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The Cypher1 Software Suite

The Best Electrical Estimating Software in the Industry Today

SEC Solutions offers you the best electrical estimating software in the industry today. So popular that it has already been widely emulated across the industry. It provides contractors with the next generation of software tools for estimating by building on the success of our previous software, Premier Plus, and Win.it. Cypher1 maintains the SEC principals of a simple, easy to use and understandable interface that gets the job done quickly and efficiently.

The Cypher1 Software Suite, simply the best electrical estimating software on the market.

Modules

 

Best Electrical Estimating SoftwareEstimating

SEC’s new state of the art and much emulated Cypher1 is the best electrical estimating software in the industry. It provides contractors with the next generation of software tools for estimating. Building on the previous success of Premier Plus and Win.it, Cypher1 maintains the SEC principals of a simple, easy to use and understandable interface.

Designed using Microsoft’s most modern programming languages combined with an SQL database structure, Cypher1 is the perfect estimating solution for use on either single user or multi-user network platforms featuring full compatibility with Microsoft’s latest operating systems.

With the ability to create Kits and Favourites on the fly and automatically generating a recently used library of products, estimating has never been easier or quicker. Wholesalers preferential discounts can be imported via Excel documents for accurate costs, and comprehensive “what if”modeling features ensure estimates have clearly defined and adjustable profit margins. This provides fast and effective value for money for all sizes of contractor

Cypher1 estimating software providers users with:

  • Specially designed for contractors of all sizes
  • Built for ease of configuring and use as well as being easy to learn
  • Integrates with SEC’s price updating service with a comprehensive range of products
  • Feature rich with a full technical support backup services
  • Split screen estimating interface for quick access to pricing data
  • Can make use of dual monitor configuration
  • Any number of section headings with unlimited sub-sections
  • Section and page wizard to avoid repetitive key entries
  • Ability to amend total hours and cost across sections for ‘what if’ adjustments
  • Keep a track of tender documents and call logging
  • Import and export from existing estimates
  • User defined labour and material cost centre and mark-up codes

Contract (Job) Costing

SEC’s new Cypher1 electrical estimating software and mechanical Contract Costing software provides contractors with the next generation of software tools for effective and consistent job contract management. Whether the requirement is for small works, reactive sales invoice generation, and cost tracking or for full management of major projects for Application and Certificate production and monitoring, Cypher1 can do it.

Interfacing with all aspects of the Cypher1 suite, our contract costing software gives up to the minute accurate and invaluable information about contract performance and expenditure against budget. Contract Costing provides a unique overall view and summary of all services by integrating with SEC’s Cypher1 Estimating, Sales Invoicing, Purchase Order Processing, Stock Control, and Planned Maintenance modules.

With active Post Code links, integrated email and Outlook Calendar for functionality, and MS Office import/export functions, Cypher1 Contract Costing is intuitive, easy to use and productive straight out of the box.

A few of the benefits offered by our electrical estimating software include;

  • Timesheet posting,
  • Subcontractor records
  • Van stock management
  • Comparison against estimate
  • Comprehensive built-in configurable security
  • Report generator
  • Customisable job sheets and sales invoice layouts
  • Invoice checking
  • Chart views
  • Document storage
  • Call logging
  • Integration with SEC’s pricing database services
  • Integration with Sage Line 50 accounts systems

This module will make your business more profitable by evaluating the expenditure on jobs before it’s too late.

  • A Contract Costing software package designed to track and monitor costs and profit for small works as well as major projects
  • The new grid formats enable industry-standard drag and drop technology to arrange the on-screen data as the user requires. Many areas are colour coordinated to make easier reading and the report generator enables virtually any report to be obtained.
  • Integrates with SEC’s price updating service to give a comprehensive range of products.
  • Feature rich, simple to use Cypher1 is the best electrical estimating software with full technical support backup service.

Purchase Order Processing

Best Electrical Estimating Software - Purchase Order ProcessingHaving the best electrical estimating software allows us to offer complete control over purchases, deliveries, material and expenditure allowing engineers the ability to allocate order limits including marking orders as awaiting authorisation.

We understand that ensuring expenditure is kept under strict surveillance is imperative to running an efficient business. Getting control back when things get out of hand is simple with this module. It’s designed from the ground up to be easy to set up and easy to learn.

It also provides full colour purchase order printing, personalised headers and terms & conditions which can be directly emailed to suppliers in PDF, XML or RTF formats.

