Countfire

True automated takeoff software for electrical estimators

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Countfire Overview

What is Countfire?

Countfire is a true automated takeoff solution for electrical estimators that allows users to automatically count symbols across multiple PDF drawings. The automatic matching algorithm works across all drawings and quantities, and is automatically broken down into areas. Features include linear and area measurements, automatic Excel spreadsheet creation, and accuracy reports.

Users can drag and drop PDF drawings directly onto the file upload drop zone to create a project. Projects can be broken down into disciplines in order to group all drawings together that have similar symbols. For example, all lighting drawings to the “Lighting” discipline, and all power drawings to a “Power” discipline.

Users can rotate drawings and add drawing titles to have them carried over to the Excel spreadsheet. The search engine helps find symbol descriptions, and the editing tool allows single click removal of unnecessary elements.

Once a symbol is selected on the screen, the software’s counting algorithm will then automatically find all similar symbols on the current drawing, as well as count all similar looking symbols across all other drawings that have been uploaded into the same discipline.

In addition to automatic counting, Countfire also provides a set of tools for manually counting symbols. Using demarcations Countfire allows users to break down quantities, usually according to a pricing schedule, which are included in their own column within the final Excel spreadsheet.

Countfire also allows users to calculate coverage areas to visually check for certain device types such as PIRs, Smoke Detectors, etc., to verify whether a system meets certain operational or regulatory requirements.

Countfire Overview

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Countfire Features

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Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany
Supported Languages
English

Media

Upload new drawings and copy over symbols, allowing Countfire to begin counting immediately
Automatically count similar symbols across all drawings
Marked up drawings show what's been counted and what areas those counts are broken down into
Automatically breakdown quantities into areas
Split quantities even after they've been counted
Overlay coverage area circles on a drawing to visually check a system’s total coverage area
Automatic Excel spreadsheet creation
Drawings are clean, clear and ideal to present to a client from a professional point of view
When the Excel spreadsheet is generated, demarcations are also taken into account
Countfire screenshot: Upload new drawings and copy over symbols, allowing Countfire to begin counting immediately Countfire screenshot: Automatically count similar symbols across all drawings Countfire screenshot: Marked up drawings show what's been counted and what areas those counts are broken down into Countfire screenshot: Automatically breakdown quantities into areas Countfire screenshot: Split quantities even after they've been counted Countfire screenshot: Overlay coverage area circles on a drawing to visually check a system’s total coverage area Countfire screenshot: Automatic Excel spreadsheet creation Countfire screenshot: Drawings are clean, clear and ideal to present to a client from a professional point of view Countfire screenshot: When the Excel spreadsheet is generated, demarcations are also taken into account

Countfire Reviews

Countfire Reviews

Overall rating
4,7
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5
Excellent
80

Very good
35

Average
0

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,4
Features
4,5
Ease of Use
4,7
Customer Support
5
100% recommended this app
Mike T.

Countfire - Pros and cond

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!


Eric B.

CountFire Automated Take-Off Software

I could not be more pleased with CounFire. It is fast, accurate, easy to use, and has cut my time to perform a take-off by a factor of 10. Some may question a factor of 10, but try it and see that drawing symbols when counted on one drawing are also counted on all other drawings within the project drawing package automatically. Orientation is not an issue, and items not picked up are easily identified and added to the correct symbol list. Check drawings are also supplied as part of the final report to assure all errors have been resolved.


Ryan D.

Don’t bother with the others, countfire outshines them all

Countfire has been a breeze from start to finish, the help team have always been on hand to help out and implementing and training on the software was seamless!
I love countfire, you will too.


Matthew C.

Neutral

When everything is peachy it works great and is fast.


Jonathan C.

Best Software in the market

It has made our estimating more productive and accurate.


Mike T.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Countfire - Pros and cond

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/11/19
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Eric B.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 10 000+ Employees

CountFire Automated Take-Off Software

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/10/03
Review Source: Capterra

I could not be more pleased with CounFire. It is fast, accurate, easy to use, and has cut my time to perform a take-off by a factor of 10. Some may question a factor of 10, but try it and see that drawing symbols when counted on one drawing are also counted on all other drawings within the project drawing package automatically. Orientation is not an issue, and items not picked up are easily identified and added to the correct symbol list. Check drawings are also supplied as part of the final report to assure all errors have been resolved.

