We use modern BIM technologies for our quantity take offs, and so that makes our quantities more accurate.
With materials compiled digitally, we guarantee unmatched cost estimations.
We perform quantity take offs digitally. For this reason, there is no waste of documents. This also saves costs of conducting quantity take offs.
What really is a quantity take off?
Quantity take-off (QTO), also referred to as “construction take off”, is a comprehensive method of estimating construction costs by considering materials and labor required in order to complete a certain project. It gives an in-depth analysis of materials needed and their measurements.
Traditionally, estimators would tediously study manual blueprints and sketches in order to extract information about construction materials they need. We see this tedious process being increasingly replaced by modern digital models that are equipped with advanced BIM technologies to quickly extract information about tools needed. New York Engineers can leverage the capabilities of 5D BIM and quantity take-offs to help cost managers estimate overall costs of construction.
Who is Responsible for the Quantity Take Off?
Anyone who is well-versed with the process of compiling a comprehensive list of raw materials needed in construction can conduct a quantity take off. Usually, it is a team of quantity surveyors, subcontractors, general contractors, engineers, and estimators who are tasked to estimate the overall costs of construction.
New York Engineers is staffed with highly knowledgeable and experienced MEP engineers and architects who can easily perform cost estimations through quantity take offs. We know how complex the process is to decipher by general contractors hence our endeavor to offer quantity takeoff services to all clients in the AEC industry. Let alone manual quantity take-offs that required a highly skilled person to perform complex calculations, understanding the digital models geared towards cost estimations could be burdensome or a mission impossible for others.
At New York Engineers, we used advanced 5D BIM technology to carry out quantity take-offs for construction agents. Our quantity takeoffs are unparalleled and always spot on. Credit goes to the expertise of our engineers in developing the best digital models that demystify cost estimations. As a result, there is no need to waste paperwork and time manually compiling a list of materials needed for your construction.
What does Quantity Take Off measure?
We know that quantity takeoff helps with cost estimations; how does it really account for such estimations? In actual sense, this process takes into account the basic fundamentals of measurements such as volume, area, length, and physical counts.
Count: actual number of items is counted. This could be a number of raw materials such as lumber, electrical fixtures, and concrete slabs needed. We input everything in the digital model, and so you need not worry about studying blueprints or hand sketches.
Length: with some items, you have to measure how long they are. These include cables, pipes, and lumber. Also noteworthy is the diameter of these materials when performing quantity take-offs. All this information can be read from our digital model.
Area: for tiles, for example, we need to understand how much area they cover and what the associated costs are for that.
Volume: for every construction, we will need concrete or asphalt and the best way to measure them is through measuring their volumes.
These are some of the measurements that quantity takeoff takes into account. Calculations can become more complex to the extent of measuring electrical circuits, which you may not win if you have no electrical engineering background. With our engineers, you are safe because we are experts in MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) fields.
How do we conduct Quantity Take Off?
To conduct quantity take off, we consider the components of this process. The basic elements of a quantity take off is that it provides a list of materials needed for a construction project and assign costs to those materials. With our advanced BIM tech, we can extract information about the materials needed for the project with associated costs. The software is already designed to compute the cost estimations.
From the digital model, we get all the detailed information about the components of the design. For large scale projects, the list could be too long to jot down by hand. Thanks to the digitization of quantity take offs and the capabilities of 5D BIM in helping us estimate costs electronically.
There are some professionals who still follow the age-old method of manually compiling the list of materials and thereafter input them with their quantities in an Excel spreadsheet for computations. Even though this may seem as though it is done electronically, there is still a major part of a manual in it. BIM has provided us with the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of materials required without having to read 2D sketches. Everything is done in 3D designs with other BIM dimensions: 4D, 5D and 6D, helping us with cost estimations.
Benefits of a Quantity Take Off
Although it seems like a burdensome process, a quantity take off bears great benefits for construction projects. It is through a quantity take off that we get to know the overall costs of materials needed for the construction. This helps cost managers stay within a budget when making purchases.
Because New York Engineers uses BIM as a collaborative tool, everyone involved in the project gets to know the actual costs of materials and thus share their views in selecting the right materials. Also noteworthy is the specifications of the materials. For instance, we get to choose materials based on thermal properties or acoustic properties.