Other features of our purchase order processing module include:

  • Quick POP wizard
  • Links to estimating and contract costing modules
  • Instant statistics view can display items due by date, items on back order, by job, supplier or by engineer
  • Provides the contract costing module with committed costs summary and instant check back to purchase orders
  • Links to Sage Line 50 for direct posting of purchase invoices to supplier and nominal accounts
  • Full user security and password protection

Sales Invoicing

The Sales Invoicing module of the best electrical estimating software in the industry today offers the fastest return on investment figures possible. It links into other modules and the gives you the ability to create invoices from within the Job Costing module itself meaning your invoices are produced and reach their target much more quickly. Consequently, your turnover is improved and customer payments come through faster. Other benefits of our electrical estimating software and features include:

  • Sales Invoicing is kept in line with the rest of the Cypher1 suite, being easy to use and learn and extremely intuitive; learning from your parameters as you go.
  • Customer agreed prices can be set up together with discount structures and settlement terms, all aiding with the streamlining of the procedure and the cutting down of costly human error.
  • Invoices can be checked and edited before printing and posting to Sage Line 50, and an on-screen graphical analysis of each invoice produces a fool-proof profitability check.
  • Flexibility is the key whether it be daywork invoicing, month end invoicing, final account or point of sale invoicing. Cypher1 offers the best electrical estimating software solution.

Sales Applications

The Sales Applications Module enables interim claims to be produced quickly and efficiently.

  • All calculations are included; Percentages complete, MCD deductions, Retentions and VAT to be included
  • Contract Values can be imported from the SEC Estimating Software, broken down into individual Section Values
  • Claims can be produced at any time based on the users’ estimate of current values
  • A Layout Designer is included to enable personalized printouts
  • Shortfalls between the amount claimed and the amount paid are automatically catered for
  • Retention percentages can be altered to suit each claim
  • Customer information can be recalled from the SEC Solutions Customer Database
  • Variations can easily be added and included in future claims
  • Printouts of individual sales Applications OR a Summary of all sales applications can be obtained, the later showing totals over a selected period, of monies claimed, received and retained, and of MCD deducted.
  • VAT Invoices can be created automatically on receipt of payment
  • Progress Charts show at a glance completion percentages

Best Electrical Estimating Software - Sales Applications

The Cyper1 Software Suite

The Best Electrical Estimating Software in the Industry

Stock Control

The SEC Solutions Stock Control program controls and monitors stock and asset issues. Part of the Cypher1 software suite electrical estimating software, the Stock Control module offers numerous features and benefits including:

  • Stock can be imported from the SEC database and prices can be updated in line with the updating service we provide
  • Unlimited locations; be they Bin Numbers, Vans or Site Storage areas
  • Items in stock can be given a unique ‘Part Number’
  • Stock items can be given a default markup percentage for invoicing purposes
  • An excellent ‘at-a-glance’ list of current stock levels is available
  • Goods can be booked directly into the Contract Costing module, or allocated from an estimate via goods required
  • Orders for stock can be placed either from this module or from the Purchase Order Processing module
  • A complete ‘Transaction History’ of every product can be viewed, providing full accountability
  • Unique (non-database) items can be easily added and given a unique identifier code
  • Prices of stock are based on your current supplier prices
  • Agreed net prices can be used instead of the usual trade/discount/net
  • The module comes with many different reports, such as slow-moving items, stock allocation, stock item details, stock location values break down, stock pick lists, stock take sheet, stock valuation and stock statistics

Subcontract Labour Control

Best Electrical Estimating Software - Subcontract LabourTracking and controlling your subcontract labour is an important piece of your business. Our subcontract labour module provides valid certificates and insurance policy checks, as well as automatic VAT calculations. It also ties in directly to our Contract Costing Module for instant analysis of data committed costs. It is simply the easiest way to control sub-contract Labour, from orders placed with, and payments made to your Sub-Contractors.

  • Subbies “On-Stop”™
  • Materials Purchased / Travel Costs
  • Annual Return
  • Instant Analysis of Data Committed Costs (Costing Module Part Payments)
  • Retentions
  • Bespoke Reports and Layouts Full Search Routines as you would expect from the best electrical estimating software.

 

Engineers Maintenance Module (Reactive & Planned)

For reactive and planned engineers maintenance visits and scheduling of time.

  • Asset Registers and visit histories are available and Customers & Sites can be tied in with contract terms to enable speedy and accurate production of Sales Invoices
  • The Engineers Calendar interacts with the Costing Module and web worker feature directly
  • KPI reporting
  • Equipment Register contains full details and next service dates
  • Engineers Maintenance Contract Types determine Billing Requirements
  • Sites and Locations enable easy identification of equipment
  • Resource Allocation enables Workforce to be utilized efficiently
  • Repeat Visits are easily monitored
  • Full Status History is available for all criteria allowing accurate management figures and reports to be extracted
  • Automatic Billing creates instant Invoices (dependent upon other modules being active)
  • Automatic creation of Purchase Orders for materials required
  • Utilizes the SEC Solutions database of Customers, Wholesalers, and discount /mark-up structures
  • Uses pre-formatted text descriptions to save time
  • Report designer enables creation of tailored Work Record Sheet formats from the industry’s best estimating software

Electrical Estimating Software - Maintenance

The Project Module of our electrical estimating software evaluates ongoing costs against revenue to enable accurate future planning, and periodic Invoicing can be easily worked with enabling multiple jobs to be invoiced at the same time.

