Quantity Takeoff

What is Quantity Takeoff

Definition of Quantity Takeoff in Construction

A very common expression within the construction industry is quantity takeoff. This term refers to an accurate analytical analysis of the quantity required for specific scope activities. Quantity takeoffs are required to properly and accurately order material and manage field storage conditions and manpower requirements. The quantity takeoff commences during the bidding process when individuals in the main office use computer programs to determine the quantity of materials required to complete the project. There are still contractors that will use the old methods of quantity takeoff, called a calculator and scale; however there are several software programs that have quantity takeoff capabilities to enhance the accuracy and the efficiency of the quantity takeoff process. Quantity takeoff is a term that is used from the bidding stages to the final project completion, as well as in arbitration and legal proceedings.