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Microsoft Dynamics CRM logo
 
Microsoft Dynamics CRM was first introduced in 2003. Dozens of releases later, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 just released to market. It is a recognized industry leader with most recent honors as the winner in CRM magazine's Market... Read More
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM was first introduced in 2003. Dozens of releases later, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 just released to market. It is a recognized industry leader with most recent honors as the winner in CRM magazine's Market... Read More
 
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Procore is a flexible web-based solution for construction management. This SaaS application offers tools to efficiently manage work flow, bidding, project scheduling and a central dashboard with a quick snapshot of all projects.
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Procore is a flexible web-based solution for construction management. This SaaS application offers tools to efficiently manage work flow, bidding, project scheduling and a central dashboard with a quick snapshot of all projects.
 
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HCSS HeavyBid estimating and bidding software is built specifically for the construction industry. Used by thousands of estimators, HeavyBid helps users build flexible estimates and manage daily bids. The software helps to automate... Read More
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HCSS HeavyBid estimating and bidding software is built specifically for the construction industry. Used by thousands of estimators, HeavyBid helps users build flexible estimates and manage daily bids. The software helps to automate... Read More
 
Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) logo
 
Sage 100 Contractor is a good option for concrete contractors due to its strong labor costing and asset / equipment depreciation features. Companies can use Master Builder for accounting, estimating, or project management.
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Sage 100 Contractor is a good option for concrete contractors due to its strong labor costing and asset / equipment depreciation features. Companies can use Master Builder for accounting, estimating, or project management.
 
B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding logo
 
B2W is an award-winning construction estimating, bid management and project management system for medium and large concrete contractors. It is used by more than 5,000 professionals across the globe.
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B2W is an award-winning construction estimating, bid management and project management system for medium and large concrete contractors. It is used by more than 5,000 professionals across the globe.

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STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a web-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes in most trades. With STACK Estimating, users are able to produce bids with... Read More
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STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a web-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes in most trades. With STACK Estimating, users are able to produce bids with... Read More
 
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Viewpoint's integration of labor, material, and equipment in its job costing module makes it a popular option for concrete contractors. In addition to accounting, the vendor can sell project management on a standalone basis.
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Viewpoint's integration of labor, material, and equipment in its job costing module makes it a popular option for concrete contractors. In addition to accounting, the vendor can sell project management on a standalone basis.
 
ProContractor™ by Viewpoint logo
 
ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More
 
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Foundation Software is primarily differentiated by its focus on labor-intensive specialty subcontractors. The easy-to-use system is popular among concrete contractors generating over $1 million in annual revenue.
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Foundation Software is primarily differentiated by its focus on labor-intensive specialty subcontractors. The easy-to-use system is popular among concrete contractors generating over $1 million in annual revenue.
 
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ComputerEase offers a full-featured accounting, job costing, and project management system that integrates with several different third-party estimating and takeoff programs. It is popular due to its affordability and ease of use.
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ComputerEase offers a full-featured accounting, job costing, and project management system that integrates with several different third-party estimating and takeoff programs. It is popular due to its affordability and ease of use.

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Dexter + Chaney Spectrum logo
 
Spectrum by Dexter + Chaney is used by a wide range of commercial subcontractors, including concrete firms. The system offers accounting, project management, dispatch, and more. Typically used by $10M companies and up.
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Spectrum by Dexter + Chaney is used by a wide range of commercial subcontractors, including concrete firms. The system offers accounting, project management, dispatch, and more. Typically used by $10M companies and up.
 
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CMiC Professional is a cost estimating system for concrete construction professionals that need to calculate industry-specific labor and materials costs. This type of system can accompany accounting and project management software
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CMiC Professional is a cost estimating system for concrete construction professionals that need to calculate industry-specific labor and materials costs. This type of system can accompany accounting and project management software
 
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Microsoft Dynamics SL is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for project-based small and medium-sized businesses. The solution offers industry-specific capabilities for professional services, government contractors,... Read More
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Microsoft Dynamics SL is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for project-based small and medium-sized businesses. The solution offers industry-specific capabilities for professional services, government contractors,... Read More
 
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OnCenter's Onscreen Takeoff is a good fit for concrete contractors looking for simple 2-D takeoff of areas and lengths. Integrated highlighters and color overlays help contractors easily identify different components of plans.
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OnCenter's Onscreen Takeoff is a good fit for concrete contractors looking for simple 2-D takeoff of areas and lengths. Integrated highlighters and color overlays help contractors easily identify different components of plans.
 
Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) logo
 
Sage Estimating is an on-premise based construction estimating software designed specifically to serve contractors and sub-contractors in construction and real estate industries of all sizes. The solution provides interactive tools... Read More
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Sage Estimating is an on-premise based construction estimating software designed specifically to serve contractors and sub-contractors in construction and real estate industries of all sizes. The solution provides interactive tools... Read More

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For contractors looking for an affordable accounting system, JOBPOWER is a good option to consider. The vendor leverages its deep expertise gained over the past 25 years of providing accounting and project management software.
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For contractors looking for an affordable accounting system, JOBPOWER is a good option to consider. The vendor leverages its deep expertise gained over the past 25 years of providing accounting and project management software.
 
PENTA Construction ERP Software logo
 
PENTA is an enterprise system that manages every aspect of accounting, project management and service for construction, engineering and service firms. Delivered via cloud hosting or on-premise, PENTA provides functionality for construction... Read More
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PENTA is an enterprise system that manages every aspect of accounting, project management and service for construction, engineering and service firms. Delivered via cloud hosting or on-premise, PENTA provides functionality for construction... Read More
 
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One of the leading construction estimating systems with 8,000 customers, ProEst offers a broad estimating and takeoff system that can be used by nearly every trade, including concrete. Supports pricing for labor and materials.
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One of the leading construction estimating systems with 8,000 customers, ProEst offers a broad estimating and takeoff system that can be used by nearly every trade, including concrete. Supports pricing for labor and materials.
 
