BIM takeoff has many positive and negative aspects to it. The biggest drawback is the complexity of the setting up and starting to use a BIM system. One way to gain most of the benefits of BIM takeoff techniques with the level of complexity is to use assembly based takeoffs.

With assembly based takeoffs, the materials, tools and even labor can be built into assemblies before they are needed. Then when an assembly is needed in is simply added to an area by dragging it into the area and dropping it. The computer program does all the work, almost instantly producing estimates of costs, and materials.

“I have yet to have any problems with this incredible program. I use it for painting and I have had not problems doing the takeoffs, in fact, they have been pleasingly easy to navigate through. I had troubles getting my plans into the system of the previous product I was using, but with PlanSwift this is a quick and easy process to manage. I started by leasing the program, due to my skepticism from other programs I had ordered before. Today, however, I am a proud owner of the software. I am very happy to see what PlanSwift has to offer for the future.”-Jade Mailloux & Sons, Inc / Greg Grover


Of great benefit is the speed with which assemblies can be created. In a matter of minutes a complex assembly can be done. Plus, assemblies can be built while the project in underway. There is no need to have all the assemblies completed before takeoff begins. However, once an assembly is finished it can be saved for use whenever it is needed, even in other projects.

With these quality tools, construction estimators can get the great aspects of BIM takeoff without some of the negative issues.

“With PlanSwift I am able to scale my dimensions far more accurately than I ever have before. The program is faster and more efficient than any other takeoff software I have used in the past. Customer service has done several on-line sessions for our company. This program pays for itself in no time. Very pleased!”-Dixie Plywood / Ken Ainsley


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