In UK construction, productivity increases are difficult to implement, especially in the procurement side of the equation.
In tendering and estimating, the advent of computers, spreadsheets and more specific software has assisted.
The slowest area is the generation of quantities beyond digitizing areas from drawings, and subsequent changes in the specification of the same quantities throughout the various elements of a building.
Over the past six years, QUINTIN QS have tried to improve on this problem. When measurements are taken, those same measurements are used repeatedly in conjunction with other differing measurements to generate quantities for various elements of work.
We have developed an Excel based system to allow entry of key measurements once, thus facilitating the automatic generation of the other quantities required, and cross checked to ensure accuracy.
Coupled with this, we have established an elemental toggle click, as shown below for 3.1 Substructures.
Once the basic costing generated, we can toggle between the 5 different scenarios to ascertain the change in cost instantly.
This process is repeated for all elements of a typical building.
Innovation and automation combined with professional awareness and more accurate assessment of cost variances.
Currently used in appraisal of schemes on the client side and also on the builder/sub-contractor side for pricing.