Viewpoint Earthwork™ software


112 reviews(4.5/5)
112 reviews(4.5/5)

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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 8

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  • Marvin from sales

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Is "ViewPoint" for you?

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Hugo from CDL

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    December 2017

    Greatest Estimation Software Company! I highly recommend them!

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    November 2017

    Viewpoint MEP Software

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2017

    To many steps to do a simple task.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    October 2017

    Too many steps

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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

    August 2017

    Very detailed and accurate estimating software

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • brad from Baumgart Mechanical

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2017

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

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
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    Value for Money

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Donald from MBE Engineers

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2017

    Excellent for me personal

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Greg from Maryland Mechanical Systems

    August 2017

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

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Pedro from Bermudez, Longo, Diaz-Masso, LLC

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2017

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

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2017

    Excellent Product.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    February 2017

    MEP electrical estimating

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2016

    Estimating Software Usage

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2016

    MEP estimation

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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.

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2016

    Estimation

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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.

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    August 2016

    Very niche but good product

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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

    Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

    December 2015

    pretty good software for earthwork take-offs

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    N/A
    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.

    Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

    December 2015

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

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    N/A
    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

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    December 2015

    Electrical Estimating software review.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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

    Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

    December 2015

    Do not buy this earthworks software

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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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