Kreo: Revolutionary 5D BIM Quantity Takeoff Software
Understanding BIM Quantity Takeoff Software
Many in the construction industry suggest that Building Information Modelling or BIM quantity takeoff software will render the traditional quantity takeoff obsolete.
Theoretically, as BIM models use libraries of three-dimensional objects with associated data, the architect or designer can determine takeoff quantities while designing the building.
However, the reality is a little different. For one thing, architects and designers - like everyone else involved in the process - often have insufficient time to pay attention to the detail and nuance of a project. They don’t typically deal with methods and materials, and they focus on creating a drawing which demonstrates their ‘design intent’ and little else. Architects and designers will specify ‘what’ but not necessarily ‘how’ - that part is down to those who build it.
They also lack the nuanced trade knowledge to identify site-specific requirements - for example, the need for a specific type of concrete, or a certain amount of excavation or formwork.
This creates issues with BIM models that actually affect their constructability. Cost estimators and other associated parties then have to manually review all of the issues.
There are also issues around how computers interpret the elements of a model. Computers ignore or misclassify elements unless you label them in exactly the right way. This leads to elements (and their associated data/materials) being omitted from the quantity takeoff altogether. This pretty much undermines the value of an ‘automated’ quantity takeoff. So much time goes into working out what was omitted rather than getting it right in the first place.
This all holds BIM back from realising its full potential. According to our recent survey, only half of construction professionals told us they use a BIM model to calculate bills of quantities. A quarter still use drawings alone, and it still takes 87% of them longer than a week to create bills of quantities. And for a third, it takes 3 weeks or longer!
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Why use Kreo's BIM quantity takeoff software?
Kreo will finally unleash the potential of 4D and 5D BIM. Our software revolutionises BIM quantity takeoff, transforming it into a process that takes minutes rather than weeks. After you import your model into Kreo Plan, the software will automatically:
- Review and highlight any issues with the model
- Perform a full BIM element count, flagging any uncertain elements
- Generate a detailed, accurate bill of quantities within minutes, complying with NRM standards
Quantity surveyors or cost estimators can then verify the quantities, as well as activity assignment, from an accurate starting point. Kreo also produces a 3D visualisation of BIM elements to allow professionals to audit quantities and measurements. Read more about it in our ebook, or request a free trial of Kreo Plan today to see how quickly you can create your bills of quantities and cost estimates.