IntelliBid User Tip #42 : Automatic Labor Factoring

Did you know that you can increase the accuracy and consistency of your takeoffs with one simple step?
Change the Labor Factor setting to Auto mode and let IntelliBid assist you with the labor factoring.

For example, take off the following:

  1. Feeders Library
  2. Feeder Asmy by Amps
  3. 200A CU Feeders (in the EXP Bar Joist column)
  4. Under EMT category, choose the 200A CU EMT 3P4W+G / B-Joist feeder
  5. Select the approriate fittings
  6. Enter values for the prompts that appear in the Quantity Calculator:

Enter values for the prompts that appear in the Quantity Calculator

In the Quantity calculator enter:

  1. Pipe Length
  2. # of Ells Per Run
  3. # of Field Bends
  4. # Segments (are there any boxes in between the two panels?)
  5. Added Feet Each Wire (both ends added)

Added Feet Each Wire (both ends added)

Floors above grade

 

The formulas in your assemblies make certain assumptions. In the above example, IntelliBid assumes the work is on the first or second floor and that the mounting height for this feeder is less than ten feet above the floor. The Labor Factor for the wire is automatically set at 0.65, because we’re pulling all five wires at the same time thus, saving on labor. In many cases this amount of labor is perfectly OK, but what about the times when you’re on a higher floor or running the conduit higher – wouldn’t that affect the amount of labor required?

Most people agree that more labor would be necessary, but how much more? You can look up the factors in the NECA book, but that takes time. Or you can ignore it and hope that it will average out. You can even add a few more hours at the end of the takeoff, but now you’re not estimating, you’re guessing.

Most people agree that more labor would be necessary, but how much more

This is where the Auto Labor Factor feature in IntelliBid comes in. In the Settings section of the Takeoff screen, use the dropdown list for Lab- Fact, and scroll down to the bottom of the list to select Auto. Take off the same assembly again. This time the prompts include Conduit Mounting Height and Floors Above Grade. IntelliBid takes this information and translates it to the correct labor factors, eliminating the need for guess-work.

Floors Above Grade IntelliBid takes this information and translates it to the correct labor factors, eliminating the need for guess-work

This tip is covered in the Advanced Takeoff seminar.

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