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McCormick Estimating Software logo
 
McCormick construction estimating software is an on-premise system designed for both commercial and residential electrical construction professionals. This solution offers Excel integration and an updated cost database.
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McCormick construction estimating software is an on-premise system designed for both commercial and residential electrical construction professionals. This solution offers Excel integration and an updated cost database.
 
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Having developed software for more than 35 years, ProEst offers detailed applications for estimating, takeoffs and bid analysis. This system includes a customizable SQL database that's great for any size or type of contractor.
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Having developed software for more than 35 years, ProEst offers detailed applications for estimating, takeoffs and bid analysis. This system includes a customizable SQL database that's great for any size or type of contractor.
 
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IntelliBid is a job estimating solution with advanced features analyzing things like weather & job site conditions. This solution ensures jobs are in compliance with codes, calculates labor needs, and even "what if?" analyses.
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IntelliBid is a job estimating solution with advanced features analyzing things like weather & job site conditions. This solution ensures jobs are in compliance with codes, calculates labor needs, and even "what if?" analyses.
 
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STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a cloud-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... Read More
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STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a cloud-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... Read More

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B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding logo
 
B2W Estimate from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) is an application for heavy civil construction estimating and bidding. The system offers the ability to create and pre-populate detailed databases with costs, including default templates... Read More
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B2W Estimate from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) is an application for heavy civil construction estimating and bidding. The system offers the ability to create and pre-populate detailed databases with costs, including default templates... Read More
 
QuoteSoft Duct & QuoteSoft Pipe logo
 
Offering 20+ years of industry experience, QuoteSoft is both easy-to-use and install. Best suited for commercial contractors with up to $50 million in annual revenue, this product prepares many types of bids and estimates.
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Offering 20+ years of industry experience, QuoteSoft is both easy-to-use and install. Best suited for commercial contractors with up to $50 million in annual revenue, this product prepares many types of bids and estimates.
 
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FastDUCT provides tools for estimating for contractors within HVAC and industrial ductwork. It's situated on a Windows platform, and offers full beginning to end bidding features and maintains pricing info their database.
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FastDUCT provides tools for estimating for contractors within HVAC and industrial ductwork. It's situated on a Windows platform, and offers full beginning to end bidding features and maintains pricing info their database.
 
Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) logo
 
Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) meets the estimating needs of construction companies looking to streamline processes. It includes an estimating tool, as well as conceptual and electronic takeoff solutions.
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Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) meets the estimating needs of construction companies looking to streamline processes. It includes an estimating tool, as well as conceptual and electronic takeoff solutions.
 
TurboBid Estimating logo
 
TurboBid is a powerful estimating software solution that makes it easy for even the smallest contractor to complete accurate, consistent and professional estimates regardless of the type of work, whether it's new residential, light... Read More
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TurboBid is a powerful estimating software solution that makes it easy for even the smallest contractor to complete accurate, consistent and professional estimates regardless of the type of work, whether it's new residential, light... Read More

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HCSS HeavyBid logo
 
HCSS HeavyBid is a construction estimating solution that automates tasks using estimating data sources, such as historical estimating costs. It is a good fit for heavy civil, infrastructure, utilities and power companies.
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HCSS HeavyBid is a construction estimating solution that automates tasks using estimating data sources, such as historical estimating costs. It is a good fit for heavy civil, infrastructure, utilities and power companies.
 
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Viewpoint MEP Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating... Read More
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Viewpoint MEP Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating... Read More
 
Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal logo
 
For Sheet Metal and HVAC/Ductwork contractors that do any combination of commercial, industrial and institutional work, Trimble® AutoBid® SheetMetal is designed specifically for the unique needs of the industry, providing estimates... Read More
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For Sheet Metal and HVAC/Ductwork contractors that do any combination of commercial, industrial and institutional work, Trimble® AutoBid® SheetMetal is designed specifically for the unique needs of the industry, providing estimates... Read More
 
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WinEstimator has over two decades of experience in the construction software industry. Utilizing this extensive expertise, their range of products offer companies of all sizes robust and highly adaptable cost-estimating and cost-modeling... Read More
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WinEstimator has over two decades of experience in the construction software industry. Utilizing this extensive expertise, their range of products offer companies of all sizes robust and highly adaptable cost-estimating and cost-modeling... Read More
 
Trimble Accubid Enterprise Mechanical logo
 
Accubid's mechanical estimating software has one of the largest mechanical databases available on the market. Their industrial database has over 600,000 items and pre-built assemblies. This includes materials such as industrial valves... Read More
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Accubid's mechanical estimating software has one of the largest mechanical databases available on the market. Their industrial database has over 600,000 items and pre-built assemblies. This includes materials such as industrial valves... Read More

