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Estimating - March, 2016

Vertical Takeoff with AutoBid Mechanical

In this video Trimble MEP Sales Engineer David Teague, walks us through Vertical Takeoff in OnScreen View with AutoBid Mechanical. The video covers how to add items to a vertical run, branch from a vertical run, how to change elevation.

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Estimating - June, 2014

Wow, if I do this just one time…

Once a project has been awarded, one of the first tasks for the Project Manager is to set up the basic framework or templates for managing any changes that may occur during the project. Whether you are using Trimble Accubid Classic ChangeOrder or Trimble Accubid Enterprise Change Management just a few preliminary steps can make the management of your Change Estimates (PCO) and Change Orders (CO) easier.

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3D Modeling, BIM, CAD, Scanning - January, 2014

Creating a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud (Overview)

“How do I create a 3D Model with a 3D Laser Scanner?”

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Estimating, Project Management, Takeoffs - June, 2013

Managing Change Orders – A High-level View

Change orders are a part of all projects, and the way in which they are managed can determine the overall profitability on a job. When creating and managing change orders in Trimble® Accubid Enterprise, there are a few key steps that you must follow.

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Estimating - February, 2013

Global Parts and Parts of Parts

In the Trimble Accubid Enterprise Estimating application, components can be generated in several ways.  Each required component could be taken off individually and separately; a process that would be extremely time consuming and could lead to omissions. Click To Enlarge

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Field Layout, Technology - January, 2013

Benchmarking for MEP

Benchmarking with Trimble Field Link and the Robotic Total Station Your Robotic total station helps you to lay out points that the CAD/Coordination Department has assigned to 3D coordinated objects you are responsible for laying out on the project.  Some points may have different elevation relationships to each other and also the level you are trying to lay them out on. Benchmarking is a way that you can control how you lay out your work.  You can also use it to your advantage to manipulate

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3D Modeling, BIM, CAD, Field Layout - January, 2013

Creating Point Data for the Trimble MEP Robotic Total Station Using PipeDesigner 3D

In your BIM process, you spend a lot of time modeling geometry, coordinating your design with other trades and generating construction drawings for field layout. If you are like many other contractors, you would like to be able to relay the accuracy of your CAD model to the field without doing additional work in that process.

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Estimating, Project Management - May, 2012

Integration to ConstructJob Part I

For every project, job costing starts at the estimate. Using the Integrator utility, you can easily transfer data from your Accubid Estimating program to the ConstructJob project management system. We will walk through this process which involves the following 5 steps:

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Estimating, Takeoffs - February, 2012

Selecting Takeoff Attributes in Accubid Enterprise Estimating

When using a specification driven takeoff tool such as Accubid Enterprise Estimating, it is important to tell the software what needs to be calculated. The estimator selects the wiring method based on the project specification. In Enterprise, this is accomplished by selecting the appropriate specification as shown below.

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Estimating, Takeoffs - August, 2011

Accelerating Takeoff Using Takeoff Pads

In Enterprise Estimating, there are a number of features that can assist in accelerating takeoff. The approach of specification-based takeoff used in Enterprise Estimating offers tremendous advantages in speed on its own, but there is a way to further increase speed of takeoff of either items or assemblies and that is by exploiting the graphical approach of on-screen takeoff using on-screen takeoff pads. This article examines that approach in detail.

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