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New software promises 25% productivity increase for estimators

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February 23, 2009

The On Center Digital Takeoff Table - estimators currently using On Center's software are forecasting an additional productivity increase of 25 percent with the new system.

The On Center Digital Takeoff Table - estimators currently using On Center's software are forecasting an additional productivity increase of 25 percent with the new system.

February 24, 2009 Construction software specialist On Center recently unveiled its Digital Takeoff Table solution at the World of Concrete industry tradeshow in Las Vegas. The Digital Takeoff Table integrates the company's On-Screen Takeoff® program with a Wacom tablet to enable estimators to draw digital “takeoffs” directly onto the screen with Wacom's cordless, battery-free pen. Estimators currently using the company's software are forecasting an additional productivity increase of 25 percent with the new system.

With increasing demand for a faster, more accurate way to complete takeoffs, On Center Software has found an advanced solution for the common woes of estimators worldwide. Vice President Cecilia Padilla explains that, “For years, estimators have asked for the ability to draw takeoffs directly onscreen, in a way that’s similar to the old days of coloring plans manually. So we answered their need with the Digital Takeoff Table solution.” The custom integration between On-Screen Takeoff and Wacom’s interactive pen display is a departure from the antiquated takeoff practice of paper plans. The old-fashioned highlighters and colored pencils have been traded in for an intuitive pen that allows estimators to perform quick and accurate takeoffs directly on the screen.

“Current On-Screen Takeoff users strongly believe that the Digital Takeoff Table solution will improve their estimating productivity an additional 25%, compared to using a digitizer or a mouse,” says Padilla. And with a market that is becoming increasingly difficult in which to compete, the Digital Takeoff Table solution offers an efficient method for completing accurate takeoffs.

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