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CoConstruct

by CoConstruct

Do you build more than $1 million in projects a year? CoConstruct is the #1 Highest Rated Custom Builder & Remodeler Software. The only all-in-one tool with single-entry estimating that allows you to enter your data once, and have that information flow through the estimate, specs, selections, bids, proposals, change orders, budgets, including to and from QuickBooks. That's in addition to our scheduling and award winning communication. Learn more about CoConstruct

More than just estimating software - construction management software handles schedules, change orders, selections, estimating & more. Learn more about CoConstruct

More than any other solution, Sage Estimating software provides construction firms large and small with the power and flexibility to significantly speed up the estimating process. Sage Estimating works the way you do, helping you to build bids more quickly, accurately, and confidently; and includes takeoff and cost databases. Then, once the job has been won, estimate details flow automatically into Sage business management software, eliminating redundant tasks and data entry errors. Learn more about Sage Estimating

Provides construction firms with the power to significantly speed up the estimating process - includes takeoff and cost databases. Learn more about Sage Estimating

Buildertrend

by Buildertrend

Join over 700,000 users and manage your home building or remodeling company with Buildertrend's award winning construction management software. Online scheduling, change orders, document management, photos, customer selections, warranty, purchase orders, estimating, lead management, and more. Cloud based, users login from PCs, Laptops, iPads & Phones. Automatic notifications help builders manage their operations real-time, providing their subs, vendors, and customers with a better experience. Learn more about Buildertrend

Cloud based project management tool with features that include scheduling, estimating, bidding, job costing, selections and many more. Learn more about Buildertrend

IntelliBid

by ConEst Software Systems

IntelliBid is electrical estimating software designed to help contractors produce estimates faster with the detail and accuracy you need to meet the demands of price breakouts, alternate prices and accountability to project management. This estimating software is available in four editions: IntelliBid, IntelliBid Plus, IntelliBid Pro and Design Build. Learn more about IntelliBid

The electrical estimator's software choice for accurate and consistent estimates, every time. Learn more about IntelliBid

Plan your next budget with accurate prices and insight. Estimate in great detail or at a conceptual level. Validate unfamiliar costs or scopes of work. Maintain existing buildings with schedules and costs. There are three tiers of RSMeans Data Online designed to equip users with the appropriate cost tools to execute a variety construction projects: Core - Search, Estimate, Share; Complete - Alerts, Square Foot Estimator, Trends; Complete Plus - Predictive Cost Data, Life Cycle Costing Learn more about RSMeans Data Online

RSMeans Data Online is cloud-based access to North America's leading construction cost database. Learn more about RSMeans Data Online

For commercial subcontractors and residential remodelers only! Use Knowify's powerful budgeting tools to create detailed materials/labor/subs breakdowns for each phase of the job, then translate your budgets into a bid in no time. Fully customizable bid templates. Syncs with QuickBooks Online. Other features: Detailed job costing, project and contract management, change order management, payment processing, RFIs, scheduling, time tracking, progress invoicing, AIA billing, and more. Learn more about Knowify

For commercial subs and residential remodelers looking to run a more productive business. All-in-one solution with real-time insights. Learn more about Knowify

Discover how over 500,000 pros in 75 countries estimate faster and more accurately with UDA ConstructionSuite. Designed for general contractors, residential builders, and subcontractors, ConstructionSuite manages over $65 billion in projects and features real estimating with industry-specific tools like RSMeans Cost Data, AIA payment applications, estimate templates, true bi-directional QuickBooks integration, Change Order management, and integration with leading CAD programs. Get started today. Learn more about UDA ConstructionSuite

Estimating, Project Management and Productivity Tools for Construction Projects. Learn more about UDA ConstructionSuite

Quick Bid

by On Center Software

On Center Software's Quick Bid (QB) solution enables estimators to be more thorough and productive by automating manually performed processes. Bids can be adjusted easily and quickly, allowing last-minute addendum changes to be recalculated. With QB, quickly generate new estimates to increase the chances to win more bids and add on to profits. Learn more about Quick Bid

