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PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home... Read more
Recent recommendations: 196 recommendations
McCormick Systems offers a comprehensive Windows-based electrical contracting estimating software for commercial, industrial and residential contractors. McCormick offers four levels of estimating programs - WIN 1000, WIN 3000, WIN... Read more
Recent recommendations: 179 recommendations
STACK Takeoff is a cloud-based solution suited for commercial construction contractors looking to save time and increase accuracy in their bid process. It helps users with measuring lengths, counting items, calculating areas, slopes... Read more
Recent recommendations: 77 recommendations
On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential... Read more
Recent recommendations: 54 recommendations
EarthWorks Excavation by TrakWare is a takeoff system for excavation plans that comes with features like onscreen takeoff, digitizer integration, CAD file integration, and 3D takeoff. The product is offered on a best-of-breed basis... Read more
Recent recommendations: 34 recommendations
WinEx-GRADE from Roctek is an on-premise site development takeoff solution designed to give users the ability to import, edit and create site drawings. The solution allows users to import images from Vector PDF, DWG and DXF CAD files... Read more
Recent recommendations: 33 recommendations
Quickmeasure is a useful tool for companies that currently manage their estimations in excel but do not have a formal takeoff system. The system integrates with excel so that users do not have to tailor their process as per the software... Read more
Recent recommendations: 30 recommendations
eTakeoff is designed to offer estimators a comprehensive software that provides electronic viewer and takeoff tool for companies across all construction disciplines. The flexible solution is suitable to meet the needs of construction... Read more
Recent recommendations: 26 recommendations
McCormick Plumbing & Mechanical Estimating software was developed specifically to handle the needs of construction firms that operate in the plumbing and mechanical piping trades. The software’s strength lies in the estimating, takeoff,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 21 recommendations
InSite SiteWork is an on-premise PDF and CAD cut and fill take-off and GPS modeling solution. Calculations include cut and fill, stripping, strata quantities, paving and concrete materials, topsoil re-spread, areas, lengths, trench... Read more
Recent recommendations: 21 recommendations
QuoteSoft is a takeoff, estimating and bid management solution developed to meet the unique needs of piping, plumbing and ductwork contractors. QuoteSoft is an industry-specific solution that is used by more than 3,000 contractors... Read more
Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations
FastEST, Inc. is the United States based developers of takeoff and estimating solution designed specifically for plumbing, mechanical, HVAC and sheet metal contractors. FastPIPE and FastDUCT are two of the company's comprehensive... Read more
Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations
Active Takeoff is an on-premise construction take-off solution that caters to businesses of all sizes in the construction industry and helps them to manage the cost estimating process. The solution is suited for all kinds of construction... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
PrebuiltML offers an on-premise takeoff software that helps lumber dealers, general contractors, and home builders build 3D views of their construction sites. The solution allows managers to streamline job efficiency, minimize material... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
LandOne Takeoff is a cloud-based bid management solution catering to landscape and irrigation contractors. Key features include material customization and team collaboration. LandOne Takeoff offers measurement tools, as well as survey... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
SureCount by ConEst is an on-premise construction takeoff system designed for commercial, industrial and residential electrical contractors of all sizes. The system can also be used for other construction and specialty contractors... Read more
Recent recommendations: 3 recommendations
ArchiCAD by Graphisoft is a building information modeling (BIM) solution designed for architects, designers, interior designers and urban planners. The product caters to small and midsize businesses and is available both in cloud-based... Read more
Viewpoint 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... Read more
Countfire software from Rapid Tender is a best-of-breed take-off solution suitable for businesses of all sizes. The product is majorly used by residential or commercial construction companies, including electrical, mechanical and plumbing... Read more
ConstructBuy is a construction management system for general contractors, subcontractors and trade specialists. It includes takeoff, project management, task management, bid invitation, documentation storage, communication capabilities... Read more
When evaluating your options for using software to improve and simplify the takeoff process, it’s important to understand how this technology works in order to choose one that fits your needs. To help, we've created this comprehensive guide that breaks down everything you need to know about construction software, the most common reasons buyers seek a new solution, the benefits it can offer your organization and key considerations to keep in mind. Here’s what we’ll cover:
What Is Construction Takeoff Software?
Common Features of Construction Takeoff Software
Common Reasons for Buying Takeoff Software
Top Benefits of Takeoff Software
How Do I Choose the Best Takeoff Software?
