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QB - 07.04 Condition Detail: Bid Areas, Typical Areas, and Phases Overview

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Bid Areas

Bid Areas are defined locations within a single project such as buildings, floors, levels, wings, phases, or zones. Quick Bid uses Bid Areas to allocate accumulated costs charged to these specific locations. Area names generally refer to the contract drawings or page number (Building 1, Floor 2, for example). Bid Areas are the first step in logically designating Bid costs to different sections of a project and are required for using Typical Areas. Reports can then be generated to display information and quantities for each specific building area. Follow the steps below to create a Bid area.

Typical Areas

A Typical Area is something that repeats within a project multiple such as apartment units, hotel suites, townhouses, lobby areas, common rest room areas, etc. The Typical Area function allows an estimator to assign a count for each "typical unit" and Quick Bid automatically calculates total values. When properly configured, Quick Bid can then break out reports for each typical unit, floor, building, etc. or report a grand total for the project. Because a Condition Detail is restricted to a single height, we recommend your Condition Names and Typical Area Names always include a reference to height. Examples: "Apt. 2B – 8' 6” ", "Apt. 2B – 10' 0” ". Be mindful of these different heights when assigning Condition Quantities to Typical Areas.

If you are using Quick Bid and On-Screen Takeoff interactively, you must create, edit, delete Bid Areas and Typical Areas in On-Screen Takeoff. Please see the On-Screen Takeoff User Guide for details on creating Bid Areas and Typical Areas.


Phases allow you to 'roll-up' multiple Bid Areas into, well, phases. For example, we may setup a Bid with five floors (Floor 1 - 5). Floors 1 and 2 are 'Phase 1' of the project, Floor 3 is "Phase 2", and Floors 4 and 5 are "Phase 3". When you create certain Bid Exports, you can select the option to use "Account Codes" which replaces Bid Areas with Phases (if Phases have been assigned). Phases are supported by some Accounting Exports.

Phase information is only passed from the Base Bid to new Change Orders. Any subsequent changes on the Base Bid or any Change Orders are independent from any other existing Change Orders or Base Bid. Each can have its own Phase values.
If you are adding Phases after you've created Change Orders, you will need to add Phase information within each existing Change Order.

Let us start by looking at how to use Bid Areas.

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