WinEst Software


 

WinEst is an on-premise database-driven estimating solution that helps estimators in businesses across various industries to manage and integrate project estimates using cost-knowledge management. Key features include construction takeoff, estimating, audit trails and reporting.

Users can set-up project estimates from scratch or with a project-type template that follows corporate standards for general conditions and indirect costs. The solution's database structure allows tracking of the audit trail for changes to the estimate. The entire estimate can be filtered to make a final review of the alerts. It also allows users to come up with what-if scenarios by creating alternatives like landscaping, a surveillance system, a sound system or a flagpole.

WinEst provides organizations various methods to code their estimating data by CSI, Masterformat or Uniformat. The solution seamlessly integrates with various accounting, project scheduling, project management and CAD solutions.

Support is offered via phone, email and through other online resources.

 

WinEst - Estimate summary with alternates
 
  • WinEst - Estimate summary with alternates
    Estimate summary with alternates
  • WinEst - Selecting assemblies from the database library
    Selecting assemblies from the database library
  • WinEst - WinEst’s Virtual Takeoff module
    WinEst’s Virtual Takeoff module
  • WinEst - EDM’s estimate-revision log
    EDM’s estimate-revision log
  • WinEst - WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
    WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
  • WinEst - WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
    WinEst’s Modelogix 3 cost-modeling solution
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

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Carl from Day & Zimmermann
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

March 2018

March 2018

Good Program with Great Customer Service

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

WinEst is still a great program, but it will require an investment to get the most return.

Pros

WinEst is a great tool for estimating. Whether you are doing small estimates or large collaborative estimates, it can do the job. It also has a lot of flexibility and customization for working with multiple customers. And the Customer Service is top notch. I don't think I've ever seen a company respond so quickly or help work through issues with the perseverance that the WinEst staff does.

Cons

Setup and administration can be quite a chore. And it can be tricky to get all of the output you may want, that will also take a lot of time and effort.

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Carlos from CSUEB
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Good friendly experience.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Value for Money

It is a fair software to make estimations, easy and friendly to use although with some limitations especially when realizing huge projects.

Pros

Easy to use and understand. Reliable and friendly environment. The screen prompts are very useful to infer its functions.

Cons

Sometimes limited with specific takeoffs attachments. There are series of elements and materials not found.

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Elena from Hardrock Forming Co
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Good experience

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Easy and fast to use, possibility to create and customize own database, good on repetitive projects.

Cons

Bad on visualization tools, needed separate tool for comparison drawings (like overlapping new drawing on old one) to see the changes

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Brian from TLC Plumbing
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Mechanical Estimator with a company that bids MEP, utilities, process piping, etc.

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Value for Money

We have just completed our training and are starting the data base set up. So far the training has been great and they keep in touch with you thru everything.

Pros

easy to use.
they spell everything out from the get go. as to what you get how it works etc.
They were the only ones to come to us and demo the product and answer questions which is nice with such a big investment.
setting up all training and outlining it for your needs.
its hand on training not all videos and on line like most of the others.

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Paul from MARMAT,Inc.
Specialty: Government - federal
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2016

December 2016

WinEst

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Good Product. Very impressive. Does everything you want a program like this to do. I use this product daily and the only thing I would change is the digital take-off tool.

Pros

Powerful Program. Support is excellent

Cons

Digital Take-off is poor at best. You must convert PDF's to BMP's. You loose clarity and it takes a lot of time.

Advice to Others

Buy a Third Party take-off program

 
 

Chris from Summit Construction Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

WinEst vs. Sage Timberline

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Customer Support
N/A
Value for Money

We were a 20+ year user of Sage/Timberline (Estimating Extended Version). We have been using WinEst Pro Plus version for about 6 months now. We are building our own database rather than using one of theirs, so it has been slow going, but we love the software. For those Sage/Timberline users, WinEst works on a very similar platform and you will find it very easy to pick up. However, it seems like every little task you do in WinEst is just a little better, a little easier, a little faster than Sage. Because of all those little things adding up, we have found WinEst to be a much better solution overall.