Quantity take off is a dynamic process of estimating costs. As changes are made in the design components, our digital model adjusts accordingly. If new materials are added, we will know how much they cost so that we do not exceed the specific budget of the project.
A quantity take off helps with the ordering of materials. Because of a high level of detail included in the materials, we get to know the specifications of the outstanding materials to purchase for your project. It eliminates the errors that are prevalent in day-to-day construction projects due to wrong purchases. We guarantee you a high level of accuracy in compiling a list of relevant materials digitally.
With a quantity take off, cost managers can determine the amount of extra materials to purchase in order to account for the wastage during the construction process. Wastes are inevitable in a construction, and so knowing the exact figures to purchase enables you to account for such wastes.
The last benefit we wish to highlight is the overall cost of the construction project. The quantity take off enables cost managers to prepare a material price estimate due to the comprehensive list of materials. The main benefits of quantity take offs are two-fold: guiding cost managers what types of materials to buy and providing a total material cost for the project.
Types of Quantity Take Offs
Quantity take-offs are basically conducted manually and digitally. We have already highlighted these differences; however, we wish to elaborate more so that you can choose wisely.
Manual quantity takeoff involves compiling a list of materials needed for your project without any assistance of digital software. Even if you compile the list manually and input it into the Excel spreadsheet it still involves a major part of manual quantity take off which is time-consuming.
A cost manager would typically analyze the drawings or blueprints in an attempt to compile a comprehensive list of all materials needed. Not only is this time consuming but it will also be aching to your hand since you have to write a long list of these materials. Opt for New York Engineers digital models for quantity take offs.
With a manual operation, you still have to perform complex calculations manually. Now, this requires a great deal of skill on how to compute calculations pertaining to cost estimations. With digital software, you just have to input the details and let the software do the magic for you.
Moreover, after completing the cost estimations manually, you still have to notify other relevant stakeholders in numerous meetings or through telephones. If there are changes done to the design, you have to adjust the calculations manually. This appears to be the most cumbersome way of performing quantity take-offs.
A digital way of performing quantity takeoff involves using digital software. Although there could be various software used in this regard, we combine the best of 5D BIM with quantity take off to estimate costs. We have been doing this for the past decade and all our clients revered us for the level of accuracy in our computations.
A digital quantity take off is effortless and most efficient. The software does everything for you from compiling a comprehensive list to performing actual calculations. New York Engineers technicians are behind the intelligence of the software used for digital computation of quantity take offs.
Because BIM serves as a collaborative tool, you do not have to notify other agents individually. Thanks to the cloud-based technology that updates everyone in real-time. There is no need for endless meetings or manual adjustments of the costs should there be alterations on any of the design components.
The level of accuracy in our digital model is way better than manual operations. We eliminate too many mistakes that human beings are prone of committing when conducting cost estimations. Large construction projects could painstakingly be challenging to deal with when estimating costs due to big data. BIM undoubtedly excels in big data handling, and we assure you the best results.
How do project owners benefit from a Quantity Take Off?
Project owners seldom care about typical materials needed in their projects as long as their projects are in the right hands of contractors. It appears to be daunting to go through a manually compiled long list of materials. With our digital quantity take off, we can make things easy for project owners. They get to know in a nutshell about the typical materials needed and the corresponding budget.
Our cloud-based digital model can make owners stay abreast with the progress of their projects. It helps them see the actual budget in real time. Also, it keeps them updated with the timeline.
Why choose New York Engineers?
If you have a project of any scale and finding it difficult to estimate the overall costs, New York Engineers can conduct that on your behalf. We are at the forefront of leading BIM technology in the construction industry. That enables us to perform the best quantity take off compared to our competitors.
Our engineers are well-versed with all construction projects. They know the typical materials you might need and the associated costs. Thanks to the collaboration between the 5D BIM and digital quantity take off. We are able to expedite the cost estimations by negating the need for a manual compilation of materials. Most importantly, our digital software can compute complex calculations to help cost managers with their purchase decisions.
Our cloud-based technology makes construction projects run smoothly by updating all team members in a real time. You save enormous costs that you would otherwise lose by convening endless meetings.