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Construction Industry Software Survey Yields Interesting Results

Our friends at Software Advice – a company that researches and reviews construction takeoff software – have completed a survey of 385 construction companies with gross revenues of $100 million or less to see how fast takeoff software is being integrated into the estimating and bidding process of those firms.

The market demand for new projects has increased as the economy continues to rebound from the recession.  With skilled labor demand high and supply not meeting that demand, many firms are turning to software to assist them in the estimating and bidding process, but that pace reflects the conservative nature of the industry.

Not too surprising, many of the companies surveyed are still using manual or spreadsheets for their takeoffs.  According to the survey, “63% of buyers are using manual methods alone, such as Excel spreadsheets.”

Of those firms looking for advice on the new programs, “75% of construction takeoff buyers are looking for an integrated suite.”

Amazingly, only 28% of new buyers listed growth of their business as the top reason they are seeking new software.

Our conclusion is that the industry is slowly accepting the new takeoff software, and hopefully next year’s survey will reflect that movement.

You can access the complete survey as well as the charts on the Software Advice website.

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