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7 Powerful Tools in 1 - PlusDesignBuild

Intuitive 3D Virtual
Design, Construction &
Estimating Software

Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Build before you Build with PlusDesignBuild

Design Software that Estimates, Estimating software that Designs

Easy 3D
VDC Modelling

3D Estimating

2D Plans


Fast Bids

Change the way you Build for the Better, Forever

It’s Like Combining

CAD, Spreadsheets, Estimating, Drafting
& 3D Visualization
All in One Package

Intuitive: 3D construction software that creates a virtual replica of any project.

Smart Memory: Material costs & labour assignment to suppliers & subcontractors.


BIM and VDC inside of SketchUp for Mac and PC - Plus Design Build

 Buildertrend Integration

 Detailed 3D Estimating

 3D Client Walkthroughs

 Xero Integration

 PO’s, Quotes, Invoices

 Wall Frame Panelization

 Automated 2D Drafting

 Import Revit & ArchiCAD Files

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BIM Plugin for SketchUp

– Max Klause
Design Build

As Simple as Tracing a Plan

“There is no other 3D BIM Design or Estimating software in the world that’s as Easy to Use & as Powerful as PlusDesignBuild”


Get Complete Control of your Projects without Compromise

Quote with 100% Confidence, Every Time
from One Central Source of Truth

The typically tremendous task of Estimating can be simplified down to
the click of a button with PlusDesignBuild’s intuitive Takeoff functionality.

Estimating Software - PlusDesignBuild

Estimating Visualized

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.

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Find, Show & Quantify every Element in 3D

Your Estimate is your 3D model and your 3D model is your takeoff – everything is connected.


One-Click Find in Model

Quickly and easily, find & show any item in projects large and small.


One-Click show items not Quantified

Stay focused, stay in control of quantities and costs by simply filtering estimated items and non-estimated items.


Zoom Selection

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.


Break your Costs and Quantities Down

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.


Export Measures & Share with Colleagues

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. 


Importing CAD Drawings & IFC files

Import CAD drawings and IFC models into PlusDesignBuild to trace, associate costs and produce detailed 3D VDC Models. 

Takeoff Software for Builders and Estimators

Every Cost Covered

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.

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Preliminary items

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.


Purchase orders 

Create Purchase Orders, Quotes & Bids straight from your takeoff by simply selecting the Vendor & Cost Code you need.


Fixed Prices

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.


Certainty & Confidence 

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.

Easy takeoff Software for Builders

Never Miscalculate a Change Order again.

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.

Clients love 3D, Trades love 3D, Authorities Love 3D……

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.

Client Walkthrough Software for Builders - Plus Design Build

Nail your Sales with a 3D Model

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!

2D Plans vs 3D Structure Models - PlusDesignBuild

Build from a 2D Plan vs Build from a 3D Model

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.

3D Takeoff Software for Builders

Make Variations & Change Orders Easy

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.

Find Construction Errors in your 3D Model, Not Onsite

Error is the biggest profit margin eater in construction. Preventing it is easy when you can see exactly where it’s hiding.

How to calculate wastage accurately - Plus Design Build

Reduced Waste = Increased Profit

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.

Easy 3D Model Software for Builders - Plus DesignBuild

Build Before You Build

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.

4D BIM Scheduling Software

Right On Schedule

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.

Intuitive, Automated Design & Drafting

PlusDesignBuild automates construction principles into your designs with flexible, user-friendly tools. Then taking your models from 3D to 2D is a breeze

Easy Architect Software

Beautiful, Buildable Designs

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.

3D VDC Models with BIM components

Materials & Products Customized to your Location

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.

Easy VDC Software for Builders

Edit as you Please

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.

Autodimensioned Plans in SketchUp layout with PlusDesignBuild

3D to 2D Quick & Connected

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.

The Power of 5 Software Packages in One Easy to Use Package

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.

PlusDesignBuild combines everything you need into one organised package of power.

Invest in 1, not 5

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.

Easy to Use VDC and Takeoff Software for Builders

Tutorials & Help Built into Every Tool

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.

Easy to Implement Software for Builders - PlusDesignBuild

Import, Export, Integrate

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.

From Estimate to Xero, Seamlessly

Save hours in relaying costs from your estimate to your
accounting package with the PlusDesignBuild Xero Integration

Work Connected

  • Generate Purchase Orders, Client Quotes, Invoices in a matter of minutes and send to Xero in the click of a button.
  • Integrate Contacts, Products & Services, Item codes to save double entry and potential error.
  • Revise and update reports with ease.

From Estimate to Buildertrend in 30 secs Flat

Work seamlessly between Estimating & CRM software
to optimise your time & product efficiency

Get more out of Buildertrend with PlusDesignBuild

  • Send Budget & Detailed Estimates to Buildertrend, Lightning Fast
  • Bulk-Sync Cost Codes
  • Make Change orders in a Flash by simply reimporting your Estimate into Buildertrend
  • Combine with the Xero integration for a complete Estimating, Sales, CRM, Accounting solution

“What might’ve taken 6-7 client meetings
we’re gonna do in 2-3


A 3D Point of Difference to
Win Work

The first impression you give a client is the most important. Stand out from your competitors by impressing them with a PlusDesignBuild VDC model.

Commercial Design and Construction Detailing Software for Estimating and Takeoff

Communicate in 3D

Ensure everyone understands what’s being proposed & built with a 3D model that says it all

Quote with Confidence

Everything you see & associate with your model will be quantified accurately & efficiently so you know your margins.

Frame Detailing and Frame Layouts Software Program BIM VDC
Cut through house with Detail and Builder

Find Construction Errors in your Model, Not Onsite

Prevent costly error onsite by amending any issues you find in your virtual model first.

Reduced Waste = Increased Profit

Never pay to throw away resources again with pinpoint accurate quantities you can be confident will get the job complete with very minimal waste.

Estimate 3D Models by tracing over a 2D Plan - Plus Design Build

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