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5 Trends in the Construction Industry That Make Electronic Takeoff Software a Necessity

The construction estimating takeoff process went largely unchanged for decades. Until relatively recently, takeoff was entirely manual process where estimators would examine physical drawings or blueprints and painstakingly create lists of materials. Digital, or electronic takeoff capabilities began entering the scene in the late 2000s, providing estimators with a much better way to visualize the […]

Does technology hold the key to construction industry labor shortage?

Technology tools can help attract, retain, and engage a construction workforce The construction industry is facing one of the most significant labor shortages it has ever experienced. The shortage involves workers in virtually every construction role — from field to office to the upper levels of management. The fact that about 41% of the US […]

Will takeoff technology take off?

A look at the construction technologies impacting electronic takeoff software While everyone in the construction industry works hard, the industry has a reputation for being something of a slacker when it comes to adopting technology. For construction companies, producing takeoffs efficientlyand accurately is essential to speeding the estimating process, winning more bids and staying competitive. […]

BIM Basics for Estimators

Not exactly sure what BIM can do for you? Our business partner Sage has released a new e-book describing the fundamentals of building information modeling from an estimator's perspective. Get e-book

Estimating and takeoff head list of most requested software capabilities

Today’s construction software buyers want to speed up processes, improve tracking, and increase accuracy. A Software Advice report shows estimating and takeoff are the top software capabilities requested to meet those needs. View report

Takeoff – from ancient to modern times

The takeoff process is possibly as old as the pyramids themselves. Take this investigative journey through the evolution of takeoff. View Evolution

Top things to look for in electronic takeoff software

What should you keep in mind when selecting electronic takeoff software? This tip sheet lists the top benefits to expect from today’s takeoff technology. View Tip Sheet

What’s happening with 5D BIM

Model-based cost estimating (5D BIM) is the next frontier for advancing estimating efficiency, accuracy, and collaboration. Learn where 5D BIM technology is heading, including the latest articles on the topic. Visit BIM Integration