On Center Software's Quick Bid enables contractors to easily, accurately, & consistently increase project win rates and profits. Learn more about Quick Bid

Corecon

by Corecon Technologies

Corecon's estimating solution is a robust tool to help you win more bids. Track job opportunities using Leads and document the status using stages (eg. bidding, bid submitted, award). Distribute drawings and specs to vendors using the ITB feature. Quickly build Estimates for Leads and Projects. Estimates can have up to a 4-tier work breakdown structure with markups at each level. Plus, RFP Packages are fully integrated with Estimates and can be used to request and analyze vendor pricing. Learn more about Corecon

Corecon's cloud based estimating solution is a robust tool to track job opportunities and to automate the entire estimating process. Learn more about Corecon

Measure Square

by Measure Square

Measure Square is transforming the way flooring companies do business, with thousands of customers like Daltile and Sherwin Williams. Our software enables organizations of every size to easily measure (with laser meters) and design floor plans. There is also the ability to create professional estimates, even getting signatures on the spot. The bottom line is that Measure Square greatly improves close rates and profitability. Learn more about Measure Square

Measure Square is transforming the way flooring companies do business, with thousands of customers like Daltile and Sherwin Williams. Learn more about Measure Square

EXCLUSIVELY FOR Estimating Software for HVAC Commercial Mechanical Sheet Metal, Piping and Plumbing Contractors with Screen Takeoff. Helps you win estimating projects while reducing estimating time by 50% or more. Designed for all aspects of commercial and industrial estimating for projects from 50k to several million with accurate labor and material pricing that is user adjustable. 30 day trial available after free web demo includes training and set-up. Learn more about Wenduct and Wenpipe

Estimating Software for HVAC Commercial Mechanical Sheet Metal, Piping and Plumbing Contractors that helps you win estimating projects. Learn more about Wenduct and Wenpipe

Active Takeoff

by Quoter Software

Thanks to its inherent simplicity, Active Takeoff will instantly boost your productivity on all your takeoff and estimating jobs. Even if you've never used a computer before! Stop spending countless hours measuring your paper plans manually and get more accurate results at the fraction of the time it used to take. No incompatible scales. Supports Imperial or Metric systems. Thousands of users are already using Active Takeoff, and they love it! Learn more about Active Takeoff

Simple, affordable and powerful takeoff and estimating software for the construction industry. Learn more about Active Takeoff

STACK

by Stack Construction Technologies

Bid & Win More Work with Easy-To-Use Construction Takeoff & Estimating Software from STACK. You'll spend less time measuring plans and more time earning projects. With STACK Pro, you'll be able to 1) Accurately estimate materials, equipment and labor costs. 2) Reduce takeoff time by 75% or more. 3) Collaborate with your team, anywhere on any device. Create Your Free Account Today! Learn more about STACK

Easy-to-use, cloud-based takeoff & estimating software for contractors. Mac & PC compatible. Create Your Free Account Today! Learn more about STACK

PrebuiltML

by PrebuiltML

PrebuiltML. The only intelligent takeoff software available that can produce jobsite ready takeoffs for you today. PrebuiltML combines a comprehensive product database with a powerful profile management tool that allows you to create layouts that visually show where material goes, cut list that tell you exactly how each piece needs to be cut and material list organized by pack so there isn't any confusion when to use each piece. That is intelligent takeoff software. That is PrebuiltML. Learn more about PrebuiltML

PrebuiltML is the only intelligent takeoff software available that can produce jobsite ready takeoffs for you today. Learn more about PrebuiltML

Roots Software

by Roots Software

Roots Software is a construction company's one complete software solution from work procurement and estimating to operations and accounting so that you can gain business intelligence across your whole organization. Roots is geared towards getting the craftsmen on your project the information and materials they need as quickly as possible. That is why our guiding mantra for each module from RFls and Submittals to Change Management is Feed The Field. Learn more about Roots Software

Construction project life-cycle management system. Our end to end system powers estimating, project management and accounting. Learn more about Roots Software

