Comparing Estimating Software

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Comparing Estimating Software for Various Professions

Comparing estimating software hinges on your needs and your profession. Today's estimating software is both generic, in that it calculates linear and spatial measurements, and specialized. The formula for cubic footage does not change, but the application by various professions does.

An engineer might need to find the trenching requirements for a large mall; a contractor could use the same software to find how much excavation is called for from profile drawings for a house. An architect and a structural engineer both compute the shape and inherent strength of supporting columns. A contractor would need to focus on roofing and flooring requirements. Whatever the field, software reduces or eliminates paperwork while speeding up the process of estimation.

Software and Digitizers

In a way, estimating software is basic, since applied mathematics does not vary. Digitizers and their compatible software, however, are geared toward specialties that differ in the materials they deal with. GTCO's QuikRuler does not require a computer in order to produce complex measurements for surveyors, engineers, architects, and construction estimators.

If the user upgrades to a computerized workstation, QuikRuler is compatible with the leading software that is designed for the special needs of varied professions. Large format or small format digitizers and their software produce the highest data integrity possible. This means precise measurement, repeatability, and coordinate resolution. When comparing estimating software, also consider the digitizer that meets the needs of your profession.

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