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Takeoff and Estimating for Fireproofing

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WWW.ONCENTER.COM O N - SCR EEN TA K EO FF & Q UICK BID FO R FIR EPRO O FIN G 2 Page B efore c onstr uc tion sof t wa re, the tools use d for take of f a nd e stimating c onsiste d of the rolling line a r sc ale, c olore d pe ncils, highlighte r s, le dge r pads, a nd c alculator s. A s pe r sonal c ompute r s be c a me c ommon in busine s s, e stimator s re plac e d their c alculator s a nd ac c ounting books with ele c tronic sp re adshe ets a nd c omplex for mula s. Some e stimator s, howeve r, still use the old-school tools to pe r for m take of f s ma nually a nd to ge ne rate e duc ate d c ost "gue s stimate s" that slowly make their way into or iginal e stimate s. The se ma nual p roc e s se s a re both time a nd labor-inte nsive a nd p rone to inac curacie s. Estimator s spe nd too ma ny hour s meticulously c ombing through p r inte d pla ns to tabulate p roduc t c ounts. Fur the r c omplic ating the p roc e s s is the inclusion of cha nge s a nd re que sts for alte r native s dur ing both de sign a nd build, a s well a s the inevitable deviations from the "de sign inte nt " whe re the ac tual developme nt a nd imple me ntation pla ns of the trade s dif fe r. It take s signif ic a nt time a nd sk ill to dete r mine c or re c t mate r ial value s due to cha nge s, discre pa ncie s, a nd unique c onditions. Dete c ting, ma naging, a nd re c onciling c onf lic ts a re c omplic ate d a nd time - c onsuming ta sks whe n pe r for me d ma nually. T he e stimator must sif t through ma r ke d-up pape r pla ns a nd p revious e stimate s to wor k up a cha nge or develop a n alte r native a nd inc or porate it into the p roje c t budget. Eve n small cha nge s cre ate a time burde n that adds to the c ost of p roje c ts—a nd take s away from the p rof it ma rgin. On Ce nte r orga nize s its take of f a nd e stimating sof t wa re to mir ror tr ie d a nd tr ue ma nual p roc e s se s. A lte r nate s a nd Cha nge O rde r s a re digitally orga nize d in tabs, which allow you to e a sily se e the sc ope of wor k cha nge s a nd the e stimate d de sign cha nge s that af fe c t the existing bid. Ma ny c ontrac tor s inve st c onside rable time a nd money in their take of f a nd e stimating p roc e s se s in the hope of winning wor k . While ma nual p roc e s se s a re still use d, the re is a bet te r, fa r more ac curate way for f ire p roof ing c ompa nie s to double their e stimating p roduc tivit y. O n Ce nte r Sof t wa re applic ations allow c ompa nie s to submit more ac curate bids in le s s time. O f c our se, more a nd bet te r bids me a n more wins of lucrative p roje c ts. Manual processes are insuf ficient and costly

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