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Trimble AutoBid Mechanical logo
 
Trimble® AutoBid® Mechanical is a labor and material estimating solution that was designed for mechanical, piping and plumbing contractors who specialize in commercial work. Autobid Mechanical allows contractors to create more accurate... Read More
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Trimble® AutoBid® Mechanical is a labor and material estimating solution that was designed for mechanical, piping and plumbing contractors who specialize in commercial work. Autobid Mechanical allows contractors to create more accurate... Read More
 
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SharpeSoft Estimator is an on-premise cost estimating software for contractors and sub-contractors in the construction industry. Offered on a best-of-breed basis, SharpeSoft provides integrated tools for labor and equipment costing,... Read More
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SharpeSoft Estimator is an on-premise cost estimating software for contractors and sub-contractors in the construction industry. Offered on a best-of-breed basis, SharpeSoft provides integrated tools for labor and equipment costing,... Read More
 
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LEVESYS is a construction project management tool designed to help contractors in a variety of industries create estimates, manage bids, schedule projects, correspond with customers, track finances, and manage follow-up repairs and... Read More
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LEVESYS is a construction project management tool designed to help contractors in a variety of industries create estimates, manage bids, schedule projects, correspond with customers, track finances, and manage follow-up repairs and... Read More
 
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Espro by Spearhead Software is a comprehensive estimating program that was engineered specifically for the electrical industry by estimators for estimators. Plumbers have become aware of this software and are now regularly contacting... Read More
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Espro by Spearhead Software is a comprehensive estimating program that was engineered specifically for the electrical industry by estimators for estimators. Plumbers have become aware of this software and are now regularly contacting... Read More
 
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Cubit is construction estimating software by Buildsoft offering integrated bid management and estimating. The solution specializes in onscreen takeoff directly linked to estimating. If a user makes a change to their takeoff, it will... Read More
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Cubit is construction estimating software by Buildsoft offering integrated bid management and estimating. The solution specializes in onscreen takeoff directly linked to estimating. If a user makes a change to their takeoff, it will... Read More

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FrontRunners for Construction Estimating, May 2017

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What Is the FrontRunners Quadrant?

A Graphic of the Top-Performing Construction Estimating Products

FrontRunners quadrants highlight the top software products for North American small businesses. All products in the quadrant are top performers. Small businesses can use FrontRunners to make more informed decisions about what software is right for them.

To create this quadrant, we evaluated over 320 Construction Estimating products. Those with the top scores for their capability and value made the quadrant.

Scores are based largely on reviews from real software users, along with other product performance details (e.g., what features they offer, how many customers they have).

Is One Quadrant Better Than the Others?

Nope, Products in Any Quadrant May Fit Your Needs

Every product in this quadrant offers a balance of capability (how much the products can do) and value (whether they’re worth their price/cost) that makes them stand out in the race for small business software success.

FrontRunners has four sub-quadrants:

  • Upper Right = Leaders: Leaders are all-around strong products. They offer a wide range of functionality to a wide range of customers. These products are considered highly valuable by customers.
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  • Upper Left = Masters: Masters may focus more heavily on certain key features or market segments than Leaders do. If you need a more specialized set of functionality without bells and whistles, then a product in the Masters quadrant might be right for you.
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  • Lower Right = Pacesetters: Pacesetters may offer a strong set of features, but are not rated as highly on value. For example, a Pacesetter might offer greater functionality, but cost more.
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  • Lower Left = Contenders: Contenders may focus on a more specialized set of capabilities that are priced at a higher point. This makes them ideal for companies willing to pay more for specific features that meet their unique needs.

Depending on the specific needs of a software buyer, a product in any of these sub-quadrants could be a good fit.

Why? To even be considered for this FrontRunners, a product had to meet a minimum user rating score of 3.75 for both capability and value. This means that all products that qualify as FrontRunners are top-performing products in their market. They appear in the quadrant in relation to how their peers performed.

For some buyers, a specific FrontRunners sub-quadrant might be best. This is because products in the Pacesetters and Leaders sub-quadrants may have a more extensive feature set than products in the Contenders or Masters.

All of the products on the quadrant meet our minimum market criteria (in this case, cost estimating, cost database and proposal generator, as well as at least two of the following: visual assemblies, historical database, what-if analysis and/or pre-built templates). However, products in the Pacesetters and Leaders sub-quadrants are more likely to also offer additional features, such as takeoff, job costing/accounting or project management.