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More
 
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SAP Business All-in-One is a modular Enterprise Resource Planning solution that can be implemented quickly, in some cases as little as eight weeks. It integrates easily with existing tools, and is Mac and iPad compatible.
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SAP Business All-in-One is a modular Enterprise Resource Planning solution that can be implemented quickly, in some cases as little as eight weeks. It integrates easily with existing tools, and is Mac and iPad compatible.
 

Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: March 17, 2017


When it comes to construction projects that require large amounts of concrete, manual “ballpark” methods just won’t cut it. One slight miscalculation can cost you hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions of dollars. That’s why formal concrete cost estimating software is extremely valuable for your construction business.

We have over 60 concrete cost estimating systems listed on our site for you to browse. The estimating software options range anywhere from Excel add-ons up to complex enterprise estimating software. The systems can cost anywhere from $99 all the way up to a $100,000+ investments.

All these variables in complexity and price for your system leaves you with a lot of decisions to make. That’s why we’ve created this guide to hopefully ease the process and help you make the best decision for your business.

Here’s what we'll cover:

What Is Concrete Cost Estimating Software?
Common Features of Concrete Cost Estimating Software
Benefits and Potential Issues of Concrete Cost Estimating Software
Evaluating Concrete Cost Estimating Software

What Is Concrete Cost Estimating Software?

Concrete estimating software helps contractors calculate material and labor costs for concrete and masonry projects. At their most basic, concrete cost estimating software features capabilities around:

  • Cost calculator: Automate costs for concrete, labor and others materials
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  • Proposal generator: Turn project estimates into formal, professional bids to send off to general contractors.
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  • Data management: Collect and store valuable data like labor and material costs for easy reference when needed.
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  • Reporting: Generates easily understandable breakdowns of costs, labor and other valuable data being collected.

Top rated concrete costs systems will feature pre-built assemblies for concrete walls, footings and slabs and will help measure quantities of specific materials like re-bar, J-Bolts and gravel.

Common Features of Concrete Cost Estimating Software

Concrete and masonry work is a visual niche that requires detailed plans for an accurate estimate. Due to this visual nature of the industry, cost estimating software for concrete or masonry contractors will need a graphical element to digitally articulate the project at hand. These visualizations make for easier conceptualization of the tasks at hand. In doing so, they make the estimating process as easy as possible.

Consider the following visualization and other common cost estimating features as essential components of concrete costs systems:

Point-and-click concrete calculator A point-and-click calculator should indicate square footage, linear lengths and angles and pitch of a project site. In doing so, the calculator is able to account for overlays and unknown pitches or elevations and automatically produce modified estimates for concrete requirements based on all variables.
Concrete material and labor costs A solution dedicated to this subspecialty will use that data to provide an accurate estimate raw material and labor costs, ensuring an accurate estimate. This will also likely integrate directly into ordering and project scheduling systems in a complete system that includes accounting and project management capabilities.
Document scanning and recognition In moving to a paperless estimating system, you will likely want/need to scan paper plans and import them into the software. A top solution will recognize standard features and make it easy to convert a paper blueprint into an electronic one (keep in mind that you’ll want to ensure you have a scanner that can complete multiple, accurate scans throughout the day).

Benefits and Potential Issues of Concrete Cost Estimating Software

The primary benefits of adopting, implementing and leveraging a concrete cost estimating software system are extraordinary. Concrete estimating systems enable your business to more accurately determine costs, assign values to projects and properly send resources and labor to projects. This accuracy can help you find leaks in revenue and plug them up.

When taking into consideration a benefits analysis from estimating software users in general, we see that accuracy is indeed near the top of the list. In fact, 100 percent of respondents (again, industry-wide) either “somewhat agree,” “agree” or “strongly agree” that the accuracy provided by cost estimating systems is a primary benefit.

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Turns out 100 percent of respondents also feel the same about the speed that estimating software completes tasks.

Interestingly, the benefit that the most respondents “highly agree” with is the process standardization these estimating systems offer users. Almost 70 percent of respondents “highly agree” on the merit of process standardization as a benefit. It’s interesting because businesses don’t necessarily need software to standardize their process. Managers can implement standard processes across the organization. However, by adopting and implementing software, you are effectively leaving your business with no other option but to adopt and utilize these beneficial, system-enabled process standards.

While the benefits are great, there are real issues you need to figure out before adopting an estimating system. First among them is determining just how dense you need your new system to be. There are equal amounts of systems solely dedicated to concrete and general cost estimating capabilities, and then there are systems that include estimating capabilities as part of a much larger suite of features for the entire business.

If you already have an underlying system in place to manage your business and are just looking to add or replace existing estimating capabilities, you probably just want estimating software exclusively. But if you’re opening up a new shop or in need of a total system overall, you’ll want to consider a system offering estimating as part of a larger composite of features and capabilities for your entire operation.

Evaluating Concrete Cost Estimating Software

A good concrete estimate starts with a complete understanding of the scope of work, followed by a good take-off process that includes an understanding of resource costs, and well identified overhead and profit rates. Many concrete estimating programs can stand alone as construction estimating software, but some companies may wish to combine it with construction accounting and job costing software, project management, document management or customer relationship management software.

When selecting a concrete cost estimating program, ask the following questions:

  • Do you need additional accounting, project management or other capabilities, or is a simple cost-estimating solution sufficient?
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  • How well does the software integrate with any existing accounting, CRM, ordering or other systems?
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  • Do you have a lot of paper blueprints you’ll want to make paperless?

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