Brown & Read Engineering, first established in 2003, is an HVAC and plumbing contractor that provides quality engineered solutions. They’ve moved from the design and installation of custom home systems to complex public buildings.


An influx of more work involving larger and more complex projects meant they needed to upgrade from pencil, paper and CAD to a technology that supported their continued growth and efficiency.
Provide a system that allowed for more detailed and accurate estimates and automation, better AutoCAD connections and the ability to do take-offs from the screen.
Trimble® AutoBid® Mechanical and Trimble® AutoBid® Sheet Metal for takeoff, bid creation and vendor submittal. These solutions also have the flexibility to match the uniqueness of every project.

“What a difference. With AutoBid, our bids are so much more accurate. No matter the building style…the tool automatically generates the correct number of components we need. No more guesswork.”
- Tyke Read, M.E., Secretary, Brown & Read Engineering


Brown & Read reports a four-times process improvement. The company has already put the tools to work on many high-profile projects. They’ve realized many project-specific results, such as using the value engineering feature to help owners save money while maintaining system integrity.

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