Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating) Software


Sage Estimating is an on-premise based construction estimating software designed specifically to serve contractors and sub-contractors in construction and real estate industries of all sizes. The solution provides interactive tools to build and share accurate bidding estimates with the bidders, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Sage Estimating software offers a variety of takeoff methods that can be used to pull individual or group item details from industry specific databases directly into the bidding sheet. Users can manually enter the dimensions of the site or use several integrated electronic takeoff solutions to pull the dimensions of the site automatically. Sage Estimating also helps in forecasting the labor, raw material and other overhead costs, which in turn helps contractors to prepare precise and accurate bids.

Sage has collaborated with Autodesk and eTakeoff solutions for adding BIM capabilities to their cost estimating solution. Sage Estimating also collaborates with other solutions from Sage family including Sage 100 Contractor and Sage 300 Contractor to take care of accounting and reporting needs.

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Project management

Project management

Service management

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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10



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Lyndon from Jollibee Foods Corporation

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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September 2018

Good Software

Overall Its great software when set up.

Pros

for several years I thought that Excel is the best of estimating but when I learn about Sage, things are getting more better estimating can handle multi building estimates. Sage is continuously developing its software it has upgrade of what is best for making it better .

Cons

when Upgrading sage I need the help of IT Expert to do it for me , It takes time setting it up so workers like me needs help of more experienced or encounter this kind of issues.

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Mo from Turner & Townsend

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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July 2018

A Well-Organised Estimating Software

Pros

Sage (Timberline) has been used for building industry primarily. You can use the advantage of their database or set up your own one based on the industry and market you are involved in. I recommend the software for Mid to Large Size building projects including residential or ICI.

Cons

The software is not user-friendly for heavy-civil or infrastructure projects as the functionality of crew cost method is not as easy as other heavy civil software.

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Ebtisam from Construction

Industry / Trade:  Home builder - custom

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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June 2018

Everything you need

Pros

If you’re looking for a software that focuses and really takes estimating to the next level, then this software is for you.

Cons

Don’t really know what to say regarding cons, I really enjoyed using this software when I did use it.

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Mark from Information Technology

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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May 2018

I have worked with Sage Estimating all the way back when it was Timberline Estimating, excellent .

Accurate estimates and diverse reports

Pros

The power of Sages' Smart Assemblies is the best feature along with the results being displayed in a full spreadsheet format that can be changed in real time. The ability to slice and dice your estimate data is extremely powerful along with their use of WBS codes.

Cons

The tech support has been a bit of a struggle but thank goodness for qualified consultants and Business Partners that can act as your first line of support.

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Todd from Edge Builders

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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April 2018

Timberline is Huge!

Pros

This estimating program can do anything you want it to. It has the ability to be molded into however you want it to work for you.

Cons

Because it is so flexible it is also a little clunky. Quick takeoffs and estimates can be difficult. This feels like it is set up for the commercial realm of construction, in fact, I don't know many in residential construction that use this program.

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April 2018

Recently, I was tasked to upgrade the Sage Estimating from version 15.1 to 17.13.

Pros

Version 17.13 uses Microsoft SQL Server instead of the Pervasive database which is basically a file system engine. Overall, the product is pretty easy to install and configure. I was able to quickly set up the environment to allow the users to migrate all the existing estimates over. The documentation are clear and precise.

Cons

Permissions assignment to individual estimates is by user only. For example, you can grant a user permission to view or edit estimate A, but not estimate B. It will be more convenient and efficient that we can also assign permissions by global group as well, specially for big companies that have over 1000 employees.

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Tim from Bryan Consulting Inc.

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April 2018

Keep all of your estimate and bid information in one place

Pros

This program lets us keep track of all of our estimates, bids, and other information in one fairly easy to use place that our whole team can access it. It has some great interactive tools to help build and share your estimates with clients, contractors, suppliers, and others.

Cons

The customer service on this product is the one thing that I absolutely have to mention. We have had some issues come up in the past and it seems that getting in touch with the right person can be a chore in and of itself. Once you do get through to that person you have to hope that they understand your problem well enough to assist you. I hope it's only us who have experienced issues with this, but I would not be honest if I didn't mention it here.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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March 2018

It has been a heavily used piece of software, but we are probably not using it to capacity.

Pros

Assemblies. This has been the most efficient part of the software for us. Keeping track of markups and material costs are helpful.

Cons

Database organization and lack of save/undo features. If I update a material price, will that effect everyone else? It is still very confusing. The integration with CRE300 is pretty sad (Address Book and Export/Import). An undo button would really be helpful.

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james from Jrb industries LLC

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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February 2018

sage customer service

Pros

Nothing really to put there because my company didn't purchase the software because of sage's lack of communication and valuing it's new customers.

