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 have evolved from hand written and spreadsheets, to on screen digitizing take-off, all of which can be time consuming and leave a great deal of room for error. With a 2D drawing, it’s also impossible to identify potential conflicts and other factors that can’t be measured on a piece of paper. With an inability to visualize exactly what the structure will look like once it’s constructed, there is often less confidence in the estimate, which leads to more “padding.” In other words, you lose that competitive edge that comes with a tighter bid.

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

Using 3D design, we can assist customer by verifying the inventory needed to begin their project on time and within budget. It allows us create a comprehensive bill of materials required for each project. We can build a model of even 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 can be easily, if 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
– Work can be leveraged as a benchmark for similar projects in the future.