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

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

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Time quick to use and learn how tom use

 
 

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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Jason from Graybar Electric

August 2017

August 2017

Learning the software was quick and easy.

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Anytime you have a question, the Countfire team is just a click or call away. The team is very helpful and will dive right in to your project.

Source: Capterra
 

Sam from PTC Systems Ltd.

August 2017

August 2017

Very helpful staff. good pre sales period. great software

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Accurate pin point reviews of drawings and measuring along with demaracations covers all bases. Very detailed and produces great information to give to the customer

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Takes a bit to get your head around at first but not an issue and is expected. Eased through initial process by good staff team

Source: Capterra
 

Brendan from Oxford Electrical
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Countfire has made counting more streamline and efficient.

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makes counting 500% faster

Pros

Symbol recognition is powerful and easy to use.
Collating is made easier to extract when using Excel for other job aspects.

Cons

Not entirely compatible with drawings created from certain CAD or drawing software. The ability to manually count rectifies this but not entirely.

Source: Capterra
 

Craig from Jones Engineering Group
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

June 2017

June 2017

In theory its a fantastic system but in execution it can be slow and tedious at times.

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Accurate and backed up take-offs in a detailed excel report but can be slower than would like to get it all taken-off, checked, demarcated and corrections made.

Pros

Great online support, automatic symbol recognition, good checks, and reports. No installation, being able to operate from any computer via the browser.

Cons

Can be slow to load drawings particularly switching between drawings.
Can be slow to process drawings.
Needs a drawing revision function, to update/switch between drawing revisions and identify/compare changes easily.
Dependent on drawings being developed correctly to suit the needs of the software which can be difficult when dealing with consultants.

Source: Capterra
 

Terry from Vulcan Building Services Limited
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Makes life very easy.

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Countfire makes doing takeoffs extremely easy and the amount of time it saves leaves more time to do other things that need doing.

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not enough colours in the palette, When you measure & ask for itemised it measures every click not just start to finish giving far to many reults

Source: Capterra
 

Adnan from PORR
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Good, versatile, fast, ongoing development, active support

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The software is a good alternative to the usual means of working with large plans, as it saves a lot of time and space/printing materials

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One of the cons is the requirement of the chrome browser, since the additional software isn't supported by the IT Department.

Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from Maxim Electrical
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Fantasitic Easy to use software

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Fast tracking estimates

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The level of accuracy and ability to populate all take offs into a spreadsheet format.
the software is very easy to use even if you don't have great Computer skills

Cons

occasionally things can be a little slow if drawings files are large.
if you don't have a great internet connection access can be difficult at times if working remotely from Home / Office PC

Source: Capterra
 

Simon from Imtech London & South
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

A great piece of software that makes the tedious task of take off quick, accurate & easy.

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Fast and accurate take-offs

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Accurate & flexible and once you get used to using the shortcut keys it is very quick. Being able to turn off the background is a great help and the edit tool is really useful. The customer service widget is a great help if you get stuck and Countfire are quick to respond to any issues.

Cons

It would be really useful to be able to add 'drops' or 'rises' when doing a length measurement; at the moment I only count drops as 'points' which I then add up once the project has been possessed.

Source: Capterra
 

Ewan from Royce Communications
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Very Good Overall, Any Processing Problems Have Been Dealt With Quickly and Always With a Solution.

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Not having to waste time producing hand markups

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I have better things to do than manually markup drawings, It's probably shortened the process by about 75-80%. I've found other uses for its capabilities, so it's, even more, cost effective than just its use of tender bids.

Cons

Having to pay.

Source: Capterra
 

Ciaran from Dlight Concepts ltd
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Quick, easy,fast and great support

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The ability to drag, drop and created elements save days of manual counting on paper.
the software can be used anywhere you have internet connection

Cons

an internet connection is required and a large amount of storage for dropbox also

Source: Capterra
 

Ben from Hager UK

May 2017

May 2017

A brilliant and innovative piece of software that's helped the estimating team.

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The speed to be able to create a take-off which would've potentially taken many hours by hand. This software is saving the company so many man hours already.

Cons

Due to the way we use countfire we don't just use it for symbol counts. We use this for the measurement of luminaire leads. Sometimes the drawings can become a little busy and tricky to follow. So maybe the option to turn certain layers drawn in countfire off would help.

Source: Capterra
 

Grant from NG Bailey

May 2017

May 2017

Easy to use once you get the basics correct

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Completes take off on all matching symbols on all the drawings downloaded. Good support from the team.

Cons

A problem when the symbols have numerous elements to them. Not having the accessories taken off when doing a containment take-off, having to go back and take them off as a point once completed the run.

Source: Capterra
 

Davide from Legrand Electric ltd
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Good experience, hope it will continue to improve

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quicker quotation and counting

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1) in general it is simple to use and give a quick access to count and item selection.
2) Very good the split selection

Cons

1)I would add description/comment in the drawings.
2)I would have more "Color selection" if it possible, as sometimes we've got a large number of selection to do (like Grey, Brown, etc...).
3)When we need to count "a point" there is a "circular selection" , could be nice have also a different other selection like a "triangle" or "rectangle". This could be very helpful.

Source: Capterra
 

Chris from NG Bailey

May 2017

May 2017

Quick, Accurate & Easy

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I was very pleased with how quick the customer support team are to deal with and help with any issues.

Source: Capterra
 

Miles from Winters Electrical
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Very very quick and easy

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A lot of time saved, also able to seperate out certain parts of drawings like landlords and tenants

Pros

So quick and simple to use and great spreadsheet produced to view quantities. Saves a lots of time over manual take offs.

Cons

Not down to the software, but due to some consultants poor drawings some drawings take a lot longer to take off.

Source: Capterra
 

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.

Pros

No more printing plans, automated counting and the manual measuring.
Easy to use.

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
 

Elliot from Emico Limited

March 2017

March 2017

Fantastic software

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I'm a Quantity Surveyor therefore a software like this speeds up the process when having to take off drawings in order to validate jobs. Countfire is a very good bit of software with first class customer service and I would 100% recommend it to anyone.

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.

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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