Countfire Software


 

Countfire software from Rapid Tender is a best-of-breed take-off solution suitable for businesses of all sizes. The product is majorly used by residential or commercial construction companies, including electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractors. It provides automatic on-screen take-off, automatic scaling, 2D take-off, linear and area measurements and both CAD and Excel integration.

This Web-based application automates counting from PDF drawings and blueprints. Estimators and quantity surveyors create and select symbols, then the symbols are automatically counted across the entire building. If estimators receive an addendum, Countfire uses all previously defined symbol selections to calculate quantities in the revised drawings.

With marked-up drawings, users see what is counted and which areas the counts are split into, and quantities can be split across different areas even after they have been counted. When finished, users can export quantities to an Excel spreadsheet file for reporting. The file contains all the quantities and symbol descriptions broken into columns according to different areas, or demarcations, defined by estimators. Countfire will also produce record drawings showing what has been counting, and an accuracy report allowing fast double checking to ensure everything is correct.

 

Countfire - Home screen
 
  • Countfire - Home screen
    Home screen
  • Countfire - Changes
    Changes
  • Countfire - Demarcations
    Demarcations
  • Countfire - Excel export
    Excel export
  • Countfire - Project upload
    Project upload
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

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shane from SBE Services Ltd
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Count fire

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Great product
Saves time in pricing jobs
Customer services is great and the value for money is very good

 
 

Evan from Bond Securcom Inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Expensive but well worth it

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Countfire allows electricians and subcontractors to takeoff drawings on a computer without the hassle and time wasted from printing out drawings, manually highlighting and then counting. The program is unique in its vector based approached to auto counting that makes the count very accurate. While there are issues currently that make the process more tedious then it has to be, by our comparison its the best program on the market. The subscription based pricing scheme is expensive, but there is a significant return on investment in the time that estimators save. Finished drawings are neat and clean, easy for a technician to use when they install, and count sheets are in excel format.

Pros

Fast
Easy to use and learn
Fast tech support
Constantly updated and developed

Cons

$$$
Missing features make program more tedious (multi orientation scan)
Non Customizable count sheet
No symbol attach feature

 
 

Mark from KNI - Ng Bailey
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

June 2016

June 2016

Thinking of buying Countfire?

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Likes Best

Fast, efficient, accurate take off's & excellent demonstrations and support.

Likes Least

Nothing to comment. Its hard to leave a negative comment when everything is so positive.

Recommendations

Take the free trial and see for yourself what you are missing!!!!!

 
 
 
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shaun from PMck Electrical
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2017

May 2017

fast and easy to use

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saves time

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it saves a lot of time rather than manually counting the items. it tally's up all the drawing at the one time and its very easy to use.

Cons

that when you select an item it pick up others as well. and sometimes you may have to go over some drawing to see if it missed out any of the symbols

Source: Capterra
 

Brian from D&N Group

April 2017

April 2017

Countfire Takeoff Software

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Two weeks into our trial period and I cant believe we did not buy this years ago. This software takes all the labour out of manual counting and presents the result in Excel format ready to integrate into any pricing document.
You always get the feeling the lads are there in the background watching you because if any issues arrive they are on the messenger straight away to talk you through it.

Advice to Others

A handy program to convert pdf pricing documents to excel would leave Countfire as a one stop shop for all takeoff needs.

Source: Capterra
 

Jose from Ingelectra Constructora
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Excellent App

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I tested it in a very complex proyect that probably in the normal way (printing the drawings and counting manually) it could take more than a week, but using countfire it took only 1 hour and a half. Save time, save money and most important give accurate information.

Pros

The time you spend in a hole proyect is a Time saver

Cons

at this point everything is fine

Advice to Others

not at this moment

Source: Capterra
 

Chris from Lumino
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Countfire is a lifesaver!

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From a user perspective, Countfire is a lifesaver. You upload your drawings simply and easily and within minutes you can have a scaled, marked up set of drawings with all measurements documented in an excel spreadsheet. I take this output and use it to accurately build quotes and check quantities on all projects from single residential to large scale hotels and commercial. For us it means that we can have accurate information to supply alongside our quotes to give us peace of mind that our measurements are completely transparent to clients without sending physical copies of marked up drawings. The guys at Countfire are beyond helpful and have put a huge amount of work into making the software work for us, they are always easily contactable and jump right in to help whenever there may be a problem.

It's dramatically reduced the time we spend on quoting, and in turn improved our workflow and relationship with clients. I couldn't recommend it more.

Pros

Easy and simple to use for a process that is inherently complex and difficult.

Cons

Countfire used to be heavily geared towards counting references and not linear measurements. There have been HUGE steps by the guys at Countfire to improve the linear side of things with many new additions to the software for this purpose. Some drawings on a large scale (1:200+) are hard to measure small lengths under 300mm, but this is a very minor issue that the support staff will help with on a project by project basis.

Advice to Others

The support staff who started Countfire are really helpful and accomodating. Their customer service is amazing having added certain fucntions to the software as we said they were extremely important to us and our sector of the industry. You can't get better than that!

Source: Capterra
 

Kristina from Helvar

January 2017

January 2017

Great piece of software that has enabled me to estimate jobs in a third of the time

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The software is simple, that doesn't mean it does not perform. Its easy to navigate and learn, with great accurate results, with data that can be used electronically. Has made the process of estimating much quicker. Online help is fast so highly recommended, any updates made are useful and add to the ease of use.

Source: Capterra
 

Ben from Designer Group
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Great Software, Great People.

