Finding software can be overwhelming. Paving software helps pavement and asphalt contractors manage different business processes such as cost estimation, project scheduling and employee time tracking.

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RSMeans Data Online

RSMeans Data Online is cloud-based access to a comprehensive database of construction costs in North America. The application details costs for materials, equipment, labor and productivity at the unit, assembly and square foot level... Read more

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STACK Takeoff & Estimating

STACK Estimating is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes and all trades. STACK users can quickly and easily upload digital plans and complete takeoffs using the software.... Read more

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PlanSwift

PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home... Read more

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Contractor Foreman

Contractor Foreman is an integrated cloud-based project management and estimation solution that caters to businesses in the construction industry. Key features include financials and accounting, scheduling and planning, contact management... Read more

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STACK Takeoff & Estimating

STACK Takeoff is a cloud-based solution designed for commercial construction contractors looking to save time, increase accuracy and win more profitable work. It helps users quickly measure digital plans and determine material quantities... Read more

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UDA ConstructionOnline

UDA Technologies’ ConstructionOnline offers a web-based, integrated approach to project management, project scheduling, and customer management. Designed for emerging construction businesses in the homebuilding and remodeling industries,... Read more

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Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating)

Sage Estimating is an on-premise based construction estimating software designed specifically to serve contractors and sub-contractors in construction and real estate industries of all sizes. The solution provides interactive tools... Read more

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Spectrum (formerly Dexter + Cheney)

Spectrum Construction Software is a cloud-based construction ERP solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. Primary features include accounting, document management, job cost, project management, equipment management, human... Read more

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eSUB

eSUB is a mobile application and cloud-based project management solution that helps commercial subcontractors across various trades to manage day-to-day operations. eSUB offers tools to connect field workers with office managers and... Read more

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ComputerEase

Deltek, together with ComputerEase, provides cutting edge, integrated construction accounting and project management software. This innovative, user-friendly product not only improves the way contractors run their business, but it... Read more

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ProEst Estimating

ProEst is a cloud-based construction estimating solution that offers automated features for construction companies of all sizes. ProEst enables construction teams to monitor and manage centralized estimates, takeoffs, reports and... Read more

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FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

FOUNDATION is a job cost accounting, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software or on the cloud. Plus, fully integrated apps like FOUNDATION mobile and Service Dispatch mobile sync remotely... Read more

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Jonas Enterprise

Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read more

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EarthWorks Excavation Software by Tally Systems

EarthWorks Excavation by TrakWare is a takeoff system for excavation plans that comes with features like onscreen takeoff, digitizer integration, CAD file integration, and 3D takeoff. The product is offered on a best-of-breed basis... Read more

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Acumatica ERP

Acumatica ERP delivers a cloud and mobile technology platform designed for mid-sized customers with a complete, real time view across the business anytime, anywhere and on any device with a browser. From on-line accounting to full... Read more

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Sigma Estimates

Sigma is a construction estimating and 5D platform for both commercial and residential general contractors and subcontractors across all sectors. Features include drag-and-drop editing, cost libraries, customizable templates, validation,... Read more

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SharpeSoft Estimator

SharpeSoft Estimator is an on-premise cost estimating software for contractors and sub-contractors in the construction industry. Offered on a best-of-breed basis, SharpeSoft provides integrated tools for labor and equipment costing,... Read more

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CMiC

For 40+ years, CMiC has delivered enterprise software to general, specialty and heavy/highway contractors as well as project owners. The CMiC platform can be deployed as a multi-tenant SaaS solution, as a private Cloud (PaaS) or on-premise.... Read more

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Takeoffs

Takeoffs is a cloud-based construction management solution that provides builders and contractors with tools to estimate and calculate costs of projects. It comes with a centralized dashboard, which enables users to upload architectural... Read more

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HCSS HeavyBid

HCSS HeavyBid estimating and bidding software is built specifically for the construction industry. Used by more than 50,000 estimators, HeavyBid helps users build estimates and manage daily bids.  The software helps automate repetitive... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: March 1, 2020

The World Economic Forum predicts a digital future for construction businesses. It said that in the next 10 years, the industry could save an estimated $1.7 trillion by embracing digital technologies.

