In the world of construction estimating software, many people think of construction estimating as being an automated tool that performs and calculates the quantities of material takeoff. Obviously, there are many software programs out there that help in that process. The truth of the matter is, the majority of estimating time is consumed in material takeoff. In any one estimate, an estimator spends approximately 90% of his or her time performing manual material quantity takeoff. While pricing of any estimate is important, still the majority of an estimators time spent is in the material takeoff phase.
Reinventing the wheel, manually re-running the same formulas job after job. That manual process is the major time-consuming problem along with accuracy problems in the bid process. It’s so time-consuming, and why many companies have decided to avoid material quantity takeoff and substitute it with a turnkey number or quote or bid from a … Read More