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Countfire is a useful software for take-offs, saving time and money from printing and manually counting, you select a symbol and it automatically counts it across all of the drawings! An improvement would be an auto-orientation correction. As currently if a symbol is rotated at all or displayed slightly differently it won't register it and you have to select that individual symbol for it to recognize it. Although the development of the software has been fantastic and the customer support is second to none! never experienced such great customer support! Well done

Pros

The Customer Support and Ease of use

Cons

Slow Loading times when selecting drawings

Source: Capterra
 

Ryan from United Electric

November 2016

November 2016

Super Simple and Fast

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I've used this tool for several months doing semi-automated counts. I've had great results. It's simple, fast and has a nice error checking mechanism to eliminate mistakes. Its everything I want it to be.

Source: Capterra
 

Paul from Evolve
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Countfire - Genius Program!

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What can I say, Will and the guys over at Countfire a developed something truly amazing. Ease of use is spot on and does exactly what its meant to do! The support is second to none, I generally get an answer within a minute. This has made life so much easier than manual counting!
Thanks guys!

Pros

Ease of use and support

Cons

Nothing

Advice to Others

its a must get!

Source: Capterra
 

Chris from Micahel J Lonsdale
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Brilliant estimating tool and great customer Service to back it up!

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Very helpful in times of need when a project needs a quick turnaround! The customer service team are also very responsive and there when you need them! Would highly recommend for estimating larger projects if you want to cut down on estimating time.

Pros

Speed, adaptability to pricing schedules/demarcations and the fact Countfire themselves are open to taking on ideas for user interface improvements to make take off easier

Cons

When drawings take ages to load up

Advice to Others

If there can be some sort of check process prior to processing projects (i.e. a tick box for checking all drawings have been assigned a scale, drawing size, bulk selection for itemising on linear lengths etc)

Source: Capterra
 

Declan from Kirby Group
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

September 2016

September 2016

Kirby Countfire review

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Very good, , speed, excellent support , features user friendly with keyboard shortcuts helpful..
Control mechanisms very good and you can see that it is designed to meet the requirements of Building Services estimating.

Pros

Speed

Cons

Sometimes software picks up similar symbols, with check mechanisms this is eliminated

Advice to Others

Next step to develop 2nd fix circuitry into the software, and make system 100% takeoff user firendly

Source: Capterra
 

Alfred from Londonguild ltd

September 2016

September 2016

Great software, Great service

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Accurate and quick software to use, the software outputs your measures into a useful excel format too.

The checking system gives you improved accuracy and prints highlighted drawings, that you'd never get in a manual take-off.

Brilliant software!

Source: Capterra
 

Daniel from NG Bailey

August 2016

August 2016

Countfire Review

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Countfire is an easy-to-use piece software that helps us greatly within the Estimating department. Customer support is outstanding and whenever we come across a problem/require assistance they are straight on the case. Excellent piece of software.

Source: Capterra
 

Gary from Blackbourne Integrated M&E
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2016

July 2016

Easy & Fast

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I've recently started using this software and already it has saved me time on measuring. I've used Countfire for 3 projects so far and it really is quick and simple to use. Once I've measured each individual drawing it then pulls everything across to my dropbox making it easy for me to check certain symbols. I can then print off my totals for each take off sheet. A great piece of software for estimating.

Pros

I like the way when you measure one drawing that it automatically counts the selected symbols throughout other drawings saving you loads of time during the tender.

Cons

It can be a little too sensitive when selecting certain symbols but that's down to the quality of the drawings provided. It can be easy corrected when checking each symbol in the editing section.

Advice to Others

Not really.

Source: Capterra
 

Steve from Maintec Ltd

March 2016

March 2016

Excellent Product - Easy to use and a Powerful Tool

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After years of marking up plans with highlighters and producing reams of takeoff sheets, it has been a revelation to use this software. After an initial period of getting to grips with the way it operates it is now so easy to obtain concise information to allow me to produce my quotes. The support has been excellent and I have now recommended Countfire to numerous other companies. I wish all Software companies were like Countfire.

Source: Capterra
 

Jason from IPS Ltd

March 2016

March 2016

Excellent

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Easy to use after a few goes, saves time, easy guys to deal with and excellent support

Source: Capterra
 

James from NG Bailey

March 2016

March 2016

Electrical Take Off

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This software brings take off into the 21st century.
I'm new to estimating. Prior to using this software, i was amazed how relatively primitive take off was. It was very time consuming, as the take off has to be 100% accurate, or as near as possible.
With this software, you can be totally confident with accuracy.
It is quick to use. The more work is required, the faster it is. Thus saving you more time.
Any issued i have had, have been dealt with very quickly, and very easily.

Source: Capterra
 

Jonas from EML Installations

December 2015

December 2015

It has been an excellent way to manage my take offs.

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It has been a nice and easy way to manage my projects.
Can't think life before this system.

Source: Capterra
 

Chris from The Cabling Group

September 2015

September 2015

Amazing

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Countfire has greatly increased the company's work speed! The customer service is absolutely amazing and better than any company I have ever worked with. The App in itself is brilliant and is so easy to use I would recommend this to anyone.

Source: Capterra
 

John from YPHS

September 2015

September 2015

Excellent tool saves time & money

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Great counting software for all sized jobs. Very impressed with its capabilities
The only missing link is the measurement for containment hope this will be developed & added in due course

Source: Capterra
 

david from Moyne london Ltd

September 2015

September 2015

have used the software on small and large projects, and have found it to be very reliable

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Easy way to complete accurate take off, the software has been improving all the time, now need the software to be able to take off linear measurements.

Source: Capterra