ProEst Estimating & Takeoff Software


 

ProEst Software has been developing construction estimating software for nearly 40 years. ProEst 2013 combines cost estimating, digital takeoffs, and bid day analysis in a single solution. It is uses the MicrosoftSQL database, a .NET development platform, and Windows 8 compatibility. The ProEst user interface has a standardized Microsoft Office look-and-feel that lessens the learning curve.

ProEst includes a comprehensive materials database, visual assemblies, and support for cost update services like RS Means, Trade Service, All Priser, and MCAA’s WebLems. The ability to refine each bid, adjust markups, and run "what-if" analyses ensured that an estimate is both competitive and profitable. ProEst integrates with many construction accounting and project management systems to streamline job setup and management.

Built directly into ProEst is digital takeoff, giving flexibility to perform digital takeoffs on-screen using just electronic blueprints and a mouse. The system supports most digital file types, including PDF, TIF, and AutoCAD.

A customizable SQL database structure makes ProEst a suitable estimating option for contractors of all sizes and specialties, including general contractors, heavy/highway contractors, homebuilders, and specialty subcontractors like electrical, HVAC/mechanical, and landscaping. We recommend the software for companies that generate more than $1 million in revenue each year, and ProEst can easily handle the needs of multi-million dollar contracting firms.

ProEst is regularly enhanced to keep pace with new technology. The company releases a full version upgrade each year and periodic maintenance releases. ProEst is offered in three subscription-based tiers, which reduces costs up-front. Their service includes maintenance with unlimited telephone and e-mail support. 

 

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    ProEst Home Page
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    ProEst Estimate Sheet
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    ProEst Takeoff Page
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    ProEst Takeoff Page with Zoom
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    ProEst Markup Page
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    ProEst Report Designer
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8

14 Reviews of ProEst Estimating

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from Dan Carlone Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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My company has recently purchased the Enterprise Version of ProEst. We have only started learning the system but have so far been very impressed with the functionality, ease of use and product value. The ability to do digital takeoff straight from the program, as well as the flexibility to edit / modify just about every piece of information on the system gives it an advantage to other programs i have used.

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This is by far the easiest estimating program i have used thus far. Other pros include - Flexibility to edit almost everything; the large cache of report templates; the large database and pre-built assemblies; the built in digital takeoff; the bid day summary to use for sub-contractor bid tabulation

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The preset costs are very generic (i.e. labor costs) - for large projects with heavy labor, this could throw off the labor estimate. In addition, the digital takeoff module, albeit very handy, is somewhat limited. It would be nice to have more flexibility to manually manipulate takeoffs, even after associating it with a digital takeoff. It would also be nice to be able to switch between different forms of measurement, right now you are only limited to the unit of measure determined by the line item for which you are taking off.

Advice to Others

This is an ideal product for small and medium sized construction companies. If you want a flexible program with a small learning curve, ProEst is right for you. Be prepared, however, to need to update the labor costs - i would suggest not relying on the preset amounts.

 
 

from Pennum Industries
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

Support is excelent

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The customer support is outstanding. Training was good.

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It cannot share data bases. i.e. piping, electrical, and civil are separate files that must be added together outside the software. Add features to allow the exporting of database to other software, so it can be manipulated. Or add the tools to the software. I would like to add much of the existing excel files to the data base.

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To test the software for a week is not enough time for software as complicated like this. Make a list of must haves and talk to the vendors.

 
 

from Leroy Newton Construction LLC
Specialty: General contractor

If I could not figure out an issue they would call and get on remote s

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Great support from the support team. They call you back right away and they seem to care and want to take care of any issues. They are good at explaining the program or any issues that you might have.The program is easy to use and I have never used an estimating program before this one so I know if I picked up easily anyone can. Training was top notch!

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The assembly could use some reworking. There could be more assembly made as well.

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Give it a trial run, it's really easy to use and understand.

 
 

from Rocha & Son Construction
Specialty: Residential remodeling

ProEst gets the job done!

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What I like about ProEst the most is how user-friendly the software is. I also like that the software is integrated with onscreen digital take off, and that it integrates directly to your estimate take off sheet all in the same software program. They also have good customer support.

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What I don't like is that you have to pay for training. You also have to pay for custom reports. In the long run the training pays off, and if the custom report saves you time and/or money than they pay off as well.

Recommendations

Watch there videos online. Do a demonstration with them. Have them do a demonstration with the database that it comes with. You'll see how user-friendly it is and how much you can customize the database to your needs.

 
 

from BuildZig
Specialty: Construction manager

Efficient but kind of clunky.

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ProEst is a pretty solid, and incredibly deep take off program with very helpful and responsive customer support. It makes drawing takeoffs simpler and allows multilayer markups on a single pdf, estimating and responding to RFPs is far less time consuming.

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The user interface is cumbersome and has too many window pop ups. The system will occasionally lock out users which can be a pain.

Recommendations

Test drive as many programs as you can before finally pulling the trigger on just one, there's a wide variety out there.

 
 

from Buildzig
Specialty: Construction manager

Easy to Use and Quick to Learn

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I liked that this software is very simple and easy, and we had free training sessions which was very useful.
I also find the take off system and tools very powerful and the database is huge.

