Industrial software is a collection of programs, processes and information for construction contractors in sectors such as mining, chemical, power, oil, gas and manufacturing. Industrial software performs functions ranging from estimating, job costing, construction management and scheduling to highly specialized solutions for steel design and other manufacturing processes.
Industrial construction estimating software typically includes estimating and quoting modules and material calculators. Many estimating software vendors offer digitizers, which are handheld devices that let contractors save calculations and dimensions in the field and use that data to create new estimates. In addition, takeoff values may then be calculated from those digital plans.
Industrial construction accounting software includes typical accounting functions, such as general ledgers, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll. Additionally, they typically include modules for billing, cash management, contracts, equipment costs and designing financial statements.
Industrial construction project management software allows users to many aspects of a project, including cost and progress, scheduling, contracts, document control, capital equipment, and materials management.
Finally, specialized industrial software products typically focus on structural steel design and detailing. Some tools let user view shape properties and dimensions and calculate surface area and weight. Other solutions allow users to calculate where to drill holes into a steel beam and what size drill bit to use.
Leading industrial software vendors include Henning Industrial Software, Aegis Industrial Software and Sage.