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Free Earthworks Estimation Software (Cut & Fill)

Discussion in 'Computer Applications and 3D Modeling' started by MEB1, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. MEB1

    MEB1 Member

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    Hello All

    I understand that new members can have one introductory post to explain their product or service so I would like to introduce my company Kubla Ltd. We are a software company that specialize in creating products for earth-moving professionals.

    We make an earthworks take-off (cut & fill) software called Kubla Cubed. This is the new kid on the block in terms of on-screen take-off and earthworks estimating having been launched in 2014.

    We’ve tried to take a fresh look at earthworks estimation to create the most user-friendly package for earthworks estimators. We designed it to be easy to learn for people in the industry who are transitioning from manual methods (Grid\Cross Sections) but don’t want to commit to the steep learning curve and cost commitments of complicated CAD packages.

    The program uses a TIN based, prism volume method to calculate cut\fill which has been developed in-house. It can calculate the volume between two surfaces (defined by points\contours\break lines) or between a surface and simple design elements like platforms, slopes, overlays and topsoil strips. It exports\imports from CAD and also supports on-screen take-off. Currently there is a Lite edition (for free) and a Professional edition.

    DOWNLOAD FREE EDITION

    I would encourage anyone involved in earthworks estimating to download our free ‘lite’ edition, it has no time limit and can be a used to compare volumes between a surfaces and multiple platforms (AKA building pad, pit, Grade\Level Area). The free edition has many uses, such as a stockpile estimating and a ‘checker’ for manual methods. If you have simple requirements the free edition might be all you need to do the whole job.

    We are actively developing the product and would welcome any feedback or questions from forum members especially in regard to user friendliness and how well it fits in with your workflow. This input can really help us continually improve the product and ultimately make your work easier to complete.

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  2. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    Welcome to the Forums MEB1 and thank you for respecting the Forum rules.:)

    I'd give your demo a shot but all I have is Mac...
     
  3. MEB1

    MEB1 Member

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    Hi CM1995

    Thanks for taking a look. The program is only available for Windows at the moment but some of our users have Macs. They use either a windows Virtual Machine or

    Parallels desktop :

    http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/download/

    -Ted
     
  4. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    I've thought about that parallel system just didn't know how efficient it would work. I do run Excel for Mac as I don't like Numbers.
     
  5. zhkent

    zhkent Senior Member

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    Thanks for the free download. Everything went smoothly.
    This software you explain "It can calculate the volume between two surfaces" and I now understand
    for that to work I need 2 surfaces.
    I am experimenting with a friends gps trying to get one surface and have yet to accomplish that.
     
  6. MEB1

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    Hi Zhkent,

    Thanks for the feedback. If using your friends gps you are able to get a table of xyz survey points then you should be able to import this into the program by selecting 'Existing' from the menu and then 'Define Terrain'. From there click on the button with a "+" and a file symbol and select the file (.csv, .txt, .xyz etc...). After this you can select the X,Y,Z and Tag columns of your data and it should build a TIN of your existing OK.

    There is a different process for takeoff and CAD data.

    The process is exactly the same for the proposed, apart from you need to add a 'surface' earthworks element. The Lite edition doesn't include the surface element only a platform that allows you to draw a level\graded area with side slopes. This is still very useful though for designing building pads or a pond etc... Also you can estimate the volume of your survey above a certain level by drawing a platform around the survey and setting it to Cut only and reading the cut volume. This is the technique used for estimating stockpiles. I am not sure how relevant this is to the work you do. If you are just interested by calculating the volume between two surveys then only the pro edition can do that.

    I hope this helps you out, if you need further help e-mail support@kublasoftware.com they are always willing to answer technical questions and talk you though what steps to follow.