WinEst Software


 

WinEstimator has over two decades of experience in the construction software industry. Utilizing this extensive expertise, their range of products offer companies of all sizes robust and highly adaptable cost-estimating and cost-modeling solutions.

The first Windows-based estimating system on the market, WinEst is used today by industry professionals worldwide. Customers range from residential construction firms and both commercial and specialty contractors to large nuclear-power facilities and construction-management firms. This range of clients reflects the flexible, scalable nature of WinEst's products.

The WinEst product suite offers cost estimators cutting-edge, customizable tools to provide complete, accurate cost estimates. The software seamlessly integrates with many leading accounting, project scheduling, project management and CAD solutions. WinEst Pro and WinEst Pro Plus help users quickly and easily create and manage detailed estimates. With the software's friendly, intuitive interface and powerful cost-knowledge management, estimators can save time and improve both accuracy and efficiency.

WinEst's newest offering, Modelogix 3, is one of the industry's most advanced cost-modeling solutions, giving companies a powerful and effective tool that captures past project data and puts it to work. Built on the MS SQL Server, Modelogix pulls cost-history data from multiple sources across the organization and then makes it accessible to the team within a highly customizable framework. This eliminates the need to start from scratch with each new estimate while relying on disparate sources that may not have up-to-date information.

WinEst delivers a range of innovative, customizable solutions that optimize cost-estimating and cost-modeling without sacrificing the native workflow and processes of each company. 

 

WinEst - Estimate summary with alternates
 
  • WinEst - Estimate summary with alternates
    Estimate summary with alternates
  • WinEst - Selecting assemblies from the database library
    Selecting assemblies from the database library
  • WinEst - WinEst’s Virtual Takeoff module
    WinEst’s Virtual Takeoff module
  • WinEst - EDM’s estimate-revision log
    EDM’s estimate-revision log
  • WinEst - WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
    WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
  • WinEst - WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
    WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

18 Reviews of WinEst

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from Summit Construction Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

WinEst vs. Sage Timberline

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We were a 20+ year user of Sage/Timberline (Estimating Extended Version). We have been using WinEst Pro Plus version for about 6 months now. We are building our own database rather than using one of theirs, so it has been slow going, but we love the software. For those Sage/Timberline users, WinEst works on a very similar platform and you will find it very easy to pick up. However, it seems like every little task you do in WinEst is just a little better, a little easier, a little faster than Sage. Because of all those little things adding up, we have found WinEst to be a much better solution overall.

Pros

Spreadsheet based, but very powerful database behind it.
Ability to assign two crews and two equipment groups to each line item, allowing huge flexibility in crew makeup.
Easy to make revisions to production, crew hours, etc. on the spreadsheet, on the fly without having to open a detail window.
Great flexibility in reporting of information without having to create/write custom reports.
Creation of assemblies is much, much easier than Sage.

Cons

You have to assign both 5 digit and 6 digit CSI codes to each database item, making input of new database items cumbersome. We wish there was a way to toggle off the 5 digit requirement.

Advice to Others

Buy WinEst. We had used Sage/Timberline for 20 years. We tried ProEst for 1 year. WinEst is the best product out there that we have seen. Yes, it can be a bit costly, but you get what you pay. It is an outstanding product.

 
 

from DTE
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

Great software

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Great customer service. Very convenient for experienced estimators

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The line item organization

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Advice to Others

Learn the product before usage

 
 

from Contegra Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Solid Software

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WinEst is a sound estimating platform. It allows you to flip back and forth between views with a simple click on the mouse. Can be very customized for each users needs. Is connected to other Trimble products as well, like Modelogix and VICO.

Pros

The flexibility of the program to handle custom WBS, and to be able to flip back and forth. The ability to create alternates within the spreadsheet and then to turn them on or off is very valuable.

Cons

The way the software manages custom views, layouts, etc through it's Config and INI files can be aggravating. Almost too many minute settings too.

 
 

from Day and Zimmermann
Specialty: Utility contractor

Very Versatile Estimating Software, not so great reporting capability

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WinEst Customer support is always superb and helpful. Just about anytime you call or email, you would get an answer right away! The markup function is great. It allows users to easily manage different markups, taxes or escalation.

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Reporting is not the best. It would be great if it comes with a set of can reports and allow users to modify from it.
Also, it would be great if crews table can be imported and exported. Understanding that there are ties from the trade table with it, but it is a pain to not able to import from a table. Auto line number would be nice, especially if it would be nice if it lets you renumber in case if we want to insert line in between existing ones.

Recommendations

It does look like an Excel sheet, but if you think that its going to work like an excel spreadsheet, you will have a hard time getting to know the software.

 
 

from db General Contractors
Specialty: General contractor

WinEst - Powerful and Easy To Use

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I like the flexibility the simple interface offers. The ability to allocate markups makes this product especially useful and dynamic. The catalog and database of cost items is very helpful. Having the ability to choose items from a tree helps in the estimating process. It reminds you of different items you might be forgetting in your bid.