Pros

Spreadsheet based, but very powerful database behind it.
Ability to assign two crews and two equipment groups to each line item, allowing huge flexibility in crew makeup.
Easy to make revisions to production, crew hours, etc. on the spreadsheet, on the fly without having to open a detail window.
Great flexibility in reporting of information without having to create/write custom reports.
Creation of assemblies is much, much easier than Sage.

Cons

You have to assign both 5 digit and 6 digit CSI codes to each database item, making input of new database items cumbersome. We wish there was a way to toggle off the 5 digit requirement.

Advice to Others

Buy WinEst. We had used Sage/Timberline for 20 years. We tried ProEst for 1 year. WinEst is the best product out there that we have seen. Yes, it can be a bit costly, but you get what you pay. It is an outstanding product.

 
 

Popy from DTE
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Great customer service. Very convenient for experienced estimators

Pros

The line item organization

Cons

Nothjng

Advice to Others

Learn the product before usage

 
 

Scott from Contegra Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Solid Software

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

WinEst is a sound estimating platform. It allows you to flip back and forth between views with a simple click on the mouse. Can be very customized for each users needs. Is connected to other Trimble products as well, like Modelogix and VICO.

Pros

The flexibility of the program to handle custom WBS, and to be able to flip back and forth. The ability to create alternates within the spreadsheet and then to turn them on or off is very valuable.

Cons

The way the software manages custom views, layouts, etc through it's Config and INI files can be aggravating. Almost too many minute settings too.

 
 

Jeffrey from Day and Zimmermann
Specialty: Utility contractor

August 2016

August 2016

Very Versatile Estimating Software, not so great reporting capability

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Value for Money

Likes Best

WinEst Customer support is always superb and helpful. Just about anytime you call or email, you would get an answer right away! The markup function is great. It allows users to easily manage different markups, taxes or escalation.

Likes Least

Reporting is not the best. It would be great if it comes with a set of can reports and allow users to modify from it.
Also, it would be great if crews table can be imported and exported. Understanding that there are ties from the trade table with it, but it is a pain to not able to import from a table. Auto line number would be nice, especially if it would be nice if it lets you renumber in case if we want to insert line in between existing ones.

Recommendations

It does look like an Excel sheet, but if you think that its going to work like an excel spreadsheet, you will have a hard time getting to know the software.

 
 

Zachary from db General Contractors
Specialty: General contractor

April 2016

April 2016

WinEst - Powerful and Easy To Use

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Likes Best

I like the flexibility the simple interface offers. The ability to allocate markups makes this product especially useful and dynamic. The catalog and database of cost items is very helpful. Having the ability to choose items from a tree helps in the estimating process. It reminds you of different items you might be forgetting in your bid.

Likes Least

The biggest downside to this software is the customer support. Easy enough to get someone on the phone, but they will literally refuse to speak to you about any issues or problems unless you buy the support plan. The support plan is also overpriced. I am OK with software developers charging a fee to teach someone how to use the software, or to assist with integrating their program into your existing system. However, I am not OK with them charging a fee to fix issues within their software that you have already purchased. I feel like that should be included in the price of the program.

Recommendations

Try the demo if it is offered. While many of these "Excel" based estimating programs are the same, I highly recommend trying to program out to ensure the interface and layout is compatible with the style unto which you work.

 
 

Carl from Day & Zimmermann
Specialty: Construction manager

January 2016

January 2016

Wonderful product with great support

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Likes Best

Winestimator is a great estimating tool. With the ability to save small local estimates, or collaborate and update versions with the Enterprise Data Manager, Winestimator allows companies plenty of flexibility to support its initiatives. This program allows you to create custom labor rate tables for your clients, custom crews, shifts, etc for the most accurate estimates. It also integrates custom or standard commodity codes for clean, consistent estimates from your company.

Likes Least

There is a lot to learn as far as administering and maintaining this program. It is relatively easy to use, but someone has to set it up and troubleshoot it. This can be quite a laborious task, but once everything is setup it is very efficient.

Recommendations

Have someone in your company attend a training or bring in a consultant come in for on site training. This helped us immensely.