WinEx GRADE Earthwork Takeoff Software


 

ROCTEK has been active in the industry for three decades and has served over 12,000 customers with their takeoff programs. We like the product because it is a versatile solution that can handle projects with low budgets as well as projects with budgets in excess of a million.

WinEx GRADE can support all versions of AutoCAD file import, as well as the ability to takeoff on PDF, JPEG, TIF and BMP file formats. PDF Vector file import thru Roctek’s VECTOR DIRECT eliminates most tracing. 2D and 3D shading maps detail site work for field operators and subs. Additionally, the user benefits from Roctek’s High Density Grid and Cell format for calculations, providing unparalleled accuracy in cut and fill work, trench work, strata maps and cross-sectional views beneath the surface of the site at any angle. Duel monitor along with digitizer capabilities are built directly into WinEx GRADE.

WinEx GRADE includes a proprietary tracing technology that is worth mentioning. The Roctek LineTracker™ tool (now with Dynamic Zoom) simplifies the takeoff process by providing quick tracing capabilities for entering contour lines on digital takeoffs. LineTracker™ automatically snaps tracing lines to your digital image with the sweep of your mouse. LineTracker™ has the capability to perform this function on almost any digital file type - PDF, JPG or TIF - and any line type, such as dashed or colored.

The takeoff application is designed for earthwork and excavating firms, paving firms, utility contractors as well as general contractors. The solution fits almost any size of business, ranging from less than a million in annual revenue all the way up to billion dollar enterprises. WinEx GRADE provides formatted reports and will transfer information to Excel or any Windows based estimating system.

 

WinEx GRADE - Line Tracker
 
  • WinEx GRADE - Line Tracker
    Line Tracker
  • WinEx GRADE - Existing 3D Surface
    Existing 3D Surface
  • WinEx GRADE - Proposed 3D Surface
    Proposed 3D Surface
  • WinEx GRADE - Slice View Showing Strata
    Slice View Showing Strata
  • WinEx GRADE - Cut and Fill Map
    Cut and Fill Map
  • WinEx GRADE - Cut and Fill Overlay on Google Earth
    Cut and Fill Overlay on Google Earth
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

26 Reviews of WinEx GRADE

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from Durr Heavy Construction, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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I primarily have always been involved with clearing and mass earthwork; started out developing cross-sections and doing all calcs' by hand; early 90's introduced and started using Paydirt and thought it was great until I was introduced to Roctek.

Been using Roctek for almost year; time of establishing quantities for clearing, earthwork, stormwater, utilites, paving(s) in cut in half. Using Roctek; due to the ease and speed on on screen; provides a tremendous savings on overhead to establish quantities; one is able to have more time to analyze the project prior to bid with the tools of the program.

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Do not have any issues with anything about the program

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Be sure to spend enough time prior to making decisions; I am 70 years of age and not profficent but this program is very easy to use.

 

from S&S Paving & Construction, Inc
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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The Tech support is very good from the call in to actually working a takeoff question with a technician

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It is very thorough and I have to catch myself and draw the line between being too anal and getting just what I need for the bid.....

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Take advantage of their help desk...in the long run you'll learn more, faster.....

 

from Richard Heckman
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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The product does in minutes what used to take me days. The vendor offers great support.

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The product can be a little cumbersome in some applications. The vendor's tech support is great but some times it takes hours to get a tach on the phone.

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Make sure you are getting the software that meets tour needs.

 

from TW Dirt
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Great product, easy to learn, accurate and time saving.

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Software was easy to learn and the technical assistance is awesome. I really like that I can call anytime and get help with the program. The tech support is outstanding. They are continually updating the software with new features that are even more helpful and time saving.

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I have no complaints about Roctek or the software. I have been using it for a couple of years and it works great.

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I would recommend this software. I have tried others and this one is the most accurate. It cost a little more but well worth the money. It has helped my job award ration considerably.

 

from Heckman Excavating, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

This is great software, it is what we were looking for.

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The software is easy to use, it gives us very accurate information. Tech support is excellent the techs are very patient and helpful.

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Accuracy and ease of use. The tech support is first class.

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Give this software a very good look. Test drive it for free.

 

from Bosco Contractor Services
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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There are a couple of things that we love about this product. The ease of operation and great tech support. It makes a great visual aid when taking to clients.

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The thing I don't like the most is not being able to use on multiple computers without moving the key from computer to computer. I understand why the license is the way it is but being able to use on at least two would be so much more handy for our company.

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Buy it. I has made for faster estimate turn around and more accurate estimates.

 

from Ahern Contracting, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Good but not great!

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I like the reports and how easy it is to add the materials. Please add a materials database when adding layers.

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Graphics and some features are difficult to use. Yearly maintenance is expensive.

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Get the software for your type of business. If you are not into Earthwork, this is not for you!

 

from H & H General Excavating, inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

H & H General Excavating

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I like the detail of the reports.

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You have to update it yourself, and there seem to be too many hidden functions. We are never made aware of any improvements.

