On-Screen Takeoff Named Top Takeoff Software for 9th Year

On-Screen Takeoff has been ranked again as the No.1 Takeoff software in the 2020 Construction Technology Report by JBKnowledge. Ever since the survey began in 2012, On-Screen Takeoff has earned top takeoff and estimating honors in this report. This year’s respondents ranked On-Screen Takeoff as their top tool by a margin of 42%. Also ranking among the […]

10 Things to Know About $1 Million Tax Break

Are you thinking 2021 may be busier and less chaotic than 2020? It may be a great time to add new software, like takeoff and estimating tools, or new equipment and deduct all of it on this year’s taxes. Call it a win-win for small-to-medium size businesses, Section 179 of the U.S. Tax Code allows […]

Take Tax Break to the Max: Write-Off $1 Million

From widespread project delays and cancellations to disruption of ongoing projects, 2020 has been one for the books for the construction industry. No doubt, year-end tax strategies may be the last thing on your mind as your construction business prepares for an uncertain 2021. But with more contractors bidding on fewer projects and project backlogs […]

On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid Rank in FrontRunners Quadrant

Call it a REPEAT! On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid were once again named to the FrontRunners Quadrant for Construction Estimating Software by Software Advice for September 2020, Ranking in the top 10 vendor quadrant means OST and Quick Bid excelled in terms of Usability and User Recommended scores. What’s it about? FrontRunners is based on reviews from real […]

How to Make Every Construction Project More Profitable

Let’s face it, the ebb and flow of construction work mean that projects will overlap and intersect. Crews and equipment will—at times—be spread thin. On the one hand, it’s the nature of the beast. On the other hand, it’s not always smart to view each project as separate—especially if your project backlog is shrinking In […]

How to Build Stronger Sub-GC Relationships

It’s been a long, hot summer for anyone in construction. In July, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.8 months—a full month lower than in July 2019. In addition, 47% of construction leaders reported they expect to see shrinking profits in the next six months. In these uncertain […]

Bid and Win More Construction Projects

In the wake of COVID-19, all efficiencies that can be gained—from the takeoff process through the project build-out—begins with a high-quality bid. Your bid should be built on the accuracy and timeliness of your company’s takeoff and estimation process. As trades become more specialized, complex, and precise, construction pros must work hard to reduce waste […]

Leaning on Cloud Technology in Tough Times

No doubt, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing how many construction pros get work done. For an industry built on handshakes and one-on-one conversations, the concept of social distancing may be hard to comprehend. For many, the new normal may involve carving out a workspace on the kitchen table. Your daily worries may revolve […]

How to Recruit Generation Z in Hot Construction Market

Wow. There appears to be no relief in sight for contractors trying to find qualified construction workers. Call it a “nice to have problem” if you like—but the struggle is real. With a record low unemployment rate, most construction firms are worried about where to find the next generation of workers. In some parts of […]

New Materials Take Concrete from Gray to Green

When it comes to the concrete and masonry trades, you don’t have to look far to find lots of buzz around green and sustainable construction methods and materials. This includes everything from scientists studying how cigarette butts can conduct energy in bricks and pavement to paint developers rethinking chemicals and colors for more energy-efficient homes. If you’re a […]