Real-Time Construction Accounting Software



BIS® Essential

BIS® Essential is a construction-specific accounting and management system designed for smaller or start-up companies.

It's ideal for contractors who don't yet need all the functions that are available in the other Editions, but want to have accurate and up to date job cost information that off the shelf software cannot provide. Easy to learn and use BIS® Essential has all of this and without the high cost usually associated with construction accounting software.


This powerful version of BIS® uses some of the best features from BIS Professional and Enterprise Editions.


Real-time means free time:

With BIS®, there are no cumbersome procedures for batching entries or closing months. Advanced technology allows BIS® to make your office more efficient by eliminating manual procedures that waste your time.



Reports you need:

With BIS® Essential, you'll have many reports at your fingertips to accurately determine the status of your jobs and your business.



Import your estimates to create a budget:

Import estimates from just about any estimating software out there or from standardized Excel® spreadsheets! Save a significant amount of data entry time by using this powerful BIS® feature.



Job Billing:

BIS® Essential contains all of the billing functions available in the other Editions. You'll find AIA® billing and forms along with Change Order, Cost Plus, Lump Sum and T&M billing.



Payroll has never been easier:

All Editions of BIS® have built in functionality for prevailing wage and certified jobs. You can customize additions, deductions and tax deferred items per employee.



BIS® Essential grows with you:

Since all of the BIS® Editions use an identical software architecture, file structures and operating processes, you'll be able to easily upgrade to another Edition by purchasing additional modules and users when you need them.


To find out more about BIS® Essential, see our feature listing by module.


Builder Information System (BIS®) is the fast, flexible and scalable construction accounting software you need to grow your business. With 4 Editions, 18 modules and up to 3,000+ variations of reports, BIS® is construction software for any size company. BIS® supports AIA® billing, certified payroll reporting and accurate job costing information in real-time. Construction accounting should be profitable, not painful; that's why BIS® technology is light years ahead of the competition. BIS® job cost software will ensure that you maximize your time and money on the job, not on difficult to use construction software. If you need construction accounting software that goes far beyond generic accounting programs, then BIS® is the industry solution you need. Video: What is real time accounting?