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01.02 Installing ConstructConnect Takeoff (including System Requirements and Firewall Settings)

Last Updated: 2020-07-08 15:30

Although your organization's data (images, takeoff, users, etc.) is stored 'in the cloud', ConstructConnect Takeoff itself (the program) runs on your computer. You need to install some software before you can start using the product - we make it very easy.

We use "Click-Once" installation technology to install ConstructConnect Takeoff and keep it updated. 

System Checklist

  • Windows® computer, preferably Windows 10 (Apple® users: you may run Windows in a Bootcamp or Parallels)
  • .NET 4.8 Framework (Windows component/update) (you'll be prompted to install this update if it is not installed already)
  • At least 4GB RAM and 20GB of Hard Disk space
  • Broadband internet connection - minimum 5MBps (assuming a single, average user)
  • 1280 x 1024 Minimum display resolution

Please review the full System Requirements to make sure your computer can run ConstructConnect Takeoff.

Installing ConstructConnect Takeoff

The download link for the program is available on your profile page in the portal and on the Takeoff Info and Download page (the buttons above). 

On the download page, click "Download", 

ConstructConnect Takeoff download page

Click Run when prompted (or save to your desktop and double-click the "msi" file to start the installation).

NOTE

The installation may be blocked by Window's Smart Screen Protection.

CCTO installation blocked by SmartScreen

If this happens, click the "More Info" link and then click "Run anyway".

SmartScreen prompt - run anway

Once the installation starts, the Click-Once installer downloads the necessary files to your computer. Depending on your Operating System and network speed, this could take a few minutes to over an hour (the download is approximately 300MB).  While the files are downloading, a status indicator shows the progress...

web launcher installation progress

After all files are downloaded, the installation completes automatically.

When the installation is complete, the Login screen immediately displays. We cover logging in in detail in the next article, however, assuming you log in immediately after installing the application, the Live Link Add-in for Excel installation starts.

Installing .net Framework 4.8

If .NET 4.8 Framework is not installed on your compute, the first time you try to run the program, you will be prompted to install it. To install this Microsoft Update, you must have Administrator rights on your computer, if you do not, please contact your System Administrator or IT Department for installation assistance. Once .net is installed/updated, you no longer are required to be an Administrator on your system to install or update ConstructConnect Takeoff

Often, installing the .NET 4.8 framework requires a reboot of your computer. Once the reboot is complete, you can launch ConstructConnect Takeoff (next article).

Note
ConstructConnect Takeoff must be installed by each unique user on a computer. If you are sharing a machine with someone else, you each install the product under your individual profile.

Before running the program the first time, you may need to configure your firewall.

ConstructConnect Live Link installation

After you log into the application for the first time, the Live Link installer runs. 

ConstructConnect Live Link installation prompt

Click Install (make sure Excel is closed before clicking Install).

ConstructConnect Live Link installation progress

Allow this Office Customization to complete before opening Excel again.

Firewalls

Exceptions You Must Configure

There are two ports you must configure in your firewall to use ConstructConnect Takeoff:

  • Outbound tcp connections on port 443 (https) to *.constructconnect.com. This is the standard https port, if you can open a secure (https) Web page, you probably do not need to add an exception for this one.
  • Outbound tcp connections on port 61614 (stomp+ssl) to *.constructconnect.com. This most likely requires adding an exception.

Domains You Must Whitelist

You or your IT Admin need to ensure the following domains are "whitelisted" on your computer and network:

  • *.googleapis.com
  • *.storage.googleapis.com
  • *.google-analytics.com
  • *.constructconnect.com
  • *.mixpanel.com

Approvals You Must Allow

The first time you add a Plan Set to a project or edit an existing Plan Set, you are prompted, twice, to allow some Takeoff components through your firewall, be sure to click "Allow" or "Always Allow" on both, they look like the one below.

How do I Install Updates?

You do not - the program does this for you, automatically, every time you launch it.

You cannot "Opt Out" of installing product updates and there is no need to "Check for Updates" - Updates are integral to the operation of ConstructConnect Takeoff so you can never be on an "old version".

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