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Small Company using estimating software.

Discussion in 'Computer Applications and 3D Modeling' started by stars&bars44, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. stars&bars44

    stars&bars44 Well-Known Member

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    I've been looking through the threads and haven't seen one like mine, if i missed it forgive me and point me to it. I'm a small time grading contractor. Its me and a couple part time guys. I've put my nights in doing takeoffs and we all know how much fun that is. I need to be working during the day moving dirt, but lately I'm getting up earlier, and quitting earlier just to get them out the door. I am curious about costs of some of the estimating software. I don't have a digitizer, or a big fancy computer just a run of the mill desktop. I do lots of building pads, the occasional road for a subdivision and some ponds here and there. Lately my plan pile is getting bigger and I need a faster, better way to do it. I cant afford $10k for a setup. What would it take dollar wise to get started from scratch with estimating software?
     
  2. RBMcCloskey

    RBMcCloskey Senior Member

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    I suggest you look at Trakware Softwarehttp://www.earthworkssoftware.com/ for earthwork take-off, you can rent it until it is paid for, about $3,000 +/-. For pricing I suggest HCSS Heavy Bid Basic, $6,500, HCSS will work with you on payments and to keep track of your cost Heavy Job Foreman, $1,600
    The HCSS make pricing a breeze and no math errors.
     
  3. stars&bars44

    stars&bars44 Well-Known Member

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    Ok Ill look into them. Thank you
     
  4. ericscher

    ericscher Well-Known Member

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    I wrote my own in excel.

    Most of what you need to do is enter measurements and cost per "x" to add up numbers.
     
  5. Mat

    Mat Member

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    You can always out source it to a company that does takeoffs.
     
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  6. Red Roan

    Red Roan Active Member

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    Send me a PM, I'm quite sure I can help you