Likes Least

The biggest downside to this software is the customer support. Easy enough to get someone on the phone, but they will literally refuse to speak to you about any issues or problems unless you buy the support plan. The support plan is also overpriced. I am OK with software developers charging a fee to teach someone how to use the software, or to assist with integrating their program into your existing system. However, I am not OK with them charging a fee to fix issues within their software that you have already purchased. I feel like that should be included in the price of the program.

Recommendations

Try the demo if it is offered. While many of these "Excel" based estimating programs are the same, I highly recommend trying to program out to ensure the interface and layout is compatible with the style unto which you work.

 
 

from Day & Zimmermann
Specialty: Construction manager

Wonderful product with great support

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Winestimator is a great estimating tool. With the ability to save small local estimates, or collaborate and update versions with the Enterprise Data Manager, Winestimator allows companies plenty of flexibility to support its initiatives. This program allows you to create custom labor rate tables for your clients, custom crews, shifts, etc for the most accurate estimates. It also integrates custom or standard commodity codes for clean, consistent estimates from your company.

Likes Least

There is a lot to learn as far as administering and maintaining this program. It is relatively easy to use, but someone has to set it up and troubleshoot it. This can be quite a laborious task, but once everything is setup it is very efficient.

Recommendations

Have someone in your company attend a training or bring in a consultant come in for on site training. This helped us immensely.

 
 

from CCC Group, Inc.

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We’ve used WinEst Pro Plus since 1995, primarily in industrial, civil, structural-steel, piping and electrical applications. We’ve found it to be a very intuitive program. Right out of the box, it was easy to adapt it to how we like to do things and replicate the systems and processes we had in place -- all with a pretty easy learning and implementation curve. With the help of WinEst’s support staff, integrating our in-house cost databases was trouble-free.

WinEst’s flexibility and adaptability has been a big plus for us, letting us easily tailor our estimates to the particular needs of each client. WinEst also greatly simplifies the problem of overly-complex spreadsheets and provides far better control and organization of data.

We’ve also been very happy with how easy WinEst is to learn, especially for new employees who are so often well-established with their own methods and processes.

 

from CCC Group, Inc.

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We’ve used WinEst Pro Plus since 1995, primarily in industrial, civil, structural-steel, piping and electrical applications. We’ve found it to be a very intuitive program. Right out of the box, it was easy to adapt it to how we like to do things and replicate the systems and processes we had in place -- all with a pretty easy learning and implementation curve. With the help of WinEst’s support staff, integrating our in-house cost databases was trouble-free.

WinEst’s flexibility and adaptability has been a big plus for us, letting us easily tailor our estimates to the particular needs of each client. WinEst also greatly simplifies the problem of overly-complex spreadsheets and provides far better control and organization of data.

We’ve also been very happy with how easy WinEst is to learn, especially for new employees who are so often well-established with their own methods and processes.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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Before using WinEst, there had been little analysis of projects upon completion. There was very little historical cost or productivity data on individual items. The yard had excellent data on what they did, but less accurate information on what they thought they might do. When I looked at how WinEst was organized and its capabilities, I saw there wasn’t any reason to not use it. Most estimates take three or four weeks but, using the historical price and productivity data, I can shorten that time dramatically if the customer is really pushed for time. Now I can put out an estimate in less than a day if needed.

The alternates feature is very useful. I can easily show management the cost differences between varying components and how those changes affect the overall cost of a project. WinEst lets us estimate in the usual shipbuilding format with additional fields that we can use to be more precise in our estimate breakdown. It is very helpful in pricing contract changes, and it even keeps track of the estimated weight of the vessel. WinEst is easy to use, and the software keeps estimates in a coherent format and lets us look at changing price and delivery information.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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Before using WinEst, there had been little analysis of projects upon completion. There was very little historical cost or productivity data on individual items. The yard had excellent data on what they did, but less accurate information on what they thought they might do. When I looked at how WinEst was organized and its capabilities, I saw there wasn’t any reason to not use it. Most estimates take three or four weeks but, using the historical price and productivity data, I can shorten that time dramatically if the customer is really pushed for time. Now I can put out an estimate in less than a day if needed.

The alternates feature is very useful. I can easily show management the cost differences between varying components and how those changes affect the overall cost of a project. WinEst lets us estimate in the usual shipbuilding format with additional fields that we can use to be more precise in our estimate breakdown. It is very helpful in pricing contract changes, and it even keeps track of the estimated weight of the vessel. WinEst is easy to use, and the software keeps estimates in a coherent format and lets us look at changing price and delivery information.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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We found WinEst both easy to learn and to use. It significantly reduces the amount of effort required for us to prepare our estimates. We can now produce more estimates in the same amount of time. As a result of using WinEst, we have fewer errors in our estimates. Our estimates also are read with more clarity, due to the accurate facility exhibits produced with WinEst Virtual Takeoff. Our estimates also now integrates with our MS Project scheduling documents, and our document output is easily formatted into PDF, so documents are easily shared and read by others. We are now able to impress our clients with reports and graphics that show a real relationship between project estimates (cost) and scheduling (time).