Takeoff software allows contractors to measure construction plans (i.e., blueprints and drawings) electronically instead of the conventional method using pencils and rulers. Most systems will support the on-screen takeoff method, or the use of a digitizer pen.
Performing a digital takeoff using OnCenter Software
Buyers often confuse estimating software with takeoff software. The systems are deployed as one but perform two very different functions. Contractors use takeoff software to determine the scope of a project from quantity of materials to labor needed. They would then use an estimating system to determine how much those materials and labor will cost, and produce a bid.
There are several different components of takeoff software. They are defined as follows:
|Quantity takeoff software||This tool leverages multi-dimensional drawings and models to help estimators determine the amount of materials and labor required to complete a project.|
|Blueprint takeoff software||Forgo flipping through pages of plans, this tool (sometimes referred to as plan takeoff) allows you to view and manipulate detailed plans digitally as well as better collaborate with the architect or planroom.|
|On-screen takeoff||Usually integrates with other solutions, including quantity and plan takeoff, to help contractors determine the scope of a project.|
The software can be purchased by itself, or as a stand-alone system. However, it’s often purchased together with cost estimating software. There are also cases when an organization will purchase a complete construction software suite to perform all needed functions including estimating, accounting and job costing and project scheduling and project management.
Here are some common features of construction takeoff software:
|Document control and collaboration||Puts plans in one place so they can be shared and edited by an individual project manager or a large team. Edits to the plans are typically done in real-time and will sync automatically so everyone on the project is up-to-date.|
|Estimating||Some takeoff software applications will include estimating tools to provide costs of materials and labor, or will otherwise integrate with other estimating applications.|
|File export||Exports plans and material lists to various file formats such as .PDF or .XLS.|
|BIM integration||Allows users to integrate with building information modeling (BIM) platforms so they can visualize project plans in 3D.|
|Trade specialization||Many takeoff platforms will have unique features for specific trades or aspects of the project, such as painting, drywall, concrete or HVAC. These unique features assist with estimating and takeoff for those materials.|
There are two common scenarios we hear from contractors researching construction take off software. First, the majority use manual methods and want a faster, more accurate way to produce estimates. Second, they need to replace an existing system because the technology is out of date or it’s too expensive to maintain.
Regardless of their current situation, most companies implement these systems for the following reasons:
Below is a full list of buyer's reasons to switch to takeoff software from our 2014 Buyer's Report.
Our Small Business Buyer Report offers insight in to the pain points and trends for companies with annual revenues of $100 million or less considering construction takeoff software.
It's no suprise that our findings show that the majority of buyers from small businesses are using manual methods, like Excel and scales and rulers, or software that doesn't currently meet their needs. As they start to scale, they recognize that software can help increase their capacity for writing accurate bids.
While the benefits are clear, the type of software they need may not be. That's why it's important to carefully consider all your current and possible future requirements before beginning the search.
Choosing the best construction takeoff software will depend on the specific needs of your organization. Small to midsize contractors, for example, may require a solution with fewer and less robust features, while large contractors may require a comprehensive solution that offers features such as cost databases by trade and mobile compatibility for field access to project data. Firms must also decide if they only need a standalone takeoff solution or if they need takeoff functionality as part of a larger, integrated construction software system.
During your research you should consider the following:
For construction contractors using software for the first time, consider using one of the many free tools on the market. However, once your company and job volume grows, paid software is necessary to complete large-scale projects. It offers more "out-of-the-box" functionality as well as integrations with your other construction tools, trainig and professional support.
Another key consideration is whether you should opt for a cloud-based solution or one that is hosted on-premise. With systems using a cloud-based deployment model, the software is hosted (i.e., housed, served, maintained and delivered) remotely, on the vendor’s or service provider’s own servers. Users can then access it through any device that is both compatible with the system and has an internet connection. This gives users the flexibility to access the system anywhere, anytime.
With on-premise deployment, on the other hand, the software system is hosted in-house, on the user’s own servers. Data in the database and all associated applications are housed and run locally, and users may or may not be able to access the system remotely (it depends whether or not the system is compatible with mobile devices and remote computers).
While larger companies may possess the IT resources to host a solution in-house, this can be a very expensive option for smaller companies. As such, smaller organizations may want to consider cloud-based solutions, which can be quicker to implement and start using and are often less costly to manage and update. However, cloud-based solutions may not include the type of robust functionality that a more comprehensive, on-premise construction takeoff solution might.
When you're ready, head over to our list of top takeoff software to compare products and watch demos.