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  • Easy, simple, and accurate time saving estimation tool.
  • Flexibility to include or exclude shop labor
  • Field labor estimated in lbs/hr or linear ft/hr
  • Three options for welded duct
  • Ductboard, liner, insulation and sealer included
  • Reinforcement including ductmate and TDF
  • Accessories, preloaded and customizable
  • Unlimited zones and 1000 jobs
  • Demolition, shop drawings, consumables &  pressure testing
  • Pipe estimating
  • Coil hook ups including drawings and material list
  • Complete labor and material cost
  • Adjustable productivity and material factor
  • Excel spread sheet for recap
  • Calculates Tax, Bond and OH&P
  • Customizable
  • Historical job data
  • Calculates Shop & Field labor
  • Print pipe, sheet metal and recap summaries
  • Special factors feature for changes on designated project
  • XP, Vista and Win 7 support
  • Spread sheet for common HVAC formulas
  • Printable take off forms are included.

    Please click on the presentation below to see the screen shots of sheet metal (duct) estimating and pipe estimating software

Sheet Metal Estimating Software

Pro-Est HVAC is our complete HVAC estimating program which includes pipe, sheet metal and an excel recap sheet. It’s comprehensive, affordable, user friendly and flexible. It works on 32 and 64 bit processors and on windows XP, Vista and WIN 7 operating systems.

The user can choose between four methods of estimating sheet metal, two of which include shop labor and two that do not. Similarly, labor can also be estimated either in lbs/hr or linear ft/hr.

The various versions and options for sheet metal estimating all include liner, duct wrap, sealer, SMACNA pressure classes, reinforcement (including Duct Mate and TDF), accessories, snaplock and spiral.  Users have the flexibility to add new reinforcement, liner, insulation and accessories in addition to those that are preinstalled. All costs and labor productivities are adjustable.

The pipe estimating portion of the program multiplies manually input quantities of pipe, valves & fittings by material prices and by labor productivity factors in hours/unit. The descriptions and material and labor factors can be input to suit the user's requirements. The program comes with several piping types pre-installed to help you get on line more quickly and can handle 500 different piping or material types with up to 996 items per pipe type.

The material and labor descriptions and prices are pre-installed and the user has the ability to change material prices and the labor productivity factors to one of the national standards or factors that the user has developed for his company. Each system allows you to adjust the labor or material by a factor to reflect job difficulty or material price increases. The special factors feature allows you to change the price of or the labor productivity for individual items in a system and the program will revert back to the default factors on other systems in the same job and on future jobs.

Labor and material for coil hook ups is one of our features. Approximately 250 hook ups preinstalled. You are provided with a drawing of the hook up and a material list. You can install your own PDF of a piping detail, select the material to be incorporated and use it on your projects.

An Excel spread sheet has also been incorporated to which the pipe and sheet metal summaries can be exported. The spread sheet also includes areas for equipment and subcontractor costs, start up, warranty, delivery and other costs as well as sales tax, overhead and profit, and bond cost.  When you provide the tons and sq. ft. of the project, the cost of the job/ton and sq. ft. is calculated which is convenient to use as a reference and is of benefit when incorporated into historical data. The costs of sheet metal, pipe and insulation are also calculated on per ton and per sq. ft. basis.

A more complete view of the program can be obtained by downloading a demo and reviewing the input screens and help sections provided therein. Much of this same information is available in the tutorial section of this website.

Descriptions of the sheet metal estimating versions along with a discussion of the features are provided below:

All versions are included in the software; you merely select the one that is most appropriate for your company. You can change at any time by selecting a different version. All four versions have the same input screens and calculate lbs and quantities in exactly the same manner. They differ in the manner in which the output is calculated and presented.

Version I

In this version, field labor is based on the installation of duct in linear ft./hr with the productivity changing based on duct size. Users who do not have sheet metal fabrication capacity should consider this version. Material costs are based on prices paid to local fabricators and vendors.

Version II

This version addresses both shop and field labor with productivity for both based in lbs/hr. Material costs are based on prices paid for flat sheets or coils of metal.

Version III

In this version, field labor is based on the installation of duct in lbs/hr. Users who do not have sheet metal fabrication capacity can also consider this version. Material costs are based on prices paid to local fabricators and vendors.

Version IV

This version addresses shop labor in lbs/hr. Field labor is based on the installation of duct in linear ft/hr with the productivity changing based on duct size. Material costs are based on prices paid for flat sheets or coils of metal.

Options for welded duct are as follows:

Option A

Calculates shop and field labor in lbs/hr

Option B

Shop labor includes fabrication time in lbs/hr and welding time in inches of weld/hr. Field labor is calculated in linear ft./hr. with productivity changing based on duct size and it also includes welding time based on inches of field weld/hr.

Option C

This option is the same as Option B except that field labor is calculated in lbs/hr and it also includes welding time based on inches of field weld/hr.

Historical Data

One of our features is Historical Data. This allows you to select appropriate jobs and to save them by category and property. You actually save the sheet metal and pipe estimates along with the excel recap. There are 15 possible self defined categories such as ambulatory surgery center, hospital, school, bank etc. There are 20 self defined properties such as chilled water, hot water, electric heat and spit systems.

This allows you to do a search based on categories and properties. For instance you can select the category schools with properties chilled water, electric heat and VAV boxes. This will bring up all projects that meet these criteria which have also been designated to be a historical project. This helps in budgeting projects and serves as a quick reference and check on projects that you are estimating.



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