Viewpoint MEP Estimating Software


 

Viewpoint MEP Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating capabilities to help generate accurate and financially feasible estimates. 

The software includes a pricing database continuously updated with the most current rates for materials and labor for each industry.

Viewpoint MEP Estimating includes Digital Takeoff, assemblies on the fly, what-if analysis and a proposal generator. The digital integrated takeoff module allows users to download plans from plan rooms and use them to generate takeoffs directly on the screen. 

If estimators prefer to use digitizer boards, GTCO’s Rollup Digitizer and Rigid Digitizer ‘plug and play’ with the system to streamline the takeoff process. This software also features CAD/BIM integration, Excel export with built-in formulas, automatic pricing from local suppliers, among others.

Viewpoint has solutions for any type of contractor, business role or project role, including general contractors, subcontractors, CEOs, suppliers, architects, project managers and engineers.

 

Viewpoint MEP Estimating - HVAC digital takeoff
 
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - HVAC digital takeoff
    HVAC digital takeoff
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Electrical digital takeoff
    Electrical digital takeoff
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Electrical summary
    Electrical summary
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - HVAC summary
    HVAC summary
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Mechanical digital takeoff
    Mechanical digital takeoff
  • Viewpoint MEP Estimating - Mechanical summary
    Mechanical summary
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

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Brandi from Plumbing by Fisher
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

To many steps to do a simple task.

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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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Too many steps

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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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Pedro from Bermudez, Longo, Diaz-Masso, LLC
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

August 2017

August 2017

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

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Value for Money

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!

Cons

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

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Scott from Williams Electric Clinton, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Excellent Product.

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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 Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

MEP electrical estimating

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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 Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Estimating Software Usage

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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

Advice to Others

Get software more specific to your field.

 
 

Larry from Halo Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

MEP estimation

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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 Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Estimation

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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.

Advice to Others

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.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

August 2016

August 2016

Very niche but good product

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Likes Best

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

Likes Least

The updates have become slower and slower to materialize

Recommendations

Look around and see what suits your style of takeoff

 
 

scott from Zetin Contractors
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

December 2015

December 2015

pretty good software for earthwork take-offs

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Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

read the help manual and just practice, practice, practice.

 
 

Charles from BEAM'S CONTRACTING, INC.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

December 2015

December 2015

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

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Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

I would recommend them to try it out and see if it fits there needs.

 
 

Troy from Carver Electric co inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

December 2015

December 2015

Electrical Estimating software review.

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Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

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
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

December 2015

December 2015

Do not buy this earthworks software

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Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

December 2015

December 2015

Procontractor MX Estimating and Earthwork.

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Likes Best

The product is fairly easy to use and is comparable in features to most software on the market.

Likes Least

Customer support is none existent. In most case it is not worth your time to call because the response is not timely.

Recommendations

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

December 2015

December 2015

Solid product for accurate takeoff

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Likes Best

The takeoff flow has been set up to allow easy and accurate takeoff's.

Likes Least

I need more flexibility in handling and manipulating drawing files during or after importing.

Recommendations

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.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

December 2015

December 2015

Viewpoint Electrical Estimating

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Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

October 2015

October 2015

Long time user of the electrical estimating software

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Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.
Specialty: Plumbing

October 2015

October 2015

Project Manager/Estimator

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Likes Best

It keeps me organized, my estimates are accurate and it's fast. When I need help Viewpoint is just a phone call away.

Likes Least

I deal with a lot of vendors daily, Viewpoint is the least of my worries.

Recommendations

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
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

September 2015

September 2015

Viewpoint Estimation Is Electrical Estimating On Steroids.

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Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

Really? Hmmm, nothing. Seriously, this product is amazing!

Recommendations

What are you waiting for? Get rid of the costly bid documents. Save some trees already.

 
 

Cliff from Certified Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

September 2015

September 2015

I would recommend this software.

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Likes Best

This software is easy to use, you can use it right out of the box, but it is 100% customizable to fit your needs.

Likes Least

The digital take is great it just still needs more fine tuning. at least for me anyway.

Recommendations

GET THIS SOFTWARE!!!!! You will be in front of other contractors and better understanding of your takeoffs.

 
 
 
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Jeremy from Sterling Plumbing & Heating

August 2017

August 2017

Very detailed and accurate estimating software

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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

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brad from Baumgart Mechanical
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2017

August 2017

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

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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 Employees number: 1 employee

August 2017

August 2017

Excellent for me personal

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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

August 2017

August 2017

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

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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