WenDuct and WenPipe are construction estimating and digital takeoff systems designed specifically for mechanical contractors. Wendes Systems, the maker of WenDuct and WenPipe, has a long history of helping specialty contractors create estimates. They were founded in 1976 and have published 30,000 copies of their Wendes Sheet Metal and Mechanical Estimating Manual. Today, they offer estimating software and input devices designed specifically for these trades including real-time, web-based net pricing, and rectangular to round conversions for value engineering sheet metal in order to lower costs.
WenDuct and WenPipe are designed for contractors working on HVAC sheet metal, mechanical piping, industrial ventilation, and process piping projects. It's best for small and medium commercial and industrial contractors.
The takeoff and estimating applications in WenDuct and WenPipe can be purchased as individual systems, or combined in a single system. The takeoff application offers screen takeoff from digital drawings, digitizer integration, automatic scaling, 2D takeoff, a conversion calculator, CAD file integration, and many other features. The estimating application offers Excel integration, an updated cost database, visual assemblies, a proposal generator, and more. The labor and material cost data in WenDuct and WenPipe is based on 22 years of productivity studies from Herb Wendes.
Justin from Triple Crown Metals Ltd.
Portfolio size: Single user
The software is user-friendly, and the only adjustment was in some of the terminology (different names for products in different regions) that is used in the tables.
Big time-saver for our business, and having it portable on my laptop allows me to estimate from anywhere.
Good product and priced competitively with its competitors.
Very friendly support staff and one-on-one training with vendor.
The best part of this program was the customer support. Gene Kaplan and the tech support staff were very helpful with the training and helped tailor the program the specific needs of my business. Overall, we have already been able to save countless hours in our estimating process in only a few short weeks of consistent usage.
No complaints to date. All my questions and concerns have been answered in a timely and friendly manor.
If you want a straightforward setup and patient tech support backing you, this is the program for you.
Eric T from Reliable Air & Duct in the Washington DC area
Date: August 2013
I enjoy the service of Wendes, and also I enjoy working with Glen Kaplan. He's very helpful with answering questions. The team in their trouble shooting office was, and is, a great help. I, myself, am very happy with my Wendes systems. The software has a lot for you to learn, but once you learn it, it's pretty easy.
You will be very happy to have the program!
Leo from Bombard Mechanical, LLC
Date: July 2013
I work as a senior plumbing estimator at Bombard Mechanical in Las Vegas, NV. When I started with Bombard 8 years ago, we were using WenDuct and WenPipe with digitizers. I had some previous experience with Wendes at a previous employer. We had always received excellent support with the five licenses we had. A few years ago, we upgraded to the on-screen version of the software because of all the paper costs we were incurring. Wendes has been great helping us adapt and implement their software into our hardware and various other requests and requirements. I would highly recommend their software to anybody who wants and needs to get through projects quickly and profitably.
Terrence from Multiwide Mechanical Contractor Ltd
Date: October 2012
I'm Terrence Rebeiro, employed as Project Estimator For Multiwide Mechanical Contractor Ltd. Have been in this construction industry for a while. Normally use to do the take - off's manually, until 4 months back a sub contractor of our introduced to this estimating software "Wen Pipe".
Wendes software helped us save time considerably. For projects that would take at least a week for take off now could be done easily within a day...It is very user friendly software.
I give 10/10 to the customer support, anytime we need their service it's a matter of a call away and we get prompt services.
I wish Gene Kaplan and his team all the very best!
Kerry from Hawkeye Sheet Metal
Date: September 2012
My name is Kerry McCann, I am the General Superintendent at Hawkeye Sheet Metal in Shreveport, LA. I have been in this trade since 1983. I got the opportunity to go to work for Hawkeye Sheet Metal in February 2012. We are a new sheet metal shop with all new equipment and a variety of capabilities. From ductwork, to welded exhaust, stainless and aluminum welding for counter tops, dog boxes, gas tanks, we do a variety of specialty work. We have a plasma table in shop and portable plasma machines.
When it came time to look for an estimating program for ductwork I looked on the internet and selected the two top rated. To be fair I had a demo done with each company. I inquired with WenDuct and within 24 hours I got a call from Gene Kaplan at Wendes. We talked for about two hours along with a demo and after that I knew that Wendes was the estimating program for me.
Gene walked me through the program and it honestly felt like it was custom designed just for me. Gene is a terrific instructor and a very straight forward guy with exceptional integrity. I picked up quite quickly and when I ran into a question, I just picked up the phone and spoke directly with the tech support guys. They basically dropped whatever they were doing and straightened me out. It is very easy to use, very acurate and very fast. So, now I am proud to say "look out guys, the game is afoot!"
Gary from Riverbend Air Conditioning, Inc.
Date: October 2011
We are a small organization in the industrial and commercial air conditioning business. My problem in the past was that I could not land any small commercial jobs because of people working out of their trucks. I learned that I had to stay away from them and go after larger jobs, which in turn called for zero mistakes.
The larger companies were using software and their bidding was very competitive. That's where I needed to be.
I hooked up with Gene and never looked back. I am still learning the WenDuct and WenPipe programs but when I turn in my bids I am definitely more comfortable about the project. When we land one and I turn it over to a supervisor we are confident in the data.
Wendes has helped set us up for success. In today's market everybody is just trying to survive and one mistake will harm your company. You may wonder about the cost of software, like I did, but it was worth every penny.
Simon from Reeves Mechanical LP
Date: June 2011
We are a design build Mechanical Contractor and have been using estimating software for years. I was looking to upgrade my software and wanted to integrate CADPIPE with my estimating software. I was able to purchase both the piping and duct suites for the same cost as one estimation suite. Gene was very helpful in walking me through the differences and helping to set up Wenduct and WenPipe. They are a great value.
John from J.P's Plumbing & Heating LLC
Date: June 2011
We are a small Plumbing and Heating contracting company that was using a 3rd party estimating company. I was told about the Wenpipe program by Gene Kaplan, a consultant with the company. He set up a webinar and showed me how easy and user-friendly the system is. After our webinar I was convinced about how well the program is put together and how user-friendly it is.
I have been using the program for about 4 months now and I have been extremely happy with the program and the results. Gene has also helped me out with questions on the system and has personally walked me through certain areas that I didn't know or understand. Customer support has been terrific. I would highly recommend this program to any company, big or small. Thanks Gene and WenDuct and WenPipe for everything.