Outsource your quantity take-offs to our expert engineers so you can leverage your free time for business decision-making.
Implement time-saving and cost-effective measures when you tailor your quantity take-offs with specified construction methods.
Increase your building project’s efficiency by interlinking quantity take-offs with bill of materials and construction cost estimation through technological intervention.
New York Engineers Explain Quantity Take-offs (QTO)
From an engineer’s perspective, a quantity take-off is your essential pre-construction document reference listing all the in-depth labor and materials required for a building project. Additionally, quantities and location for each material is clearly specified—giving you an overview of the construction cost estimation in the early design phase, and the baseline cost for contractor bidding.
Construction is an expensive project, and in effect, cost constraints are implemented to such an extent. Here’s where quantity take-offs prove to be vital. At New York Engineers, we have the baseline knowledge to complete such rigorous task for your building project—fully incorporating our MEPF engineering expertise for each specific quantity-take-off.
Merits of Quantity Take-offs
Losing out on some potential building projects due to overvalued or underestimated bid can take a toll on the bottom line of your business. To get to the right equilibrium where you meet both extremes, you need to create a starting point in the form of a competitive quantity take-off—catering to all the fluctuating cost challenges you may face with your construction project down the road.
We give you evidence-based results of all the benefits that you can get when you outsource your quantity take-offs to a professional engineering service provider such as New York Engineers:
Take your client through the progress from pre-design to as-built phase as quantity take-offs serve as the gauge for cost control in every stage of the building project.
Improve collaboration with building project stakeholders and provide precise quantity of materials in relation with the site coordination of construction trades.
Our custom work sheets for every trade and construction method provide you a competitive quantity take-off which can serve as a basis for your construction cost estimation.
Combine savings and speed by reducing the need of hiring permanent employees who lack the expertise, and instead, hire specialists who can provide quick turnaround of your quantity take-offs.
Delegate quantity take-offs to our experts and scale up solutions by focusing on core components which can propel your business to grow.
Let it be known that such merits can’t be achieved without experts driving the system. At New York Engineers, we have continuously worked and are working on all types of building projects—rendering us flexible and agile in creating quantity take-offs for residential, commercial, healthcare, office, institutional or industrial projects.
How Construction Methods Affect Quantity Take-offs
Construction methods certainly have an impact on how we generate quantity take-offs. Case in point, steel structure design is thoroughly different from wood structure design, as well as when compared with concrete structure design. On structural integrity alone, steel framing has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than wood framing, and generally has higher purchase cost than the latter option. It is also worth mentioning that when life cycle assessment (LCA) is factored in, steel is excellently 100% recyclable and wood can be prone to termites and rotting. On top of inflation, this could spell great impact on the cost variances of your building project.
Such discrepancies range from the methodologies and materials used, and all these elements should be factored in when you decide who can give you the highest output value on quantity take-offs. How a construction method is chosen for a building project depends on the type of building project, structural loads, seismic factors, site location, availability of local materials, project budget, construction timetable, zoning ordinances and all other factors that can form the complexities of a building project.
If these factors are not considered, you subject your building project to construction risks and error-prone endeavors—leading you with increased costs down the line when your initial intention is greater savings and returns. Better to pay for expensive upfront costs and be guaranteed with quality rather than correlate lower prices for better value.
It only goes to show that only professionals certified in their expertise can perform competitive quantity take-offs, since quantity take-offs per se carry so much weight as the reference cost point in the cumulative construction process. At New York Engineers, one of our dictums is to provide a direct correlation between specialization and construction methods through quantity take-offs.
We take reference from the CSI MasterFormat where Facility Construction Subgroup and Facility Services Subgroup mainly cater to architectural and engineering disciplines, respectively:
Considering how intricate and specialized these divisions are, only professional engineers can weave through the wealth of information available and utilize this for accurate generation of your quantity take-offs. It takes technical engineering expertise to back-check plans, specifications, dimensions, scaling, quantity, material wastage, unit of measurements and variable mark-ups.
This is where New York Engineers deliver custom MEPF quantity take-off solutions for you.
