# Concrete Estimating Software is Fundamental for Both GCs and Subs

Concrete is one of the most consistently used materials in modern construction of vertical structures. On job sites, concrete is typically cast-in place or brought in as pre-cast models that are tilted up into place on the site. Concrete pours and cast-ins are one of the most important, time consuming, and costly aspects of a construction project and they require significant attention from all contractors involved. Concrete often dictates the progress and milestones of a construction project, for example on multi-story buildings each floor of concrete poured is a significant visual indicator of the progress of a project.

General contractors and concrete subcontractors alike understand the importance of the concrete estimate that they create for construction projects. Concrete estimates consider numerous characteristics of the project to include the type of concrete used, compressive strength, and even transportation distance from the plant to the project. Contractors must rely on the expertise and knowledge of the concrete subcontractor to make an accurate estimate on the cost and timing of the concrete for a project.

Contractors must rely on the expertise and knowledge of the concrete subcontractor to make an accurate estimate on the cost and timing of the concrete for a project.

When subcontractors put together estimates for large projects, they take into account multiple factors from their internal price books for concrete and from the two dimensional and three dimensional construction plans. Concrete estimating software is one of the best tools that a concrete subcontractor can utilize to put together an accurate and timely estimate for a construction project. When concrete estimates are inaccurate, they can lead to thousands of dollars in losses for the general contractor and subcontractor.

Concrete estimating software is one of the best tools that a concrete subcontractor can utilize to put together an accurate and timely estimate for a construction project.

Large commercial and residential projects that contractors submit bids for require coordination with multiple subcontractors representing the different trades that will contribute to the project. The general contractor receives plans from the architect or owner and sends the appropriate sections to each trade subcontractor. Once the project information has flowed down to the concrete subcontractor, they utilize their concrete cost estimating software to create their portion of the trade estimate, which feeds into the total project estimate that the general contractor compiles.

Concrete estimating software integrates the information that a contractor utilizes to make their estimate inside one program for ease of use, accuracy, and timeliness. Sigma estimating software is the best concrete estimating software for putting together estimates for large scale projects and large concrete pours.

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The takeoff process for concrete estimating is best completed by integrating digital construction plans with software that can speed up the takeoff process. Sigma’s Planswift Live 2D Takeoff allows contractors to do visual material takeoff to create the cost estimate. Square footage, volume, and concrete properties are easily added to an estimate with the functionality of the Sigma’s Planswift integration. The integration cuts estimating time in half and reduces the amount of painstaking work that a contractor needs to do to put together an estimate. This has benefits for both the general contractor and the subcontractor hired to perform the concrete work on the project.

The integration cuts estimating time in half and reduces the amount of painstaking work that a contractor needs to do to put together an estimate.

The concrete subcontractor benefits from the ease of use of the Sigma construction estimating software. The two dimensional or three dimensional plans that they receive from the general contractor will interface well with Sigma’s software. Easy functionality such as drag and drop commands and the ability to highlight floor plans for easy square footage and volume calculations quickly simplify the takeoff process that subcontractors would otherwise have to do by hand. Estimating very large concrete projects such as high-rise buildings is much easier as the software allows the incorporation of templates to simplify repetitive building layouts.

The general contractor benefits twofold when they use concrete estimating software along with the subcontractors who are working underneath them on the project. General contractors rely heavily on the accuracy and timeliness of the construction estimates that their subcontractors supply. When both conduct the estimating process with Sigma’s concrete construction estimating software, the contractor has much more transparency into the nature of the concrete estimate that they are receiving. The contractor can easily drag and drop the subcontractor’s full estimate into the overall project estimate. This easy helps a contractor see the big picture with how the construction estimate is put together, as well as dig into the details for how exactly their subcontractors came up with their price.

This easy helps a contractor see the big picture with how the construction estimate is put together, as well as dig into the details for how exactly their subcontractors came up with their price.

Because the concrete work performed on a project can be one of the most expensive and precarious aspects of executing the entire project, contractors need to ensure that they are working with the very best tools to get their estimate right. Sigma’s concrete estimating software is the smartest tool to use to manage the estimating process at both the general contractor and the subcontractor level. **Basic excel spreadsheets** and manual construction takeoff will not suffice when managing multiple projects or large scale commercial and residential projects. Contractors and subcontractors need to switch to **Sigma’s concrete estimating software** to secure their own estimating work and the future profits of their company.

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