It is always great when people from our industry send information that they found helpful so that I can share it with our membership.

Mike Mario from Regina Auto Body sent me a link to a terrific article on ADAS Calibrations, you can view it here:

Joe Cardiff, who is now doing body shop consulting, sent me this short little gem from Mike Anderson on Cyber-attacks on your business. Can you imagine having to pay someone $30,000 in Bitcoin so that you can access your own company’s data? Take 2 minutes to read this:

Ann Vincent from Mitchell contacted me to share a tip that shops should put into practice so that their operating system can perform to its full potential. She plans to do a number of articles and even some Lunch & Learns to help shops get their Mitchell products working the way they were designed to operate. Here is her first tip:


Did you know that having too many estimates in Mitchell Ultramate can lead to poor application performance and database corruption?  Mitchell recommends keeping the number of work in progress estimates under 300.  If you can keep that number even lower than 300, we encourage you to do so.  When it comes to Archiving Estimates here are a few questions that will help determine what should be moved to archive and what needs to remain in Ultramate.

–          How many estimates do you currently have in Ultramate?

–          How many of these estimates are associated with jobs that have already been completed?

–          When you are finished with your estimate in Ultramate, are you adding it to the associated SGI assignment in Connect?

There is a common misconception that an estimate must be committed in order to add it to an assignment in Connect, not true.  If you are working on an estimate but are not quite ready to send to SGI for approval, we recommend you save the estimate and add it back to the assignment in Connect.  This will release the lock on the estimate as well as help you keep your supplement count in check.  When you are ready to send to SGI for approval you will then need to commit your estimate.  Simply download the estimate to Ultramate, commit your changes, bring the estimate back into Connect and send for approval.

Once you have identified the estimates you would like to archive, determine how you would like to group them.  Example: I want all of my completed fleet estimates to go to FLEET.DBD, or my 2017 estimates to go to 2017.DBD. This will help organize your archives for quick and easy access should you need to access historical data from your archives.

Our goal here is to improve performance and help reduce shop downtime while using legacy Ultramate.  If you require assistance with the Archive process or continue to experience performance issues after Archiving, please contact our Technical Assistance Center at 1-800-448-4401 for further assistance.

She included a PDF on how to Archive Files in Ultramate, you can view it here.

Effective Training Increases Profitability

December marks the launch of our new eLearning Program – BETAG’s latest training innovation.

To complement our existing range of instructor led, On Location training courses, BETAG has developed an eLearning program for writers and technicians, with online eModules and livestreamed eClasses.

The first elements of our eLearning program are primarily focused on non-structural damage to outer panels (currently 60%+ of the work mix in shops).

They are perfect for less experienced estimators and technicians wanting to increase their knowledge, skills and productivity – although early market feedback suggests the content is equally valuable as a refresher for more experienced estimators and technicians.

For more information about BETAG’s new eLearning Program or to book an eCourse, click here.

I-CAR, for all of its quirkiness knocks it out of the park with the article ADAS, Calibration, And Scanning Article Hotspot, you can view it here: . There are a ton of links in this document so find your inner technician geek and go crazy!

COVID19 cases are on the rise and there have been many exposures around various business locations in the province. The OHS Division continues to do regular inspections and they will also be conducting follow up COVID19 enforcement inspections on locations that have had a COVID19 exposure in their workplace.

To be proactive if your business needs assistance in developing hazard assessments you can contact or access the free information at WorkSafe Saskatchewan Employers are reminded to follow the Public Health Order and Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, you can view it here: