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.

ProEst Estimate Sheet
ProEst Estimate Sheet

ProEst Estimate Sheet

ProEst Home Page

ProEst Home Page

ProEst Markup Page

ProEst Markup Page

ProEst Report Designer

ProEst Report Designer

ProEst Takeoff Page

ProEst Takeoff Page

ProEst Takeoff Page with Zoom

ProEst Takeoff Page with Zoom

Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8



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Alejandro from RIFCO LTD

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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August 2018

Great Software for Estimating and Controlling

Pros

The software lets you link up with a payroll/scheduling software to give you an all-around control of your estimates directly on to your projects.

Cons

It is an activity database, you have to build your database first while you're doing your estimates, you'll reach full operational capability once you have a concise database of activities that will let you speed up the estimating process.

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Travis from Total Concrete

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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April 2018

Overall good for the money

Pros

Ease of use
Reporting
Predefined database's to fit specific company needs
Onscreen takeoff and estimating software in one
Cloud or Desktop

Cons

No live tech support or chat support. Must submit a support ticket and wait for a call back.
No way to change database and have it reflect on templates without updating templates individually
Training is not free

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April 2018

Good if not better than other estimating software. Much competition- But very reliable

Pros

Customer service gets big marks. Once I figured out how to easily put in bids and add-ons I figured out the rest. Separating onsites and offsites is very easy

Cons

A bit much to figure out. Wish it were simpler. How to add field extras and designating the responsible department was not originally clear.

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February 2018

Great software for quantity takeoffs

Pros

This tool was easy to use for quantity takeoffs. We use this tool to calculate dimensions ad areas from plans quickly and easily,

Cons

There are many other tools that offer a measuring tool plus more, while the additional capabilities of this software are limited.

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Beth from Lifestyle Homes

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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February 2018

ProEst is OK

Our suggestions for improvement are taken seriously.

Pros

It's easy to use and the customer support is really great. The Report Center was the draw to the software (and that it's cloud based).

Cons

The report center isn't quite what it's cracked up to be. I thought we could do more with the reports, but the capabilities are rather limited.

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Michael from Conditioned Air, Inc.

Industry / Trade:  Mechanical/HVAC

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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January 2018

Liars

They are not truthful in their abilities and they sold us a server based version which when they started training they wouldn’t give us and wanted us on the cloud which has very little functionality. Had to fight with them for a month to get the server base and they said they wouldn’t support in the near future plus they never gave us the databases that they claim to have. They are a rip off artist so avoid at all cost.

Pros

There is absolutely nothing we liked about this product or company except the sales pitch and presentation.

Cons

If you are an mep contractor this is not the software for you. They say they have their on databases but after many request they could never provide them. They wanted us to build all databases from scratch which would require a full time person about 6 to 8 months due to the number of databases you would need. They don’t listen to the customer and we finally just uninstalled the software and broke off communication with them

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Joseph from Paramount Building Construction Inc

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2017

Proest

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

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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July 2017

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

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.

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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June 2017

Pro Est

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

Industry / Trade:  Government - state & local

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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June 2017

Easy to use

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

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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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

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

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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February 2017

Excellent Software

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

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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February 2017

Very Helpful But Not Quite Perfect

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

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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February 2017

Did not perform they way it was sold to us

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

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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January 2017

Decent Software for the Money

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.

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2016

ProEst Review

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.

Mike from Pennum Industries

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

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August 2016

Support is excelent

Pros

The customer support is outstanding. Training was good.

Cons

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.

John from Leroy Newton Construction LLC

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

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August 2016

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

Pros

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!

Cons

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

Gregory from Rocha & Son Construction

Industry / Trade:  Residential remodeling

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July 2016

ProEst gets the job done!

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Chris from BuildZig

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

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December 2015

Efficient but kind of clunky.

Pros

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.

Cons

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


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