus, we’ll stay in touch with you regularly to see if there are features, services, or infrastructure you’d like us to add. Long story short, a member of our team won’t be on your payroll. However, we’re always here to help you get the most out of your account or to simply get you ‘un-stuck’. For more intense and custom GIS work, feel free to visit our friends at www.lat60.com.
I’m the regional expert on our team. Will LAT60explore.com replace me? Not likely. Regional expertise, experience, and that rolodex of yours will always have a place in the planning process and in forming your company’s competitive advantage. However, it’s likely that LAT60explore.com is being used by the young up-and-comers in your office and in the offices of your competitors. Becoming proficient in LAT60explore.com is your first line of defence when it comes to maintaining your regional expertise. It’s a key weapon in your arsenal. It could be your best-kept-secret. If you’re the guy known for knowing the rural roads and local suppliers, let’s keep it that way. Keep your finger on the pulse of every region in the province, from Fox Creek, to Fort McKay. Before you had some regional expertise, some experience, some connections. With LAT60explore.com you’ll unlock a whole new level of understanding that’s current, always changing, and always improving. Spend less time worrying about being replaced, and more time thinking about becoming irreplaceable.
You keep mentioning services, but I only see a few key services on the map. What gives? Our map is meant to be simple and easy to navigate. For that reason, it only contains the most essential services for successfully planning a civil construction project in Alberta. However, we do have a service directory that contains a ton of services not listed on the map. To locate these services, simply visit our directory page and search by selecting the type of service you’re looking for. There are hundreds of service operators in the directory covering every service from water-hauling, to sand blasting, and everything in-between. If you’re new to an area, and looking for a fresh list of suppliers, it’s definitely worth a look.
Some of the information I see on the map, I can find for free on government websites. Why are you charging me to access it? Alright, you caught us. Our map does display some information that’s freely available elsewhere. However, it mostly contains information that’s proprietary; information we created and manipulated with the express purpose of helping civil construction companies plan projects across Alberta. The information you can find freely provides context for our custom data sets. They’re complimentary and useful to view all at once. We’ve also found it to be useful to have all the information in one place to minimize the looking around you have to do (remember, time is money). And searching aimlessly sucks.
Why did you create LAT60explore? Honestly, we were tired of operating blind half the time. And we were pretty certain that other people and companies felt the same way. Alberta is a big province and we’ve worked all over it. We would gain some momentum and have a handful of regional experts on staff, but people move on, things change, and all of a sudden we’re completely lost when we’re bidding on a job near Fort McMurray, for example. We struggled to retain regional expertise, and we struggled to communicate and organize it effectively. Our bids were only as good as the people who put them together. We won some and we lost some more. That’s when we decided to make a change. We have been experts in GIS and mapping for a while now, and so we thought we ought to leverage it, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of industries across Alberta. And so, LAT60explore.com was born. While we’re constantly developing and improving the platform, it’s better than we had ever initially imagined. It’s simpler, it’s more powerful, and we have a really cool team of innovative go-getters. Plus, it’s helped companies from across industries bring efficiency and regional expertise into their project planning process.