Estimating for construction can be done in many different ways. One of the ways many people don’t fully understand is using software to help in the process.
At its simplest, construction estimating has not changed since the beginning of time. There is a need to determine how much of each piece of material is needed. This is done by looking at the proposed construction job, the lengths, heights, and widths of what will need to be done, along with the type of materials needed. The amount of materials is estimated from this and work can begin.
Today this is still what needs done, however the complexity of the task continues to grow. Now the amount of materials needed to be estimated is large with many different options based on the type of project.
“Last November I needed to make a decision about which paperless takeoff system to use for my estimating company. I had reviewed [the competition] several times over a three year period, and even installed the demo on my computer. I could never bring myself to make the purchase. I then searched the Internet for on screen estimating systems and found yours. After a brief conversation with you, I downloaded and installed the demo. The difference was immediately recognizable. The program is visually appealing, and intuitive to use. The zoom and pan controls took only a few moments to get used to, and quickly became completely natural. All of the features needed to do takeoff off of both “spots and dots” and linear items took seconds to learn. For those who need good organizational tools for your takeoffs (that would be me), Planswift is also a hit. I am quite pleased with the programs abilities in this area. I have also been quite satisfied with your technical support. I tend to push software packages to the max, always looking for better ways to do things and advanced program capabilities. The tech support staff has never let me down. And finally, the price. A superior product with great tech support for less money. How can you lose?”-Carr Consulting Services / Steve Carr
This is placing a heavy burden on estimators. Hours, even days, can easily be taken up by measuring the area and lengths from plans, then doing the calculation to come up with the amounts of materials needed. Even more time can be taken up combining all the different lists of materials into one estimation sheet.
Estimating for construction is a daunting and time consuming process that pulls time away from everything else in the day.
When a quality estimating software program is used this time can be reduced to 10% of the “by hand” method. This is because the program is able to quickly measure lengths and areas onscreen, run calculations and combine the results in any desired fashion.
“I absolutely love what PlanSwift has to offer. PlanSwift has saved me time and energy (about 1/10 of the time) and not only that, I am able to roll through the program with great ease. I have never seen anything like it.”-R & R Acquisition / Cam Mead
This is why so many construction and building firms are making the switch to takeoff and estimating software. The time saving alone pays for the investment.
Learning these programs in easy too. As most are designed to work, the way estimators already do their job. The only real difference is now the work is done on a computer screen instead of paper, and the work can be done in a lot less time.
To learn more about how construction estimating software can asset you download a copy of PlanSwift today and receive one-on-one training package as a bonus.