Countfire

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The next generation of automated estimating software

About Countfire

Countfire is electrical estimating software that uses automation to help estimators work faster, cut busy work and increase accuracy.

Features include:

True automated takeoff across all drawings
Estimates that learn how you work
Intelligent pricing
Automated specification comparison
Smart views & reports
Flexibly slice your estimate
Automated Excel estimate outputs
Multiplayer mode
Cloud-based - no download required
Work anywhere - Mac or PC
Continually improved
World class support
14-day free trial

Trial Countfire for free today to begin smarter estimating.

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Countfire

Countfire allows you to auto-count symbols across multiple PDF drawings, drastically reducing takeoff time while increasing accuracy.

Tools such as linear measurement, coverage areas and the ability to add items to drawings allow you to design your estimate as you go.

Countfire includes four separate stages of checking built into the process of completing a project to help ensure accuracy.

Move your takeoff into estimate in one-click, and start with an auto-populated estimate based on previous behaviour and products.

Automatically see and compare changes between specifications. Helping you to revise your drawings and pricing schedules, without having to start from scratch.

At the end of each project, Countfire automatically generates an Excel spreadsheet which shows project breakdowns, takeoff counts and pricing estimates.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premises

Markets

Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom and 1 others

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Countfire Software - Auto-count across your entire project
Countfire Software - Measure lengths
Countfire Software - Check coverage areas
Countfire Software - With built-in checks for accuracy
Countfire Software - Split out costs using zones
Countfire Software - Easily export estimates as Excel reports
Countfire Software - Algorithms that price your regular items
Countfire Software - Smart views to slice and dice your estimate
Countfire Software - Automatically compare specifications
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Countfire Software - Auto-count across your entire project
Countfire Software - Measure lengths
Countfire Software - Check coverage areas
Countfire Software - With built-in checks for accuracy
Countfire Software - Split out costs using zones
Countfire Software - Easily export estimates as Excel reports
Countfire Software - Algorithms that price your regular items
Countfire Software - Smart views to slice and dice your estimate
Countfire Software - Automatically compare specifications

Features

Total features of Countfire: 35

  • 2D Drawing
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Bill of Materials
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Customer Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • Issue Management
  • Job Costing
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Status Tracking
  • Takeoff
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(197)
Value for Money
4.4/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support
5.0/5

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Mike
Mike
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Countfire - Pros and cond

Reviewed on 19/11/2018

Excellent, the online support is fantastic, as is the software. There have been some containment...

Excellent, the online support is fantastic, as is the software. There have been some containment drawings that I simply could not have lifted off with Pen and paper, but Countfire has made it possible and easy to review.

If in doubt do the trial on a big job and see how you get on!

Pros

Whats not to like? Not much. Its a fantastic tool for estimators, the more you use it the faster you get and the more confidence you gain.

Automatic counts - Brilliant
Manual Counts - When you cant use automatic counts this is still super fast compared to pen and paper
Measurements - Brilliant
Splits and multiples - essential and very helpfull

I have been using it for a year now and would recommend it to anyone involved in estimating or any other form of take offs.

Cons

Every now and again you get a bad drawing where all the symbols are slightly different and its a pain. Just use manual count and safe yourself a lot of frustration!

The cost is pretty high (but worth it in time saved) If I was self employed it could be out of price range.

Shaun
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Countfire 2 Year Review

Reviewed on 29/11/2021

Pros

Central storage of all takeoff documents. No more boxes of rolled-up plans cluttering my office. I would typically fill 1-2 boxes every month, so it really has reduced clutter and the overall appearance of my office. It definitely saves money when you consider that you no longer have to plot jobs that you don't win. That is a lot of paper, toner, and wear on your plotter.

The software is very easy to use and you can be fully trained on all of the keyboard shortcuts and navigation in less than a week. After about 5 jobs, you will very confident that you aren't missing any devices during takeoff and will have your own workflow for getting a takeoff done.

The developers are constantly making improvements, adding features, bug fixes, and you get pretty routine feedback when one of your feature requests are considered or implemented.

Customer and Tech support is top-notch and very responsive, and everyone seems to be very well trained on the product. It is also a very small team, so you will typically be speaking (texting) with someone you're familiar with.

Cons

The software is 100% cloud-based, and from my early conversations with the sales team, is the heart of their mission and will never change. That alone is not a negative, however, I feel that some of the processing could (and should) be done on your local machine and then pushed to the cloud to create the "output package". Moving between pages of a PDF is not as fast as scrolling in your preferred PDF reader. It's not slow, but there is definitely a pause before you're ready to work on the next sheet. It seems they could have better control of the user interface if there was a PC-based client option.

If you need support, the time difference from Eastern US to the UK can sometimes be a challenge, but the support team is absolutely great and will respond back to you outside of their normal working hours, assuming they aren't sleeping.

All support is initially done through an in-app chat bot that will recommend that you go read articles based on your questions. I will admit that most of the time, the recommended articles DO contain your answers, but I personally just like to call and talk to someone. I realize this would put a strain on their resources though, so I rate this as a very small negative. I would rather support maintain their current level of quality than be burdened with phone calls over minor issues. If you do have a major issue or prefer to speak to someone, you can ask for a call and they will call you.

David
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Great Tool for Estimating

Reviewed on 22/06/2023

Pros

So easy to take off all elements and easier than trying to mark up manually

Cons

Nothing to add on this one that I have found at the moment

Response from Countfire

Appreciate the review David.

It's great to hear you're finding it easy to complete your takeoffs in Countfire.

We really welcome feedback from our users so if you do think of any features you'd like to see, you can either use the "Give feedback" option or "Send us a message" using the orange button in the bottom right hand corner of the app.

Alex
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Countfire Review - 11/08/2023

Reviewed on 11/08/2023

Pros

I really enjoy the fact that it can save so much time! Once you highlight a symbol on one drawing, that symbol will automatically be highlighted on the next, it is such a time saver! It is also very easy to use! After a 1 hour training session, I was confident to get started!

Cons

As we specialise in fire alarms, it is often that we need to design fire alarm systems for buildings, and we also amend predesigned designs as they're not compliant. It would be great if you can add a feature that can remove a symbol, and replace it with something else. That way, we as a business could do the whole takeoff process for every system on countfire!

Response from Countfire

Awesome review – thanks Alex!

It's great to hear you're saving so much time.

You're spot on – Countfire automatically looks for matches for your selections across all drawings in your discipline reducing the repetitive work involved with completing your takeoff manually.

Our support is something we're super proud of. As well as training sessions, which are always available not just when you first sign up, you can also access our live chat and help centre via the orange button in the bottom right hand corner of the app.

It would definitely be helpful to be able to make amendments to your drawings to make sure the design is compliant – I've added your vote to our feature request for the ability to "add your own custom count symbols" and created a new feature request for the "ability to remove symbols".

Chris
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  • Industry: Computer Networking
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Does what it says on the tin

Reviewed on 21/08/2023

Pros

Pure ease of use, does exactly what i need it to do and outputs easily legible tables.

Cons

Nothing, does exactly what i need with a good price!

Response from Countfire

Does what it says on the tin – love it! Thanks Chris.

Awesome that you're finding Countfire easy to use and it does exactly what you need.

Spot on – Countfire produces a consistent set of outputs for every project.

Great to hear that you don't have any cons! If you do ever have any feedback on features you'd like to see, we'd love to hear from you – just use the orange button in the bottom right hand corner of the app.

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Countfire has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Countfire supports the following languages:

English

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Countfire integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Excel

Countfire offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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