This makes TKC more unique in our capabilities as an effective service-provider to our clients. It also makes us very competitive in terms of value provided per hour spent. The Keith Companies and WinEst are a winning combination.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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We found WinEst both easy to learn and to use. It significantly reduces the amount of effort required for us to prepare our estimates. We can now produce more estimates in the same amount of time. As a result of using WinEst, we have fewer errors in our estimates. Our estimates also are read with more clarity, due to the accurate facility exhibits produced with WinEst Virtual Takeoff. Our estimates also now integrates with our MS Project scheduling documents, and our document output is easily formatted into PDF, so documents are easily shared and read by others. We are now able to impress our clients with reports and graphics that show a real relationship between project estimates (cost) and scheduling (time).

This makes TKC more unique in our capabilities as an effective service-provider to our clients. It also makes us very competitive in terms of value provided per hour spent. The Keith Companies and WinEst are a winning combination.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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Having worked with on-screen takeoff in several estimating platforms - the WinEst Integrator interface is by far the easiest, most intuitive to use. The ease of mapping condition quantities to the correct estimate items, easily understood graphical representation of updated data, and the ability to hierarchically organize items in the split-window environment make what is always the most tenuous part of the estimate process worry-free.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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Having worked with on-screen takeoff in several estimating platforms - the WinEst Integrator interface is by far the easiest, most intuitive to use. The ease of mapping condition quantities to the correct estimate items, easily understood graphical representation of updated data, and the ability to hierarchically organize items in the split-window environment make what is always the most tenuous part of the estimate process worry-free.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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Our focus is on materials and, as such, we have a little different spin on what we do with WinEst, and it works very well for our needs. The power it gives us to manage our bids is huge. Our account managers, sales managers and administrative staff use it, and we track everything, start to finish, from initial contractor opportunities all the way through to order completion. WinEst’s filters also let us customize each quote for each customer. It also gives us the ability to quickly review our win/loss history and automatically export 50, 100, even 200 lines or more of materials into our ERP system.

It lets us easily prepare and deliver great-looking, very professional quotes that are tailored to our customers. And when we realized that our efficiency could be improved with a minor custom enhancement to the programming code, WinEst delivered, spot-on, the first time, and our system works even better now. It lets us do a lot, and do it efficiently. Training our people on how to use it has been easy, too. Overall, WinEst has just been a great product for us. It’s just been a great fit.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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Our focus is on materials and, as such, we have a little different spin on what we do with WinEst, and it works very well for our needs. The power it gives us to manage our bids is huge. Our account managers, sales managers and administrative staff use it, and we track everything, start to finish, from initial contractor opportunities all the way through to order completion. WinEst’s filters also let us customize each quote for each customer. It also gives us the ability to quickly review our win/loss history and automatically export 50, 100, even 200 lines or more of materials into our ERP system.

It lets us easily prepare and deliver great-looking, very professional quotes that are tailored to our customers. And when we realized that our efficiency could be improved with a minor custom enhancement to the programming code, WinEst delivered, spot-on, the first time, and our system works even better now. It lets us do a lot, and do it efficiently. Training our people on how to use it has been easy, too. Overall, WinEst has just been a great product for us. It’s just been a great fit.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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I credit WinEst with beating the competition every time. We wouldn’t trust any other program to perform our estimates. No one has come close to the power of estimating and presentation that WinEst has, particularly as it relates to being able to adapt WinEst to any personal style of estimating. Every estimator has his or her own style of estimating. WinEst is the most flexible estimating tool I know of, giving each individual the ability to tailor the software to his needs. WinEst enables us to present such extraordinary detail, in any format a client desires, that our estimates represent a truly detailed analysis of each project, not just some canned, rounded-off estimate based on industry averages. I’ve won because clients and architects believe what our estimates tell them, and WinEst helps us do it in a format they can understand.

 

from HARRIS & FRANK

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I credit WinEst with beating the competition every time. We wouldn’t trust any other program to perform our estimates. No one has come close to the power of estimating and presentation that WinEst has, particularly as it relates to being able to adapt WinEst to any personal style of estimating. Every estimator has his or her own style of estimating. WinEst is the most flexible estimating tool I know of, giving each individual the ability to tailor the software to his needs. WinEst enables us to present such extraordinary detail, in any format a client desires, that our estimates represent a truly detailed analysis of each project, not just some canned, rounded-off estimate based on industry averages. I’ve won because clients and architects believe what our estimates tell them, and WinEst helps us do it in a format they can understand.

 
 
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