Conversely, products in the Contenders and Masters sub-quadrants tend to focus more exclusively on core Construction Estimating functionality.

You can download the full FrontRunners for Construction Estimating report here. It contains individual scorecards for each product on the Frontrunners quadrant.

How Are FrontRunners Products Selected?

Products Are Scored Based on User Reviews and Other Data

You can find the full FrontRunners methodology here, but the gist is that products are scored in two areas, Capability and Value.

To be considered at all, products must have at least 10 reviews and meet minimum user rating scores. They also have to offer a core set of functionality—for example, cost estimating, cost database and proposal generator, as well as at least two of the following: visual assemblies, historical database, what-if analysis and/or pre-built templates.

From there, user reviews and other product performance details, such as the product's customer base and the features it offers, dictate the Capability and Value scores. Capability is plotted on the x-axis, and Value is plotted on the y-axis.

Got It. But What if I Have More Questions?

Check Out Our Additional Resources!

For more information about FrontRunners, check out the following:

  • Check out the "FrontRunners FAQ for Technology Providers," linked at the top of this page, for more detailed answers and information about how it works.
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  • Check out the complete FrontRunners methodology to understand the scoring.

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  • Simply take this short questionnaire to help us match you with products that meet your specific needs.
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Just Follow Our External Usage Guidelines

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FrontRunners scores and graphics are derived from individual end-user reviews based on their own experiences, vendor-supplied information and publicly available product information; they do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.

Runners Up

Providers listed as Runners Up were considered for inclusion in the quadrant, but were ultimately not included for one or more reasons: they did not have enough reviews; they did not meet the reviews score minimum; they did not meet the ultimate Value and Capability minimum scores; or they did not meet our functionality requirements for the market.

