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December 03, 2009

Gwinnett Tech Construction Students Add to Their Toolbox
Software Donation Provides Latest Estimating Technology


Students in Gwinnett Technical College's residential construction program will have a new tool in their box starting in January, thanks to a software donation from Takeoff Live, based in Marietta.

Takeoff Live is a software program which aids in construction estimating. The application performs a process known as "digital" takeoff. The term takeoff refers to the process of measuring areas on blueprints and "taking them off" of the plans, to be put into a notepad, spreadsheet or estimating program.  It is a function that almost every construction company, regardless of size, performs quite often.

Until recently, the process had to be done manually or with a digitizer – both slow and expensive processes. The Takeoff Live software automates the process and is specifically designed for the smaller contractor – about 90 percent of construction firms – making it extremely relevant to Gwinnett Tech students.

"Students with experience in this technology will be at the head of the line when the construction job market rebounds. They will be the most qualified," explains Kenny Adkins, program director for residential construction, Gwinnett Technical College. "As a project manager today, you simply cannot do anything without the proper technology tools.  PM's are overloaded and tools like Takeoff Live give them an edge in speed and accuracy."

Takeoff Live is a Marietta-based software company engaged in the development of software which aids in the productivity of construction estimating.  The company was incorporated as E Job Cost, LLC but now does business under the same name as its flagship product – Takeoff Live.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate of applied science degree in residential construction management, and diploma programs in residential carpentry and construction management. GTC also offers certificates for certified construction workers, construction managers, finish carpenters, framing carpenters and residential carpenters.

Gwinnett Tech also offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that you can finish in two years or less. For more information on all programs, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech’s service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit

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