Countfire Software


 

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 contractors. It provides automatic on-screen take-off, automatic scaling, 2D take-off, linear and area measurements and both CAD and Excel integration.

This Web-based application automates counting from PDF drawings and blueprints. Estimators and quantity surveyors create and select symbols, then the symbols are automatically counted across the entire building. If estimators receive an addendum, Countfire uses all previously defined symbol selections to calculate quantities in the revised drawings.

With marked-up drawings, users see what is counted and which areas the counts are split into, and quantities can be split across different areas even after they have been counted. When finished, users can export quantities to an Excel spreadsheet file for reporting. The file contains all the quantities and symbol descriptions broken into columns according to different areas, or demarcations, defined by estimators. Countfire will also produce record drawings showing what has been counting, and an accuracy report allowing fast double checking to ensure everything is correct.

 

Countfire - Home screen
 
  • Countfire - Home screen
    Home screen
  • Countfire - Changes
    Changes
  • Countfire - Demarcations
    Demarcations
  • Countfire - Excel export
    Excel export
  • Countfire - Project upload
    Project upload
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

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shane from SBE Services Ltd
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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Great product
Saves time in pricing jobs
Customer services is great and the value for money is very good

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Time quick to use and learn how tom use

 
 

Evan from Bond Securcom Inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Expensive but well worth it

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Countfire allows electricians and subcontractors to takeoff drawings on a computer without the hassle and time wasted from printing out drawings, manually highlighting and then counting. The program is unique in its vector based approached to auto counting that makes the count very accurate. While there are issues currently that make the process more tedious then it has to be, by our comparison its the best program on the market. The subscription based pricing scheme is expensive, but there is a significant return on investment in the time that estimators save. Finished drawings are neat and clean, easy for a technician to use when they install, and count sheets are in excel format.

Pros

Fast
Easy to use and learn
Fast tech support
Constantly updated and developed

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$$$
Missing features make program more tedious (multi orientation scan)
Non Customizable count sheet
No symbol attach feature

 
 

Mark from KNI - Ng Bailey
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

June 2016

June 2016

Thinking of buying Countfire?

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Fast, efficient, accurate take off's & excellent demonstrations and support.

Likes Least

Nothing to comment. Its hard to leave a negative comment when everything is so positive.

Recommendations

Take the free trial and see for yourself what you are missing!!!!!

 
 
 
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Jonathan from Black Box Security Alarm Systems Limited
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Very helpful piece of software to quickly take off drawings. Excellent support.

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Quicker takeoffs means more time can be spent doing deeper more profitable work.

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Intuitive to use. Accurate. Excellent customer support. Works on Chrome so can be easily worked on from multiple locations, on the road, in the office.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Dave from Mitie
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2017

November 2017

Easy to use programme reducing the time taken taking off quantities.

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Ease of use being able to breakdown the drawings into areas to suit the Tender Analysis Breakdown detailing disciplines & areas

Review Source: Capterra
 

Toby from Groestar Ltd
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Excellent Package.

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It saves an amazing amount of time from manually completing Take offs from drawings mainly due to the fact that as your working on 1 drawing the package is actually completing the take offs of all other drawings you have submitted in the background.

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For someone with what I describe as a limited Computer knowledge it was very easy to use and when i did have any problems the Customer Support Team were Fantastic.

Cons

I think it probably depends upon the standard of drawing you are Tendering from but we found you had to copy alot of the same symbol to pick them all up.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Matthew from Appselec
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

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When everything is peachy it works great and is fast.

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When a pdf is is drawn properly it works great. Automatic counting etc. No I'm just trying to reach 100 characters

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When a pdf is not drawn properly, i may as well count manually. Which is mostly the case.
Simple things could be added to improve experience, such as a plan multiplier for drawings that cover multiple levels.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Darren from DESA Australia Pty Ltd
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Once we had familiarized ourselves with the system the ease of use and efficiency gained has

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Already answered in previous questions

Pros

Reduces the time spent counting items when we have a job over 3 floors

Cons

Not able to read all types of PDF files, and we have to send off to have the files adapted. Some PDF files are not able to be counted at all.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jake from Harmony Fire

October 2017

October 2017

Great time saver

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Autocount feature across multiple drawings requires only the selection of items from one drawing then autocount is completed across all drawings on in the package.

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Autocount is somewhat unreliable so have to check very closely for any missed items, this however does not take long.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Niall from EnergyWise Ireland
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Once I got familiar with the system it became a very useful software for take offs

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How much faster it is to quantify items now than it was before. its accuracy in auto quantifying. the service is very responsive with any issues.

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I would like if the software could bring in a option to compare revision drawing over existing therefore able to see the changes faster

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kenny from Vikeda Ltd

October 2017

October 2017

Really happy with the software, sufficient for my needs at present.

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Great software support at your fingertips.
Very easy to use, once you understand all functions etc.

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Nothing to note at present, still early days using the software.
It genuinely covers all the aspect in which I require from take off software.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Peter from Desa Australia
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

The software has increased our output but most importantly accuracy

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Increased speed and accuracy

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We have found the software very easy to use, the support and backup is fantastic and the checking and reporting functions are great.

