A better way to do model-based cost estimating

If you’ve tried to create a full-blown estimate from a 3D model, you know the challenges. Most models simply don’t have all the information you need. Often times you’re forced to use unconnected 2D and 3D takeoff systems to get your estimate details—a time-consuming exercise that adds up to a higher potential for mistakes.

A more efficient approach

eTakeoff Bridge offers a new, easier way to do detailed takeoff simultaneously from both 3D models and 2D drawings. Yes, just one takeoff system that allows you to effortlessly move between 2D and 3D content for production-level estimating. And once the takeoff is complete, objects in the model are directly linked to cost and specification variables in a customized estimating database. It’s all part of our collaborative efforts with Autodesk and Sage to bring you the most innovative and practical BIM takeoff solution available today.

The talk about BIM and estimating
Learn what the major construction news outlets and our partners are publishing about model-based cost estimating.

Redefining the dimensions of BIM
What exactly is 5D BIM? Curtis Peltz, CEO of eTakeoff, helps define 5D BIM and discusses where the technology is now, current obstacles, and where it is heading in an article published in Construction Business Owner. Read more.

What 5D BIM means for today’s construction companies
This article in Construction Executive’s Tech Trends newsletter gets to the heart of how contractors are currently using 5D BIM and the future possibilities for this technology. See how your estimators can provide more reliable cost feedback during a project’s planning stage and the other benefits you can expect. Read more.

Advancing 5D BIM
Model-based cost estimating (also known as 5D BIM) is growing in popularity. Why? Because many AEC firms realize that including estimators earlier in the planning stage provides more cost effective ways to complete complex projects. This article, published in AGC Tech Brief, explores efforts to push 5D BIM forward. Read more.

Three reasons why contractors are adopting BIM for estimating
5D BIM provides many benefits to estimators, including visualization, faster takeoff, and collaboration. Discover the estimating rewards of working with models in this Sage construction blog post. Read more.

Time to take BIM and estimating to the next level
What’s holding 5D BIM back? Walt Davis, estimating manager for Sage, investigates the current challenges many estimators face when working with models. Read more.

New estimating technology to tackle 5D BIM challenges
Today’s AEC technology providers must break down software silos to improve collaboration among the entire building team. eTakeoff, Sage, and Autodesk are doing just that by working jointly to offer a best-in-class solution that bridges the gap between BIM and estimating. Read more.