SCRS ‘Blueprint Optimization Tool’ wins SEMA New Product Award
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
By John Huetter on November 6, 2019
Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Repairer Driven News
SEMA on Tuesday named the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ “Guide to Complete Repair Planning – Blueprint Optimization Tool” the best new product of 2019 in the collision repair and refinish category.
“Thank you, and what an honor,” SCRS Chairman Brett Bailey (A&B) said Tuesday after accepting the award at the SEMA New Product Awards Breakfast.
“The SCRS Blueprint Optimization Tool software is an automated version of the Guide to Complete Repair Planning,” a SEMA product description states. “The application provides collision repair facilities with an intelligent, easy to use estimate analysis tool. It immediately identifies labor operations, line items and customizable charges that could be overlooked on an estimate.”
The “Guide to Complete Repair Planning” book contains more than 1,000 operations potentially needed during a collision repair. The static document will remain available as a free PDF resource for the industry even after the commercial launch of the software version.
SCRS said it intends to let shops download the Blueprint Optimization Tool software from the SCRS.com website in the first quarter of 2020; members will receive a discount on the monthly subscription price. The initial version will be compatible with CCC estimates but “will soon be expanded to additional estimating platforms,” according to SCRS.
SCRS will demo the software 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday in the organization’s SEMA booth, No. 11173 in the North Hall.
According to SCRS, a shop could minimize supplements by checking its own estimates with the software before starting a repair. The program could also point out procedures an insurer had overlooked on its own estimate, the trade group said. SCRS also said the tool could also help train new employees and ensure consistency among staff repair planners.
Bailey thanked SEMA on Tuesday, noting SCRS was in the “tenth year of this partnership.” SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education series started at SEMA 2009.
He also thanked NuGen IT founder and employee owner Pete Tagliapietra and his team “for helping us put this product out” and the SCRS board members and committees who worked “tirelessly to make this product possible.”