Clear Estimates

by Clear Estimates

Clear Estimates is an easy-to-use program that allows you to quickly determine a project's cost in a variety of fashions, manage and customize a part library, maintain a customer and project database, produce several types of reports and proposals, process change orders, integrate with Quickbooks Pro (c), and update price information in the part library through an automated price updating service. Price updating services provided by RemodelMAX cost books quarterly for 400 regions in the U.S. Learn more about Clear Estimates

Online-based estimating software for remodeling that generates bids and professional proposals while managing a part/customer database. Learn more about Clear Estimates

Estimator

by SharpeSoft

Ideal for civil, heavy/highway, utility, grading, excavating, paving, and pipeline contractors, this comprehensive yet user-friendly program flows like an estimator thinks. Advanced features include Item Masters for saving entire bid items for easy reuse, importing of DOT job bid items, the Trench Profiler for quick and accurate underground utility material takeoffs, and Material/Subcontractor Comparison sheets for quick and effortless importing and analysis of vendor pricing. Learn more about Estimator

Estimating and job costing software designed for civil construction: heavy, highway, utility, infrastructure, paving, and grading Learn more about Estimator

Square Takeoff

by Square Takeoff

Are you looking for an easy way to save valuable time on your next construction takeoff and estimate? How about a simpler way to manage and share your bid and project? If so, then why not try Square Takeoff on your next construction project. Square Takeoff is designed to allow you to complete a residential or commercial takeoff and estimate on any desktop or mobile device. Just upload your digital blueprints into the software and in no time you will be completing your project estimate. Learn more about Square Takeoff

Designed to allow you to complete a residential or commercial takeoff and estimate on any desktop or mobile device. Learn more about Square Takeoff

The easiest digital plan management and takeoff software for the construction industry. Measure footage, pitch and angles in seconds with a simple point and clicks, and use drag and drop parts and assemblies to quickly calculate material and labor costs. Bid jobs faster than ever before with this estimating software. Find areas, wall length totals and count items simply by clicking on them. Learn more about PlanSwift

Digital plan management and takeoff & estimating software for the construction industry. Learn more about PlanSwift

Bluebeam Revu

by Bluebeam Software

Bluebeam Revu 2015 introduces highly requested new features and enhancements to automate and expedite critical work processes. Learn more about Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu 2015 introduces highly requested new features and enhancements to automate and expedite critical work processes. Learn more about Bluebeam Revu

For infrastructure contractors bidding projects ranging from $1,000 to over $1 billion. Learn more about HeavyBid

For infrastructure contractors bidding projects ranging from $1,000 to over $1 billion. Learn more about HeavyBid

ConstructionOnline

by UDA Technologies

Cloud-based project management platform which helps construction firms with cost tracking, contract management and order management. Learn more about ConstructionOnline

Cloud-based project management platform which helps construction firms with cost tracking, contract management and order management. Learn more about ConstructionOnline

The EDGE

by The Estimating Edge

Helping specialty sub-contractor estimators generate more estimates, with greater accuracy. Learn more about The EDGE

Helping specialty sub-contractor estimators generate more estimates, with greater accuracy. Learn more about The EDGE

B2W Estimate

by B2W Software

Win more bids at better margins by estimating with optimal speed, accuracy and strategic insight. Learn more about B2W Estimate

Win more bids at better margins by estimating with optimal speed, accuracy and strategic insight. Learn more about B2W Estimate

JobProgress

by JobProgress

Business productivity platform that helps home improvement contractors manage workflow, employees, sales, and field operations. Learn more about JobProgress

Business productivity platform that helps home improvement contractors manage workflow, employees, sales, and field operations. Learn more about JobProgress

Since 1979, McCormick's Electrical Estimating and Design Estimating Pro (Digital Takeoff) is the perfect fit for all size contractors! Learn more about Electrical Estimating Software

Since 1979, McCormick's Electrical Estimating and Design Estimating Pro (Digital Takeoff) is the perfect fit for all size contractors! Learn more about Electrical Estimating Software