247PRO Estimator
4castplus
AccuBuild
Acculynx
Aconex
Act! Pro
Active Takeoff
Advisor
APE Mobile
Appia
Archdesk
ArcSite
Ascente
Assignar
Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
Axxerion - Project Management
B2W Maintain
B2W Track
Benchmark Estimating Software
Best Bid Electrical Estimating
Best Estimate Pro
Bid4Build
BidGenius
Bidtracer
BillQuick
BIM 360
BIS Builder Information System
Bizprac
BL1
Bluebeam Revu
BlueFolder
Bolt
Bouw7
Box
BrickControl
Brix
Budgetrac
BuilderMT WMS
BuilderStorm
Building Supply Controller
BuildingBlok
BuildingConnected
BuildIT
BUILDMASTER
Buildmetric
BuildStar
BuildTools
Buzzsaw
C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE
Candy
Canvas
CATProjects
Causeway Estimating
Chief Estimator
Clarizen
Cleopatra Enterprise
ClickHome
ClockShark
closeout
Cloud EPC
CM Fusion
CMiC
COBRA Contractors Software
COINS
CommittedCost
Computer Guidance
ComputerEase
CompuTool
Congrid
Construction Partner
ConstructionOfficeOnline
ConstructJob
Constructware
Contractor Essentials
Contractor Estimate Pro
Contractor's Cloud
ControlBoard
Cordell Estimator
Corecon
Cosential
CostOS Estimating
CostX
Countfire
Cubicost
dapulse
Databuild Estimating Software
Dataforma
DBX
Deltek Ajera
Deltek First
Deltek Vision
Dexter + Chaney Spectrum
Digital Time Capture
Digmaa
Dynamics SL
e-Builder
e4Clicks Project Estimator
EADOC
EarthWorks Excavation Software by Tally Systems
Easy Price Pro
EasyBuild
EasyPQQ
eHARDHAT
EHS Insight
Elements CRM
eMeasure
ePROMIS ERP
Esticom
Estimate Rocket
Estimator
EstimatorXpress
eSUB
eTakeoff
eTEK Construction Systems
Expert Estimation
Explorer Eclipse
Expo-Net
FACS (Field Automated Communication Systems )
Fast Estimate
FCS Control
FieldAware
FieldLens
Fieldwire
FINALCAD
FinishLine
Fluid Contract Manager
FollowUp Power
Form.com
FOUNDATION Construction Accounting
FreightTrain
FreshBooks
Fundbox
GALA construction software
GamePlan Cloud
GenieBelt
GoldMine Premium
Groundplan
GuildQuality
HCSS HeavyJob
HD Project Cost Management
Hit-Office
HomeFront & Job Simplicity
HomeTech Publishing
iAuditor
iFormBuilder
improveit! 360
In4Suite
Infor CRM
Infusionsoft
InSite Specific Commercial
Intelex EHS
Intuit QuickBase
IPM Project Management
iSqFt for General Contractors
JBKnowledge Smartinsight
JetStream
Job Simplicity
JobFLEX
JobNimbus
JOBPOWER
JOBPROGRESS
JobView
Joist
Jonas Enterprise
Jonas Premier
Key2Act
kintone
Knowify
Kordata
Kosmas
LaserQuote
Lasso CRM
Lawn & Pest Assistant III
LeadMaster
Lessons Learned Database
MacDraft Professional
Maestro by Maestro Technologies
ManagePlaces
MarketSharp
MaxCon
MeasureSquare
Microsoft Dynamics 365
Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics SL
MICS Builder Information System
Mobile Forms by Device Magic
Mobilengine
Mothernode CRM
MyServiceWhale
MySmartPlans
NetPoint
Newforma PIM solution
Newforma Project Cloud
NextPlans
NoteVault
On Center Quick Bid
Onware
OpenText ECM
Oracle CRM On Demand
Oracle ERP
Orbis Pro
OROCON
Owner InSite Construction Project Management
Pantera Project Insight
Pantera Tools Integrated Plan Room
PASconcept
Paskr Project Management Suite
PayPanther
Peachtree Quantum
PlanGrid
PlanNext
PM Vitals
PMWeb
Praesto AE
PrebuiltML
Primavera Contract Management
Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
PriMus
Priority Task Scheduling by EstimateGuard
PRISM G2
PRO-EST HVAC Mechanical Estimating
ProContracter by Viewpoint
Procore
ProEst Estimating
Program Leader
Project DocControl
Project Drive
Project Insight
Projectmates
Projectteam.com
Proliance
Prolog
ProTenders
Pruvan
Q360 PSA Solution
QuickBase
QuickMeasure OnScreen
Quilder
RADAR
RAKEN
Rave Build
Red Rhino
Relatics
RENOMii
Resi-Cost
Roof Wizard
RSMeans
Safran Project
Sage 50
Sage Construction Project Center
SalesAchiever
Salesnet CRM
SAM - Superintendent's Automated Manager
SAP Business All-in-One
SEC Electrical Estimating Software
Service Pro by MSI Data
Service Skeds
Sharenology Projects
Sigma Estimates
SimpleBuild
SIS Compass
Site Specs
SiteDiary
SiteMax Systems
SKYSITE
Smart Contractor
SmartBidNet
SmartDraw
Smartsheet
Snappii Mobile Apps
Spitfire Project Management System
Square Takeoff
SureCount
Synchro PRO
Takeoff Live
Tenderfield
The EDGE Estimator
TimberScan
ToolWatch Enterprise
Total Service
TPL
TradeSoft
Tradify
Trimble Accubid Enterprise Mechanical
Trimble AutoBid Mechanical
TurboBid
Twenty20 Construction Cloud
Virtual Construction
VirtualBoss
Vista by Viewpoint
Visual Planning
Vital InSite
VMS Construction Management
WenDuct and WenPipe
WinEst
WinEx GRADE
WorkflowMax
Xactimate
XactRemodel
Xledger

Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: July 15, 2017


There are more than 50 construction estimating and takeoff software packages available. They range from Excel add-ons to enterprise-class, multi-user systems. Some cost as little as $99 while others are a six-figure investment. Meanwhile, there are unique systems designed for different industries, trades and divisions.

If you haven't been in the market for some time (or ever), there's a lot to figure out. We've written this guide to help you make sense of the market so you can choose the best construction estimating software. Here's what we’ll cover:

Common Features of Construction Estimating Software
Benefits of This Application
How Estimating and Takeoff Differ
Market Trends to Understand
The Vendor Landscape

Common Features of Construction Estimating Software

Construction cost estimating software, also known as construction bidding software, helps estimators calculate material and labor costs as well as produce detailed, professional proposals from these estimates. While these systems have always been useful, the proliferation of fixed-bid work and intensifying competition for projects is making them an even more important tool. Below is a breakdown of the functionality included in a typical contractor estimating software package.

Construction Estimating Software Functionality


In case you aren't familiar with these terms, here is a plain English description of the function of each module.

