This month, Masonry is showcasing just a taste of some of the software tools that will help you keep your business lean and mean in the year 2005.
Windows-based masonry estimating software enables buildings to be displayed in 3D while doing takeoffs. After completing a takeoff, walk through or around and see the finished building(s). This 3D image is an instant visual feedback helping eliminate any mistakes. Print out up to a 42"x48" high-resolution 3D image. The estimating program can also be used for design-build projects, as a "foreman helper," and for increasing estimating productivity. The software can be used with or without a digitizer, integrated with a complete accounting system, and can work using English or metric measurements. For more information, call (800) 494-4899 or visit www.tradesmens.com.
The Masonry Estimating Wiz
The Masonry Estimating Wiz is an estimating and management software that provides over 60 spreadsheet templates designed to work as a unit in a single workbook. The text-data for the entire workbook is entered only once. The takeoff and the summary work together in a very unique way: the totals in each column of the takeoff are tied directly to the rows on the summary. All of the management tools, such as letters, transmittals, RFIs, pay applications, request for change orders, purchase orders and much more, are all in the workbook, ready to use. For more information, call (817) 822-8595 or visit www.meacs.com.
Visual Estimator is a user-friendly, yet powerful stand-alone cost estimating software designed for use by constructors, builders, remodelers and estimators. In addition to all standard estimating functions, it provides advanced features such as crew, work assembly, localized pricing, CSI lookup and built-in extensive reporting formats. Visual Estimator comes with current cost data broken down into five cost categories: material, labor, subcontract, equipment and other. Data tables are user-modifiable allowing a user to customize to specific operations such as specialty subcontract work. Developed and improved since 1996, Visual Estimator is a powerful tool to create fast and accurate cost estimates while saving time and money. For more information, call (916) 351-9782 or visit www.cprsoft.com.
The new ProEst Estimating software by CMS has brought a new standard of integration, speed and efficiency to construction. The ProEst software utilizes a centralized database allowing estimators to share vital information for preparing estimates. The database contains material, labor, equipment, subcontractor and associated costs, and the contractor has 100% control over the database structure and all of the information it contains. The software also has an extensive report list that includes a bill of materials, labor reports, as well as many takeoff reports grouped by phase, location or database category. The ProEst software also integrates with many industry-leading accounting, project management and material pricing services. For more information, call (800) 255-7407 or visit www.proest.com.
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Designed specifically for contractors, builders, cost estimators and construction professionals, GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel contains industry-standard cost data in the CSI format (16 division) for all cost categories covering general construction. Unit prices include material and labor including labor hours. City indexes are automatically applied to adjust costs for local area. GeneralCOST Estimator instantly creates user-modifiable, on-screen or printed estimate reports including price quotation. A step-by-step tutorial makes learning fast and easy. Because GeneralCOST Estimator is built upon industry-standard Microsoft Excel software, it is easy to learn and improves estimating accuracy while saving time. Available as an Internet download. For more information, call (916) 351-9782 or visit www.cprsoft.com.
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