Earthwork by Viewpoint is a solution designed to handle the demands of contractors involved in earthwork, excavating, and underground utility contracting. It is suited for businesses of any size, regardless of the type of site work they do.
Earthwork has three different viewing formats: grid view, section view and 3D view. The 3D view provides a realistic view of what the job site will look like once work gets started.
This software also integrates with GPS and machine control products for contractors considering or already automating their surveying processes.
Earthwork’s digital takeoff module generates accurate cut and fill quantities straight from digital plans. Users can import digital plan files and then quickly perform a digital takeoff of any special construction area, such as a building pad, retention pond, or parking island.
Donald L. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: Trabajador autónomo
Flexibility. I have been using this software for over 20 years. It has been really good for me because of my background. However, this software is not for a normal typical estimator. This is the major downfall for Estimation. Over the years, I convinced many of my customers to use Estimation, and most of them did. Some of my customers are the biggest mechanical/plumbing contractors in California. However, most of them only use Estimation for a few years then decided to switch to Quickpen. I have seen Quickpen software work every week when I go to my customer offices, and I can understand why. What Estimation really lacking is the know-how to keep the chicken alive in order to collect the eggs. A dead chicken will not do any good. A typical estimator is someone that will come from the trade and most likely can barely operate a computer. The expectation that a typical estimator can handle a complex system like Estimation is delusional. Thanks.
The way the software handles the PDF files. Also, Single Line Take-off can be improved to automatically catching the lines instead of the estimators.
We are a commercial Plumbing Firm specializing in heavy industrial piping, hydronic and water/wastewater treatment plants. We offer in-house design CAD work and dedicated staff. Maxwell is the only estimating software in use at this facility. There are others out there, but thus far, Maxwell appears to be the best value for the dollar.
I have worked for two (2) previous plumbing/heating firms, both used Maxwell, although earlier versions. We are currently using Version 18.104.22.1684, Service Pack 3. This was obtained the last time we upgraded - last year, I believe.
The upgrade usually goes quickly, a couple hours at most unless issues are encountered. I would have to state that most upgrades have some type of issue that either requires a "patch" or technical support. Customer support is for the most part, excellent - response time(s) could be improved. As with all products, there are some technical support people that are much better than others.
I feel that past versions of Maxwell are more concerned w/keeping up with the competition than what the actual users want. My personal opinion is that the Maxwell product is an excellent product for it's purpose - a quick, accurate way to obtain a bid. Just stick with this ideology, and you will be just fine. Trying to make Maxwell into something else is a waste of time and effort.
I learned Maxwell some years ago while working for Western Mechanical Service, Inc. - in just a day or two I was up and running. I have trained a number of personnel over the years - the same can be said today. If anything, Maxwell is a little more straightforward and easier to use than back in 2001.
For the most part, customer support is excellent. As with any product, there are some support staff that are more knowledgeable than others. There have been issues that have taken more time to address than others - however, if one is willing to work together the problems can be solved. One particular issue that was causing us "section corrupted" errors was solved by virtue of just watching how the program responded and was finally traced to the copying of "takeoff notes"; once this practice was eliminated, the "corruption" issue disappeared. I was instrumental in this discovery and was happy to help in this regard.
Since the offering of On-Screen Takeoff, quick, accurate takeoff's can be done w/o hard-copy drawings. There are situations where this is most advantageous, as some projects require a "quick-turn" to achieve the bid in time. Although "phantom" pick points still plague OST, it is still a viable option in these situations or when printas are "unscaled" or hard copy prints are not feasable.
Brandi K. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 13-50 empleados
We purchased in August and were unable to go to the training until December, they would not even let us download the program until we did the training and they rebill us every August instead of when we were able to start using it. When I called to ask if they could change our billing date to when we were able to start using the program I was told I was basically a liar and that there was no way we were unable to use their program from the beginning time of purchase.
This program can do a lot...If you have a degree in computer engineering. It is faster than trying to do a take off by hand. Pat, the trainer we had was wonderful ! Extremely helpful and will answer any question any time of day, much better than the customer help center.
The program is quite pricey, add to that more money for training that is incomplete for the amount of information that is needed to run this program. The sales person we had was nice but extremely pushy. Customer service after purchase is terrible.
Errors in material selection or takeoff items are very easy to correct. Simple column edits or Design Spec application can correct nearly any issue.
EiMatix export has streamlined our bid tally sheet input. We save a lot of time and reduce human error potential by exporting the summary information to our company's Excel bid sheet. This is a life saver on last minute changes to bid documents.
The thing I appreciate most is the ability to turn the software to match the way we do an estimate. A lot of software requires the user to adapt to the software MEP doesn't. The program has so many ways to manipulate the data to match my way of estimating.
At first this can seem a little daunting but once it is set there is no other configuration that needs to be done.
While major issues get corrected in a timely manor there are a number of smaller issues that affect the program that seem to get pushed down the "pecking list" and never seem to get resolved.
Pedro S. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 501-1000 empleados
In general we like the product and we hope that it always stays at the forefront of technology for the benefit of all.
BLDM is one of America’s leading specialty construction companies. We have been 55 years in the market and we are still going.
We implemented the software in our Estimating Department more than 20 years ago and since its implementation we have completely trusted it.
Given the fact that technology keeps growing , expanding and innovating, we still rely on Viewpoint Software because of its accuracy and feasibility when working on bids,
I personally believe that part of our success with the software is based on the full support provided by the technical staff.
Always there to help when you need them!