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A Guide To Digital Takeoffs In Estimation

Masonry estimation has evolved a lot over the years. The popularity of manual takeoffs is slowly dwindling as time goes on since the introduction of new technology that allows estimators like Mo Engineers to carry out calculations digitally, leaving no room for any human error.

Digital blueprints are becoming increasingly available, and with the advanced software available, determining material quantities is getting easier, making the process efficient for all stakeholders involved in a project.

In this guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know about digital takeoffs and why they’re the key to your job’s success.


What Are Digital Takeoffs?

A digital takeoff service involves identifying the measurements and quantities of the required materials for a construction project through modern technological systems. By carrying out a digital takeoff it allows our team to establish the total costs of a project and assists us in making bids in the future.

What’s Involved In A Digital Takeoff?

Before digital takeoffs were a thing, the process of working out the required materials for a job was done manually, which can be great if it’s carried out correctly, but one mistake and a whirlwind of problems can arise. Thankfully, digital takeoffs allow us to streamline our workflow and close the gap in any areas where potential issues may pop up; that’s their importance.

Below, we have listed our step-by-step process of how each of our digital takeoffs is carried out.

  • Step 1 – We request your electronic blueprints and drawings in a compatible format, e.g., computer-aided design (CAD) or PDF.
  • Step 2 – We choose a digital takeoff software that suits your project. Some of the technology we use includes PlanSwift, Bluebeam Revu, and Stack.
  • Step 3 – Our team will find out if the drawings need to be calibrated so all the measurements of the materials are correct.
  • Step 4 – The digital takeoff begins with appropriate tools, e.g. area tool for square feet for flooring, etc.
  • Step 5 – The discovered measurements are categorised before review, e.g. electrical, concrete, etc.
  • Step 6 – A lot of digital systems automatically complete a report with a materials list formed off of the measurements once everything is complete.
  • Step 7 – We provide our clients with the materials report and then decide the next steps.

Benefits And Drawbacks Of Digital Takeoffs

Like all modern technology systems, digital take-offs come with their fair share of benefits and drawbacks that you should be aware of before booking one with us.

Benefits Of Digital Takeoffs

  • They save estimators time by cutting out the need to measure everything individually.
  • They have higher accuracy than manual takeoffs.
  • They allow human input if the estimator notices an issue a system can’t resolve.
  • They keep all the required documentation in one place so all stakeholders have it on hand whenever they need to view it.
  • They save the client from stumbling upon any unexpected costs because the margin for error is so small.

Drawbacks Of Digital Takeoffs

  • Some files provided to us may not be compatible with the systems we use.
  • Sudden system failures or maintenance might cause delays.
  • The system’s accuracy could be limited when working with complex designs.

Are Digital Takeoffs Worth Using?

Absolutely, digital takeoffs are the future of masonry estimation. The benefits that come with them far outweigh the drawbacks, and their accuracy levels top those of manual take-offs.

Contact Us And Receive A Quote Today!

Get in touch with us today and receive a quote for your potential construction project. See our contact us page for more details.

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