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Some of the items have very detailed costs items which i don't need

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Give free training to your costumers and simplify the software so it can be easy to use.

 
 

from Terra Group
Specialty: Design/build firm

Estimating Software build from the point of view of the contractor

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The software is easy to understand and it truly meets and exceeds all of our expectation when it came time to turn in a bid . We are a building and design firm, the range of the work we bid goes from electrical, plumbing, HVAC to complete turn key. We appreciate the fact ProEst is constantly improving its functionalities and overall performance.

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The issues we had over the years are the same issues we get with other software in our systems, updates sometimes fix one program but conflicts with others. Happy to said the issues were not critical nor catastrophic in our daily use of the program nor cause major delays in our bidding process.

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I believe software should conform to the way you do business and not the other way around, you should not have to change overnight everything it took years to learn, to have to conform to a format that doesn't reflect how we do our jobs, or made no sense from the industry point of view. Software should adapt to the approach and methods that have proven true time and time again for your organization, make the software learn from you. If your company is doing the transition from another system or "OLD SCHOOL" of ruler, pen, and pad. The program and its functionality should make sense to you, even if you never sat in from of a computer. It should follow the same approach you take in creating an estimate as if you were doing it with paper and pen.

Look for a program with a reasonable learning curve, justifiable price, good technical support as well as the ability to grow and adapt to the unique way you conduct your business with all its needs and constant demands that new technology brings. Before using Proest, we try other programs that were truly hard to learn.

This resulted in a new set of issues and challenges when it came time to hire a new person. It takes time to teach any system to a new employee. Proest solved all that for us by creating a database unique to our firm, a database that used the same approach and methodology that we can relate to, lowering the learning curve considerably.

Good software should be intuitable, it should follow the same order and path you take to resolved and complete your task and get the job done fast and accurate.

 
 

from Scraper's Edge Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

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Prompt customer support - unfortunately, there wasn't much they could do about the poor operation of the software

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Constant glitches in the userface. This takeoff software is not at all a polished finished product. I'm sure the Project Management integration is great, but we only needed the takeoff software, and it's been a huge letdown. Takeoff layers & text arbitrarily fall behind each other, text size can be huge or tiny & you can't change it. If the scale is metric you are forced to use metric takeoff numbers - it's the little things that make you fiddle around & waste a lot of time. This product feels unfinished - not 40 yrs old. (using a PC by the way - don't blame it on me)

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Don't use it for Takeoff Software. If I was needing the other features I would definitely require a free trial period, as the glitches in the takeoff software are very frustrating.

 
 

from OAK CONSTRUCTION
Specialty: General contractor

The software is very comprehensive

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The best part about the software is the depth at which you can estimate especially with all the factors that you can take into account, whether you are using existing ones or custom ones. That, coupled with the extensive cost database makes for a solid package of available information where you can track costs not only in terms of material, labor, equipment but according to divisions, assemblies, or even at a per room level. The software provides a good deal of flexibility in being able to create and customize the data to fit your work needs.

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It was surprising that it wasn't as similar to excel as I expected. Although the layout is similar, manipulating columns,rows and data is different. Once you're familiarized with the tools and order of operations for the different tasks it becomes a very useful tool.

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I would strongly recommend scheduling a demo and comparing it with a couple of other products. I also encourage that you consider how to use the product in your office. In others words, how do you envision it being used.

 
 

from G Hyatt Construction
Specialty: General contractor

Pro Est Estimating Software is a good deal for the money

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Excellent customer service. In the rare events when we have questions or issues, customer service usually returns calls within 1 hour.

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Easy on screen take off. Unit prices are fairly reliable and based on RS Means data.

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Make sure it comes with good support. ProEst does, which is one reason we are happy with it.

 
 

from BuilderFish.com
Specialty: Design/build firm

Many software errors.

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Support is fast to reply to your requests and very friendly.

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The software does not function as intuitively as it appears to in demos and training videos. There are many, many error messages, some of which cannot be resolved. I had to start over on an estimate twice due to software glitches.

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Ask for a free 30-day trial and don't just rely on the training demos to make a decision.

 
 

from Colby Enterprises Inc
Specialty: Design/build firm

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I like how fast I can take off a job.

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I wish there was a pan feature. I have to zoom in and out of the drawing.

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Be honest. Tell people what you really think about the software.

 
 

from Tandem Paving Company, Inc.
Specialty: Paving

ProEst gives us an advantage over our competition.

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The ease of use and ability to perform quick takeoffs has sped up the productivity and accuracy of our bids.

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We are a Mac-based company and have been using this product via parallels on a Windows-based platform. Although we've requested they develop a Mac version, it doesn't sound like it's in their future. We will be heading in a new direction this year because running two operating systems simultaneously bogs our systems down too much and ProEst is the only reason we run Windows.

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If you run Windows, this is a top-notch company and product. If you have a Mac and want to run this product via parallels, I hope you have a really good Mac.

 
 

from Independent Estimator

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I've have implemented this software in the residential home building industry. By estimating the budgets for newly designed product, it has literally saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. The estimates proved to be so accurate, we used the numbers from the trade budgets (42 trades) to negotiate contracts in our procurement process. The trade budgets generated provided final sales pricing with gross profit margins to our exact expectations. It all about how you set-up the software.

 
 
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