Viewpoint MEP Estimating Software


 

Viewpoint MEP Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating capabilities to help generate accurate and financially feasible estimates. 

The software includes a pricing database continuously updated with the most current rates for materials and labor for each industry.

Viewpoint MEP Estimating includes Digital Takeoff, assemblies on the fly, what-if analysis and a proposal generator. The digital integrated takeoff module allows users to download plans from plan rooms and use them to generate takeoffs directly on the screen. 

If estimators prefer to use digitizer boards, GTCO’s Rollup Digitizer and Rigid Digitizer ‘plug and play’ with the system to streamline the takeoff process. This software also features CAD/BIM integration, Excel export with built-in formulas, automatic pricing from local suppliers, among others.

Viewpoint has solutions for any type of contractor, business role or project role, including general contractors, subcontractors, CEOs, suppliers, architects, project managers and engineers.

 

Viewpoint MEP Estimating - HVAC digital takeoff
 
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - HVAC digital takeoff
    HVAC digital takeoff
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Mechanical digital takeoff
    Mechanical digital takeoff
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Plumbing digital takeoff
    Plumbing digital takeoff
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Shape recognition detail
    Shape recognition detail
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Electrical digital takeoff
    Electrical digital takeoff
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Shape recognition
    Shape recognition
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

92 Reviews of Viewpoint MEP Estimating

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from RMN Mechanical Co. Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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The customer service management is always helpful and ready to answer any questions.

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The updates have become slower and slower to materialize

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Look around and see what suits your style of takeoff

 

from Carver Electric co inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Electrical Estimating software review.

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Very easy to use and very accurate. We depend exclusively on this software to obtain high end jobs.

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Occasionally I have to back out and restart the program, but it could be a user error....

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Practice, Practice , Practice. The more you use this program the easier it gets, then you can explore and find new things to use.

 

from H&S Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Viewpoint Electrical Estimating

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The structure of the program allows you to easily perform your take-off and is flexible to help you fine tune the estimate once it's complete.

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There's one minor issue when you are using the digital take-off. Sometimes when you're doing take-off on the digital screen, it 'loses' that take-off when you move over to the take-off screen to enter it into the estimate.

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Most of these estimating programs are very similar. I recommend that you take a look at the 'end sheets' where the estimate is summarized to see if it fits with your business model.

 

from SAIA Electric, INC.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Long time user of the electrical estimating software

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Viewpoint regularly engages its users to monitor their satisfaction with the product. The support team is willing to assist with any issues that develop and show a true willingness to help. The product is highly specified for the trades and is very comprehensive.

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At times, we would like to be able to an interface with Microsoft products such as Excel. The telecommunications takeoff section needs to be expanded.

Recommendations

Look around at all the different software packages and see if their systems are as comprehensive in the variety of materials for the specific takeoffs and the ease of entry and manipulation.

 

from James L. Cayton Assoc., Inc.
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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It keeps me organized, my estimates are accurate and it's fast. When I need help Viewpoint is just a phone call away.

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I deal with a lot of vendors daily, Viewpoint is the least of my worries.

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Take your time and call their support line to see how quickly they respond. Viewpoint is not just talk, they have great support.

 

from Pitt Electric ORI, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Viewpoint Estimation Is Electrical Estimating On Steroids.

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This product offers so many features that are beneficial. Product is fun and easy to use. Takes the majority of the human factor out of the bid. Less computing mistakes. Speedy and accurate takeoffs. Easy pricing updates.

Viewpoint Customer Support is made up of friendly knowledgeable team members which are eager to assist.

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Really? Hmmm, nothing. Seriously, this product is amazing!

Recommendations

What are you waiting for? Get rid of the costly bid documents. Save some trees already.

 

from Certified Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

I would recommend this software.

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This software is easy to use, you can use it right out of the box, but it is 100% customizable to fit your needs.

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The digital take is great it just still needs more fine tuning. at least for me anyway.

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GET THIS SOFTWARE!!!!! You will be in front of other contractors and better understanding of your takeoffs.

 

from P.R.Faulk Electrical Corporation
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

I have been using estimation software for almost 20 years and would hi

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Easy to use, well crafted, tech support always knowledgeable

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We are completely satisfied with the product and would highly recommend to others

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Great estimating tool. I think that it covers all estimating needs and is formatted in away that makes sure that you have everything in the estimate that would be needed

 

from Olympia Sheet Metal Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Maxwell Systems Estimation

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We really like the customer service provided with this product. When ever we have any issues, the customer support is there right away.

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If you do not have very much computer experience, it takes a lot of time to get to know all the functions available.

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Do you homework to make sure the product you get meets your specific application. We are very pleased with this product.

 

from Central Electric

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Central Electric was established in 1975, and is a 2nd generation family business. Revenues have grown over the past decade from $1M to over $10M.

We have been Estimation customers for 2 decades. Our company has grown over the years and we continue to learn and benefit from the capabilities and strengths of the program. We encourage any small- or medium-sized contractor to utilize this program. In the end, you get out of it for what you put into it.