Module
What it does
Proposal Generator Takes your cost estimates and creates an accurate and professional-looking bid proposal.
Cost database Stores materials and labor costs to reference when creating an estimate.
Visual assemblies Displays a graphical view of a build assembly to visualize which portion of the project you're estimating.
Labor & materials Automates labor and materials cost estimates based on calculations from your project takeoff.
Historical database Stores all of your past projects with related materials and labor cost estimates in a database.
Pre-built templates Accelerates the process by providing a set of commonly required parts and labor for standard jobs, such as a bathroom remodel.
Project reporting Creates cost breakdown reports using charts and graphs to improve the analysis of project costs.
What-if analysis Models how your bid will change if assumptions (e.g., project completion date) change.

Many contractors require specialized construction estimate software to handle their trade-specific requirements. As such, specialty contractors should evaluate products designed for their unique needs. For example, a mechanical contractor who needs to estimate custom sheet metal work for HVAC ducts would benefit from a specialized application such as Wendes Systems WenDuct.

Or, a residential contractor who is performing his own project estimates might want a straightforward, affordable residential estimating solution where ease of use trumps depth of functionality and sophistication. Other contractors that we often find have unique needs include electrical and earthwork contractors.

Benefits of This Application

Last year, we surveyed contractors, estimators, building owners and other construction professionals about their estimating processes. In our survey, we asked industry professionals about their top priorities for 2013 and beyond, and the benefits of using technology to support these processes.

The top priorities of construction firms (improved process standardization, accuracy and speed) mapped closely to the benefits firms say they noticed after deploying construction estimator software.

Benefits of Construction Estimating Software


To gain more insights into industry benchmarks and best practices, check out our 2012 Benchmark Report.

How Estimating and Takeoff Differ

We find that buyers sometimes confuse estimating software with takeoff software. The confusion stems partly from the fact that these two programs are often deployed in conjunction, as both are critical to developing accurate bids. But they perform two distinct functions. To simplify it:

  • Takeoff systems help measure plans and blueprints to estimate the amount of materials and labor needed to complete a project.
  • Construction estimating systems determine how much the estimated materials and labor will cost, and then produces a complete bid in a professional format.

This table will help you determine if you need takeoff or construction estimating software (or both):

If you... Then You Need...
Spend too much time measuring plans and blueprints Takeoff
Often incorrectly estimate labor/materials quantities Takeoff
Spend too much time calculating labor/materials costs Estimating
Often incorrectly estimate labor/materials costs Estimating
Have trouble creating professional-looking bid proposals Estimating
Need one system to estimate labor/materials quantities & costs Both

If, after reviewing our table of common pain points, you realize that a takeoff program is what you need, head over to our takeoff systems buyer's guide to better understand this market.

Market Trends to Understand

These pre-construction application market trends should be considered when evaluating a new system and reading construction estimating software reviews.

Digital takeoff. Digital takeoff has matured and it provides many efficiencies. It reduces the cost, time and hassle of printing paper plans. It also costs less than a plotter or reprographic service. Most systems can measure .pdf, .tiff, .dwg, AutoCAD and other digital file formats. Buyers should strongly consider (and trial) digital takeoff before investing in another digitizer board.

Increased competition for jobs. The sluggish economy means that contractors are competing for fewer jobs. GCs and project sponsors are running more intense selection processes with shorter bid turnaround times. Contractors need to produce bids faster and more accurately to compete for more jobs, win and make a profit.

Geographic migration. Some companies are now bidding on jobs outside their traditional territory. The availability of electronic plan files via online plan rooms, as well as data from BIM files, makes it easier to identify projects and get the data necessary to produce a bid. To compete, contractors need an efficient infrastructure that will allow them to access these online plan rooms.

Multi-user estimation. Many contractors are seeing a need to involve more employees in the process. In some cases, this results from growth. In other cases it results from a reaction to turnover of seasoned estimators and the resulting skills gap. And other times it results from a desire to gain consensus on estimates. Regardless, demand for multi-user systems is growing and if this is an important consideration you should evaluate the best vendors that support many users.

The Vendor Landscape

The application landscape is highly fragmented and can be confusing. However, we can simplify the market by matching top-rated solutions to our four buyer types.

If you are a... Then you should evaluate...
Commercial Contractor ProEst, Maxwell ProContractorMX, OnCenter On-Screen Takeoff, Sage Timberline, QuickMeasure
Electrical Contractor Accubid, ConEst, McCormick, Electrical Bid Manager
Mechanical/HVAC Contractor Accubid, Wendes, QuoteExpress
Earthwork Contractor / Heavy Construction Contractor BID2WIN, Hard Dollar, HCSS, SharpeSoft, WinEx Master
Residential Contractor Clear Estimates, Contractor's Office, GiddyUp, My Project Estimator

 

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