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- Trainer's Corner February, 2010
- By John Barrett, Instructor
One of the more important differences between Accubid's classic product line and Accubid Enterprise is the ability to use a specification for takeoff. In this article, we will touch on what a spec is as it pertains to Enterprise and illustrate how to import a selection of specs into a job for takeoff.
A typical aboveground sanitary system might be composed of both cast iron and copper depending on the size of the pipe. An example of a spec for such a system might read as follows:
An example of the corresponding specification in Accubid Enterprise is shown below:
As illustrated in Figure 2, the parameters listed state that from zero to 3", the material to be used is DWV copper pipe. The spec further dictates that piping (and incidentally fittings) over 3” and up to 15” shall be Cast Iron.
When handling this type of takeoff in Enterprise, once the spec is imported into the job, you no longer need to be mindful of whether you're taking off copper or cast iron. It's simply a matter of measuring pipe and fittings by size and quantity (or length). From here you can see, the process becomes much more dynamic.
Many specifications are included within the Enterprise database.
While they are all quite comprehensive, it is imperative to note that the specification templates in Enterprise are intended to be a guideline only. Each template should be reviewed and modified, if needed, as there are several other components to which they must correlate:
- The engineered project specs, (e.g. Section 15000 or 23 of the projects' bid documents)
- Your pricing update service, if applicable
- Local available product
- Preferences of manufacturers
Additionally, your company style of operation will influence how the specification templates will be set up.
Once templates are set up to satisfactory condition, they can be imported into all jobs and adjusted to suit the unique requirements of that job. When importing a customized specification template into a job, you, in essence, are providing all the background and affiliated information that accompanies the piping system. Shown below in Figure 3 is an example of how to import specs into a job:
Specification templates can be imported and customized into any job at anytime.
It is important to note that while it is possible to import specs 'on the fly' in an active job, it is also possible to go into Enterprise Manager and create customize specs at the database level.
To do so, access the Specification Setup screen by selecting Specification Setup in Application Manager. Using the editor that appears, you can create and store your collection of typically used specs. Once a specification is set up correctly as a template, it can be selected, renamed if needed, and imported into any job requiring it. This can be easily done at any time directly from the Takeoff screen.
This approach to takeoff is intended to provide you with a much more comprehensive set of tools. With a minimal amount of invested time on the front end, either in Enterprise Manager or in a live job, you will undoubtedly become more efficient and accurate, allowing you more time for professional development.