A lot of effort and planning goes into building contracting estimating.

Often a table or set of numbers is utilized to help the contractor estimate the cost of the construction project. These tables in the past had often been set in book form, but lately they are being delivered in a digital format, online or on a cd.

It is in this digital format that contract estimation data can be leveraged with takeoff and estimating software to become a powerful tool. With programs that are able to use this data, such as PlanSwift 9, contractors can now synchronize their costs with these databases in real time.

When done on a real time basis this use of data will allow for estimates that contain up-to-date material costs and correspondingly current markups.

In today’s environment, the ability to use this current data can be the difference between success and failure.