Software for the construction Industry
This is the first in a series of "state of the industry" reports in which we will share our observations on construction industry software trends. While reporting the recessive state of the industry is not breaking news, there are some interesting trends that we can share. Not everything is gloomy, and significant technological shifts are underway.
Our observations are based on roughly 6, 000 conversations with construction software buyers over the past year. In these calls, our team listened to buyers’ “pain points” – the business problems they were looking to solve with new software. From there, we recommended what we felt were the best solutions. We later surveyed each buyer to find out if they ended up buying software, what they bought and how it all went.
Estimating and takeoff solutions are in demand
We’ve seen a very healthy level of interest in construction estimating software across all divisions. Over and over we hear contractors saying something to the effect of, “Bidding has gotten very competitive, which means I’ve got to be as accurate as possible.” As a result, we’ve seen a lot of estimators replacing their spreadsheets and manual processes with database-driven estimating systems.
We’ve also seen plenty of interest in on-screen takeoff software. We’ve seen three primary reasons for this:
- Increasing the speed and accuracy of takeoff measurements (see previous paragraph);
- Avoiding the printing costs of paper plans; and,
- Responding to increasing electronic plan delivery and use of online plan rooms.
While demand for onscreen takeoff appears fairly strong and growing, we have seen a considerable amount of downward pricing pressure in that market.
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