Cons

Customer service of sage is horrible. I spent the time to take the test drive. Communicated with a rep from sage. When I asked about pricing she couldn't tell me nothing. Just wanted to ask more questions and then told me I would have to contact an authorized reseller. Could've saved me and my company a lot of time just by mentioning that on their website and being up front. I will only deal with companies that value their customers as we value our customers.

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Ben from NGC Group

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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January 2018

Sage Estimating

Pros

Great database options for General Contractors that allows for more complex and complete estimates.

Cons

Due to the layout of the software it is hard to use Sage for hard bid jobs and incorporating alternates.

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Justin from Buckeye builders

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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December 2017

Save estimating program is a solid and trusted program

Pros

That most estimators are familiar with the program and it is easy to use. It really helps that it is so widely used that even if your company is new to it one of your employees is most likely experienced in it.

Cons

It's just like any other program. They all have their limitations and you have to review multiple products to make sure it meets your needs.

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Luke from Coe Cosntruction

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2017

Using this for estimating worked, but not as well as other options.

Overall it works, but not my first choice.

Pros

Great for tracking, and is a fanatic database for historical information, but clunky to use and not as user friendly as other options.

Cons

Seems outdated, and reports are tricky to get right without knowing exactly what you need. Clunky interface with no options for improvement.

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Connor from Comstock Construction Inc.

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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October 2017

Sage 300

Pros

Sage is a very practical estimating software in the construction industry. It ensures everything is a accounted for and is much easier better than Excel

Cons

Sage is a little clunky sometimes - not the easiest program i've ever used

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Kevin from Camson Construction, Inc.

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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August 2017

Nice product, integrates well with Sage 300 CRE

Overall, a nice addition for your Estimating team.

Pros

We used this product for our estimators in my last Commercial Construction company. Works well with Sage 300 CRE. Allows you to set certain standard prices like labor rates. Calculate burden, buys, etc.

Cons

A little on the pricey side but that's about it. Many good features like importing into your Sage Project Management software.

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Clay from Sudberry Millwork, Inc.

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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July 2017

Hottest Estimating Software on the Market!

This is probably the most flexible estimating software available today. Always a leader in the industry, Sage Estimating can fit the bill for entry level, single user needs and expand to an unlimited number of users. The estimating system can tie into one of the best accounting packages, as well.

Pros

Totally flexible - can be used by virtually any trade as well as GC. From basic estimating needs to a complex reporting system, this software can do it.

Cons

Takes time to set-up properly. The software is ready to go out of the box, but to fine tune to make it "hum" takes more than just starting it up.

Richard from KC2 SERVICES

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  1 employee

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May 2017

Pursuit of Excellence

I invested into my estimating toolbox and acquired my Estimating License in 1996. I have been a Sage Estimating Customer ever since. Being a single user puts into perspective the support service experience as I always felt that my business was the only business that mattered.

Pros

Having worked with much of the competitions to Sage Estimating software while working for General Contractors it has been easy to compare features and functionality. With a solid Audit Trail it is easy to review a projects work flow. Estimate reports are virtually unlimited in terms of formatting capabilities. Attaching takeoff graphics as well enhances the deliverable documents combining the Work Breakdown Structure it is very easy to communicate the scope of work to the client especially when they are not construction conversant. Support services are top of class as the platform the software is operated on has improved support services are required less and less.

Cons

There really is nothing negative that I can consider.

virgil from Rye Development

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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February 2017

Sage Timberline

The product was easy to use out of the box. Had to customize some fields to be project specific, but software allowed us to do so quickly.

Pros

Quick to use if you already know estimating

Cons

Proprietary data was incomplete for specific projects

Brendan from Kirk Gross Company

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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February 2017

Does what I need it to.

Very happy with Sage. It makes short work of my estimates, it's also very customizable.

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Expensive

Lindsay Helmick from Allen Construction

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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February 2017

Cloud Based Need

We purchased this product in attempts to find a link between our estimating teams and production teams and to improve the job setup time. However, this product does not link to the systems in the manners we had hoped. We are currently working on workarounds, so hoping we can fix that issue. The other issue we have with the product is it is not cloud-based, so our team always needs to be connected to our servers to make updates which cause issues for our remote teams.

Pros

I like the ease and functionality

Cons

It isn't cloud based.

Nishant from University of Texas at Arlington.

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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February 2017

A must use software for construction industry !!

Estimating project while bidding this software is a great help. It has does estimate exactly 90% - 95% of the actual budget of the project. But, depending upon the level of detail calculation you do, It has almost everything you need for estimating. Easy to learn and get used to it. the only draw back is the user interface, I would enjoy to use it more if the made it look a bit more organized and neat. Still, a must use software for the construction industry.