eTakeoff Software


 

eTakeoff was designed from the ground up to offer estimators affordable, easy-to-use software that provides a comprehensive electronic viewer and takeoff tool. Using cutting-edge database technology, eTakeoff offers a quick, reliable solution to companies across all construction disciplines.

eTakeoff is very flexible, both in terms of applications and scalability. Consistently recognized by their clients as one of the easiest systems to customize, eTakeoff can flex to meet the needs of businesses of any size, regardless of project size. It also integrates seamlessly with a variety of electronic plan rooms and construction estimating solutions.

The system will grow with the company, so it's simple to start small and scale up as their needs expand. There are three product levels in eTakeoff, including a free Basic version, so companies can find their best fit and upgrade as needed. The Advanced and Premier version of the software include features like advanced viewing tools, Excel integration and user-defined variables, formulas and assemblies. 

eTakeoff is used daily by thousands of estimators and is the viewer and takeoff tool provided by McGraw-Hill for use in their Dodge Construction plan room.

We recently recognized eTakeoff for having one of the top 5 best designs in construction takeoff software. They're a great fit for any construction company looking for a configurable, scalable solution to view, takeoff and manage construction drawings, with the added benefit of significantly reducing printing costs.

 

eTakeoff - Electronic takeoff
 
  • eTakeoff - Electronic takeoff
    Electronic takeoff
  • eTakeoff - User-defined measurement assemblies
    User-defined measurement assemblies
  • eTakeoff - Advanced 2-way excel integration
    Advanced 2-way excel integration
  • eTakeoff - Joist tool
    Joist tool
  • eTakeoff - Arcs and curves
    Arcs and curves
  • eTakeoff - Quantity worksheet (models)
    Quantity worksheet (models)
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Gary Ruotsala from Dbk Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Solid program for takeoffs

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The good program once you get used to it. Not cluttered with excessive add-ons and other nonsense. A good solid system for doing electronic takeoffs. Worth the time that it takes to learn it for sure!

Pros

Good value, nice features including custom calibration. Worth the time to learn

Cons

Takes some time to get used to it but they have a decent help network.

Advice to Others

If you need a good takeoff program that can get you quoting it works well.

 
 

Rob from Lawrence Plumbing
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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I've used it for 5 years. Easy to use, just not enough options in the plumbing takeoff portion.

Pros

Easy and fast. Don't have to be a computer genius to operate it. Excellent customer support.

Cons

No pricing, and can't not enough options.

Advice to Others

Good for a small business starting out.

 
 

Eugene from Rondout Valley Flooring
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Doesn't go everything but does enough

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In general etakeoff is a great product and they have worked with the end users to refine the program.

as a flooring company it has been great as most of our measurements are one dimensional, as a tile wall is a tile wall and not a multi-component feature. as a measurement doesn't represent a wall with framing, wall board insulation and stabilizers. The advanced program doesn't break out measurements in this fashion but may be available in the premier.

It has given me some glitches in the past but customer service will try to resolve.

Pros

Very simple to pick up and use with basic computer knowledge.

Cons

You can't change extensions or create new ones unless you have the premier version. its the only thing really lacking from the advanced version but not work the upgrade for this one function.

Advice to Others

Start off with the subscription in advance, figure out what you need for your company, subscribe to premier for a month and then purchase the advanced version once your extensions are set as you like them. extensions are the variables you can add to a measurement, such as drawing a line but stating (extension) that the line is 10' so it provides a square footage calculation of length times height.

 
 

Eugene from Flooring Solutions of New York
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Doesn't go everything but does enough

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In general etakeoff is a great product and they have worked with the end users to refine the program.

as a flooring company it has been great as most of our measurements are one dimensional, as a tile wall is a tile wall and not a multi-component feature. as a measurement doesn't represent a wall with framing, wall board insulation and stabilizers. The advanced program doesn't break out measurements in this fashion but may be available in the premier.

It has given me some glitches in the past but customer service will try to resolve.

Pros

Very simple to pick up and use with basic computer knowledge.

Cons

you can't change extensions or create new ones unless you have the premier version. its the only thing really lacking from the advanced version but not work the upgrade for this one function.

Advice to Others

start off with the subscription at advance, figure out what you need for your company, subscribe to premier for a month and then purchase the advanced version once your extensions are set as you like them. extensions are the variables you can add to a measurement, such as drawing a line but stating (extension) that the line is 10' so it provides a square footage calculation of length times height.

