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Takeoff and Estimating for Concrete Contractors

October 2, 2017

     Concrete takeoff and estimating is not a check-the-box task. Quantifying the various elements of a concrete job requires know-how and organization. Phases of the same job involve various quantifications. Slab on grade is significantly different from a metal pan takeoff. Estimating for post-tensioned slabs and columns require different quantifications. That is why concrete contractors are turning to software like On-Screen Takeoff® and Quick Bid®. With digital drawings uploaded into applications, an estimator can see on screen® that every column has been counted and the materials quantified. On-Screen Takeoff calculates measurements of each unit with a mouse click and displays the totals. Modern database-driven software solutions like On-Screen Takeoff and

     Quick Bid increases the accuracy and speed of building a bid exponentially. These tools also allow “what if” adjustments where an estimator can quickly determine the results of alternatives to the project. Having this ability allows the estimator to understand the cost impact of ad hoc client requests and design changes. Moreover, with Quick Bid, you can email requests for current prices from suppliers with a few clicks using eQuote.

     From start to finish, estimators and project managers who use these automated tools develop clear-cut, detailed bids in much less time than doing it manually. A digital approach to takeoff and estimation also enables quick historical recall from prior jobs as well as efficient change order processing. On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid were designed with a high degree of integration so that takeoff data flows right into cost estimates and ultimately into popular accounting systems.

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