How to encourage your department to embrace takeoff software

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As ex-electrical estimator Phil Kober knows, getting buy-in for a new takeoff tool can be hard. Even when it has the potential to increase efficiency and ROI. In this video, Phil gives insight into how he increased adoption within his estimating department by showing the true benefits of using takeoff software.

You can read the transcription of this video below.

Hi, I'm Phil Kober. I've been an estimator for the past nine years and I just wanted to share a few tips and tricks with you that i've learned along the way.

It can be difficult to implement new technology into your business, especially when other members of your team might not be as on board as you are. However, there are a couple of ways that you can demonstrate the efficiency and return on investment that you can gain from them.

1. Compare with a manual takeoff

Set up a challenge with a colleague and ask them to takeoff the same project manually, while you do it using the automated takeoff software, and then display the results to your Estimating Manager. Here, it's usually painfully clear to see how much quicker and more accurate it was using a takeoff software compared to doing it manually.

2. The right tools for the job

It's great to convey the enthusiasm you have for your job when you're able to use the correct tools and equipment, and you need to remember that your estimating manager wants to get the most out of you productivity wise and to do that, he or she needs to make sure that that you are as enthusiastic and driven to do your job as possible.

3. Use collaborative cloud software

Personally, I think that cloud-based software is really useful, not just now because many estimators aren't in the same office five days a week, but it also gives us that ability to collaborate going forwards in a more flexible way. So if you need to work off-site for example, it's going to be more beneficial to have something where you aren't stuck to your desk and restricted to only being able to use it when you're in a dedicated office.

My advice would be, prove the product is efficient and demonstrate your enthusiasm towards it and make it cloud-based where possible so it can be a collaborative effort.

You can see more estimating tips and tricks on our YouTube channel.


As ex-electrical estimator Phil Kober knows, getting buy-in for a new takeoff tool can be hard. Even when it has the potential to increase efficiency and ROI. In this video, Phil gives insight into how he increased adoption within his estimating department by showing the true benefits of using takeoff software.

You can read the transcription of this video below.

Hi, I'm Phil Kober. I've been an estimator for the past nine years and I just wanted to share a few tips and tricks with you that i've learned along the way.

It can be difficult to implement new technology into your business, especially when other members of your team might not be as on board as you are. However, there are a couple of ways that you can demonstrate the efficiency and return on investment that you can gain from them.

1. Compare with a manual takeoff

Set up a challenge with a colleague and ask them to takeoff the same project manually, while you do it using the automated takeoff software, and then display the results to your Estimating Manager. Here, it's usually painfully clear to see how much quicker and more accurate it was using a takeoff software compared to doing it manually.

2. The right tools for the job

It's great to convey the enthusiasm you have for your job when you're able to use the correct tools and equipment, and you need to remember that your estimating manager wants to get the most out of you productivity wise and to do that, he or she needs to make sure that that you are as enthusiastic and driven to do your job as possible.

3. Use collaborative cloud software

Personally, I think that cloud-based software is really useful, not just now because many estimators aren't in the same office five days a week, but it also gives us that ability to collaborate going forwards in a more flexible way. So if you need to work off-site for example, it's going to be more beneficial to have something where you aren't stuck to your desk and restricted to only being able to use it when you're in a dedicated office.

My advice would be, prove the product is efficient and demonstrate your enthusiasm towards it and make it cloud-based where possible so it can be a collaborative effort.

You can see more estimating tips and tricks on our YouTube channel.


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