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QB - 07.00 What Are Conditions?

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The first step after creating a Bid is to create Conditions

A Condition is a description of an object such as a wall, ceiling, or a door, etc., and includes all the Materials and Labor necessary to build the object. You'll create a Condition for each unique building object, for example, in a typical building, if you are estimating the cost to build the interior walls, you'll need a separate Condition for each unique type of wall and each unique wall height.

Key Points about Conditions

  • There are three basic types of Conditions: Area (SF, SY, m2, etc.), Linear (LF, LY, mm, mm, etc.), and Count (EA).
  • Building Out or Pricing a Condition involves adding Items to a Condition to specify Materials and Labor required to build the Condition. Building Conditions is the main activity of pricing a Bid. If you've taken the time to setup your database defaults and options, almost everything else can be added automatically to the Material and Labor costs as you add Items to your Conditions.
  • Each Condition may be associated with multiple Bid Areas within a project. For example, a Condition such as "10' Interior Wall" probably occurs on multiple floors within a project. There is no need to create that Condition multiple times - as long as the height is the same and the Condition is built the same way; simply use the Areas function to assign quantity to different floors. See Related articles for more information.
  • Typical Areas - A project may include parts of a building that, taken together, form a "Typical Area" - something such as identical apartment units, hotel suites, townhouses, lobby areas, and rest room/mechanical room combinations. These Typical Area each include several Conditions (walls, floors, windows, wiring, etc.). Quick Bid's "Typical Areas" feature allows you to assign Condition Quantity to a Typical Area and then specify how many times that Typical Area occurs within each Bid Area. When properly entered, Quick Bid can break out reports for each typical unit, each floor, each building, or report a grand total for the project. See Related articles for more information.

Conditions may be built from scratch, by duplicating existing Conditions, and copying and pasting from one Bid to another (or from a base Bid to an Alternate or Change Order). We cover each of these options in the articles that follow.

If you are working on an "Interactive Bid" (using On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid interactively), you create all your Conditions (and Bids, and child Bids, Bid Areas, and Typical Areas) in On-Screen Takeoff. See Related Articles for details.

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