Top 5 best software for measurement and budgeting in construction [2023].

Discover our TOP 5 programs for construction measurements and estimates. From small construction companies to large architectural firms, all make use of these programs to make construction measurements and generate estimates.
Table of contents

1. What is a construction program?

A construction software program is a set of software tools designed to help an individual or company manage construction projects. These programs allow users to plan projects, assign tasks to team members, monitor budgets, track project progress and much more. Construction software is also known as construction project management solutions.

The problem is that there are an infinite number of tools on the market, the purpose of the following article will be to detail which are the best programs for measurements and budgets in construction.

You can read our other article THE 7 BEST ERP PROGRAMS FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES [2022].

2. What features and functionalities should a good construction budgeting program have?

- ✅ An intuitive interface for creating and editing construction estimates.

- ✅ A system for calculating and controlling project costs.

- ✅ A system for monitoring expenses and income.

- ✅ Tools for calculating savings in materials and labor.

- ✅ A database for storing and retrieving project information.

- ✅ A system for generating detailed reports.

- ✅ A system for sharing information with other users.

- ✅ Tools to perform budget analysis.

- ✅ Tools for assessing the impact of changes in project budgets.

- ✅ Tools for comparing budgets with action plans.

- ✅ A section for adding notes and comments to quotations.

3. Top 5 programs for construction measurement and budgeting in 2023

1. Tribboo

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Tribbo is a web application that allows you to carry out your measurements and estimates in an effective, simple and flexible way. You can generate construction estimates in 1 click and save time throughout the entire construction management process. 

As it works through your browser, there is no need to install anything on your computer, allowing you to use it on your Mac, Windows or Linux. You won't have to worry about backups or updates. 

It is much more than just an application to make measurements and budgets, it also allows you to manage your entire construction company and request online quotes from your suppliers and update them with the needs of the market. 

You can upload your prices or BC3 files from old projects and also create your own price bank within the platform. So it is a very interesting tool, if you are looking for a way to get started in this kind of platforms.

Tribboo is the only software for mac.

Summary of features : Costs - Certifications and Invoicing - Work Planning - Subcontracting Management - Work Budget - Workday Registration.

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2. Cype Archimedes

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It is one of the most widely used programmes in the construction world, as is Presto, which is next on our list.

We position it as the second option, as it is interesting as a price generator, it is multi-parametric and very complete. It contains information on the cost of each of the items and you can also generate other types of documents necessary for architectural projects. 

One of its major handicaps is the slowness of the programme, it takes a long time to load the price generator and it is only available for Windows computers.

It has an interesting plugin that allows us to make measurements from Revit.

Summary of features : Costs - Certifications and Invoicing - Work planning - Subcontracting management - Work budget.

The price is more than 600 € per month.

3. Presto

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Another of the jewels in the crown, Presto is in third place. It is a very complete programme in case you use Windows. It allows you to connect to different price banks, which reminds us a lot of the Cype Archimedes system.

You can generate work certifications, as well as carry out planning with Gantt and one of its latest novelties is that it allows you to make measurements from IFC files.

We find the Presto interface more intuitive than Cype Archimedes.

Summary of features : Costs - Certifications and Invoicing - Work planning - Subcontracting management - Work budget.

The price is 420 € per year.

4. Memphis

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Fourthly, we present Menfis, a simple but very powerful tool. It allows you to make measurements and budgets, import measurements made in Excel, and make work certifications.

Also in its latest versions it has joined the BIM world and you can make measurements from Revit. It has an automatic budget update system and the measurements are automatically updated when your BIM model changes.

Summary of features : Costs - Certifications and Invoicing - Work planning - Subcontracting management - Work budget.

The price is not available on the website, you have to write to them in order to get a personalised quote.

5. PriMus

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Finally we have PriMus, a program from AccaSoftware (creators of the Edificius program). It is very compact and allows you to do everything you need for your measurements and budget.

The strength of PriMus is its "print manager" which allows you to generate documentation by inserting images and thus personalise it for delivery to the client or use it during the construction work.

Summary of features : Costs - Certifications and Invoicing - Work planning - Subcontracting management - Work budget.

The subscription price is €14/month.

6. Other programmes

There are many programs to generate measurements and budgets. You can consult the following websites if you want to know more interesting programmes:

In conclusion, the selection of the best software for construction measurement and budgeting depends on the specific needs of the company and the user experience. Although there are many options available, a review of the five programs mentioned here shows that each offers something unique and innovative for users. Therefore, it is recommended that users conduct their own research to find the construction surveying and budgeting program that best suits their needs.

You can also read our article : The 7 best ERP software for construction companies


David UCH | June 9, 2022.