Cubit is construction estimating software by Buildsoft offering integrated bid management and estimating. The solution specializes in onscreen takeoff directly linked to estimating. If a user makes a change to their takeoff, it will show in real time in an estimate.
Users have the ability to trace directly over imported plans to perform quantity. Plus, there are a number of features in Cubit allowing users to validate and cross-reference your estimating and takeoff at any stage.
Takeoff is designed to work equally well from rasterized PDF’s as it does with CAD when a plan is traced over with vertex snapping or advanced drawing tools. Takeoff tools can be embedded into as many estimates as needed, and the system has drag and drop capabilities that update the estimate as shapes are moved in and out of rooms.
Cubit is recommended to a wide range of users in the construction industry, including estimators, quantity surveyors, commercial and residential builders, contractors and subcontractors.
Briefly had the facility to obtain dimensions from plans, but program is not reliable and requires debugging tools. Buildsoft want me to pay for another year so they'llimplement training for beginners.
Only Pro i found was that i can measure plans reasonably quickly. This was in plan mode only. Made life easier for transferring the figures to my old system.
The sales people didn't advise the real amount of time spent creating formulas and templates to actually do the first estimate. No templates included to use or modify. You have to figure out how to create the templates and formulas. Confusing instructions on how to set up a pricing schedule. Took 3 different support persons before pointed in right direction. Only wasted a week or so.
No easy way to enter prices or update prices. No training for beginners. Have been requesting for 3 years for beginners training.
Support doesn't understand that the program is being sold as easy to operate, only for the newby to find out that it's very complicated. Backup doesn't work and you don't find that until the version upgrade erases all information on last version and losing week's of data entry. No, not happy.
Response: Buildsoft, Buildsoft Pty Ltd
Date: March 2018
Thanks for leaving a review. We're really sorry to hear you've had a less than satisfactory experience with our software.
We're known as market leaders in the software we develop and we regret that we missed the mark with you.
I'd like to discuss this further. You'll receive my email address, but you can also contact me on +61 2 4626 4909.
After creating a detailed Master template, I'm producing accurate results. This template has evolved and using material quantities from previous projects I'm confident that my waste is on the mark, I'm my trades for only what they install. Seeing no packs of bricks left over, small piles rubbish comprising mainly of packaging materials, my customers see that they are getting value for money, after all they're not paying for valuable materials being wasted.
The take off Viewport, imagine getting accurate measurements to the millimetre when using PDF or DWG files, awesome. Accurate estimates that minimise waste on site reduces costs as I can now produce accurate Estimate Tenders for my clients, essentially I pay my trades only for materials installed. Cubit is a massive time saver, imagine taking off all the bathroom tiling and the contents of the bathroom in less than 3 minutes? Yes, with the Options feature I can do it, time and time again after creating a Template.
If you're not using Cubit you're wasting time, money and family time. I hope my competitors don't start using it..........
A couple features need tweaking, however, with a little bit of common sense those features can be utilised and essentially incorporated within the take off of my projects. My back ground includes working as estimator for many of the major Sydney based project home builders, with these skills I don't them as Con's just features that require a little more thought to implement.
Bill from S J Higgins
Employees number: 11-50 employees
I like the fact that it is all on the one screen and the way it aks you to scale the drawings as soon as you ;load them preventing the problem of using an unscaled drawing
You cannot use vector PDF.s on this program & even when using the rasterised PDF's if you zoom in to a point the information on the drawing disappears so you have to zoom back out to refresh it. I found that this problem made the takeoff process very slow in fact it was quicker to do a manual takeoff in some cases. I have made a request to my supervisor to change to another estimating program that can work efficiently, (COSTX)