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The main frustrating this is the time it takes to load drawings. Also as a large business we would like the option to purchase the software.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Stephen from ADS Systems, LLC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

This is the product you wished someone would make but never knew existed.

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This program cuts our paper cost and review time while increasing efficiency and accuracy.

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Every feature incorporated into this product is top notch. It's speedy, efficient, and accurate. Multiple avenues to check your work and be assured in your counts. Work multiple disciplines within one job....there's just so much this program can do!

Cons

There's really not much to dislike with this program, but if I had to voice a small nit pick it would be that I would like to see more color options for device designation. Often we deal with large quantities of different devices. Like a said, I'm just nitpicking.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Aleshia from MSS Solutions
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

The product is easy to use and the support staff is amazing.

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I have saved a lot of time on performing take offs.

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I like its chat option and the great support staffs fast response time. I also like how when I have a problem that I may run into one of the members of the support team will help me immediately. They can actually open and view the actual project I am working on and will send me a clip of how to get past what problems I may be having.

Cons

Nothing. Everything about this software is amazing. The support staff has a quick response. They normally respond is less than 5 minutes.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Joseph from Chubb Systems

October 2017

October 2017

Quick and easy!

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Its very simple to understand with lots of pointers and tips to get you doing. It is also very easy to use and packed with keyboard short cuts to help you find you way around.

Cons

It requires the use of a dropbox which might not always be practical in companies which have limited internet browsing.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Rapid Tender, Rapid Tender

Date: October 2017

October 2017

 

Thanks Joseph! In addition to Dropbox, Countfire actually supports OneDrive now too.

 

Shane from DavidDoyleElectrical
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Easy and interesting way to count drawings much more efficiently and quickly

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It takes a bit of playing around with to get used to but any question I had was answered within minutes through the CountFire team chat, I find the automatic link with DropBox and CountFire very useful with all the counts done automatically through an excel quantities spreadsheet.

Cons

It doesn't pick up symbols that are the same but at a different angle, so a few extra counts must be done to count all the symbols

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Rapid Tender, Rapid Tender

Date: October 2017

October 2017

 

Thanks Shane! I wanted to let you know we've just released a feature which allows you to automatically count symbols that are the same, but rotated through different angles :)

 

Craig from HF Electrical Limited

September 2017

September 2017

Easy to use, Great customer service.

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I like the fact we can increase our productivity with both speed and accuracy without the expense of employing an additional estimator.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jason from Graybar Electric

August 2017

August 2017

Learning the software was quick and easy.

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Anytime you have a question, the Countfire team is just a click or call away. The team is very helpful and will dive right in to your project.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sam from PTC Systems Ltd.

August 2017

August 2017

Very helpful staff. good pre sales period. great software

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Accurate pin point reviews of drawings and measuring along with demaracations covers all bases. Very detailed and produces great information to give to the customer

Cons

Takes a bit to get your head around at first but not an issue and is expected. Eased through initial process by good staff team

Review Source: Capterra
 

Brendan from Oxford Electrical
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Countfire has made counting more streamline and efficient.

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makes counting 500% faster

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Symbol recognition is powerful and easy to use.
Collating is made easier to extract when using Excel for other job aspects.

Cons

Not entirely compatible with drawings created from certain CAD or drawing software. The ability to manually count rectifies this but not entirely.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Craig from Jones Engineering Group
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

June 2017

June 2017

In theory its a fantastic system but in execution it can be slow and tedious at times.

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Accurate and backed up take-offs in a detailed excel report but can be slower than would like to get it all taken-off, checked, demarcated and corrections made.

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Great online support, automatic symbol recognition, good checks, and reports. No installation, being able to operate from any computer via the browser.

Cons

Can be slow to load drawings particularly switching between drawings.
Can be slow to process drawings.
Needs a drawing revision function, to update/switch between drawing revisions and identify/compare changes easily.
Dependent on drawings being developed correctly to suit the needs of the software which can be difficult when dealing with consultants.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Terry from Vulcan Building Services Limited
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Makes life very easy.

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Countfire makes doing takeoffs extremely easy and the amount of time it saves leaves more time to do other things that need doing.

Cons

not enough colours in the palette, When you measure & ask for itemised it measures every click not just start to finish giving far to many reults

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Rapid Tender, Rapid Tender

Date: June 2017

June 2017

 

Thanks Terry! I wanted to let you know we released an update recently to include more colours.

With measurements and how they're saved into the Excel spreadsheet, you have a choice between not itemised (just the overall total) and itemised (each individual measurement).

Itemising does definitely result in a larger spreadsheet because there's just a lot more information to represent within Excel, however, I also wanted to point you towards a workaround we have which allows you to round & summarise those measurements towards specific lengths (EG: set busbar lengths etc. There's more here:

http://help.countfire.com/workarounds/summarising-measurement-items

 

Adnan from PORR
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2017

May 2017

Good, versatile, fast, ongoing development, active support

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The software is a good alternative to the usual means of working with large plans, as it saves a lot of time and space/printing materials

Cons

One of the cons is the requirement of the chrome browser, since the additional software isn't supported by the IT Department.

Review Source: Capterra