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Maxwell Systems Construction Estimating Software from Maxwell Systems, Inc.

Maxwell Systems Estimation Takeoff allows you to generate takeoffs straight from digital plan files instead of paper blueprints. Download your plans from any online plan room, scan in your plans or upload them from a CD-ROM; there's no need for a digitizer board, stylus pen, or even a set of paper blueprints. Once your plans are loaded, you can measure and count simply by using your mouse. Then just choose your cost item or assembly from the Estimation keypad. This simple method not only produces a complete estimate but also captures the graphical takeoff you produced right on your digital plans. This then gives you the capability to increase, decrease, copy, rotate, move, and flip branch runs, fixture counts, and more. If your plans change suddenly, you can easily compare the new plans to the older version using the Manage Sheet Revisions feature.

In addition, the Shape Recognition feature in Estimation allows estimators to further automate quantity counts using Digital Takeoff. This technology searches a set of plans and annotates like symbols and shapes for fast and accurate quantity counting. The Shape Recognition tool helps estimators eliminate time otherwise spent doing quantity counts by eye and marking by hand. The benefit is improved accuracy and time savings, not only when taking off original plans, but also when plans change.