Candy

by Construction Computer Software

Estimating & Project control software, including Estimating, Planning, Forecasting, Cash flow, Valuations & Earned Value management. Learn more about Candy

Estimating & Project control software, including Estimating, Planning, Forecasting, Cash flow, Valuations & Earned Value management. Learn more about Candy

RedTeam

by RedTeam Software

Comprehensive cloud based solution for construction project management and construction accounting. Learn more about RedTeam

Comprehensive cloud based solution for construction project management and construction accounting. Learn more about RedTeam

Project management, job costing, materials management, service call entry, receiving, billing, and sales solution. Learn more about Dynamics SL

Project management, job costing, materials management, service call entry, receiving, billing, and sales solution. Learn more about Dynamics SL

ArcSite

by Arctuition

Field data collection made easy. Draw, markup, collaborate with precision & clarity. All with extreme ease of use. Learn more about ArcSite

Field data collection made easy. Draw, markup, collaborate with precision & clarity. All with extreme ease of use. Learn more about ArcSite

BuildingConnected

by BuildingConnected

BuildingConnected is the #1 preconstruction software for Owners, GCs and Subs. In the last 2 years, over 1,000 GCs have joined us. Learn more about BuildingConnected

BuildingConnected is the #1 preconstruction software for Owners, GCs and Subs. In the last 2 years, over 1,000 GCs have joined us. Learn more about BuildingConnected

Builterra

by AEC Solutions

The Builterra construction contract administration platform connects key workflows to boost productivity, transparency and profit. Learn more about Builterra

The Builterra construction contract administration platform connects key workflows to boost productivity, transparency and profit. Learn more about Builterra

QuoteSoft

by ConstructConnect

QuoteSoft is a custom tailored, knowledge-based, intuitive, PDF and paper estimating tool for Duct work, Piping or Plumbing. Learn more about QuoteSoft

QuoteSoft is a custom tailored, knowledge-based, intuitive, PDF and paper estimating tool for Duct work, Piping or Plumbing. Learn more about QuoteSoft

Takeoff Live

by Takeoff Live

Do Takeoffs from PDF files. Try our fully-functional trial for 15 days free. $399 a seat. Learn more about Takeoff Live

Do Takeoffs from PDF files. Try our fully-functional trial for 15 days free. $399 a seat. Learn more about Takeoff Live

Contractor Foreman

by Contractor Foreman

The most affordable all-in-one solution for project management. 25+ modules. Estimating, Scheduling, Logs, Time Cards, Accounting, more Learn more about Contractor Foreman

The most affordable all-in-one solution for project management. 25+ modules. Estimating, Scheduling, Logs, Time Cards, Accounting, more Learn more about Contractor Foreman

General construction software designed for General Contractors, Residential Builders, Remodelers and more. Learn more about ProEst

General construction software designed for General Contractors, Residential Builders, Remodelers and more. Learn more about ProEst

eTakeoff

by eTakeoff

Specializes in electronic plan viewing and powerful, easy-to-use takeoff tools used by thousands of estimators across all spectrums. Learn more about eTakeoff

Specializes in electronic plan viewing and powerful, easy-to-use takeoff tools used by thousands of estimators across all spectrums. Learn more about eTakeoff

Total Build

by Easy Price Pro

Modular construction estimating software system for the professional general builders. Learn more about Total Build

Modular construction estimating software system for the professional general builders. Learn more about Total Build

CostX

by Exactal

World-leading 3D/BIM & 2D takeoff with inter-linked workbooks & a customisable report writer- the complete estimating solution. Learn more about CostX

World-leading 3D/BIM & 2D takeoff with inter-linked workbooks & a customisable report writer- the complete estimating solution. Learn more about CostX

TurboBid

by Advanced Electrical Technologies

TurboBid is an electrical and plumbing estimating software program for new residential, commercial, remodeling, service work, etc. Learn more about TurboBid

TurboBid is an electrical and plumbing estimating software program for new residential, commercial, remodeling, service work, etc. Learn more about TurboBid

A tool for contractors that allows you to estimate, invoice, and manage projects from your iPad, iPhone, Android, and web. Learn more about Joist

