ProEst Estimating & Takeoff Software


 

ProEst Estimating combines cost estimating, digital takeoffs, and bid day analysis in a single solution. The solution is built using Microsoft SQL database and .NET development platform that gives users a Microsoft Office like look-and-feel.

ProEst includes a comprehensive materials database, visual assemblies, and support for cost update services like RS Means, Trade Service, All Priser, and MCAA’s WebLems. The solution offers the ability to refine each bid, adjust markups, and run "what-if" analyses. ProEst integrates with many construction accounting and project management systems to streamline job setup and management.

Built directly into ProEst is digital takeoff which gives the ability to perform digital takeoffs on-screen using electronic blueprints and mouse. The system supports most digital file types, including PDF, TIF, and AutoCAD.

A customizable SQL database structure makes ProEst a suitable estimating option for contractors of all sizes and specialties, including general contractors, heavy/highway contractors, homebuilders, and specialty subcontractors like electrical, HVAC/mechanical, and landscaping.

 

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    ProEst Home Page
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    ProEst Estimate Sheet
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    ProEst Takeoff Page
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    ProEst Takeoff Page with Zoom
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    ProEst Markup Page
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    ProEst Report Designer
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8

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Joseph from Paramount Building Construction Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Proest

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Value for Money

Pros

Everything from start to finish can be done. A lot of different tools to use. The tech support is wonderful.

Cons

Was a little tough to learn. Pricing is a little expensive. Had to schedule training classes. I had to wait a few times for tech support to call me back.

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Dennis from Iron Mountain Demolition
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Overwhelming at first, but worth the effort to push through.

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Great product. It is very overwhelming at first. However, if you push through it will be rewarding on the other side. It took me a while. I would go home frustrated and felt like we made a mistake purchasing the product. However, it eventually sunk in and now we are excited to have produced our first bid and looking forward to others.

Pros

The endless possibilities to produce what is needed. As I explore the product I expose new ways to obtain helpful information.

Cons

The product is VERY complex and takes time to understand. However, once an understanding of the product is grasped, the product becomes very helpful and decreases the time needed for an accurate bid.

 
 

Tucker from Frontier Waterproofing, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Pro Est

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I've really enjoyed getting to know the software and putting it to use for my every day estimating operations.

Pros

They have thought of everything. Every line item you can think of is included, and they can all be altered to align perfectly with your business. Customer service has been excellent as well.

Cons

You must receive training before being able to utilize all of the functions of the software. It can be rather difficult to use unless someone shows you first hand.

 
 

Edgar from HACSJ
Specialty: Government - state & local
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Easy to use

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Pros

The teacher remotely connects to the PC for one on one instruction. Great Product!

Cons

Actually finding time for the instructors to remotely connect was the hardest part. But is well worth it.

 
 

Clint from Fivestar Building Group
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Initial walk through was well done. Purchase was easy and the turnaround was same day. Had a few problems getting installed but turned out to be my computer not the product. Six trianing courses were included in purchase so we are still going through thos

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Pros

Ease of takeoffs and assemblies are plenty detailed
RS Means cost data embedded in the program makes pricing/budget very easy
Multiple ways to view information in reports
Customer service

Cons

Install was a little tricky
Missing a few assemblies I would like to have (minor issue)
learning curve at the very beginning, but became very proficient after a few trial and error moments

 
 

Jon from Brighter Tomorrow Properties
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Excellent Software

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Value for Money

I was looking for a powerful software that we could use to build a system for our estimating process. ProEst was exactly what I was looking for. We are able to build a custom database that we can use to quickly and easily estimate projects with accuracy and consistency. I am very happy with my choice.

Pros

Ability to create a custom database and can be used to consistently produce quick estimates. I love the onscreen take off.

Cons

It takes a long time to set up the database, but this is to be expected with any software. It is a lot of work up front, but then makes things more efficient on the back end. I would like to see a year off free tech support included to answer question about how to use the product. Most of it is intuitive, but there are somethings I would like to do, but it takes me a while to figure out how to do them. It would have been nice to be able to pick up the phone and quickly get answers for the first year while I learned how to use all of the features.

 
 

Seth from Ojeda Business Ventures
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Very Helpful But Not Quite Perfect

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I have been using ProEst for the last year and have for the most part been very happy. The customer support has been very good. I do have one complaint which may seem petty, but it is an annoyance. The program takes a while to load and is password protected. Occasionally when trying to switch between estimates or screens I inadvertently will hit the close window button which closes the program. On bad days this can really raise your blood pressure. A are you sure you would like to exit box would be very helpful.

 
 

Grant from Robbins|Reed
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Did not perform they way it was sold to us

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We wanted an estimating software that would be for a general contractor and therefore not so detailed. We also needed it to function with our virtual server. the sales people said it could accomplish all of these goals only to find out once we purchased it and started training that it did not do any of these things. We canceled our order after 2 weeks and they would not refund any of our fees.

