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Quick Bid Manufacturer Database - Simpson Strong-Tie®

Reference Number: AA-04798 Views: 893 Created: 05/13/2020 03:24 pm Last Updated: 06/10/2021 03:38 pm 0 Rating/ Voters
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Simpson Strong-Tie Database

For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-TieĀ® has manufactured connectors for the construction industry, and today is one of the largest suppliers of structural building products in the worldWith the help of Simpson Strong-Tie, On Center Software now provides hundreds of structural building products in the latest version of the Quick Bid database.

Download

Download the database below. The database is in Masterformat 2016 and includes Labor and Assemblies.

 Download Simpson Strong-Tie 

Save the downloaded installer file someplace where you can find it easily - your "Downloads" folder or your Desktop are best.

Distribution

This database is free to all clients under a Maintenance Subscription with On Center Software, and running the latest release of Quick Bid. If you've let your maintenance subscription expire, just contact your Customer Success Manager at 866-426-2447, to renew today.

Installing

After you download the installer file, double-click it to start the installation. You'll immediately be prompted to enter the password.

Passwords are case-sensitive. 

Just follow the prompts to "install" the database to your OCS Documents folder. There are two databases installed, one for Quick Bid and a companion for On-Screen Takeoff

Caution
Usually, the database is installed to the default OCS Documents folder, located at "C:\OCS Documents". On some computers, if you have additional hard drives mapped (such as external hard drives or USB drives), the installer may create an "OCS Documents" folder and install the database there. You can copy it to the folder where you store your Quick Bid and OST databases.

Opening Your New Database 

After installing, open Quick Bid.

Click File > Open or the Open Database button,

Quick Bid Open Databases dialog box open

 Place a checkmark in the "Open" box next to the name of the database you want to open and then click OK.

You are prompted to update the database to work with your version of Quick Bid, click Yes and follow the additional prompts to update the database.

upgrade database prompt

The new database is shown in your Bid Navigator. Follow the same process to open the companion On-Screen Takeoff database, if desired.

Using Your New Database

You can start bidding in this new database, but that's not recommended. The new database will not have your Master information in it - such as Payroll Settings, Payroll Classes, Markups settings, etc. So, we recommend that you create a new database and synchronize the Trade database into that new database, first, then synchronize your existing Quick Bid database into the new database - this updates the database Masters to match whatever you have in your existing, working database

For information on Synchronizing databases, see the Quick Bid User Guide (in the left-hand Table of Contents) for your particular version of Quick Bid. Here is the link for Quick Bid 4.99: QB 4.99 - 15.05.03 Database Maintenance - Synchronizing Databases. Reminder: Projects/Bids are not copied during synchronization - you'll do that separately after synchronizing - this is also covered in the User Guide. 

After synchronizing, you need to check a few other things:

  • Default Markups and Indirect Expenses - under Tools > Default Markups and Indirect Expenses, you need to configure your new database to match your existing database - these settings copy over when synchronizing database, however, it is best to err on the side of caution before you start bidding.
  • Payroll Settings - You also must make sure your Payroll Settings (Tools > Payroll Settings) are configured correctly. Again, Payroll Settings are copied from the "Source" database during synchronization.
Warning

Do not synchronize the Trade database into your existing database (making your existing database the "Destination") - you may overwrite custom Items or other Master records, or update pricing on Items unintentionally.

The Source database's information is always what you'll see after synchronizing database - the Destination's is updated/replaced.



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