A tool for contractors that allows you to estimate, invoice, and manage projects from your iPad, iPhone, Android, and web. Learn more about Joist

Estimate Rocket

by Logical Engine

Manage clients & jobs, create estimates & invoices, schedule appointments, accept payments, and more. Learn more about Estimate Rocket

Manage clients & jobs, create estimates & invoices, schedule appointments, accept payments, and more. Learn more about Estimate Rocket

Estimating, Work Orders, Complete Order Processing, Job Budgets, Accounting, Job Costing, Job Scheduling, Labor Tickets. Learn more about Contractor's Office

Estimating, Work Orders, Complete Order Processing, Job Budgets, Accounting, Job Costing, Job Scheduling, Labor Tickets. Learn more about Contractor's Office

Smart Contractor

by Smart Construction Software

Complete construction project management, accounting and job costing software for one low price. Learn more about Smart Contractor

Complete construction project management, accounting and job costing software for one low price. Learn more about Smart Contractor

Powerful Estimating and Takeoff Software, with all the functionality you will ever need to rapidly price your projects. Learn more about CostOS Estimating

Powerful Estimating and Takeoff Software, with all the functionality you will ever need to rapidly price your projects. Learn more about CostOS Estimating

Sigma

by Sigma Estimates

Easy as a spreadsheet - powerful as a Peterbilt! Complete estimates twice as fast. Free support by skilled estimators. Learn more about Sigma

Easy as a spreadsheet - powerful as a Peterbilt! Complete estimates twice as fast. Free support by skilled estimators. Learn more about Sigma

Cubicost is our Takeoff and Billing solutions suite. It is one of the most comprehensive in the market and used by 100,000+ customers. Learn more about Cubicost

Cubicost is our Takeoff and Billing solutions suite. It is one of the most comprehensive in the market and used by 100,000+ customers. Learn more about Cubicost

InSite SiteWork

by InSite Software

Calculate cut and fill, stripping, strata quantities, paving materials, topsoil re-spread, lengths, trench excavation and backfill Learn more about InSite SiteWork

Calculate cut and fill, stripping, strata quantities, paving materials, topsoil re-spread, lengths, trench excavation and backfill Learn more about InSite SiteWork

Web-based estimating software for contractors. Starts your free 30-Day trial today! Learn more about 247PRO Estimator

Web-based estimating software for contractors. Starts your free 30-Day trial today! Learn more about 247PRO Estimator

TakeOff Plus

by Contractors Software Group

A fully integrated estimating, proposal writing and project management software application with integration to CAD. Learn more about TakeOff Plus

A fully integrated estimating, proposal writing and project management software application with integration to CAD. Learn more about TakeOff Plus

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What is Construction Estimating Software?

Construction estimating software enables contractors and builders to accurately estimate project costs.

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Construction Estimating Software Buyers' Guide

1. What is construction estimating software?

Construction estimating software (aka construction bidding software or cost estimation software) helps contractors, subcontractors, and builders generate labor, material, and equipment estimates for building projects. The software includes an exhaustive database of electrical, mechanical, and other building-related materials that contractors can use as reference when estimating budgets for their projects. It also helps contractors place competitive bids.


2. The benefits of construction estimating software

In a competitive market, it’s essential for contractors to analyze their client’s requirements and quickly develop estimates for labor, equipment, and material costs. While an overestimated quote can mean the loss of a potential client, underestimates can result in committing to a high-value project and completing it with a compromised material quality or with significant delays. In either of these case, a business can lose its market trust.

Reliable construction estimating software can save contractors from such critical situations. It helps contractors:

  • Improve efficiency: Construction estimating software collects and processes details from various cost databases and past projects to generate estimates and quickly turn them into proposals. This helps contractors submit quotes for multiple projects and win more bids.

  • Increase accuracy: Construction estimating software keeps track of all essential data such as labor and material cost, subcontractor expenses, equipment charges, inventories, transportation costs, etc. This helps users eliminate any guesswork from their calculations and generate estimates that closely match the true cost of the project.

