Earthwork by Viewpoint is a solution designed to handle the demands of contractors involved in earthwork, excavating, and underground utility contracting. It is suited for businesses of any size, regardless of the type of site work they do.
Earthwork has three different viewing formats: grid view, section view and 3D view. The 3D view provides a realistic view of what the job site will look like once work gets started.
This software also integrates with GPS and machine control products for contractors considering or already automating their surveying processes.
Earthwork’s digital takeoff module generates accurate cut and fill quantities straight from digital plans. Users can import digital plan files and then quickly perform a digital takeoff of any special construction area, such as a building pad, retention pond, or parking island.
sandra from Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Employees number: 51-200 employees
I really don't care for it.
It does a lot of accounting needs. I guess if you really need all those steps this would be a great system. But not for a smaller company.
Too many clicks and too many windows to open to get to one area. So many steps to just do one thing.
Pedro from Bermudez, Longo, Diaz-Masso, LLC
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
BLDM is one of America’s leading specialty construction companies. We have been 55 years in the market and we are still going.
We implemented the software in our Estimating Department more than 20 years ago and since its implementation we have completely trusted it.
Given the fact that technology keeps growing , expanding and innovating, we still rely on Viewpoint Software because of its accuracy and feasibility when working on bids,
I personally believe that part of our success with the software is based on the full support provided by the technical staff.
Always there to help when you need them!
In general we like the product and we hope that it always stays at the forefront of technology for the benefit of all.
Scott from Williams Electric Clinton, LLC
Employees number: 2-10 employees
Keep up the good work
User friendly. Works very well. I log onto it every morning and work with it all day every day. Awesome product. Mary Heinz is FABULOUS
Have no problems with it. Even if I did have a problem with Viewpoint it would be taken care of promptly and professionally
JONATHAN from I.b.Abel Inc
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Good product for small jobs. Don't think it is good for multi-million dollar estimates. Maybe over time, I will change my mind.
The digital take off is nice
Cannot label things easily.
Monique from Jack Frost Heating Cooling/JF Mechan LLC
Employees number: 2-10 employees
This was more for general contractors and not specific to the field I need: HVAC/Mechanical
Estimating Capabilities on Projects
Too much info. . .not specific to particular field
Get software more specific to your field.
Larry from Halo Mechanical
Employees number: 2-10 employees
My experience with the estimation is ductwork take-offs with table top digitizer is very cumbersome and leaves me chained to my desk, researching the cost to upgrade to on screen take offs has been very disappointing, all on screen take offs are very expensive and require the yearly maintenance fees. would like to have a program that just does basic take offs and not do all of the accounting also.
very accurate and adaptable
very cumbersome to use, chained to a desk not mobile at all, program too complicated, need I lighter version that is not so expensive
Blaine from Hudson Mechanical Inc.
Employees number: 11-50 employees
We've used Estimation for over 20 years now for our industrial piping and plumbing company and have been highly successful with it.
Can rely on the accuracy
Takes time to make it your own. Need accurate accounting as well. Not really a con just good advice.
Make sure you are ready to invest time and effort to make it work for you. This is a top of the line estimating software but you will only get out of it what you put in. There are cheap estimating programs out there but if you want the best one this is it.
Joseph from RMN Mechanical Co. Inc.
The customer service management is always helpful and ready to answer any questions.
The updates have become slower and slower to materialize
Look around and see what suits your style of takeoff
scott from Zetin Contractors
Runs reports and 3d views extremely fast, the align to image feature is probably the best in the industry that i have seen you can take off contours as fast as you can make the mouse move, also the cut and paste anything into 1 layer from another
the mouse controls need to be re-worked to be more like auto cad mouse movements the mouse is very frustrating with this software
read the help manual and just practice, practice, practice.
Charles from BEAM'S CONTRACTING, INC.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
It is user friendly and easy to understand summary reports are very helpful.
We just wish there was a way you could incorporate a cross section take off program into your system.
We are still using a program by quest and it is out dated.
I would recommend them to try it out and see if it fits there needs.
Troy from Carver Electric co inc
Very easy to use and very accurate. We depend exclusively on this software to obtain high end jobs.
Occasionally I have to back out and restart the program, but it could be a user error....
Practice, Practice , Practice. The more you use this program the easier it gets, then you can explore and find new things to use.
Corinn from KCE
That it allows earthworks to be completed electronically rather than using a digitiser board
The vendors inability to make improvements or even fix bugs or error within the program. They generally just say, we have never seen that happen before and blame something else non related for the problem. It will always be your fault if the program comes up with any errors.
Do not purchase this software. It is not simple or user friendly. It will never be updated with anything useful. It will make errors randomly and give you the wrong results. It will convert the pdf's to a lower quality drawing and convert it to black and white which is horrible. It will crash if you import CAD files too big and lag significantly for medium size cad files. It often isn't updated to the latest CAD version so you will need to have another program to downgrade the CAD to an early version before you can import it, it's usually about 3-4 years behind.
David from Slusarski Excavating and Paving, Inc.
The product is fairly easy to use and is comparable in features to most software on the market.
Customer support is none existent. In most case it is not worth your time to call because the response is not timely.
Speak with other users regarding customer support. They will have first hand knowledge on the responsiveness and capabilities of the customer support team.
