At eTakeoff, we believe in electronic plans. We believe they’re good for the property owner, good for the contractor and good for the environment. Because of this we provide a free plan viewer with free training. Electronic plans are becoming the predominant way to distribute plans during bid preparation. We see that expanding quickly into project management and the rest of the project life cycle.
Partners. Given the potential scope of electronic plan usage, it will inevitably stretch across many different applications. Just in the pre-bid process, there are many different ways to distribute plans and many different trade-specific estimating applications. Because of this, our philosophy is to do a few things extremely well and integrate with partners that do other things well.
User Input. We know that “our” best ideas come from our customers. To promote that, we use newsletters, the forum and our support staff to continuously find way to improve our products and services.
Our primary product is a family of plan viewers varying in price and capability. We integrate those viewers with numerous planrooms, file transfer applications and estimating packages. In addition we provide utilities to simplify the naming and organization of electronic plans.
Our first plan viewer was developed in 1994 for Sierra Networks. It was an extremely challenging project because of the limited speed and memory of the computers of that time. The compactness and efficiency of that application has carried through to all our plan viewers.
Our second generation viewer was developed for a national planroom operator. It extended the features of our initial viewer, adding advanced printing and other capabilities.
Our third generation viewer was originally released in December 2003. It has some highly innovative new capabilities. The latest version was released in April, 2012. Click here to see the new features and on-line demonstrations. It’s currently used by numerous national plan rooms and has been integrated with several estimating applications.