Time is money for subcontractors and other professionals in the modern construction industry. It can be difficult trying to juggle reliable profit margins, client satisfaction and work-life balance.
Purely from a time perspective, modern takeoff software can help you get the job done quicker without compromising on accuracy. We have covered three of the features commonly offered in digital software options that will help you reduce your total takeoff time.
Eliminate Tracing with Smart Measurement Tools
Intelligent file types such as CAD drawings can be measured very quickly using digital takeoff software. Some platforms even offer smart measurement tools that allow users to measure an entire room with a single click. For subcontractors required to measure a large number of rooms and areas, this capability can make the entire measuring process a whole lot quicker. Users who are measuring an entire house build can get a total dimension figure in a matter of minutes.
Another area that digital software improves upon is measuring curved lines. Curved lines can present something of a challenge in manual takeoff, but smart measurement tools allow you to breeze through this process without the risk of error.
Create Dimensions Sheets to Track Takeoff
No matter how many times you have manually measured for a large project, it’s easy to lose track of the data you have gathered along the way. A mistake in this regard can set your whole project back several hours, but takeoff software allows you to keep everything in the right place with defined dimensions sheets.
Dimensions sheets are easy to create within digital platforms. Simply create a title for your sheet, before selecting the mode of measurement you are storing (area, count, length etc.). Users can select which folder they would like to store sheets in, making it easy to track progress. Some software platforms even allow users to set colors within a dimension sheet based on positive or negative dimensions.
Digital takeoff software is all about reducing double-handling and avoidable errors, and dimensions sheets are certainly helpful in this regard.
Live-Linking – Say Goodbye to Manual Data Entry
One of the more time-consuming aspects of manual takeoff is inputting your gathered data onto a spreadsheet. It can be a laborious progress, and it’s easy to make mistakes if you’re not paying close enough attention.
Live-linking between takeoff software and spreadsheets eliminates the need for bulk manual data entry. Software users can simply ‘drag and drop’ measured dimensions into a spreadsheet, with several pieces of information able to be stored within a single spreadsheet cell. The beauty of live-linking is that any subsequent changes that are made to the dimensions using your software are automatically updated on the linked spreadsheet. This saves you the effort of going backwards and forwards between your takeoff and spreadsheet ensuring everything is up-to-date.
Modern takeoff platforms that support live-linking allow you to input multiple dimension sheets at once to save time. Live-linking also mitigates the risk of copy-paste errors that damage the overall accuracy of your takeoff.
Streamline Your Takeoff with eMeasure
While there are takeoff software options on the market that include some of the above three features, eMeasure combines all three at a very affordable price. Our software offers these speed benefits and many more for a small monthly fee or as an outright purchase.
Subcontractors and other construction professionals looking to improve their processes can test eMeasure with a no-obligation, 14-day free trial of our full takeoff platform. To learn more about how eMeasure can help you stay competitive in an evolving industry, feel free to get in contact with our friendly team today.