How to save 50% of your time producing quantity takeoffs

17 August 2022autodesk, Autodesk Construction Cloud, Connected Construction, Construction, Digital Transformation, MEP


How to save 50% of your time producing quantity takeoffs

There’s a lot of buzz around new technology in the construction industry. But for successful companies, it’s not all about the latest technology. It’s about how to use that technology to provide innovative ideas to customers.

In  an Autodesk video, Windover Construction representatives explain how the company reduced the time spent on quantity takeoffs by 50% using Autodesk Takeoff.

Image: Autodesk Digital Builder

The company demonstrates the point that you can tell if technology is worth investing in and implementing if it will support projects by providing solutions that help overcome problems. Technology gives you the ability to capture and use data from the jobsite so you can better understand a project’s limits and challenges.

One of those challenges is the risk of inaccurate counts in the estimating process. Since the purpose of quantity takeoffs is to estimate the materials needed on a job, even small mistakes will hurt the budget by having too much of a material or impair the schedule by coming up short and having to wait on deliveries of reorders.

A tool like Autodesk Takeoff in Autodesk Build can reduce that risk by getting quantitative processes as accurate as possible. This can free up staff to focus on other things in the preconstruction phase.

Learn more about Build, Takeoff and the other products in Autodesk Construction Cloud in the free Applied Software eBook: The Importance of a Common Data Environment.

Inconsistent data coming from different sources with different formats can hurt a project – at the very least wasting time. Data gathering and interpretation have to be as accurate as possible to avoid risk. Takeoff helps minimize risk by connecting the data needed for accurate decisions on a project.

Being able to visualize things on a job is valuable. The “cluster” feature in the 3D model viewer of Takeoff boosts efficiency because it allows users to sort materials into groups that are similar. It helps with scheduling and also enables better communication with trade contractors who will be working on the job. In addition, if there is a design change, the update can happen quickly. Takeoff provides the most accurate information based on the current design model.

3D BIM model; image: TheConstructor

With Autodesk Takeoff, teams build from the 3D data. The design intent doesn’t get lost in the transfer from 3D to 2D. Thus, more accurate estimates and quantities can be produced. Takeoff can reduce the time needed to produce a quantity takeoff from weeks to mere days. As the Windover story illustrates, up to half the time can be saved when quantifying the data to support estimates.

Autodesk Takeoff connects workflows for efficiency and safety. That ability is enhanced by putting data in the cloud. This helps teams consistently access, document, track, and share data for better project outcomes.

With products like Takeoff in Autodesk Construction Cloud, you can find new ways to provide innovative ideas and solutions in the construction industry.

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