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Estimating Software recommendations

  • 1.  Estimating Software recommendations

    Posted 01-08-2020 17:53

    Can someone please recommend an Estimating Software?  Currently we use an in-house developed spreadsheet but would like to know if anyone is using a software that they would recommend and why they would recommend it. 


    I really want recommendations from actual users.  In your experience, what works?


    Please no sales calls.  Thank you for your feedback.


    Roxane Higareda, Controller

    O: 210-821-5858 x 200 | F:  210-821-5862



    Tejas Premier Building Contractor, Inc.

    1811 S. Laredo St. | San Antonio, TX 78207


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  • 2.  RE: Estimating Software recommendations

    Posted 01-09-2020 09:05

    It would be helpful to know what type of construction you do.  From the company name, I assume it is building construction.  If you are a self performing contractor, the areas of work that you engage in would also be helpful in identifying a good estimating solution for you.  I'd suggest you check out the report from JB Knowledge.  James Benham and his team have compiled a very informative report that might help you in your decision making process.  Good luck in your process.

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    Steve Tenney
    Des Moines, IA
    (515) 697-4546

  • 3.  RE: Estimating Software recommendations

    Posted 01-09-2020 09:52
    I'm in the Heavy Highway Industry and use HeavyBid software from HCSS. I attend a user group meeting every year and know there is a significant amount of building contractors who use the software also. The software allows you to setup labor rates, equipment rates, production crews, materials, subs, track overhead, bond costs, miscellaneous add-ons... You can perform take-off calculations using spreadsheets that will link to your activity in your bid. You can do subcontract analysis that includes minority analysis for federal goals. There are also exports to accounting that allow you to input your budget into various accounting software. I am the estimator and accountant for my company. I can easily compare historical data and bid data between to two to improve bids over time. I've been using the software for 13+ years at two different companies.

    Melissa Mott
    W.E. McDonald & Son, LLC
    Glenmora LA
    (318) 748-8111

  • 4.  RE: Estimating Software recommendations

    Posted 01-10-2020 05:43
    Edited by Carol Hagen 01-10-2020 05:44
    There are two sides to estimating in construction. The invitation to bid portion for non self performing entities and the actual take off. As many Construction firms already use Bluebeam Revu, you may not realize it has measurement and quantity takeoff capabilities that can feed quantities directly into an Excel spreadsheet using the quantity link feature.   Depending what you're trying to accomplish, you may not need to invest in new software, but simply leverage what you already own. Here's a quick overview of the quantity link feature that your team may not be aware of:
    Feel free to contact me if you have any Bluebeam questions. I'm here to help.

    Carol Hagen
    Chandler AZ
    (480) 705-4241