Along with providing the best electrical estimating software in the industry, SEC maintains and updates Electrical and Mechanical estimating databases with prices on a comprehensive and growing range of manufacturers products for the electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and industrial control markets.

These pricing / estimating databases integrate with the best electrical estimating software in the world, SEC’s Cypher1 (and Winit) software systems. They are used for estimating, procurement and sales invoicing for accurate, up to date costing and quoting.

SEC understands that data is the key to the success of any contractor specific software system, and are more than happy to consider additions to the pricing data service that will benefit our users. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or suggestions for additions to our data.

Data is preconfigured with manufacturers own product ranges to assist with the automatic generation of suppliers preferential discount tables. Product descriptions allow for rapid item searches by catalogue number, manufacturer, text description, colour, size or type of product.

ELECTRICAL (PDF) : Manufacturer Listing Electrical – August 2016

We have ONE Electrical Database, available at ONE price, regardless of the size of business, updated via LIVE UPDATE, every week.

The current item count is over 500,000 and boasts one of the largest list of Electrical ‘Wholesaler Own Brand’ Items:

  • Medlocks: (Avenue range)
  • Newey & Eyre: (Newlec range)
  • City Electrical Factors: (RPP; Sentor; Proteus;Tamlite & Tamlex ranges)
  • W.F. Electrical: (Alto range)
  • Wilts Group: (Wilts Plus range)
  • Senate: (Sector & Citadel ranges)
  • Denmans (Basics & Steeple ranges)
  • Electric Centre: (Acel range)

MECHANICAL (PDF) : Manufacturer Listing Mechanical – August 2016

We also have ONE Mechanical Database, available at ONE price, regardless of the size of business, updated via LIVE UPDATE, every month.

The current item count reaches in excess of 380,000 and includes the BSS (own brand) FULL LIST of items

Supplier Agreed Nets can be imported too, making it totally bespoke to your Company’s pricing structure.

New and Upcoming Solutions

Including web worker, web customer, and web timesheets.

The first in the upcoming line of mobile solutions and web-based software, SEC have released a superb web-based method of sending Job Sheets directly to your operatives in the field. A major benefit of this add-on is that it is truly web-based, which means that it is available from any web-enabled hand-held device including Android, Palmtops, Laptops, Notebooks and PDA’s. (App available from Play Store/Windows).

Once the job has been completed the engineer can send in the report of work done/risk assessment/photo’s/ time on-site etc. This cuts the problem out completely, and eliminates needless office visits. This data is transferred via the internet directly to the Cypher1 system in the office. The electronic job sheet also captures a Signature upon completion of work, this is also electronically transmitted as proof or work completed.

Electrical Estimating Software - Mobile

Features

  • Fast upload of Job Sheets. (includes SMS text option to advise the operative there is a new job logged)
  • Up-to-date job status
  • Links appointment with Google Maps
  • Related Form completion (Risk Assessment/ Health & Safety etc.)
  • Van Stock
  • Site Photo capture
  • Customer signature capture
  • Operative Rating
  • Downloads the completed Job Sheet back into Cypher1 Contract Costing for actioning. (Costing & Maintenance modules required)
  • Prompt issue of Customer Invoice. (Sales Invoicing module required)
  • Simple to set up and use

Extensive testing has been carried out on our mobile solutions, and the service is ready-to-go on any internet ready device.

Mobile Solutions (Web worker)

Best Electrical Estimating Software - MobileThe first in the upcoming line of mobile solutions and web-based software, SEC have released a superb web-based method of sending Job Sheets directly to your operatives in the field. A major benefit of this add-on is that it is truly web-based, which means that it is available from any web-enabled hand-held device including Android, Palmtops, Laptops, Notebooks and PDA’s. (App available from Play Store/Windows).

Once the job has been completed the engineer can send in the report of work done/risk assessment/photo’s/ time on-site etc. This cuts out completely the problem problem and needless office visits. This data is transferred via the internet directly to the Cypher1 system in the office. The electronic job sheet also captures a Signature upon completion of work, this is also electronically transmitted as proof or work completed.

Features

  • Fast upload of Job Sheets. (includes SMS text option to advise the operative there is a new job logged)
  • Up-to-date job status
  • Links appointment with Google Maps
  • Related Form completion (Risk Assessment/ Health & Safety etc.)
  • Van Stock
  • Site Photo capture
  • Customer signature capture
  • Operative Rating
  • Downloads the completed Job Sheet back into Cypher1 Contract Costing for actioning. (Costing & Maintenance modules required)
  • Prompt issue of Customer Invoice. (Sales Invoicing module required)
  • Simple to set up and use

Extensive testing has been carried out on our mobile solutions, and the service is ready-to-go on any internet ready device.

The Cyper1 Software Suite

The Best Electrical Estimating Software in the Industry