There are so many take-off and estimating solutions in the market today – each pledging revolutionary technologies to supercharge your business. From full suite estimating software, to sleek digitizers; how does eMeasure actually weigh in against all these seemingly alluring alternatives? Today, we will explore 3 notable features which differentiate eMeasure from the rest.
Comparing Apples to Apples
First and foremost, you have to understand that eMeasure is purely a 2D take-off software and not an estimating software. By definition, a take-off software is simply used to aid the take-off process. Throwing aside all the fancy jargon, take-off, in essence, gives you the amount of material needed to complete a project. Hence, take-off is part of the estimating process. With a takeoff software, you’re able to do away with paper plans and complete your measurement on-screen.
Instead of an estimating workbook, eMeasure logically allows the quantities to be seamless transferred into your Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet though an Add-In. The Add-in enable users to directly drag and drop live-linked quantities into Excel® so that they can get cracking with their estimates. This eliminates copy & paste errors which can be destructive when detected too late; and because the quantities are live-linked, you can always trace back and audit your figures if you smell anything fishy. Incidentally, as eMeasure is strictly a “takeoff” solution, this means you do not have to alter your usual Excel estimating approach- so there is an easier learning curve!
File interoperability is crucial when choosing a takeoff software. You need to have confidence in your software supporting an array of digital drawing files. eMeasure supports all major 2D drawing files in the market today including, but not limited to JPG, PDF, DWG, DWF, DWFX and DGN. Plus, eMeasure retains the native file format instead of converting it into a compromised variant. This enables embedded intelligence from the original file such as layers, polylines and blocks to be carried over which facilitates an even quicker and more accurate takeoff.
As an added bonus, eMeasure supports the unparalleled feature of viewing your 2D take-off in 3D. You can simply add heights to your dimensions on the plan and transform a 2D drawing into a 3D one. Users can then rotate and interpret the structure from multiple perspectives which ensures that any striking errors can be spotted right away, acting as a quick auditing tool. Furthermore, an all-around 3D view allows users to examine the qualitative characteristics of the plan which is otherwise much harder to decipher from a 2D view.
eMeasure has many more nifty little features such as adding notes to your take-off like you would do taking off manually, adding colors to measured areas, lengths or counts to create a clearer working environment, overlaying drawings to check for changes and creating templates to expedite future projects. If you would like to know more about eMeasure and how it may be the solution for you, then please feel free to contact us here.