 
 

Dustin from Heritage Craftsmen
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

eTakeoff Review for Painting Contractors

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The support staff was very friendly and helpful. The product is priced for new contractors and is affordable but lacks the features and depth of other takeoff software systems. Creating new takeoff conditions, changing takeoff conditions was challenging. While the takeoff tool would group information, finding a way to relate that information to specific conditions, ie: walls, base, chair rail was not easy to perform.

Pros

Affordability and Customer Support

Cons

The programs is lacking in the platform. Not easy takeoff to summary conversion. Not easy to create new conditions or change from one job takeoff to the next

 
 

Mark from The Mercury Group
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

eTakeOff Makes Doing Estimates a Breeze

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eTakeoff is an incredibly powerful and versatile piece of software. I am an estimator for The Mercury Group a full service electrical, security and tele data contractor Connecticut. eTakeoff has made us more efficient with my time, more effective with my efforts, and more competitive with my bids.We starting using the software in January 2016 and have since noticed a dramatic increase in both productivity and my profitability / conversion rate. In only four months we doubled our previous bid-output and decreased our margins of error below 2%. We didn’t add a new estimator. We didn’t start working sixteen hour days. We started using eTakeoff and embraced an era of change.

eTakeoff helped us hone in on pin-point precision for my bottom line so we can win jobs. Period. We have all been faced with the choice of “quality” or “quantity.” This software doesn’t force you to choose — it enables you to take a set of plans and turn it into your trade-specific dollars and cents in a fraction of the time it would normally take. eTakeoff puts the tools you need right at your fingertips — accessible with just a click of a mouse button. eTakeoff is vastly superior to other programs.

The key to winning bids in this economy is competitive pricing that is both accurate and aggressive. eTakeoff affords you all the customization of your own personal “in-house” software without the trappings of a clunky interface and poorly implemented back-of-house functionality.

Setting up the Quantity Worksheet, the Excel Spreadsheet integration, and your “bread ‘n butter” traces can take a little time but it is worth it; the more you learn about the program the easier it will be to put together your estimates. If you’re a novice-user I recommend watching the online videos and taking the web tutorials right on the eTakeoff website or opting for the Customer Support subscription.

The most phenomenal aspect of my experience with the eTakeoff has been my interaction with the team. Their website, forums, and phone-support are friendly, helpful, and very accommodating. They know that we rely on their software to bring home the bacon and I always feel like a valued customer. I have participated in many a discussion both via phone call and the forums regarding changes to the software, new features, and implementation. The eTakeoff team keeps an open dialogue and encourages feedback so they can keep the software updated to the ever-changing needs of their clients.

Pros

Very easy to use, great training at no charge and unlimited. Can be integrated with our Sage 100 Contractor CRM and Sage Estimator.

Cons

None

Advice to Others

Try it out on a trial version and you will be surprised how easy it is to use.

 
 

Manuel from Framing Authority LLC
Specialty: General contractor

August 2016

August 2016

eTakeoff was our First experience

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Easy to use and accurate. It help us to bid severals projects without having to print the plans.
We like the free trial.

Likes Least

The price is kind of high or at least you can have more options for starters

Recommendations

Use first the free trial, then study the tools before you buy.

 
 

Drake from Construction EcoServices
Specialty: Construction manager

March 2016

March 2016

I've been using "eTakeoff" for four years , and I recommend it.

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eTakeoff is simple to use , and lets me execute take-off's efficiently.

Likes Least

Its pricey to purchase. The fee to purchase is high , and I cant justify spending that amount.

Recommendations

Make sure to view the tutorials, and read them as well.

 
 

Paul from Elite Mechanical Contractors
Specialty: Plumbing

August 2015

August 2015

Easy to use, great for reviewing plans and specs.

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User friendly and great way to get into digital takeoffs.

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A little time consuming to set up initially. Your materials and labor need to be added in separately. Assemblies are helpful

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This is a basic takeoff tool that allows you to save measurements in the paid version but not the free version. All labor and material cost must be added separately.

 
 

Randall from Due South Concrete
Specialty: Concrete

April 2015

April 2015

A great product that will make you better at takeoff.

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eTakeoff is a great asset for our company. It's designed by people who truly understand what we need in an estimating software. The software makes sense. Upgrades only enhance features without ever feeling "NEW" or "CORRECTIVE".

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I don't have anything that I dislike about eTakeoff.

Recommendations

The better you become at digital takeoffs the more you'll find that eTakeoff has the feature sets that you will want. It's been there the all along. It may take you getting to the next level to fully utilize it's strength.

