Woodworking Software Digital Takeoff & Bidding

April 1, 2014 kyle.hamer@oncenter.com

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To increase productivity, reduce waste and increase profits, woodworking shops invest in technology and equipment such as CNC machinery. The road to a productive shop that enjoys a healthy profit begins with accurate takeoffs and estimates.

Many craftsmen still use these tools today to manually perform material takeoffs and to generate educated cost guesstimates that make their way into formal bids. Estimators carefully comb through numerous printed plans to tabulate product counts, the amount of linear trim, and the square footage of various materials. It takes significant time and skill to determine the material values due to unique conditions and odd shapes where it’s challenging to measure precise values. Further complicating the process is the prospect of change orders and requests for alternatives.

While manual takeoff and estimating processes are still common today, there is a better way for casework and millwork companies to effectively double their estimating productivity with digital takeoff and estimating solutions. From start to finish, an estimator who is proficient with these automated tools develops a more precise, detailed bid in much less time compared to doing it manually. Digital takeoff and estimating applications quickly pay for themselves in two ways: first by increasing the number of jobs a shop bids to win more jobs, and second by eliminating the need to print, handle and store bulky paper-based plans and other documents.

Electronic documents imported directly into the application allow estimators to easily takeoff all aspects of the project including square footage; linear trim; and door, shelving, hardware and cabinet unit counts. Casework and millwork business owners who have already adopted digital takeoff and estimating applications can’t imagine doing business without these tools.

Ultimately, woodworking contractors who use digital takeoff & estimating software solutions for their casework & millwork needs save time & money, reduce costly mistakes, improve collaboration, and differentiate themselves from their competition.

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