Takeoff In Construction
There is a lot of jargon thrown around in the engineering and construction industry sectors. Set time refers to how long the concrete will take to set, but set construction means the miniature mock-up of the project built to give an idea of how the finished building will look. Slump testing is when a cone of concrete mix is pre-prepared to check the quality and performance of the job site batch. Gangbox is when a toolbox can be used by everyone on site, as opposed to tool belt which each worker has of their own.
Carry on reading if you want to know everything there is about takeoff in construction.
What Is Takeoff Exactly?
Takeoff (also written as “take off”) is adding up how much material is needed for every stage of a project. The job specifications can entail such things as light fixtures, plug points, wye joints or lengths of cable. It is an essential part of the construction process because it helps the project manager work out material costs, labor, and the time it will take for completion.
Takeoff calculations are an integral part of the bidding process, but they don’t account for such things as shifts in market prices and availability. They are mainly a guide towards an estimate bottom line without factoring in the profitability and flexibility needed to win a bid.
What Is The Takeoff Process?
Takeoff calculations can be done in a variety of ways. Some contractors prefer to sit with the blueprints and count every single unit and item needed. This manual process is not the best solution for massive projects as it is all too easy to overlook some aspect of the construction process. If something is missed, it could lead to a lower profitability margin. If something is accidentally doubled, it could mean the bid estimate is too high, and the job goes to another team.
It is an extremely complicated procedure when you are doing manual takeoffs. It necessitates the use of blueprints. A technically perfect blueprint is an expensive item to order before a project has even been bid for, let alone won.
Is There An Easier Way To Do Takeoff?
With the accessibility of computer technology moving into the construction industry, software programs to assist construction companies with their take off estimating have been developed. These helpful digital tools are far more efficient and precise at calculating a takeoff. The information they provide can be used during the bidding process because the results are more accurate and ready faster than when it is done manually.
By automating the takeoff process with a software program, it allows the presentation of the quote to happen faster. Whoever had the job of manually calculating the takeoff in the past is now freed up to do other things such as spend time on sites or even look for more construction jobs to bid.
Now that you understand the takeoff process and what it entails, you will be able to prioritize the bidding and estimation details more efficiently.