Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) Software


 

Sage Estimating (formerly Timberline Estimating) is a intuitive construction solution. This software offers detailed as well as conceptual takeoff capabilities. It also offers several electronic takeoff solutions, which speed up the estimate generation process even further. Available in two versions (Standard or Extended), the solution comes with a variety of sample databases. Or, if you’re interested in getting a jumpstart with your database efforts, Sage offers a variety of customizable, industry-specific, pre-built databases, including RS Means.

Due to the software’s flexibility, it can suit your needs regardless of your company size. However, Sage Estimating is best suited for companies that run operations of at least $1 million due to its cost. Construction firms beyond this benchmark will find this solution to be suitable for their business and estimating needs.

 

Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Estimating
 
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Estimating
    Estimating
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Job cost inquiry
    Job cost inquiry
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Project management
    Project management
  • Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) - Service management
    Service management
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 8

27 Reviews of Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating)

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from Mr.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

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Sage estimating software allows companies and their individual users to literally make exactly the database that perfectly fits their needs. The only limitation is their ability to create tables, variables and formulas that will create the outcomes that they desire.

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Total control, flexibility, and no "canned" locked in formating. Adding, changing and maneuvering existing data is made easy with "Database Manager".

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The biggest con is the cost per user and the maintenance fee. Smaller companies can manage these cost with two or three estimators but larger world users such as cost consulting firms with large numbers of users find the initial investment and sustainability are over the top.

Advice to Others

To have all the advantages of this estimating product and keep the cost down you can purchase One database and put it on a server that can be accessed from anywhere and a minimal amount of uses per office that can be shared.

 
 

from Wasatch Commercial Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Sage has lots of capabilities, but it can be cumbersome to use. Lots of error messages and restarts required.

 
 

from Standard Solar
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Timberline is a good old program that can be utilized for estimating however, you need to have a good database of prices to make it effective and you need to update these prices often to make it effective.

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Good once you have learned it. It does complex estimating.

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It has old features that are hard to change. Timberline does not change the programming technology to make it easier to use..

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It is expensive. Excel can replace this program.

 
 

from Onni Group
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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As an estimator, I use Timberline to estimate projects with value of $1M+. The platform is very user friendly. I can perform quick takeoff or more detailed item takeoff with just a click of a mouse. The autosave mode ensures that my work is saved every five minutes minimizing the risk of losing the data. The extended version of the software came with a sample database that we customized for the needs of our company. The reports function is absolutely amazing as it allows me to send the estimates to customers, project managers, superintendents, and fellow estimators for cross checking by just selecting the items that they want to see. It saves me plenty of time! I would highly recommend Sage Estimating (Timberline) to companies that are looking for an efficient estimating tool.

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Highly recommend it if your projects are $1M+, otherwise it may be quite costly for your office.

 
 

from Gillam and Associates
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

I have used Timberline for over 17 years.

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I have used it for many years and I am very fast with it. You dont have to be a computer programmer to use it. Once you learn a few simple steps you can build an estimate in half the time it takes using an office spreadsheet...

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There are a few quirks with some assemblies that you have to work out...

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Pick one and stick with it... Dont keep switching you will never get really good at any of them that way.

 
 

from Hampton Park Baptist Church
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

I set up and used the product for 12 years

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A stable, robust, customizable, construction estimating software

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The initial setup can be complicated. The databases available at the time of purchase were not of much help for my specific use

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Have a datbase plan structure planned out. Follow the industry standatrds divisions of labor.

 
 

from Hills
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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Ease of Use is the best thing and full customization.

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Nothing Really it works great and does everything we need it to do.

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Go Through the tutorial first. To make sure you like it and that it will work for you.

 
 

from Houston Zoo
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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it is user friendly and looks like an excel spreadsheet

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cannot buy the product directly you must go through a distributor

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there is a lot of information to absorb the videos are helpful

 
 

from EMUNA CONSTRUCTION
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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it is very detail oriented which gives you good tracking and reporting

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not user friendly you have to use the list very often to accommodate data
. almost impossible to create reports unless you are an expert in all the codes.

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training is critical in all aspects using
the university takes a lot of time and effort

 
 

from Pinnacle/CSG, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Intuitive & Time Saving Necessity for Estimating

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The more data the user puts in, the more streamlined of a machine this tool can become for your company. I have to say the formulaic calculations are also very helpful especially when it comes to breaking out specific trade items in a proposal.

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The updates process. I wish the install and update deployment was easier for the end user - especially for users migrating to a different machine. The UI could be also be "modernized", but when you look at the functional aspects of this products, as there many, it just performs well compared to other estimating tools on the market.

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Figure out exactly how this program can mesh with the objectives for your company overall. Then spend the time upfront training on those aspects and then developing the unique database to support your workflow. In short, forget the components that are superfluous for your objectives and focus on only the components that can push your company forward in the short and long-term.

 
 

from Walsh Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Error free, but long processing times.

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This product automatically saves after every key stroke, and the built-in formula's never make a mistake.

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This software is often very slow to respond (drag and fill commands can take several minutes to complete, and trying to insert rows into an estimate can be tricky). There is also no quick or easy undo button in case the wrong command or key is pressed.

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It would be good to try similar software from others to understand where to improve.

 
 

from Pinnacle/CSG
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Sage Estimating! The key to succesful project victories!