 
 

Gary from Concrete Solutions Plus, Inc
Specialty: Concrete

April 2015

April 2015

eTakeoff is a valuable tool.

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I like the way the entire products functions and the product support. Any problem that I have had has always been answered.

Likes Least

I sometimes have problems establishing new projects

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I would recommend that you use the personal assistance that is provided with this product. They are very helpful

 
 

Irina from Excellence in Stone
Specialty: Finishing contractor

April 2015

April 2015

Very good time saver.

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- The better part of the program is it allows you to create, change or edit any existing template.
- Now the program allows you to add as many shortcut keys as you need.

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- A PDF document loses quality whenever a sheet is added to an existing project.
- The program doesn't allow to execute the undo command after finishing the measurement, it only allows you to edit manually the measurement.
- The program doesn't work with dwg (cad) format.

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I would recommend use of this program. Once you learn the program, it's not difficult.

 
 

Nick from The Mosser Group
Specialty: General contractor

February 2015

February 2015

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I like the ability to measure a dimension on a drawing even though that dimension isn't called out on the sheet.

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Sometimes, it can be difficult to import drawings if they aren't in the correct folder on your computer.

Recommendations

It's a great tool to add to your toolbox, not only when bidding, but when constructing the job. Best of all, there is a free version that you can download to try out the software before you buy it.

 
 

Robert from General Paving
Specialty: Paving

January 2015

January 2015

Good product that is easy to work with

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This product was easy to get accustomed to and provided exactly what I needed. When talking with the sales representative, he gave an excellent overview and demonstration of the product and answered all my questions fully and accurately.

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I use this software for basic takeoffs such as square footage, so I do not have any complaints with either the product or vendor at this time.

Recommendations

If you play around with the software, it is easy to get accustomed to and learn. The calculations for the takeoff need to be changed slightly in order to get an accurate material count.

 
 

Marlene from Quality Epoxy Floors and More, Inc.

May 2013

Date: May 2013

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Our epoxy flooring company purchased eTakeoff due to an increased need to work with digital drawings. While some of the other products reviewed had similar features, we liked eTakeoff's simplicity. We have only had the system for about a month, but have found it easy to use, even just by fumbling around to figure it out.

eTakeoff also has a great deal of training tools and short, easy-to-view videos of how features work.

The customer service people were great. They checked back to see if we liked using it during the free trial, but I never felt any pressure to buy it.

The benefits of this system include being able to take off a project in a much shorter time than the old-fashioned hard copy drawings with scaled ruler, pen & paper. If you can click and drag a mouse, you can use eTakeoff!

The system allows you to highlight the areas already measured, so you can be sure you haven't missed anything. The system also allows you to save drawings and specifications to each project's folder, so you know exactly what information was used to create each bid. You can also print the drawings after you complete the measurements to send with the bid so your customers can also see what was measured. This takes a lot of the guesswork out of projects when we have superintendents telling us we have other areas to do that were not included with the original price.

 

Michael from General Industries

January 2013

Date: January 2013

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I am a Senior estimator for a general contractor in south western PA. I first learned about eTakeoff from McGraw Hill and signed up for the free 30 day trial. Having used other on screen takeoff programs, I found eTakeoff to be very user friendly and after about a week of using the program and some initial support from eTakeoff's support team, we decided to buy the software package.

Since we do a large amount of design build projects we often only recieve a basic footprint of the building with no scale attached. eTakeoff makes it very easy to set custom scales, all I need is a dimension and I can quickly and accurately takeoff the concrete, asphalt paving, sitework, and building area using the custom scale setting. I found that once I had built my customized traces that I most commonly use, I am able to quickly do my takeoffs and copy the quantities from the measurement list to my excel pricing sheet. This saves a lot of time by not having to type things twice.

I also have found their support staff to be very user friendly with timely response. I have recomended this product to some of my sub contractors as well. Since most of our drawings are now in PDF format it saves them time and money in printing cost when I email them drawings for a project to bid. So if you are looking for ways to cut your estimating time and save money also, then I would highly recommend this product.

