Construction takeoff software uses blueprints and other types of construction plans to measure the quantities and costs of materials or components needed to complete a particular project. Takeoff software will quantify and assign costs to things like lumber, concrete, and steel, as well as light fixtures, pipes, windows, and cabling. Most prefabricated components will be quantified by a simple number count while some things like piping need to be quantified with measurements of dimensions. Construction takeoff software automates complex equations for quantifying the volume of materials like concrete.
Construction takeoff software can be purchased as a standalone solution. However, it is often included with construction estimating software, because the cost of raw materials is necessary to provide an accurate overall estimate of the project. Construction estimating software will account for labor and equipment costs while takeoff software will not. If you need to provide overall quotes, look for a solution with both estimating and takeoff capabilities. Estimating and takeoff functionalities are also included in full construction software suites.
Some of the common features of construction takeoff software include:
Many construction takeoff systems have solutions tailored to specific roles like general contractor, specialty contractor, architect, engineer, or estimator. Functionalities can be slightly different depending on your role. For example, a plumbing contractor would need takeoff software that specializes in plumbing fixtures and materials.