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Last updated: October 24, 2014

Top 10 Most Reviewed Concrete Cost Estimating Software Systems

 
Dexter + Chaney Spectrum 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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Maxwell Systems ProContractorMX ProContractorMX by Maxwell Systems is suitable for most concrete and heavy construction firms, with packages available for estimating, takeoff, accounting, and job costing. The system is relatively affordable and scalable.
        35 Reviews
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FOUNDATION for Windows 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.
        31 Reviews
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Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) 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.
        30 Reviews
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ComputerEase 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.
        22 Reviews
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PlanSwift PlanSwift offers a popular on-screen takeoff system that can be used by any size concrete contractor. The system provides digitizer integration, an auto count feature to quickly find and tabulate items and a new browsing feature.
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B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding 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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Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) Sage Estimating is offered on a stand-alone basis, or as an integrated part of Sage’s construction accounting software. It offers integrated digital takeoff and can be used by nearly all trades.
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Viewpoint V6 Software 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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JOBPOWER 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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Buyer's Guide

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Concrete Cost Estimating Software?
Common Features 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. Top-rated 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.

In this guide, we will cover the most common features for software in this category, as well as other important considerations. 

Common Features of Concrete Cost Estimating Software

Because concrete and masonry work is a visual niche that requires detailed plans for an accurate estimate, cost estimating software for concrete or masonry contractors will need a graphical element that makes the process as easy as possible. This might include some or all of the following features:

Consider the following features of concrete cost estimating software:

Point-and-click concrete calculator A point-and-click calculator should indicate square footage, linear lengths, angles and pitch, accounting for overlays and unknown pitches or elevations and automatically producing the estimate for concrete requirements.
Concrete material & labor costs A solution dedicated to this sub-specialty 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 & recognition In moving to a paperless estimating system, you may want 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.

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?
  • How well does the software integrate with any existing accounting, CRM, ordering, or other systems?
  • Do you have a lot of paper blueprints you’ll want to make paperless?


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