Piping Estimators

MEP Estimating | Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing

Estimate electrical, cable, and data/telecom projects with speed and accuracy. Quickly count light switches, receptacles, and outlets. Measure linear distances for conduits and cable runs with our On-Screen Takeoff application. Calculate pipe and fittings for a broad range of projects including residential, retail, schools, hospitals, and office buildings. Create and organize materials from your plumbing or electrical jobs to set up your bid and takeoff based on current prices and your trusted suppliers. Quickly change prices to match specs for pipe, valves, fittings, hangers, clean-outs, vents, pumps, and more.

Being a specialist in this field, we offer MEP takeoff services for a diversified client base among General Contractors, MEP Contractors, Electrical Contractors, Mechanical Contractors, Plumbing & Piping Contractors, Insulation Contractors, Instrumentation Contractors, Fireproofing Contractors, Manufacturers, Installers, Distributors, Vendors and Designers involved in residential, commercial, industrial, retail projects.

We excel in the most reliable estimating services and deliver accurate construction takeoff services to contractors which includes a complete range of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing estimating services. We do detailed line estimates in every trade. In MEP estimates we cover everything including fire stopping, fireproofing, moisture protection, sprinklers, spray insulation, pipe insulation, heating, HVAC, Sheet Metal, Ductwork, etc.

Our MEP estimating software database contains many of the USA’s most widely used ranges and manufacturers.

To give you just a couple of examples from different trades, you’ll find…

  • Steel/copper/plastic tubing from Pegler Yorkshire, Conex, Hep2O, etc.
  • Soil, waste, and drainage fittings from Saint-Gobain PAM, Geberit, etc.
  • Cable trays from Legrand, Philip Graham, Marshall-Tufflex, etc.
  • Distribution boards from Schneider Electric, Eaton, Hager, etc.

Supplier’s own ranges are also included, from names such as Rexel, City Plumbing, Wolseley, and more.

We’re confident with our software and our knowledge because we’ve built up a fantastic level of trust with both our customers and the manufacturers who provide us with the latest information. As a result, you can also be confident when you use our MEP estimating software (especially our database) that the estimates you produce will stand the highest possible chance of making your business a good profit. From trade, prices to install times, plus your company-specific data like labor rates and discounts, our system provides an extremely reliable framework to run your MEP contracting business.

Estimating Mechanical Estimating Services:

Estimating’s Mechanical Estimates constitutes of:

  • Heating Estimates
  • Ventilating Estimates
  • Air Conditioning Estimates
  • Moisture Protection Estimates
  • Spray Insulation Estimates
  • Fire Stopping Estimates
  • Sprinklers Estimates
  • Fire Proofing Estimates
  • Pipe Insulation Estimates
  • Sheet Metal Estimates
  • Duct Work Estimates
  • Heating Estimates

We also provide Estimates for the following Services:

Air Distribution Ductwork
Electric Resistance Heating Air Handling
Fire Protection Basic Mechanical Mats/Methods
Heat Generation Controls
Mechanical Insulation Duct Cleaning
Plumbing Testing/Adjust/Balance
Refrigeration Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning


If you do your own design then you should have a sheet of each of the personnel responsible for spending time on the engineering task. If you’re doing design/build work, but don’t do the engineering yourself, but hire a third party, then you should add some engineering review time. It’s your responsibility to manage your third-party engineer to make sure the design is within your cost parameters.

The Project Cost Estimation Process

To reach a project cost estimate, MEP engineers must first know the scope of work. Using the scope as a starting point, the traditional approach to reaching a cost estimate is the following:

  • The project scope is broken down by areas, such as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. In project management, this is called a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Each building system is further divided into cost items, with measurable quantities of materials and labor. Many tasks in construction also include equipment costs.
  • Based on local prices, MEP engineers can assign a unit cost to each item.
  • Each unit price is multiplied by the corresponding quantity of work, and the sum of all items yields the cost estimate for the project.

While the basic procedure for cost estimation is simple, it can consume plenty of time, especially in large projects. Modern engineering firms use powerful tools that simplify drafting and cost estimation, and MEP engineers can focus on making the best technical decisions.