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Recieve training. If you don't, you will be lost, unlike other software I have used.

 

from Earth Solutions, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

WinEX: A fine product that could use a bit more customizable features

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The help desk is quite good. The online tutorials are not as well-thought-out, yet when viewing these and asking additional questions from the support center, an answer can be obtained to any questions you have.

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Customization could easily be a future add-in. Dimensioning areas of the plan would be beneficial. Part of the feature is already available. Overall, there are no areas that I like least of all, but improvements can certainly be made. Ready access to the database, to review the information this program is basing its calculations on, would be most welcome.

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As this is the first topographic site-building package I have worked with, I don't feel knowledgeable enough to provide comparisons against other packages. But I do know the database should be available to the customer for comparison with the real world model. We had 3-5 projects giving incorrect data due to a software glitch that would have been apparent from viewing the database.

 

from Sully Construction Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

User-friendly and very flexible with excellent reports

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The vendor responds immediately to any questions or concerns and is very helpful in solving takeoff questions. The product is easy to use and provides accurate reports.

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I have no negative comments. This software meets our needs as a general contractor.

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We have used this vendor/software since 2001 and have always been ahead of the curve in technology upgrades and user suggestions.

 

from Primus Builders, Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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After a brief tutorial, the vendor gave me a working version to further evaluate. It's easy to use; I was up and running in one day.

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The product works great; I have no complaints. The vendor is equally good.

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Give it a try for free; you'll see how easy it is to use.

 

from JS Stewart Companies
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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The customer service is amazing! The software is also easy to use on a basic level.

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Sometimes, it's difficult to figure out how to do specific tasks.

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If a company won't let you demo, don't bother going further with your research. WinEx had a great demo period with full support.

 

from Precision Excavating & Grading Co.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Too many processing errors.

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Line tracking is is a good feature. Data input screens are well-thought-out, and graphics seem to be pretty good.

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Too many processing errors. They just can't seem to get topsoil re-spread to calculate correctly. Software design seems to be a long way off from end user in terms of knowing what kind of info an excavator wants. We are excavators. Keep it simple and stop adding functions that don't work. Many other software packages cost much less with little or no yearly subscription fee.

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Try a cheaper, more basic software. It will be easier to use and cost a lot less.

 

review detail from Army National Guard
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Use mostly for budget estimates

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Pretty easy to use.

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I probably don't know how to use it to its full extent.

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I don't have any recommendation to others evaluating software like this.

 

from Bluewater of South Florida
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

RocTek is great

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I love the customer service and the constant updates that continually improve the product. It's very easy to use and has excellent graphics to check your work.

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There's no instruction manual with the program. There is no really good help function, so you must call the tech support line if there is a user question.

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Check to see the tech support on any other product you may be testing. This customer service is excellent.

 

from Sunco Site Development, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

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It's a very straightforward program to use. Great customer service, staff are easy to reach and very knowledgeable.

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We would love to see more tutorials on YouTube to walk us through all of its features.

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I don't have any recommendations for this software.

 

from Plocher Construction Co
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

3+ years experience with this program

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Software is easy to use making civil and utility takeoffs quick and accurate. The vendor is always there to help through any issues or confusion that you may encounter. Once grade lines are inputed, it is easy to make adjustments to get the most accurate takeoff. The shadings and maps are great for understanding the overall scope of the project that is being taken off as well as a great check and balance for the quantity computed. The program has great resources to aid in evaluating the overall scope of whatever project is being taken off.

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I would say the part that I like the least is the lack of ability to import 3D CAD surfaces. Also, I wish there was an easy way to determine structure excavations and backfill. There is a way to manipulate it to get the answer needed, but it takes time, and if the region of interest boundaries are not right around the structure of interest it does not accurately calculate the quantity. I wish you could trace the structure, enter the bottom elevation and excavation slope, and get an answer without having the region of interest boundary where you may think the excavation will stop.

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I do not have much experience with other similar programs, but I would have to say that this program is pretty user-friendly and really easy to use. The line tracker feature makes tracing lines quick and easy. Once information is inputed, it is really easy to make any changes and/or adjustments.

 

from Kukurin Contracting, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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I like the simplicity of the on-screen takeoff. Also, support is good.

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I don't like the way the software calculates laybacks.

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It is pretty good, but certainly not perfect. Laybacks are difficult.

 

from Berry General Engineering
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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Ease of use. It's a seamless software program that anyone can pickup in a couple hours.

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The printed reports need a little more work as far as development options

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Review several different programs before committing to one system. Some do not offer free trials, but only demos. You really need to test drive the software on your own time. Don't be afraid to ask for a little more time on the trial. Most are willing to oblige.

 

review detail from Superior Land Designs, LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Simple and efficient to use. Great Support in getting versed in use

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It's user-friendly, has quick learning curve, and is easy to use. It does exactly what I need.

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I dont like having to use a USB fob for licensing. It's just something else to keep up with.

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Just give a license key number to enter, reducing the need to have usb port taken up or risk of key damage.

 
 
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