Chad from Ammons & Blackmon Construction LLC
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
The takeoff flow has been set up to allow easy and accurate takeoff's.
I need more flexibility in handling and manipulating drawing files during or after importing.
Training and support have been top notch, if you don't have both of these then your software will be useless if you have a problem.
Jeff from H&S Electric, Inc.
The structure of the program allows you to easily perform your take-off and is flexible to help you fine tune the estimate once it's complete.
There's one minor issue when you are using the digital take-off. Sometimes when you're doing take-off on the digital screen, it 'loses' that take-off when you move over to the take-off screen to enter it into the estimate.
Most of these estimating programs are very similar. I recommend that you take a look at the 'end sheets' where the estimate is summarized to see if it fits with your business model.
Frank from SAIA Electric, INC.
Viewpoint regularly engages its users to monitor their satisfaction with the product. The support team is willing to assist with any issues that develop and show a true willingness to help. The product is highly specified for the trades and is very comprehensive.
At times, we would like to be able to an interface with Microsoft products such as Excel. The telecommunications takeoff section needs to be expanded.
Look around at all the different software packages and see if their systems are as comprehensive in the variety of materials for the specific takeoffs and the ease of entry and manipulation.
Wally from James L. Cayton Assoc., Inc.
It keeps me organized, my estimates are accurate and it's fast. When I need help Viewpoint is just a phone call away.
I deal with a lot of vendors daily, Viewpoint is the least of my worries.
Take your time and call their support line to see how quickly they respond. Viewpoint is not just talk, they have great support.
Ronnie from Pitt Electric ORI, LLC
This product offers so many features that are beneficial. Product is fun and easy to use. Takes the majority of the human factor out of the bid. Less computing mistakes. Speedy and accurate takeoffs. Easy pricing updates.
Viewpoint Customer Support is made up of friendly knowledgeable team members which are eager to assist.
Really? Hmmm, nothing. Seriously, this product is amazing!
What are you waiting for? Get rid of the costly bid documents. Save some trees already.
Cliff from Certified Electric, Inc.
This software is easy to use, you can use it right out of the box, but it is 100% customizable to fit your needs.
The digital take is great it just still needs more fine tuning. at least for me anyway.
GET THIS SOFTWARE!!!!! You will be in front of other contractors and better understanding of your takeoffs.
Phillip from P.R.Faulk Electrical Corporation
Easy to use, well crafted, tech support always knowledgeable
We are completely satisfied with the product and would highly recommend to others
Great estimating tool. I think that it covers all estimating needs and is formatted in away that makes sure that you have everything in the estimate that would be needed
Jeremy from Sterling Plumbing & Heating
the program is customizable and integrates with our accounting software. We feel more confident in the budget we are getting from MEP in the jobs we are bidding on. Customer Service is Top Notch .
Transferring the estimate into Vista is extremely painful - there is no seamless integration. There is a disconnect from the awarded bid to opening a Summary for the export - I'm always out around 5% of the cost. Once it is exported then there is a series of modifications to the CSV file to get it to upload into Vista. Once in Vista there is a series of modifications and re-work in order for the Budget to match the bid. A deeper look into Seamless integration is extremely necessary
brad from Baumgart Mechanical
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Accurate time and material takeoff's.
I have been a Estimation user for over 20 years. What I like most about the program is the support I get. The quick responses as well as the ability to join in on what I am seeing is great.
The amount of steps it takes to get started on a new takeoff page. I would like everything to stay the same when I am finished with a page and go to the next without having to set everything back up. If anything like scale or pressure class is going to change then I will make the changes.
Donald from MBE Engineers
Employees number: 1 employee
Flexibility. I have been using this software for over 20 years. It has been really good for me because of my background. However, this software is not for a normal typical estimator. This is the major downfall for Estimation. Over the years, I convinced many of my customers to use Estimation, and most of them did. Some of my customers are the biggest mechanical/plumbing contractors in California. However, most of them only use Estimation for a few years then decided to switch to Quickpen. I have seen Quickpen software work every week when I go to my customer offices, and I can understand why. What Estimation really lacking is the know-how to keep the chicken alive in order to collect the eggs. A dead chicken will not do any good. A typical estimator is someone that will come from the trade and most likely can barely operate a computer. The expectation that a typical estimator can handle a complex system like Estimation is delusional. Thanks.
The way the software handles the PDF files. Also, Single Line Take-off can be improved to automatically catching the lines instead of the estimators.
Greg from Maryland Mechanical Systems
Errors in material selection or takeoff items are very easy to correct. Simple column edits or Design Spec application can correct nearly any issue.
EiMatix export has streamlined our bid tally sheet input. We save a lot of time and reduce human error potential by exporting the summary information to our company's Excel bid sheet. This is a life saver on last minute changes to bid documents.
The thing I appreciate most is the ability to turn the software to match the way we do an estimate. A lot of software requires the user to adapt to the software MEP doesn't. The program has so many ways to manipulate the data to match my way of estimating.
At first this can seem a little daunting but once it is set there is no other configuration that needs to be done.
While major issues get corrected in a timely manor there are a number of smaller issues that affect the program that seem to get pushed down the "pecking list" and never seem to get resolved.