For modern construction projects, on-screen takeoff software can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to calculate materials and labor requirements. In their takeoff software training materials, The Associated General Contractors claims that it can cut normal takeoff times in half. In addition to cutting down on takeoff time, many contractors tell us that it helps them create more accurate takeoffs.
These days, contractors can use on-screen takeoff software to speed up takeoff for virtually any phase of the construction process–from laying the foundation to painting the walls. In order for contractors to efficiently calculate their project needs with digital files, however, they need a takeoff program with a well-structured user interface (UI) that makes it easy to measure and markup plans.
We asked construction takeoff software vendors to show us their best construction takeoff UI. Below we highlight our five favorite UIs.
Roctek: 3D Takeoff for Earthwork and Excavation Contractors
Map and trace cut slopes to determine the cut area volume and elevation that you will need to excavate or fill for a project. Mark plans with an on-screen pencil and view a 3D elevation map of takeoff plans.
ProEst: Takeoff for Building Foundations
Mark up the slab area and perimeter to determine the quantities of rebar, wire mesh and cement required to complete the concrete slab foundation.
eTakeoff: Takeoff for General Contractors
Measure areas for rooms and walls, calculate building elevations and assign the building materials needed for each room. Organize materials requirements with unique color codes and customizable templates.
ConEst: Takeoff for Electrical Requirements
Automatically count lighting fixtures and other electrical fixtures on plan documents to determine the quantities of electrical materials needed. Then organize the materials you’ll need for the job (e.g., by room) and assign material and labor rates.
On Center Software's On-Screen Takeoff® on Tablets
The screenshot above shows takeoff for a flooring contractor, which will allow you to calculate carpeting, door frame, and drywall requirements directly from a tablet. Quantities can be calculated based on length, surface area, volume and count.
In this post, we highlight our favorite out of the submissions we received. If you have another great UI that you’d like to see featured, please submit it to me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll be sure to update this gallery as new products are released and UIs are updated.
Have you used any of these takeoff programs? Leave us your thoughts on your experience working with these UIs.