At Software Advice we see a similar trend, with many small businesses looking to automate processes using a plethora of construction software and technologies.

One such technology is paving software, which helps small paving contractors streamline different construction processes such as cost estimation, proposal generation, time-tracking of field agents and contact management.

However, paving solutions differ in pricing, features and deployment. For instance, how do you choose between cloud-based and on-premise deployment options? The right choice depends on understanding your software budget, having employees with the right IT expertise and asking for custom software.

Businesses should carefully evaluate these key factors when considering to purchase a solution. However, not everyone has the time to do exhaustive research. That's why, we created this buyer's guide to give you a general overview of paving software, its common features and buyer considerations. This will help you identify the right solution.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Paving Software?
Common Features of Paving Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Key Considerations

What Is Paving Software?

Paving software helps contractors manage different aspects of the construction process. For instance, it can be used to track the time of field workers in multiple locations. They can log in their time and job details from their smartphones, while contractors can use the online dashboards to track the data, create billable hour reports and determine pay.

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Tracking employee work hours in TRUE Contractor

Likewise, contractors can use paving software to manage client information, create job quotes, generate invoices, handle project schedules and so on.

Common Features of Paving Software

Paving software has a wide range of functionality such as cost estimation, proposal generation, job management and project scheduling. Here are the common features of these solutions:

Document management Store project data, such as drawings, customer requirements and requests for information (RFIs), in a central location.
Contact management Track contacts and communications between organizations, customers, subcontractors and suppliers.
Estimation and proposal Calculate the cost of labor and materials to create professional-looking bid proposals.
Project scheduling Break down projects into phases to identify constraints and assign tasks to workers based on their availability, location and the work order.
Time tracking Maintain records of the time employees spend on specific tasks to understand team performance and create billable hour reports.
Accounting Keep track of payroll for subcontractors and employees, in addition to managing customer receipts, invoices and other expenses.

Besides the above features, most paving software offer mobile solutions that allow employees to manage project documents and record working hours from their smartphones.

In addition, these solutions offer third-party integration with related construction tools such as takeoff software that's useful in building construction plans (drawings or blueprints) to understand a project's requirements for materials and labor.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Paving software can be used to manage different kinds of projects such as asphalt paving in a construction site, office parking lot paving and residential driveway paving.

Choosing the right tool depends on the kind of projects your organization handles, your software budget and your specific business requirements.

Below are the three common buyer categories of paving software:

  • Full-suite buyers: These contractors typically handle large commercial and industrial paving projects. They want advanced functionality to manage their complex requirements. For instance, they want construction estimation functionality to offer built-in integration with third-party cost databases such as RSMeans. This allows large companies to automate cost calculations of different items and materials. They can also eliminate clerical errors when users manually add prices of items to the cost sheet.
  • Best-of-breed software buyers: These buyers are trying to solve a specific business challenge with software. What works for them is specialized construction software such as construction accounting solutionshome builder CRM software or field service software. These solutions help them efficiently manage certain processes such as job costing, lead management or work schedules for field agents.

To learn more about such specialized solutions, read our buyer's guide on construction software.

Key Considerations

Making software purchase decisions requires you to consider additional factors than just checking out the features of a tool or knowing your business size. Given below are three top considerations to keep in mind when purchasing paving software.

  • Options for deployment: Businesses can use paving software either as on-premise, deployed in their own servers or on the cloud (deployed on the vendor's servers). Usually, small businesses prefer cloud over on-premise as the latter has a hefty upfront license fee, which could push their budget. Cloud-based tools have a subscription-based “pay per month" or “pay per user" models that are more suitable for businesses with a limited software budget.
  • Ease of use: Using the software shouldn't be a burden on your employees. That's why, businesses should explore the solution's usability before purchasing one. This means exploring solutions that offer drag-n-drop functionality to simplify file sharing. The tool should also offer visual dashboards and calendars that help in tracking tasks and creating schedules.
  • Number of third-party integrations offered: As your business grows, you need an ecosystem of tools. This could include CRM softwareproject management solutions and ERP software. You will need a solution that allows integrations or open API. For instance, paving contractors should integrate construction bidding software. This allows you to create bid proposals and track interactions with clients, subcontractors and suppliers on a central dashboard.