National Lumber Implements the MiTek® SAPPHIRE™ Platform to Manage Estimates and Component Manufacturing
With nine locations and 657 employees (including 55 SAPPHIRE designers/estimators), National Lumber sells 9,000 SKUs and turn-key construction services, generating $300 million in annual revenue.
For his leadership and vision, Manny Pina, President of National Lumber, was recently named LBM Journal's Entrepreneur of the Year.
National Lumber has long used the MiTek SAPPHIRE Suite for structural design, wood frame optimization, and component design and manufacturing. National also runs automated saws driven by the SAPPHIRE BIM models.
It's the shared SAPPHIRE BIM model that is central to the success of this effort. "With SAPPHIRE, we have a unified solution for rapid, accurate quotes, and since we are working from project-specific models, and BOMs pulled from those models, we have consistent and accurate modeling across every aspect of our organization," National's James Anderson explained.
SAPPHIRE goes far beyond the “drawn lines” and "rough counts" that are generated from other estimators, like Planswift, Estima, ProEst, and PrebuiltML. That's because SAPPHIRE draws material quantities from the actual framing model, not just the “rough shape” or the geometric image of the structure. Read the full case study here.
National Lumber runs automated saws guided by the SAPPHIRE BIM models, which are in turn driven by SAPPHIRE design files. As a result, National Lumber's components and framing kits are accurate to 1/16th inch.
Using the MiTek SAPPHIRE platform, National Lumber is able to generate extremely precise estimates, working from 2D PDFs it gets from builders or BIM models it creates in SAPPHIRE.