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OST - 01.04.01 Takeoff Boost™

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Please review the article Using Takeoff Boost™ Overview and Requirements and watch the Takeoff Boost video below for more information and examples of how you can use Takeoff Boost to get the most out of your takeoff and estimating resources.


What is Takeoff Boost?

How Does Takeoff Boost Work?

Why Would I use Takeoff Boost?

What Takeoff Boost Isn't

What is Takeoff Boost™?

Takeoff Boost for On-Screen Takeoff can get your bid off to a great start by helping save time and boost your team’s productivity by eliminating a significant amount of the manual takeoff process. Our Takeoff Boost feature uses AI technology to return area, linear, and item counts with the click of a button.

Takeoff Boost is integrated into On-Screen Takeoff, although it requires a separate subscription and license key (see Requirements in the Overview and Requirements for all requirements).

Takeoff Boost makes it easier for you to get a preliminary scope of work on a takeoff project. In seconds, Takeoff Boost analyzes a plan and then creates Conditions and takeoff to account for:

  • Footprint area
    • Footprint Area (area outline of a building, drawn along the outside edge of the exterior walls)
  • Net Area (less walls)
    • Net Area (cumulative area drawn along the inside edge of exterior and interior walls)
  • Walls (linear)
    • Lines (straight segments only)
  • Counts
    • Counts such as Plumbing Fixtures, Doors, Elevators, etc.

How Does Takeoff Boost Work?

Coming Soon!

Why Would I Use Takeoff Boost?

Using Takeoff Boost's automated takeoff you can:

  • Estimate the scope of a project to see if you're interested in investing the time and effort necessary to work up a formal bid
  • Generate a very, very rough cost estimate using your historical Unit Costs and Takeoff Boost's results (along with your own manual takeoff)

OST Conditions window showing Takeoff Boost results

Example of Conditions and results that Takeoff Boost results can provide

From here, you could export the results to your favorite estimating program (such as Quick Bid) or simply use the Worksheet Tab to develop a rough Unit Cost estimate.

What Takeoff Boost Isn’t

Let’s get this out of the way, no technology or automation can take the place of a seasoned, knowledgeable estimator. Takeoff Boost is not “complete, automated takeoff” that a user can use, with the wave of a magic wand, to estimate an entire project. Takeoff Boost gives you a great head start on your takeoff, and AI is improving all the time, but, as the estimator, you still play a critical role in bringing “human experience” to review and fine-tune the project.

Also, Takeoff Boost isn’t a "fit" for every contractor. For the initial version, what Takeoff Boost finds may not help you in your particular trade or scope of work. You’ll need to judge if what Takeoff Boost can do for you brings value to your organization.

Although the results Takeoff Boost delivers are fairly accurate and the takeoff provided can give you a significant jump start on your Bid, you must review all takeoff Results, rename Conditions, reassign takeoff from the Conditions Boost creates to appropriate Conditions you create, and fill-in missing takeoff manually.

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