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.

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3D view

3D view

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CAD import

Existing vs. proposed view

Existing vs. proposed view

Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8



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Marvin from sales

Industry / Trade:  Design/build firm

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

September 2018

Is "ViewPoint" for you?

Pros

If you already have their other software then the right option would be to go and get this one. Just like what the sales person will say to you that you can track your rewards(profit), perform correct takeoffs and submit on time. All of those things are true to a certain point.

Cons

The person that does the sales at times can seem pushy and want for you to go ahead and purchase right there and now. That is not the right way on dealing with something like this. Especially when there is a lot of money going into this. The takeoff bids are not at all accurate. At times you have to make the final corrections. Yes, there is a support team that will help you out. The other item about this is that the cost of training is even more money. You either have to go to them or they come to you and there is just not enough time for getting the right amount of training. They should lower the that cost to make it even better.

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Hugo from CDL

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

Ease-of-use

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December 2017

Greatest Estimation Software Company! I highly recommend them!

Pros

The Software just works!! It sounds so simple, I know, but it's true! We had been through 2 other estimation softwares before ViewPoint and they were laggy, badly built and the support stunk! ViewPoint is the complete opposite. The support is fantastic and their trainers come in and actually care that you learn the software and you learn it well. I've never dealt with better trainers or a more knowledgeable group of technical support specialist. These guys are awesome!

Cons

I can't name a single downside about ViewPoint MEP Estimating. You get a lot of bang for your buck! It's not cheap but it's definitely an investment worth making for you and your company!

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Richie from Bill's Electric Inc.

Industry / Trade:  Electrical/teledata

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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Value for money

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November 2017

Viewpoint MEP Software

Customer service agent has been a great asset to us in upgrading our software and purchasing other systems. We would highly recommend her as an account manager.

Pros

Our offices have been using Viewpoint MEP estimation for Electrical for quite some time now. We rely on this system to quickly, and accurately complete bids. This software has taken us to the next level, and we have used it for multi-million dollar jobs. Without this software we would not be able to complete the amount of work we do daily at our four locations.

Cons

Issues arise just like with any software, but the support team is quick to respond and prompt at fixing the issue.

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Brandi from Plumbing by Fisher

Industry / Trade:  Plumbing

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2017

To many steps to do a simple task.

We purchased in August and were unable to go to the training until December, they would not even let us download the program until we did the training and they rebill us every August instead of when we were able to start using it. When I called to ask if they could change our billing date to when we were able to start using the program I was told I was basically a liar and that there was no way we were unable to use their program from the beginning time of purchase.

Pros

This program can do a lot...If you have a degree in computer engineering. It is faster than trying to do a take off by hand. Pat, the trainer we had was wonderful ! Extremely helpful and will answer any question any time of day, much better than the customer help center.

Cons

The program is quite pricey, add to that more money for training that is incomplete for the amount of information that is needed to run this program. The sales person we had was nice but extremely pushy. Customer service after purchase is terrible.

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sandra from Construction

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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Value for money

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Functionality

October 2017

Too many steps

I really don't care for it.

Pros

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.

Cons

Too many clicks and too many windows to open to get to one area. So many steps to just do one thing.

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Jeremy from Sterling Plumbing & Heating

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August 2017

Very detailed and accurate estimating software

Pros

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 .

Cons

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

Review Source: Capterra

brad from Baumgart Mechanical

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

August 2017

I have had a good experience with this program, however I think the digitizer system was much faster

Accurate time and material takeoff's.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Review Source: Capterra

Donald from MBE Engineers

Number of employees:  1 employee

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August 2017

Excellent for me personal

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Review Source: Capterra

Greg from Maryland Mechanical Systems

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

August 2017

The program is very forgiving when I make a mistake. It's easy to correct errors. Would recommend.

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Review Source: Capterra

Pedro from Bermudez, Longo, Diaz-Masso, LLC

Industry / Trade:  Mechanical/HVAC

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

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August 2017

Pedro Silva - Bermudez, Longo, Diaz-Masso, LLC

In general we like the product and we hope that it always stays at the forefront of technology for the benefit of all.

Pros

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!

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Scott from Williams Electric Clinton, LLC

Industry / Trade:  Electrical/teledata

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

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August 2017

Excellent Product.

Keep up the good work

Pros

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

Cons

Have no problems with it. Even if I did have a problem with Viewpoint it would be taken care of promptly and professionally

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JONATHAN from I.b.Abel Inc

Industry / Trade:  Electrical/teledata

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

February 2017

MEP electrical estimating

Good product for small jobs. Don't think it is good for multi-million dollar estimates. Maybe over time, I will change my mind.

Pros

The digital take off is nice

Cons

Cannot label things easily.

Monique from Jack Frost Heating Cooling/JF Mechan LLC

Industry / Trade:  Mechanical/HVAC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

December 2016

Estimating Software Usage

This was more for general contractors and not specific to the field I need: HVAC/Mechanical

Pros

Estimating Capabilities on Projects

Cons

Too much info. . .not specific to particular field

Larry from Halo Mechanical

Industry / Trade:  Mechanical/HVAC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

November 2016

MEP estimation

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.

Pros

very accurate and adaptable

Cons

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.

Industry / Trade:  Plumbing

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2016

Estimation

We've used Estimation for over 20 years now for our industrial piping and plumbing company and have been highly successful with it.

Pros

Can rely on the accuracy

Cons

Takes time to make it your own. Need accurate accounting as well. Not really a con just good advice.

Joseph from RMN Mechanical Co. Inc.

Industry / Trade:  Mechanical/HVAC

Ease-of-use

Value for money

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August 2016

Very niche but good product

Pros

The customer service management is always helpful and ready to answer any questions.

Cons

The updates have become slower and slower to materialize

scott from Zetin Contractors

Industry / Trade:  Earthwork/excavating

Ease-of-use

Functionality

December 2015

pretty good software for earthwork take-offs

Pros

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

Cons

the mouse controls need to be re-worked to be more like auto cad mouse movements the mouse is very frustrating with this software

Charles from BEAM'S CONTRACTING, INC.

Industry / Trade:  Heavy/highway contractor

Ease-of-use

Functionality

December 2015

Been using this take off since it was quest haven't seen any change.

Pros

It is user friendly and easy to understand summary reports are very helpful.

Cons

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.

Troy from Carver Electric co inc

Industry / Trade:  Electrical/teledata

Ease-of-use

Customer support

Functionality

December 2015

Electrical Estimating software review.

Pros

Very easy to use and very accurate. We depend exclusively on this software to obtain high end jobs.

Cons

Occasionally I have to back out and restart the program, but it could be a user error....

Corinn from KCE

Industry / Trade:  Earthwork/excavating

Ease-of-use

Customer support

Functionality

December 2015

Do not buy this earthworks software

Pros

That it allows earthworks to be completed electronically rather than using a digitiser board

Cons

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.


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