Pros

CountFire being a cloud based service gets you up and running quickly. CountFire Sales is there to get you started and introduce you to Technical Assistance and Training. The On-Line Help function is integral to the CountFire Platform allowing you to be able to function seamlessly as you work on projects. I can count drawing elements or make extremely accurate measurements in one tenth of the time I did manually without the cost of drawing reproduction. The Final Reports are perfectly formatted in MSExcel and ready for Bill of Material development.

Cons

I am still looking for a Con. I thought that since CountFire is in Great Britain that communications might be hampered by five, (5) time zones, but this was not the case. CountFire was there 24X7 to solve my self-inflicted start-up issues.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Ryan D.
Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Don’t bother with the others, countfire outshines them all

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2020/10/23
Review Source: Capterra

Countfire has been a breeze from start to finish, the help team have always been on hand to help out and implementing and training on the software was seamless!
I love countfire, you will too.

Pros

I’m impressed, countfire allowed me to do a take off in 28mins... the other guy in the office actually had the take off and got out his fluro’s and a pad...he had allowed himself 2 days...
It’s brilliant, simple and easy to use. The wholesalers love me because the take off is easy to read!

Cons

The cost is high, but the amount of time I saved means it’s worth the large cost!!

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Matthew C.
Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Neutral

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2017/11/01
Review Source: Capterra

When everything is peachy it works great and is fast.

Pros

When a pdf is is drawn properly it works great. Automatic counting etc. No I'm just trying to reach 100 characters

Cons

When a pdf is not drawn properly, i may as well count manually. Which is mostly the case.
Simple things could be added to improve experience, such as a plan multiplier for drawings that cover multiple levels.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Jonathan C.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Best Software in the market

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/09/15
Review Source: Capterra

It has made our estimating more productive and accurate.

Pros

Its a lot more intelligent than other software's

Cons

The cost is slightly higher than we would like to pay.

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9,4/10
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Countfire Pricing

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Value for Money
4,4/5
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Countfire Features

Countfire Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Change Order Management
Collaboration Tools
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Estimating
Job Costing
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Tracking
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Subcontractor Management
Third Party Integration
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Additional information for Countfire

Additional information for Countfire

Key features of Countfire

  • AV
  • Accuracy report
  • Assembly takeoff
  • Auto count revised drawings
  • Automatic Excel spreadsheet creation
  • Automatic counting across projects
  • Automatic matching algorithm
  • Automatic quantity splitting
  • Customer service widget
  • Drag & drop
  • Edit tool
  • Electronic plans
  • Elevation checking
  • Error checking
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Lighting control
  • Linear & area measurements
  • Modular wiring
  • Pricing schedules
  • Pricing schedules/demarcations
  • Quality control reports
  • Record drawings
  • Rotate drawings
  • Search functionality
  • Security
  • Upload PDF
  • Work regions
  • Zoom & select

Benefits

Countfire allows users to automatically count symbols across multiple PDF drawings within a project to help cut the time taken for take-offs.

Users check the paper size and scale of their drawings to set the scale, and then draw over the top of the lengths to measure.

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

Users can split quantities however they like - even after they've been counted - by creating demarcations.

At the end of each project, Countfire automatically generates an Excel spreadsheet which contains all symbols, lengths and areas quantified on a project.

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Countfire FAQs

Countfire FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Countfire.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Countfire offer?

Countfire offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Contact Rapid Tender for detailed pricing information.

Q. What are the main features of Countfire?

Countfire offers the following features:

  • AV
  • Accuracy report
  • Assembly takeoff
  • Auto count revised drawings
  • Automatic Excel spreadsheet creation
  • Automatic counting across projects
  • Automatic matching algorithm
  • Automatic quantity splitting
  • Customer service widget
  • Drag & drop
  • Edit tool
  • Electronic plans
  • Elevation checking
  • Error checking
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Lighting control
  • Linear & area measurements
  • Modular wiring
  • Pricing schedules
  • Pricing schedules/demarcations
  • Quality control reports
  • Record drawings
  • Rotate drawings
  • Search functionality
  • Security
  • Upload PDF
  • Work regions
  • Zoom & select

Q. Who are the typical users of Countfire?

Countfire has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Countfire support?

Countfire supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Countfire offer?

Countfire has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Countfire support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Countfire supports

Q. What other apps does Countfire integrate with?

Countfire integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Excel

Q. What level of support does Countfire offer?

Countfire offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials, FAQs