A Competitive Advantage: Bringing Accurate Quantities to Estimating With 3D Technology

A Competitive Advantage: Bringing Accurate Quantities to Estimating With 3D Technology

Over the years, estimating methods for material required to build a scaffold have evolved from hand sketching and spreadsheets, which can be time consuming and leave a great deal of room for error, to on screen digitizing take-offs. With a 2D drawing, it’s almost impossible to identify potential conflicts and other factors that can’t be measured on a piece of paper. With an inability to visualize exactly how the structure will be constructed, there is less confidence in the estimate, which leads to more “padding.” In other words, you lose that competitive edge that comes with a more definitive estimate.

With our focus on continuous improvement and customer service, United Scaffolding employs 3D design technology to provide customers with the most accurate scaffold piece counts. This technology, which can be used for the design of both simple and complex scaffold solutions, allows users to see if there are any shortcomings with the original design, refining or changing anything that may need modification, prior to the actual construction.

Using 3D design, we can assist customers by verifying the inventory needed to begin their project on time and within budget. It also allows us to create a comprehensive bill of materials for each project. We can build a model of a complicated scaffold in minutes, with the quantities of materials reported automatically. This enables us to create accurate loading lists and detailed pricing reports to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective quotations possible.

Other benefits of model-based estimating:

– The 3D model can be used for schedule forecasting and resource planning;
– Change management is simplified; when a change is made to the model, the estimated quantities is not automatically, updated;
– With a more efficient workflow, there is time to focus on other critical factors, such as risk mitigation and owner and subcontractor relationship management;
– The stage is set for collaboration and exchange of data throughout the course of the project; and
– Inventory and manpower can be leveraged as a benchmark for similar projects in the future.