  • Stay consistent with outputs: With this software, businesses can create estimates based on tested and approved procedures, formulas, and workflows that enable them to deliver similar proposals every time they begin a new project. This brings consistency to their operation and helps streamline their estimation workflow.

3. Typical features of construction estimating software

Typical Features Description
Cost database Build and maintain individual data sets for labor, equipment, and material costs and use them as a reference when creating project estimates.
Job costing Calculate the approximate cost involved in completing a job by using past references and estimates for labor, material, and equipment costs.
Proposal generator Use cost estimates to generate professional-looking bid proposals.
Audit trail Track and log details of every change made in the database.
Historical database Store complete details of past projects.
Analysis Assign “what-if” conditions for budgets and planning to generate multiple sets of estimates under different scenarios.
Features w/ descriptions
Cost database: Build and maintain individual data sets for labor, equipment, and material costs and use them as a reference when creating project estimates.
Job costing: Calculate the approximate cost involved in completing a job by using past references and estimates for labor, material, and equipment costs.
Proposal generator: Use cost estimates to generate professional-looking bid proposals.
Audit trail: Track and log details of every change made in the database.
Historical database: Store complete details of past projects.
Analysis: Assign “what-if” conditions for budgets and planning to generate multiple sets of estimates under different scenarios.

4. The cost of construction estimating software

Most products in the market are priced on a yearly license basis, and can be divided into three pricing tiers based on their starting price.

Price Ranges:
  • $80 - 180
  • $180 - 1,200
  • $1,200+

*The pricing included is for the entry-level/lowest-priced offering that was found on vendor websites on September 17, 2018. These ranges correspond to the 25th, 75th and 100th percentiles of the pricing information gathered from the vendor websites of sample products.

The above list summarizes pricing for the base plans of most products. An enterprise, or premium product, which is priced higher, may include additional features such as a lifecycle costing estimator, labor costing, and profit reporting.


5. Considerations when purchasing construction estimating software

  • Integration with other construction software: Contractors need software that seamlessly transfers data across applications. For example, workforce scheduling software can share details about resource availability with construction estimating software to set up schedules. If you’re using multiple applications to manage your construction workflow, make sure that your construction estimating software supports integration with your existing applications to help you avoid repetitive data entry.

  • Ease of use: Since construction estimating software will be used by contractors, estimators, designers, clients, and other stakeholders with a varying range of tech savviness, choose one that is logical, simple to use, and easy to understand. Businesses should also look for products that offer proper training programs for users to help them learn commands, interpret drawings, and generate estimates and take-off.

6. Relevant construction estimating software trends

  • 3D printing will revolutionize the construction business: Though adoption has been slow, the construction industry has now started using 3D printing in multiple operations. From building a complete house using giant 3D printing machines to printing small dummy models for architects and designers, 3D printing is now used at various scales in the construction industry. These building mockups allow construction companies to identify flaws in the project before construction even begins.

  • Mobile devices are the new hammer in the construction industry: Just like any field business, the construction industry has acknowledged the importance of smartphones and tablets. In fact, according to independent research by JB Knowledge, around 83% of respondents in the construction industry report mobile capabilities as important or very important in their business. Mobile devices not only connect back-office and field staff but also help to collect, manage, and report field data in real-time.

Sources

Products evaluated for the pricing calculation were taken from the Capterra’s construction estimating software directory. The pricing ranges exclude freemium versions of the products. The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra’s directory that offer them.

The following sources were used for this document:

  1. Top 5 Tech Trends for Small Business, Capterra (Date accessed: September 18, 2018)
  2. Construction Management Software User Research Report, Capterra (Date accessed: September 18, 2018)
  3. Construction Estimation Software - Buyer’s Guide, Software Advice (Date accessed: September 18, 2018)
  4. A San Francisco startup 3D printed a whole house in 24 hours (Date accessed: September 18, 2018)
  5. The 6th Annual Construction Technology report, 2017, JB Knowledge (Date accessed: November 10, 2018)
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