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Easy to use VDC software that creates a virtual replica of your project. All the costs laid out & all the subs organised, fluid & changeable on your screen.
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The typically tremendous task of Estimating can be simplified down to
the click of a button with PlusDesignBuild’s intuitive Takeoff functionality.
By Estimating in 3D from a Virtual Design & Construction Model, you can see everything that’s being quantified & be confident that nothing has been overlooked or under estimated. Choose to takeoff by particular stages or customized elements in your model or even locate items from your takeoff.
Your Estimate is your 3D model and your 3D model is your takeoff – everything is connected.
Quickly and easily, find & show any item in projects large and small.
Stay focused, stay in control of quantities and costs by simply filtering estimated items and non-estimated items.
Finding any item from your takeoff can be done in just a click of a button. Bringing items front & centre enables you to cross-check & get more done in less time.
Separating estimates into levels or stages is a matter of simply selecting an item or a group of items & clicking ‘Takeoff’.
When you know the cost of a job according to a date or progress payment stage, you have complete control. PlusDesignBuild enables you to associate dates with costs so you know your progress payments will cover the costs.
You can export data from your takeoffs to Excel or a spreadsheet, including Reports, Measures, Prices, Preliminary Items, Cost Codes, Vendors and more so everyone involved in the job has the access they need.
Import CAD drawings and IFC models into PlusDesignBuild to trace, associate costs and produce detailed 3D VDC Models.
All of your quantities are associable with price, vendor & cost code. Produce purchase orders, Bids, Client Estimates and more that will save ready for you to use on your next job. Add recipes and preliminary items to your model to account for all costs in one go.
Every job has cost associated with getting started or getting out of the ground. PlusDesignBuild’s Preliminary tools enable Estimators to associate costs according to job type with templates, to items measures or simply add items from scratch.
Create Purchase Orders, Quotes & Bids straight from your takeoff by simply selecting the Vendor & Cost Code you need.
Associate a set price to individual items or groups of items. If a subby has returned a price, simply associate it as a fixed price.
Link trades & rates to materials in your model and have them remembered for every project you do.
Know the actual cost, not just an estimated cost. Overheads, preliminary items, complexity and every other cost that goes into a project needs to be accounted for to keep you in the black.
Your Estimate is directly linked to your Model so when the inevitable change orders come through, you can simply update your model to suit the request & get a complete & precise estimate in the click of a button.
They say a picture tells a thousand words, but a 3D model tells a million. Instead of trying to explain complex plans, show people what you mean in 3D.
Clients don’t understand 2D plans, so show them a 3D model they can picture in their lives. Charge for a model that doubles as a quote & a tool to manage the clients project better than any other firm. Your competitors won’t stand a chance!
Plans can be tricky to comprehend, even for seasoned professionals. Give your trades a virtual representation of what needs to be built and forget trying to explain all the nitty-gritty details. No more traffic travel, no more frustration.
Explaining to clients why the simplest variations can completely blow their budget is hard. Showing the client exactly why changes cost more or less is easy, plus, it builds their trust in you, giving you happier customers, ready to refer your firm.
Error is the biggest profit margin eater in construction. Preventing it is easy when you can see exactly where it’s hiding.
3D Estimating gives you exact numbers & quantities meaning you can decrease your wastage allowances & watch your profit margins increase. No more running to the hardware mid-job paying & no more throwing out unused materials.
Simple mistakes in plans and design can end up costing you a bomb mid-job. When you Model a project in 3D, you already understand how the job needs to be built & you can see any issues that could cause problems on site. In a matter of clicks, these issues can be resolved and in one more click, you have an updated takeoff.
Keep your job running on time with tools that allow you to associate time, cost & resources to stages of your model. See exactly what you need to have ordered at what time in the job by doing takeoffs on the schedule stages on your job. Plus, you can export your schedule to Microsoft Project™, Gantt Charts or your preferred project management software.
PlusDesignBuild automates construction principles into your designs with flexible, user-friendly tools. Then taking your models from 3D to 2D is a breeze
The PlusDesignBuild Tools give you the flexibility to bring your most ambitious design concepts to life whilst making them constructible at the same time. Instead of spending hours manually associating framing, insulation & everything you need to build the project, PlusDesignBuild does it automatically. Simple.
PlusDesignBuild’s material library is localised to your area so you have access to the materials you know & love. If you have any special materials that you need for a job, you can easily create your own & associate BIM information.
PlusDesignBuild also has a library of Free BIM Components from your favourite global suppliers you can simply drag & drop into your model.
Everything Modelled in PlusDesignBuild can be edited in just a few clicks, so when you need to make changes, you don’t have to redraw a thing. Best of all, your takeoff will automatically update.
Simply choose the model elevations & views you’d like in your plans & Hey Presto, you’ll have Auto-Dimensioned 2D plans quicker than you can in any other CAD software!
If you make changes to your 3D model, your 2D plans are connected so you can get an updated plan set within a matter of clicks.
PlusDesignBuild is an All in One 3D Virtual Design & Construction package created By Designer Builders, for Designer Builders. It’s Easy to Learn, Easy to Use & Easy to Implement.
We know from experience that running a Design Build Firm is as hectic as it gets. Implementing & Investing in multiple individual tools for Estimating, Design, Drafting, Value Engineering, Detailing, Scheduling, Bidding, & Selling gives you more overheads than necessary.
PlusDesignBuild combines everything you need into one organised package of power.
PlusDesignBuild is the easiest Virtual Design & Construction Software to learn on the market. Our number one development priority has and always will be to make PlusDesignBuild easy & intuitive for Designer Builders to use.
Implementing new systems into your business is often a daunting task but with PlusDesignBuild, all the information you need can simply be exported from your accounting software & imported straight to where it needs to be.
If you have other construction management software or freelancers that need a different format, you can export to IFC or produce Excel™ sheets when you need it.
The first impression you give a client is the most important. Stand out from your competitors by impressing them with a PlusDesignBuild VDC model.
Ensure everyone understands what’s being proposed & built with a 3D model that says it all
Everything you see & associate with your model will be quantified accurately & efficiently so you know your margins.
Prevent costly error onsite by amending any issues you find in your virtual model first.
Never pay to throw away resources again with pinpoint accurate quantities you can be confident will get the job complete with very minimal waste.