 

Brent from Barrett Roofing

January 2013

Date: January 2013

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eTakeoff is an incredibly powerful and versatile piece of software. I am an estimator for Barrett Roofing, a Union roofing contractor in the tri-state area and eTakeoff has made me more efficient with my time, more effective with my efforts, and more competitive with my bids. I starting using the software in August of 2012 and have since noticed a dramatic increase in both my productivity and my profitability / conversion rate. In only four months we doubled our previous bid-output and decreased our margins of error below 2%. We didn't add a new estimator. We didn't start working sixteen hour days. We started using eTakeoff and embraced an era of change.

eTakeoff helped me hone in on pin-point precision for my bottom line so I can win jobs. Period. We have all been faced with the choice of "quality" or "quantity." This software doesn't force you to choose -- it enables you to take a set of plans and turn it into your trade-specific dollars and cents in a fraction of the time it would normally take. eTakeoff puts the tools you need right at your fingertips -- accessible with just a click of a mouse button. eTakeoff is vastly superior to other programs.

The key to winning bids in this economy is competitive pricing that is both accurate and aggressive. eTakeoff affords you all the customization of your own personal "in-house" software without the trappings of a clunky interface and poorly implemented back-of-house functionality.

Setting up the Quantity Worksheet, the Excel Spreadsheet integration, and your "bread 'n butter" traces can take a little time but it is worth it; the more you learn about the program the easier it will be to put together your estimates. If you're a novice-user I recommend watching the online videos and taking the web tutorials right on the eTakeoff website or opting for the Customer Support subscription.

The most phenomenal aspect of my experience with the eTakeoff has been my interaction with the team. Their website, forums, and phone-support are friendly, helpful, and very accommodating. They know that we rely on their software to bring home the bacon and I always feel like a valued customer. I have participated in many a discussion both via phone call and the forums regarding changes to the software, new features, and implementation. The eTakeoff team keeps an open dialogue and encourages feedback so they can keep the software updated to the ever-changing needs of their clients.

 

Tom from The Lombard Company

January 2013

Date: January 2013

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We are a general contractor that performs between $20 to 30 million in primarily public sector work in the Chicago Metropolitan area annually. We are signatory to the carpenters and laborers union, and we rarely self-perform any work, except when the terms of the contract require some percentage of work to be self-performed.

We have been using eTakeoff, the Premier version for about 3 years. I generally will take off all the Division 2 work including Selective Demo but not mass grading. We also use it to take off structural concrete, masonry, drywall and framing, painting, windows and doors, Flooring, exterior wall coverings (dryvit, composite wall panel, and curtain wall), Roofing, blocking and flashing, and Division 10 work. If time allows, I will do counts on VAVs, and other HVAC equipment, Light fixtures, toilets, lavs and urinals.

The only things I fix hard labor cost to are selective demo, doors, frames and hardware, blocking installation, casework and casework installation, Trim and trim installation, and Division 10 installation. I assign unit prices to the other work to ascertain my anticipated cost for those portions of the work and use the quantities derived from the takeoffs to check scope as the sub prices come in.

Aside from the user-friendly interface, the lighting quick rate at which the drawings load, the intuitive zoom and scroll drawing manipulation; these are the features I like best in no particular order:

C- Click the tangent point on a curve, then somewhere near the center of the arc, and then the other tangent point, press C and the program, draws a line and calculates the length of the curve.

Drawing Compare- Did that useless architect send out revised drawings and not cloud any of the changes he made? That never happens. Use “drawing compare” and overlay the new sheet over the old one to see the changes by comparing the different colored layers.

F2- Allows you to rename the drawing filename from something like “skidmoreacad031212-1.pdf”to “003 A1.11 Basement Plan” right on the page while you are looking at the title block.

Pattern search- Want to find, for example, all the Keynote 22s on a page- highlight “22” in the legend and start a search. In a few seconds all, or almost all, the Keynote 22s will be highlighted.

Drawing links- create an Icon on a plan view near a section tag. Click the icon and it snaps to the section even of it’s on another sheet.

Open a separate drawing page. The 35 partition types are on one sheet. And the floor plans are on others. Open the page with the partition legend on one monitor, and do the takeoff on the pages without the legend on the other. Use the highlighter or colored rectangle annotation to highlight the partition types you’ve completed. Flip the drawings back and forth between the monitors with a mouse click as needed.

Continue takeoff on another drawing- That sidewalk that starts at the dorm and continues for 3 blocks and 3 pages to the campus. Use this feature to get the total sf/cy/mesh/sand or gravel bed/ for the whole sidewalk length without stopping and starting a new takeoff on each page.

One measurement can yield 16 tons of information-- for example if I measure a parking lot, one “trace” yields: Square Feet of BAM, binder, and surface, Square yards of BAM, Binder, Surface, Tons of BAM, Binder, Surface, Cubic yards of Stone, Tons of stone, gallons of Tack coat, SF/SY of Fabric. If I chose to, I could also calculate curb length, CY of concrete for the curb, LF or tons of rebar, quantity of Joint bars, number of expansion joints, tons and CY of stone required for curb leveling, but for reasons that are my own, I take off the curbs separately.