Learn the Methodologies of Quantity Take-offs
Based from your building’s construction methods, quantity take-off methods can vary according to discipline. In fact, here are some of the few methods per discipline:
The Relationship Between QTO, BOM and Construction Cost Estimation
For first-time building owners and clients who are not well-acquainted with our industry-specific jargons, this can bring confusion down the road which can effectively hamper productive progress in your building construction. To foster effective collaboration on all stakeholders involved, our engineers help you discover the link between the three cost factors of a building construction to better facilitate how your project complies on a commercial aspect.
Quantity take-offs (QTO), bill of materials (BOM) and construction cost estimation can mean similar altogether for an unfamiliar set of eyes, but let’s tackle their differences one-by-one:
Quantity take-offs or QTO, provide a local viewpoint or micro perspective of your building construction costs. Specifically, quantity take-offs render you high levels of detailed precision on all counts of labor and materials required for every construction trade. In a few words, QTO is your starting point, and our expert engineers can’t emphasize enough how critical quantity take-offs are for the whole building construction process.
While QTO gives you a local angle, construction cost estimation also works the same but touches on an added functionality of macro perspective. As mentioned, QTO is an integral part of construction cost estimation, where dearth of the former component can produce inaccurate estimates. This inaccuracy is also compounded by the fact that the construction cost estimation also factors in variable inputs for total estimated cost. All the more that this means there should be no place for careless errors, no matter the estimation.
In all stages required as per American Society of Professional Estimators, construction cost estimation moves from general to specific as building construction progresses—giving you the opportunity to scrutinize every estimate and audit your construction expenses for cash flow improvement.
Bill of materials is very much akin to your quantity take-offs, but the main difference is that BOM is much broader than QTO insofar as the scope of work is concerned. QTO specifically lists the quantities per material, while BOM talks in a general sense and can range from any types tailored to a particular industry. However, in building and construction landscape, this could mean EBOM and MBOM for engineering and manufacturing departments, respectively. When the need arises, such disciplines can create a subset of their own disciplines ranging from single to multi-level EBOM to further meet the demands of the project. To put simply, our specialized engineers create a specific EBOM for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering of your building project.
This leads us to a common point: all three aspects differ in their own way, but they all work together to create an effective cost constraint for your building project. Our proficient engineers are all well-versed in creating these specialist documents, and then interweaving a comprehensive large-scale connection among the three elements to integrate into your building project’s success. At New York Engineers, we believe that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Quantity Take-offs, From Manual to Digital
In AEC industry, we are seeing the rise of manual to digital transition as technological intervention paves the way for innovation and user-centric efficiency. Quantity take-offs, in particular, come a long way from paper calculations to digital takeoff software. The question is: why the big change?
Anyone knows that to compete for construction projects in this Information Age, your firm needs to be efficient. Efficiency, by definition, means producing fast and quality results. Such is not the case with manual quantity take-offs. Often, you only get one out of the two prerequisites, where either you have two likely scenarios: getting excellent results in a longer stretch when the professional expertise is not in question, or settling for mediocre output in a faster interval with possible clerical errors produced. Despite the degree of experience a professional engineer has under his belt, digital quantity take-offs can still beat the former.
All because digital quantity take-offs are still facilitated by the professional engineers. Technically, this produces better results as user expertise seamlessly blends with the digital intervention. Where before manual quantity take-offs require tedious tasks for completion, digital quantity take-offs now come with a host of integrated features such as blueprint analysis, complex data calculations and online price databases—making the latter option a much better choice as professional engineers can now adjust material requirements in real-time rather than waste valuable build time manually rectifying errors.
As with all pros and cons, our innovative engineers utilize digital quantity take-offs for your time-saving and cost-effective benefits.
How Revit Helps in the Accuracy of Quantity Take-offs
In the previous section, we reiterate the transformative change of quantity take-offs from manual to digital. With these realization comes a plethora of options for digital takeoff software. But what makes Revit, a 3D building information modeling (BIM) software, gain a competitive edge over its counterparts? Our team of engineers consolidate Revit’s attractive features for quantity take-offs:
All these model-based parameters render Revit as a technological benchmark in the quantity take-off industry.
Seal the Deal as New York Engineers Create Your Quantity Take-offs
Bid more confidently with construction projects when you utilize our expertise on quantity take-offs. Along with our specialized team of engineers, we stay innovative in this digital age to yield you maximum returns of investment in your building project—not only on cost constraints, but more so on schedule and quality control. Scan our portfolio of topnotch projects and see how we excellently deliver our specialist knowledge on quantity take-offs.