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Takeoff software allows contractors to measure construction plans (i.e. blueprints and drawings) electronically instead of the conventional method using pencils and rulers. Most systems will support the on-screen takeoff method, or the use of a digitizer pen.
Performing a digital takeoff using OnCenter Software
The software can be purchased by itself, as a stand-alone system. However, it’s often purchased together with cost estimating software, which allows contractors to determine costs of materials and cost of labor, after determining the volume and quantity of materials that are needed (using a takeoff tool). Finally, there are cases when an organization will purchase a complete construction software suite with to perform all needed functions including estimating, accounting and job costing, and project scheduling and project management.
There are two common scenarios we hear from contractors researching construction take off software. First, the majority use manual methods and want a faster, more accurate way to produce estimates. Second, they need to replace an existing system because the technology is out of date or it’s too expensive to maintain.
Regardless of their current situation, most companies implement these systems for the following reasons:
In our recent Construction Estimating Software Benchmark Report, we asked contractors to share their opinions on the top benefits and features in takeoff and estimating software. More than 50% of companies highly agree that process standardization, speed and accuracy are top benefits of using takeoff and estimating software.
To see a full list of benefits, along with top estimating challenges and priorities, visit our 2012 benchmark report.
During your research you should consider the following: