On-screen takeoff software allows your estimators to review CAD drawings on their computers and convert the measurements and details directly into an estimate. On-Screen takeoff products work best with CAD files, but when files aren't available large-format scanners can be used to prepare blueprints or site plans for use in the software. There are many on-screen takeoff products on the market today, with some designed for general use and others geared toward more specific segments such as framing, grading, excavation, plumbing, duct work and wiring.
As an alternative to on-screen takeoff, large format digitizers are commonly used to trace drawings or blueprints directly into CAD and/or estimate programs. Digitizers come in many sizes, with some designed to be affixed to drafting tables and others that are portable (and even flexible) for field use.
ConnectingBlox works with industry leading data sources to help our customers produce better estimates. We can integrate sources such as RS Means, GradeBeam or Richardson's CostDataOnline into estimating tools.
Once your bidding process is operating at maximum efficiency, ConnectingBlox can help you create bid rooms and document management/delivery systems, extending your bidding resources to customers and subcontractors. Through easy to use online portals you can make documents available to customer and subcontractors, subcontractors can submit their bids online and your estimators can provide fast notification of updates.