 
 

Michael from Colmar Contracting
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Decent Software for the Money

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Proest is software that has a fairly steep learning curve but when mastered is pretty powerful. It requires the building of all of the assemblies that you, as a builder or subcontractor, actually need. If you buy the database of assemblies you'll at least have those to start with. Building the formulas behind the assemblies can make you want to cry. However, if you like you can use simple unit takeoffs and apply a cost to them later. Proest can be as complex or as simple as you'd like for it to be and for the money, it's a pretty good program. It takes quite a bit of time to get acclimated to it and in my opinion as a GC it makes a bit more sense as an estimating platform for a specialty building subcontractor who is self-performing all of their work...ie concrete, masonry, framing/drywall, etc. than it does for a GC but you can make it work.

Pros

Bid day function.

Cons

Steep, steep, steep learning curve.

 
 

Israel from Dan Carlone Construction, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

ProEst Review

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My company has recently purchased the Enterprise Version of ProEst. We have only started learning the system but have so far been very impressed with the functionality, ease of use and product value. The ability to do digital takeoff straight from the program, as well as the flexibility to edit / modify just about every piece of information on the system gives it an advantage to other programs i have used.

Pros

This is by far the easiest estimating program i have used thus far. Other pros include - Flexibility to edit almost everything; the large cache of report templates; the large database and pre-built assemblies; the built in digital takeoff; the bid day summary to use for sub-contractor bid tabulation

Cons

The preset costs are very generic (i.e. labor costs) - for large projects with heavy labor, this could throw off the labor estimate. In addition, the digital takeoff module, albeit very handy, is somewhat limited. It would be nice to have more flexibility to manually manipulate takeoffs, even after associating it with a digital takeoff. It would also be nice to be able to switch between different forms of measurement, right now you are only limited to the unit of measure determined by the line item for which you are taking off.

Advice to Others

This is an ideal product for small and medium sized construction companies. If you want a flexible program with a small learning curve, ProEst is right for you. Be prepared, however, to need to update the labor costs - i would suggest not relying on the preset amounts.

 
 

Mike from Pennum Industries
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

August 2016

August 2016

Support is excelent

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Likes Best

The customer support is outstanding. Training was good.

Likes Least

It cannot share data bases. i.e. piping, electrical, and civil are separate files that must be added together outside the software. Add features to allow the exporting of database to other software, so it can be manipulated. Or add the tools to the software. I would like to add much of the existing excel files to the data base.

Recommendations

To test the software for a week is not enough time for software as complicated like this. Make a list of must haves and talk to the vendors.

 
 

John from Leroy Newton Construction LLC
Specialty: General contractor

August 2016

August 2016

If I could not figure out an issue they would call and get on remote s

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Likes Best

Great support from the support team. They call you back right away and they seem to care and want to take care of any issues. They are good at explaining the program or any issues that you might have.The program is easy to use and I have never used an estimating program before this one so I know if I picked up easily anyone can. Training was top notch!

Likes Least

The assembly could use some reworking. There could be more assembly made as well.

Recommendations

Give it a trial run, it's really easy to use and understand.

 
 

Gregory from Rocha & Son Construction
Specialty: Residential remodeling

July 2016

July 2016

ProEst gets the job done!

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Likes Best

What I like about ProEst the most is how user-friendly the software is. I also like that the software is integrated with onscreen digital take off, and that it integrates directly to your estimate take off sheet all in the same software program. They also have good customer support.

Likes Least

What I don't like is that you have to pay for training. You also have to pay for custom reports. In the long run the training pays off, and if the custom report saves you time and/or money than they pay off as well.

Recommendations

Watch there videos online. Do a demonstration with them. Have them do a demonstration with the database that it comes with. You'll see how user-friendly it is and how much you can customize the database to your needs.

 
 

Chris from BuildZig
Specialty: Construction manager

December 2015

December 2015

Efficient but kind of clunky.

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Likes Best

ProEst is a pretty solid, and incredibly deep take off program with very helpful and responsive customer support. It makes drawing takeoffs simpler and allows multilayer markups on a single pdf, estimating and responding to RFPs is far less time consuming.

Likes Least

The user interface is cumbersome and has too many window pop ups. The system will occasionally lock out users which can be a pain.

Recommendations

Test drive as many programs as you can before finally pulling the trigger on just one, there's a wide variety out there.

 
 

Hank from Buildzig
Specialty: Construction manager

November 2015

November 2015

Easy to Use and Quick to Learn

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N/A
Likes Best

I liked that this software is very simple and easy, and we had free training sessions which was very useful.
I also find the take off system and tools very powerful and the database is huge.

