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:
In the Quantity calculator enter:
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.
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.
This tip is covered in the Advanced Takeoff seminar.