Five Trades That Can Benefit from Advanced Software for Digital Takeoff

All tradespeople face a battle to keep their operation in the black, and the smallest setbacks can be the difference between a profit and a loss. In a competitive marketplace, increasing your profit margin is not a sustainable practice when the going gets tough.

The best course of action for tradespeople looking to maintain profit is to streamline processes and improve efficiency. When you hire a tradesperson, you’re paying for their experience and knowledge rather than their time. Professionals who are persevering with manual takeoff methods are setting themselves at a competitive disadvantage against their peers.

We’ve compiled a list of five trades that can boost profits and reduce labour costs by making the switch to modern takeoff software.

Residential Builders

Modern takeoff software is an invaluable tool for residential builders, but not every builder has embraced the technology. Accurate measurements lead to accurate estimates, which is vital for consistent profit in residential builds. Residential builders still persevering with manual takeoff or outdated digital tools are at a major disadvantage, as they cannot hope to measure up a full build anywhere near as quickly as their competitors, nor can they see 3D views of their completed 2D plans.


The cost of ordering and delivering roofing materials can be significant, so roofers need to get their measurements right the first time. With the help of a modern takeoff tool, roofers can be confident they are ordering the right amount of insulation, guttering and other necessary materials. They can also take control of their measurement by easily calculating pitch and roof slopes.


Manual takeoff for plumbers can be difficult and time-consuming. They need to measure and account for everything from faucets to complex piping, and many jobs require unexpected deviations and changes. Modern takeoff software uses color-coding for clarity, allowing plumbers to easily identify individual measurements and reducing the risk of error.


Takeoff for electricians can be a tricky proposition. Some jobs are pretty straightforward, while more complex jobs require very precise measurements to ensure you don’t end up out-of-pocket. You’ll need to bid for wiring, conduits and sub-assemblies, and advanced takeoff software will give you the confidence that you’ve planned for the right amount of materials.


Takeoff software is capable of much more than just residential house builds. Landscapers can also make use of modern takeoff platforms to streamline their work. They can use digital measuring tools to easily set dimensions for gravel, concrete or topsoil areas, as well as mark out areas of elevation. Curved lines are common in landscaping, which is a challenge for manual takeoff. Digital software allows you to measure curved lines with a click of a button.

Upgrade Your Takeoff with eMeasure

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the trades that can benefit from eMeasure, our affordable digital takeoff tool. eMeasure allows users to make quick and accurate measurements, as well as live-link their takeoff to Excel automatically.

eMeasure licenses can be purchased outright or hired for a modest monthly fee. We offer a no-obligation, 14-day free trial for those wishing to test a full version of our software. To learn more about our easy-to-use platform, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

(!) Please note that eMeasure is no longer available to purchase or rent. RIB Software have taken this decision so that development efforts can be focussed on RIB’s flagship iTWO costX range. Click here to find out more about iTWO costX takeoff 2D, which features the same underlying engine and workflows as eMeasure, plus several other advanced features.