Likes Least

Some of the items have very detailed costs items which i don't need

Recommendations

Give free training to your costumers and simplify the software so it can be easy to use.

 
 

Manuel from Terra Group
Specialty: Design/build firm

November 2015

November 2015

Estimating Software build from the point of view of the contractor

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Likes Best

The software is easy to understand and it truly meets and exceeds all of our expectation when it came time to turn in a bid . We are a building and design firm, the range of the work we bid goes from electrical, plumbing, HVAC to complete turn key. We appreciate the fact ProEst is constantly improving its functionalities and overall performance.

Likes Least

The issues we had over the years are the same issues we get with other software in our systems, updates sometimes fix one program but conflicts with others. Happy to said the issues were not critical nor catastrophic in our daily use of the program nor cause major delays in our bidding process.

Recommendations

I believe software should conform to the way you do business and not the other way around, you should not have to change overnight everything it took years to learn, to have to conform to a format that doesn't reflect how we do our jobs, or made no sense from the industry point of view. Software should adapt to the approach and methods that have proven true time and time again for your organization, make the software learn from you. If your company is doing the transition from another system or "OLD SCHOOL" of ruler, pen, and pad. The program and its functionality should make sense to you, even if you never sat in from of a computer. It should follow the same approach you take in creating an estimate as if you were doing it with paper and pen.

Look for a program with a reasonable learning curve, justifiable price, good technical support as well as the ability to grow and adapt to the unique way you conduct your business with all its needs and constant demands that new technology brings. Before using Proest, we try other programs that were truly hard to learn.

This resulted in a new set of issues and challenges when it came time to hire a new person. It takes time to teach any system to a new employee. Proest solved all that for us by creating a database unique to our firm, a database that used the same approach and methodology that we can relate to, lowering the learning curve considerably.

Good software should be intuitable, it should follow the same order and path you take to resolved and complete your task and get the job done fast and accurate.

 
 

Stephen from Scraper's Edge Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

August 2015

August 2015

Poor Takeoff Software

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Likes Best

Prompt customer support - unfortunately, there wasn't much they could do about the poor operation of the software

Likes Least

Constant glitches in the userface. This takeoff software is not at all a polished finished product. I'm sure the Project Management integration is great, but we only needed the takeoff software, and it's been a huge letdown. Takeoff layers & text arbitrarily fall behind each other, text size can be huge or tiny & you can't change it. If the scale is metric you are forced to use metric takeoff numbers - it's the little things that make you fiddle around & waste a lot of time. This product feels unfinished - not 40 yrs old. (using a PC by the way - don't blame it on me)

Recommendations

Don't use it for Takeoff Software. If I was needing the other features I would definitely require a free trial period, as the glitches in the takeoff software are very frustrating.

 
 

ANIEL from OAK CONSTRUCTION
Specialty: General contractor

July 2015

July 2015

The software is very comprehensive

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Likes Best

The best part about the software is the depth at which you can estimate especially with all the factors that you can take into account, whether you are using existing ones or custom ones. That, coupled with the extensive cost database makes for a solid package of available information where you can track costs not only in terms of material, labor, equipment but according to divisions, assemblies, or even at a per room level. The software provides a good deal of flexibility in being able to create and customize the data to fit your work needs.

Likes Least

It was surprising that it wasn't as similar to excel as I expected. Although the layout is similar, manipulating columns,rows and data is different. Once you're familiarized with the tools and order of operations for the different tasks it becomes a very useful tool.

Recommendations

I would strongly recommend scheduling a demo and comparing it with a couple of other products. I also encourage that you consider how to use the product in your office. In others words, how do you envision it being used.

 
 

Justin from G Hyatt Construction
Specialty: General contractor

May 2015

May 2015

Pro Est Estimating Software is a good deal for the money

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Likes Best

Excellent customer service. In the rare events when we have questions or issues, customer service usually returns calls within 1 hour.

Likes Least

Easy on screen take off. Unit prices are fairly reliable and based on RS Means data.

Recommendations

Make sure it comes with good support. ProEst does, which is one reason we are happy with it.

 
 

Amy from BuilderFish.com
Specialty: Design/build firm

January 2015

January 2015

Many software errors.

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Likes Best

Support is fast to reply to your requests and very friendly.

Likes Least

The software does not function as intuitively as it appears to in demos and training videos. There are many, many error messages, some of which cannot be resolved. I had to start over on an estimate twice due to software glitches.

Recommendations

Ask for a free 30-day trial and don't just rely on the training demos to make a decision.

  Response: Jeff, ProEst

Date: June 2015

June 2015

 

It's unfortunate that they did not have a good experience but we really do not support Mac machines which were utilized by this client. A PC is really needed to best utilize ProEst and its functionality. If the client buys a PC we will gladly extend their service contract at no cost.

 
 
 
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