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I love sage products best they represent the best of breed. New features are always being developed and the ease of use is excellent especially in construction is important. Service is amazing as well

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I am not a fan of the license manager. They need to develop another way of licensing machines.

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Give it a try and you will see the power of sage. Try the assemblies function and you will absolutely love it.

 
 

from Skyline Concrete Services Ltd.
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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Lots of customization. User friendly, and very detailed estimates.

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The database building and assembly building is complex. There is support available for this however.

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Evaluate the size of your company. There is a lot of upfront setup and ongoing maintenance with the database in order to remain accurate. Take advantage of any training you can.

 
 

from Walsh Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Estimating with Sage/Timberline

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I know that the spreadsheet adds up correctly. This is key when it comes to bidding work. We have built our own databases, and use them quite a bit for concrete, masonry, and drywall.

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Upgrades with pervasive can be cumbersome. It would be useful if the download was something that could be pushed down to users. Granted right now I am behind on my upgrades because our IT department does not like to deal with the upgrades.

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Every estimating software has commonalities, Timberline/Sage is a tried and true product

 
 

from The College of Saint Rose
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Sage Estimating for Facilities Project Planning

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Customer support is the most extensive I have ever seen, and they were extremely patient with me. The product is extremely powerful and almost intimidating at first, but the help folks knew their job well, and got me up and running. I am able to produce project estimates for planning on campus renovation projects large and small.

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The help system is extensive so you get forwarded around a bit, but I did get to the people I needed to get to, it just took a little time.

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Be aware that you need to do the training on line by yourself when you won't be distracted. The information is great, but there is a lot.

 
 

from Blue Bay
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Think twice

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I like all the functions of this dinosaur. The software still uses fox pro old arcane DOS language.

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I dislike the amount of money they want yearly. I hate their amount of money I have to spend every year to maintain this software with limited tech support.

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Don't buy this software, it's like a broken boat. I keep throwing money at it, and it's never quite working.

 
 

from Reinforced Structures, Inc. (RSI)
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Sage Estimating - A Powerful Construction Estimating Package!

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There are many construction estimating software packages on the market, but none is better at breaking down an estimate in all the ways that are needed. Sage Estimating can handle multi-building estimates, multiple work breakdown structures, and any other bid breakdowns that are needed. For us, most bids require some sort of cost breakdown, but rarely is it completely the same from estimate to estimate. Sage Estimating handles all these variables with ease.

Also, the ability to handle variable cost add-ons at the estimate "totals page" is a huge plus. Cost add-ons such as overtime hours or material cost escalations can be added via the database or on a estimate-by-estimate basis. When it comes to providing breakdowns to our GC clients, any cost add-ons can be spread throughout all or a few of the estimate items. This is a great feature.

Sage has been a very good vendor. The support they've provided over many years has been great and they've done a great job with software upgrades. The upgrades, adding new features and feature enhancements have kept Sage Estimating at the head of the construction estimating pack.

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I've used Sage (and previously Timberline) for nearly 20 years, and the only consistent gripe I have is that installation of the program is tedious and has always required the help of an IT expert.

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Sage Estimating is a fantastic estimating tool, but be prepared for an arduous installation process and be willing to do some serious customization of the database. It's difficult to find a software program that does everything exactly like your company wants. With Sage Estimating, you can get the program to estimate and price work exactly as you want to, but it will require manipulation of the very robust standard database (many trade-specific databases are available for purchase).

 
 

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

I have used Sage Estimating for 20 years

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They are always developing the product and always on the cutting edge of technology. Around 2000, they had a product called the CAD Integrator; it was BIM before anyone understood what BIM was. They do not try to do everything (anymore). Instead of being decent at everything, they set the focus on the estimating product to make it great. Then they create partnerships with other dedicated software products that are also determined to make their piece of the pie the best. It allows for an integrated product that is the best of all worlds. The product is very easy to use and customizable to the user.

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I would like it to have a better proposal output. However, most people I talk to say that it's not a big deal for them because every owner wants a proposal on their form.

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I have tried most of the softwares out there. I see a lot of the other companies heading down the same path Sage went down and trying to put everything in one product. It does not work, and you will be left with less of a product. You may have a product that is decent at a lot of things but not great at any - knowledgable in all trades but a master of none. By leveraging the best products on the market and integrating them, you end up with a much better product. It also allows the end user to have choices.

 
 

from Palladium Homes of NC, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

I have used Timberline Estimating since the mid 1990s.

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Precision Estimating is exactly what it sounds like--the most exact way to estimate a project! Sage is easy to work with, and their technical support staff is fantastic.

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The most difficult part of using the software is in the initial setup.

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You get out of the software what you put into it, so it is best to allow plenty of time for your estimating staff to set it up, check it for accuracy, and then implement! It took me about a year to become completely comfortable with it, but I haven't seen another estimating package that even comes close to Timberline.

 
 

from Bowman Constructors
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Sometimes great, sometimes very frustrating.

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It is excellent for sending info from one module to the others. It is very helpful during the cost analysis process.

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It is not user-friendly. You can't "read the screen" and muddle through on Sage like you can with other accounting software.

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Make sure you have a savvy person to run the software. It is very involved and not something you can just jump into and teach yourself as you go.

 
 
 
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