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Takeoff and Estimating for Masonry Contractors

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WWW.ONCENTER.COM M ASO N RY CO MPA NIES 1 Page W hile a machine may neve r re plac e the craf t of ma sonr y, the re c ontinue to be te chnologic al adva nc e me nts ra nging from how mate r ials a re p re pa re d to the p re -mixe d mor ta r. T he s a me applie s to how the ma son trade pe r for ms p roje c t take of f a nd e stimating. For c ompa nie s in this busine s s, the f ina ncial suc c e s s of a p roje c t is of te n dete r mine d eve n before a c ompa ny is awa rde d the wor k . It all sta r ts with a high - qualit y bid built on the ac curacy a nd timeline s s of a c ompa ny's take of f a nd e stimation p roc e s se s. As in ma ny othe r industr ie s, te chnology innovations that imp rove ef f icie ncie s have appe a re d in the c onstr uc tion se c tor. T he ma sonr y trade is no dif fe re nt. It is a busine s s of both p re cision a nd detail whe re eve r y a spe c t of a job is unique. Concrete block or b r ick ? A rchite c tural p re c a st lintels or p re c a st pila ste r s? Stone or trave r tine? T he devil is in the details. To incre a se produc tivit y, re duc e wa ste a nd incre a se p rof its, ma sons inve st in te chnology a nd e quipme nt that incre a se their lay rate a nd mor ta r yield. Howeve r, tools that imp rove ef f icie ncy a nd ef fe c tive ne s s a re not limite d to the ma son's toolk it. On Ce nte r Sof t wa re develope d O n - Scre e n Take of f ® a nd Q uick Bid ®, which a re ide al for Ma sonr y c ontrac tor s. Togethe r, they a re de signe d to spe e d up the p roc e s s a nd imp rove ac curacy for mate r ial take of f a nd e stimating. T his sof t wa re automate s ma sonr y wor k f lows from bid to c ompletion. Produc tive c ontrac tor s e njoy a he althy p rof it k nowing that their p roje c t be gins with ac curate take of f s a nd e stimate s. T he se ta sks a re the c or ne r stone of eve r y c onstr uc tion trade a nd have always be e n a challe nge. In today's highly c ompetitive ma r ketplac e whe re " the low bid gets the job," a c ompa ny c a n lose money before the f ir st b r ick is eve r laid unle s s it ha s ac curate a nd timely take of f s a nd e stimate s. On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid for Masonry Companies M a s o n r y i s a c r a f t s m a n s h i p t r a d e o f c o m p l e x i t y w h i c h c a n v a r y f r o m l a y i n g a s i m p l e b r i c k w a l l t o i n s t a l l i n g a n o r n a t e e x t e r i o r o n a h i g h - r i s e b u i l d i n g . N o t s o v e r y l o n g a g o , a l l a s p e c t s o f m a s o n r y, f r o m d e s i g n t o t a k e o f f t o b u i l d - o u t , w e r e d o n e t h e o l d - f a s h i o n e d w a y — b y h a n d .

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