Customer support is excellent. They have very timely responses and are well versed with the program. We also value their learning tools & webinars!

 

from Harold G. Butzer, Inc.

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We are a full service mechanical contractor in the central Missouri area that has been in business since 1926. We have been using the Maxwell Estimation System for close to 10 years. The software is easy to use and cuts our takeoff time in half. It also allows us to have a detailed labor and material list for project management and material orders. Our account manager, Mary Heinz, is also very informative and is ready to help at all times. I highly recommend this system.

 

from Hamilton Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing, Inc.

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I have been estimating for 40 years. That's correct, from before there were even electronic calculators (much less computers). We are currently using Logistics Version 4.3.2571 Estimating Version 4.2 to do our Plumbing Estimates. We have been using this system for about 13 years. Even though I have never used any of the other systems, I cannot imagine how anyone could improve on the ease of use! The power pad, along with the digitizer, allow me to do my takeoff completely from the plans with minimal return to the computer. The amount of time saved has allowed me to bid more and larger jobs by myself than would be possible any other way. It has allowed me to downsize, stay competitive and survive. This alone is keeping our 50 year old business "in business".

 

from Air Con, inc.

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We are a mechanical contractor based in NJ. Presently we are using mechanical estimation version 9.4. We started using estimation software since the mid 90's. We found it convenient to do the take off using this program. This is the first estimating program we used, and because it is easy to use, there is no plan of changing it in the future.

I have no complaints regarding the customer support. They are knowledgeable and friendly.

 

from Ferrara's Heating & Air Cinditioning, Inc.

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We are a mid size HVAC contractor and have been in business for 30 years. I took over the estimating for the company about 2 years ago after the owner retired. Our focus is mainly in the educational, medical, religous and correctional facilities. With Maxwell System Estimation program I can take off a job in a fraction of the time it use to take. Bids are more accurate because not only is most items a simple point to point take off, it also takes off all the small incidental components automatically, things I would usually overlook in the process. I like being able to seperate labor cost of different aspects of a job in layers because that has helped our company spot problem areas and adjust accordingly.

Estimation is definately a powerful, top notch take-off program, but the great support after the sale is the icing on the cake. They have always been quick to respond whenever I needed help with a very knowledgeable staff. And many thanks to our account manager, Mary Heinz, for the frequent check-ups, to make sure all is well and to make sure we are current, or that we are aware of new features available. I would definately recommend Maxwell System Estimation to anyone looking to speed up their estimation process.

 

from Carmody Plumbing

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We are a plumbing shop that has been in the Omaha area for the past 30+ years. We are a full service plumbing shop that does everything from service to multi million dollar jobs. It's been a family owned company since its inception.

I am not sure what the original purchasers were looking at or what they used before Estimation.

We are currently using Estimation Verison 9.4.3 Service Pack 3

Our account manager Mary Heinz has been very helpful and has not disappointed us yet.

 

from Tao Ltd. - Plumbing Company

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We are a third generation plumbing company that has struggled through this economy like everyone. Making good financial decisions is key too not only surviving but also, staying on top. Maxwell Estimation has been a big part of that strategy. We were utilizing another takeoff system that wasn’t user friendly and required more training than we felt should be necessary to utilize a system. It seemed to take longer than writing it out by hand.

We switched in 2009 to Estimation with the digital takeoff feature. Digital takeoff allowed us to reduce the amount of plans we produced and enabled me to send my digital takeoff to our engineer, client, and suppliers. This one feature has reduced the time necessary to explain our intent and design. Once we installed the system it didn’t take long to get up and running. Very user friendly, and with the benefit of the online video instruction I can enhance my understating of the system at my leisure. For us the system is fairly trouble free but, when I needed help, the support team was there. Occasionally, I receive a call from the support team asking how things are going or if I need additional training and could they set up a training date for me.

I update our estimation date base weekly through a separate service that keeps our pricing up to date. Never lagging behind in the market is important. I usually see the updated price before our suppliers get a chance to inform me. In the end, I get a report that is current and more detailed than I ever was without Estimation, right down to nuts and washers.

 

from Platinum Mechanical, LLC

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After using Maxwell system Estimation we are very pleased with the productivity of the system and compatibility with other systems... Excel, AutoCad. The system has been very easy to learn and customer support is fast and informative. The on-line training sessions are very beneficial and we look forward to utilizing the system in the future.

 

from G H Nitzel, Inc.

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We have been using Estimation/Maxwell Systems estimating program for over 26 years. It is a fantastic product, on that I would and have recommended to anyone in the market for estimating software.

 

from Hudson Electric

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I have just started useing the Maxwell Systems Estimation. So far I am very pleased with the program. I like how it prompts me to the next step while covering all the ways and materials to do that step. I am looking foward to my upcoming class to learn more about the system.

 

from Halverson Mechanical

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I'm fairly new to the estimation world and this program is easy to use and understand. If there are questions the customer support is excellent. They usually always have the answer or are able to fix the issue, if not on the phone they will follow up with what they find with a phone call or email.

 
 
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