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Is Takeoff Dead?

October 2, 2017


     For years, on-screen quantity takeoff has been the trusted mechanism for how various trades build their projects and determine takeoff quantities. But as we look at what takeoff is and what it means across various trades, a relative newcomer– Building Information Modeling (BIM) – is starting to put pressure on quantity takeoffs.BIM appears to have the ability for an architect or designer to determine takeoff quantities while the building is being designed. The practicality, though, is that each trade is a specialty and has its own nuances which make it hard, or even impossible, for a single designer to include the uniqueness of each trade. For many trades, it is more appropriate to use on-screen takeoff soft-ware. This paper explores why this is true.

Find out what estimating experts have to say about the impact of Building Information Models (BIM) on 2D cost estimating.

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