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Embracing the Power of 3D Takeoff in Preconstruction

As technology continues to evolve, massive opportunities remain in the construction industry to evolve the preconstruction phase, where 2D drawings remain prevalent. The top challenges surrounding 2D drawings are that the process is labor-intensive and prone to inaccuracies.

Quantity Takeoff Software: The Key to Faster, More Accurate Estimates

Quantity takeoff software has emerged as an invaluable resource for construction by streamlining the process of generating estimates on construction materials and labor costs.

From a small building to a towering skyscraper, these estimates during the preconstruction phase are essential because they provide stakeholders with a transparent view of the project's financial outlook.

In the traditional construction process, estimators were much like navigators setting the course for a journey. By studying 2D drawings, they dissected project segments to determine necessary materials and labor, much like mapping out a journey.

Shifting Gears: The Leap from 2D to 3D

What if we can upgrade this paper map to a 3D GPS system? The latter is more detailed and dynamic, providing multiple routes and real-time data. This is the essence of 3D Takeoff technology: It's like switching from a static paper map to a live GPS for our construction projects - offering the ability to visualize every detail and every angle.

3D Takeoff technology speeds up the estimating process by allowing estimators to zoom in and examine individual project components, or zoom out for an overall view, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the project scope.

Transforming the Landscape with 3D Takeoff

Construction projects often face the dual challenges of cost overruns and time delays, negatively impacting a company's financial standing and reputation.

3D Takeoff technology offers several key benefits:

  • Improved Efficiency: Users have more time for strategic decision-making and innovation.
  • Enhanced Accuracy: The detailed data provided by 3D models considerably lowers the risk of errors, leading to more precise estimates while contributing to cost savings and enhancing the credibility of projects.
  • Strengthened Collaboration: All stakeholders have the same understanding, promoting transparency and alignment.
  • Comprehensive Project Management: Stakeholders have a wealth of data that aids in risk mitigation, efficiency improvement and creates a valuable database for future projects.

Gaining Confidence in 3D Takeoff

While the benefits of 3D takeoff are clear, construction professionals often question the reliability of the models they receive. To address these concerns, industry leaders have developed a robust a quality control process:

1. Align on a BIM Execution Plan: An agreement between the designer and the contractor, a BIM Execution Plan outlines how the model will be built and dissected. It's most effective in a design-build project delivery format.

2. Interrogate the Model: It’s essential to thoroughly review the model. A visual inspection helps understand how the model was built and identify any missing elements.

3. Build a Strategy for Use: Identify key elements in the model, note the correctly modeled items and create a plan for addressing missing elements. Starting with elements like structural steel, which typically follow a similar modeling framework across firms, can be beneficial for those new to 3D quantity takeoff.

4. Check and Double-Check: Finally, verify the accuracy of users' 3D takeoff by comparing it to a 2D takeoff of the same room or area to ensure accuracy.

Leaning into the Future

Adopting 3D Takeoff represents a shift in mindset, from "how it's always been done" to "how it can be done."

Mike Bodley, director at Bodley Construction, has already seen the benefits of this innovative approach. “Being able to takeoff from the 3D model is awesome,” says Bodley. “We are not going to miss things with the model as you can visually see what objects you have layout for and what objects you haven't.”

As we push the boundaries of innovation and leverage the power of 3D Takeoff technology, our commitment to construction professionals remains unwavering: we aim to provide tools that make our users' jobs more efficient and productive.

Are you ready to experience the transformative power of 3D Takeoff technology? Join our upcoming webinar on June 14th, 2023, and let's revolutionize preconstruction together.