Estimating costs in a project – the takeoff

Since you’re here, you likely already know what a takeoff is. It’s a term commonly used in project estimation, but for those who need a refresher, I’ll summarise exactly what they are and how you can simplify your takeoffs to get more done in less time.

So, what’s the takeoff? When you receive your plans or blueprints for a project, your first step in the estimating process is to count and measure all the materials you’ll need to complete the project. This is a very important phase – and what’s known as the takeoff.


Takeoffs are time consuming

Usually takeoffs are time-costly and require discipline with a great eye for detail.

When done manually, the takeoff process can carry a high risk of error and only routine and a high level of determination can help to avoid mistakes in the calculations.

After printing the plans, highlighter colour markings are used to identify each object during counting and measuring. Again, this means, when done manually, the takeoff is a very time-consuming stage in the estimating process.


Groundplan saves time and prevents takeoff errors

In short: Groundplan eliminates the need to print plans and allows you to quantify everything with a click of your mouse.

Groundplan quantifies all your material and labour costs and pushes everything into a bill of quantities, saving you hours of estimating time.

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