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.
Larry from Halo Mechanical
Employees number: 2-10 employees
My experience with the estimation is ductwork take-offs with table top digitizer is very cumbersome and leaves me chained to my desk, researching the cost to upgrade to on screen take offs has been very disappointing, all on screen take offs are very expensive and require the yearly maintenance fees. would like to have a program that just does basic take offs and not do all of the accounting also.
very accurate and adaptable
very cumbersome to use, chained to a desk not mobile at all, program too complicated, need I lighter version that is not so expensive
Blaine from Hudson Mechanical Inc.
Employees number: 11-50 employees
We've used Estimation for over 20 years now for our industrial piping and plumbing company and have been highly successful with it.
Can rely on the accuracy
Takes time to make it your own. Need accurate accounting as well. Not really a con just good advice.
Make sure you are ready to invest time and effort to make it work for you. This is a top of the line estimating software but you will only get out of it what you put in. There are cheap estimating programs out there but if you want the best one this is it.
Joseph from RMN Mechanical Co. Inc.
The customer service management is always helpful and ready to answer any questions.
The updates have become slower and slower to materialize
Look around and see what suits your style of takeoff
scott from Zetin Contractors
Runs reports and 3d views extremely fast, the align to image feature is probably the best in the industry that i have seen you can take off contours as fast as you can make the mouse move, also the cut and paste anything into 1 layer from another
the mouse controls need to be re-worked to be more like auto cad mouse movements the mouse is very frustrating with this software
read the help manual and just practice, practice, practice.
Charles from BEAM'S CONTRACTING, INC.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
It is user friendly and easy to understand summary reports are very helpful.
We just wish there was a way you could incorporate a cross section take off program into your system.
We are still using a program by quest and it is out dated.
I would recommend them to try it out and see if it fits there needs.
Troy from Carver Electric co inc
Very easy to use and very accurate. We depend exclusively on this software to obtain high end jobs.
Occasionally I have to back out and restart the program, but it could be a user error....
Practice, Practice , Practice. The more you use this program the easier it gets, then you can explore and find new things to use.
Corinn from KCE
That it allows earthworks to be completed electronically rather than using a digitiser board
The vendors inability to make improvements or even fix bugs or error within the program. They generally just say, we have never seen that happen before and blame something else non related for the problem. It will always be your fault if the program comes up with any errors.
Do not purchase this software. It is not simple or user friendly. It will never be updated with anything useful. It will make errors randomly and give you the wrong results. It will convert the pdf's to a lower quality drawing and convert it to black and white which is horrible. It will crash if you import CAD files too big and lag significantly for medium size cad files. It often isn't updated to the latest CAD version so you will need to have another program to downgrade the CAD to an early version before you can import it, it's usually about 3-4 years behind.
David from Slusarski Excavating and Paving, Inc.
The product is fairly easy to use and is comparable in features to most software on the market.
Customer support is none existent. In most case it is not worth your time to call because the response is not timely.
Speak with other users regarding customer support. They will have first hand knowledge on the responsiveness and capabilities of the customer support team.
Chad from Ammons & Blackmon Construction LLC
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
The takeoff flow has been set up to allow easy and accurate takeoff's.
I need more flexibility in handling and manipulating drawing files during or after importing.
Training and support have been top notch, if you don't have both of these then your software will be useless if you have a problem.
Jeff from H&S Electric, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
Frank from SAIA Electric, INC.
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.
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.
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.
Wally from James L. Cayton Assoc., Inc.
It keeps me organized, my estimates are accurate and it's fast. When I need help Viewpoint is just a phone call away.
I deal with a lot of vendors daily, Viewpoint is the least of my worries.
Take your time and call their support line to see how quickly they respond. Viewpoint is not just talk, they have great support.
Ronnie from Pitt Electric ORI, LLC
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.
Really? Hmmm, nothing. Seriously, this product is amazing!
What are you waiting for? Get rid of the costly bid documents. Save some trees already.
Cliff from Certified Electric, Inc.
This software is easy to use, you can use it right out of the box, but it is 100% customizable to fit your needs.
The digital take is great it just still needs more fine tuning. at least for me anyway.
GET THIS SOFTWARE!!!!! You will be in front of other contractors and better understanding of your takeoffs.
Phillip from P.R.Faulk Electrical Corporation
Easy to use, well crafted, tech support always knowledgeable
We are completely satisfied with the product and would highly recommend to others
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
James from B.R.W. Contracting, Inc.
The program is fairly easy to use and provides the information I need. I have had good response from Maxwell (now Viewpoint) whenever I needed support.
The Earthwork module does not work easily with CAD files, and some of the automatic features for image files such as the go function do not work properly because they require pristine digital files.
Do your homework. There are probably better programs out there, but at the price point of this program, it provides good value.
Kevin from Olympia Sheet Metal Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
We really like the customer service provided with this product. When ever we have any issues, the customer support is there right away.
If you do not have very much computer experience, it takes a lot of time to get to know all the functions available.
Do you homework to make sure the product you get meets your specific application. We are very pleased with this product.
Chris from Central Electric
Date: March 2013
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!
Jeff from Harold G. Butzer, Inc.
Date: March 2013
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.
Don from Hamilton Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing, Inc.
Date: January 2013
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".