Constant updates, great support, and a partnership between user and programmers unlike any I have ever experienced.

If there is a bug, or a program enhancement that will make the product better, eTakeoff issues an update that notifies you when you open the program, that a new version is available. You don’t have to experience a problem then go to the website to find a hotfix or patch. Or endure the problems waiting for the annual or semiannual release that fixes them.

The support staff is extremely knowledgeable and can help with either technical issues or setting up formulas within the worksheets to help you get the results that you want. Plus there are beau coup training videos on YouTube.

Do you have a suggestion for the program? Submit it though the forum and they will actually try and incorporate it in the program if it makes sense. To date, I’ve had had a couple of my suggestions incorporated in the program. I have never seen a company more responsive to their users than the folks at eTakeoff.

eTakeoff does not provide a database of cost, which suits us fine. Other estimating programs that provide those databases cost 10 times more than eTakeoff cost, and the prices included in those programs never match the regional and market realities.

Additionally, with so much of the industry being commodity driven, the prices are obsolete almost as soon as they’re published. One also has to sort through a lot of prebuilt assemblies and other items that are seldom if ever used in pricing the work we bid. For example, we don’t bid residential work, so why pay for 10,000 residential unit prices that we never use and worse, have to sort thru all 10,000 items every time we need to find some item that is important to us.

eTakeoff is not idiot proof. To effectively use the program, at least the premier version, you should have a good background in Excel and understand the rules for algebraic iteration, because the manner that formulas are set up in eTakeoff are very similar (but not identical to) the way they get set up in an Excel worksheet.

 

Silvia from Excellence in Stone, Inc.

December 2012

Date: December 2012

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I am the estimator for Excellence in Stone, Inc. Our company fabricates and

installs Tile, Stone, Terracotta, and Solid Surfaces in South Florida. We

specialize in high end residential and commercial projects up to $ 7

million dollars. With this much money at stake we needed an estimating

software that would allow me to service our diverse and very demanding

customers. Before purchasing eTakeoff 4 years ago, I researched most of the

estimating software suppliers and decided on eTakeoff because of their

accuracy, support system, and flexibility in customizing the program to our

unique use.

Because our jobs are so intricate, often including up to 50 different

materials on a single job. We cover so many different types of installation

ranging from mosaics to cladding large Stone Slabs on walls and ceilings; so

I needed a software that would allow me to tailor each unique project to

calculate an ever-changing type of data.

As soon as I tried eTakeoff I realized that this was the software for us.

It was easy to use (I have never needed formal training, since their menus

are self explanatory) and their built in features that allow you to write

custom subroutines are so flexible that I fell in love with the product

after a week into the trial.

The implementation was a snap, i was up and running immediately, but it is

their support team that I am the most impressed with; it is like having your

own personal estimating team to back you up.

Over the years, I have asked for special features to be added to eTakeoff and

I have yet to be disappointed. I can now estimate 3 times as many projects

as I did before, and in today's competitive market it has translated into a

constant stream of work for our company in a construction industry that has

been suffering for the past 5 years.

 

Chad from Caddy Shack Productions

December 2012

Date: December 2012

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Caddy Shack Productions is a contractor Support/Consulting/Quantity Survey company. Originally started as an AutoCAD based working drawing production company for Framing Contractors, we have branched into electronic plan takeoff as our main product. It was by chance three and a half years ago that I saw a set of plans on what looked like a television screen. My customer explained to me what it was – digital takeoff software for lumber takeoffs. Long story short he said he would not recommend the software because of its difficulty, price and lack of capabilities and further stated had he known about eTakeoff they would have purchased that instead of what they did purchase.

I contacted three major companies that advertised as electronic takeoff software companies, did trial versions, spoke with their technical people to see what they were capable of, asked about assemblies and other things and chose eTakeoff because it was the most comprehensive, powerful and the programmers were not telling me how to estimate. It is what I call a “blank sheet” program like Excel or AutoCAD – lots of great tools with no one to say how to use it. I developed a lumber takeoff system and then a concrete & rebar system both of which use very complicated assemblies.

Support for the software has been phenomenal. Many of my suggestions have become a part of the software. The ease and accuracy with which I am able to do takeoffs has made it one of the best investments in my career.

 
 
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