The method includes steps for providing a spreadsheet template including a summary worksheet and one or more input worksheets with a plurality of cells for estimating a quantity of an item in a building project comprising one or more items, receiving a value of a parameter inputted by a user in a predetermined cell of Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code input worksheet, calculating the quantity of the item based on the value and a formula for the item, and generating a list including the quantity of the item on the summary worksheet.

Provisional Patent Application No. Specifically, the invention relates to a method a program for estimating building material quantities by using a spreadsheet format specifying product names and categories. The digitizer is constructed similar to a computer mouse. An estimator moves the digitizer around and selects different items on a set of blueprints to get calculations on the items. The estimator selects an item under the program's prompt, and the digitizer takes measurements of the item.

The measurements are then used to calculate material quantity of the item based on a known formula. There are different formulas for different items. Some of the formulas may be preset in the program and others may need to be defined by the estimator.

These computerized material estimation systems are very accurate when used properly. A major problem with them, however, is that they are very expensive. Normally, only large lumber dealers may purchase and install these systems.

As the Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code, a contractor would have to rely on one particular distributor to accurately bid on a job.

The contractor may also have to pay for this service. Another problem with the systems is that an estimator is supposed to know how to do a takeoff by hand with pencil, paper and scale ruler before attempting to use the system. This is not usually the case. People having some knowledge of computers but no takeoff experience falsely believe that the program will walk them through the estimate process without error. The problem surfaces when they select a wrong item on a print and resulting in incorrect results from the calculations.

In addition, if the program asks an estimator to input a formula and the estimator does not have the correct formula, the program cannot be properly used. These systems also become an obstacle for experienced estimators who are not familiar with computer technologies.

It may take them hours just to get the program set up correctly. For such individuals it is actually quicker Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code do a takeoff without the aid of a computer at all. In addition, a digitizer is a very sensitive piece of equipment.

If a digitizer is damaged, the program associated with it becomes useless. Therefore, what is needed is an easy-to-use and low cost estimation program for running on a personal computer. The program does not require costly initial equipment setup and has a high accuracy. In a first aspect of the invention, a method is provided. The method comprises providing a spreadsheet template including a summary worksheet and one or more input worksheets, each worksheet comprises a plurality of cells, for estimating a quantity of an item in a building project comprising one or more items, receiving a value of a parameter inputted by a user in a predetermined cell of an input worksheet, calculating the quantity of the item based on the value and a formula for the item, and generating a list comprising the quantity of the item on the summary worksheet.

The method, as above, may further comprise displaying the quantity of the item in another cell of the input worksheet in which the formula for the calculation of the item is embedded. The method, as above, may further comprise calculating a quantity of a Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code 5 related to the item based on the quantity of the item and a formula for the component, and adding the quantity of the component to the list on the summary worksheet. The method, as above, may further comprise displaying the quantity of the component in yet another cell of the input worksheet in which the formula for the calculation of the component is embedded.

In the method, the input worksheet may contain formulas for calculating one or more item and one or more component related to the item for one or more subgroup of the building project, and the summary worksheet may contain formulas for calculating a total quantity Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code an item or Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code related component in all input worksheets. In the method as Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code, the subgroup of the project may include one or more of the following: In the method as above, the formula for the item and the formula for the component are predefined Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code to one or more conditions specified for the building project and the formulas are modifiable according the conditions.

In a second aspect of the invention, a computer program product embodied in a computer readable storage medium for using in a computer for estimating a quantity of an item in a building project including one or more items is provided.

The product comprises program codes for providing a spreadsheet template for estimating a quantity of an item in a building project comprising one or more items, wherein the spreadsheet template comprises a summary worksheet and one or more input worksheets, each worksheet comprises a plurality of cells, program codes for receiving a value of a parameter inputted by a user in a predetermined cell of an input worksheet, program codes for calculating the quantity of the item based on the value and a formula for the item, and program codes for generating a list comprising the quantity of the item on the summary worksheet.

The computer program product may further comprise program codes for displaying the quantity of the item in another cell of the input worksheet in which the formula for the calculation Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code the item is embedded.

The computer program product may Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code comprise program codes for calculating a quantity of a component related to the item based on the quantity of the item and a formula for the component, and program codes for adding the quantity of the component Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code the list on the summary worksheet.

The program product may further comprise program codes for displaying the quantity of Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code component in yet another cell of the input worksheet in which the formula for the calculation of the component is embedded.

In the program product as above, the input worksheet may contain formulas for calculating one or more item and one or more component related to the item for one or more subgroup of the building project, and the summary worksheet may contain formulas for calculating a total quantity of an item or an related component in all input worksheets.

In the above program product the subgroup of the project may include one or more of the following: In the program product as above, the formula for the item and the formula for the component are predefined according to one or more conditions specified for the building project and the formulas are modifiable according the conditions.

The program overcomes many of the above-mentioned Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code involving computerized building material estimating systems using a digitizer.

First of all, the program of the present invention does not require the use of the digitizer. Second, all of the formulas used to calculate material quantities in a takeoff estimating process are predefined in respective cells of a spreadsheet. These formulas are commonly known, or are defined according to common conditions specified in building codes. They may be modified according to change of conditions in particular projects by a user skilled in the art. Users with little or no estimating experience can use the program and learn about the estimating process as they progress.

Third, to some people who have estimating experience, who are used to doing calculations by hand, and who are not familiar with personal computers, the program allows them to save time on the estimating process. Fourth, the program can be useful to contractors as well as professional estimators and lumber dealers.

Finally, the program can be used for all types of project, from building a back deck at a private house to building a large commercial structure.

It can also be used for building additions to an existing structure. Most programs on the market are used mainly for new residential constructions. To start a new estimation, an estimator opens up a program template under the spreadsheet program. The program template comprises a plurality of worksheets. Each worksheet is marked with a tab. The estimator is required to input numbers in different worksheets. Each worksheet, as the tab indicates, is focused on one or more particular area of the building project, such as roof, ceiling, deck, etc.

There is no particular order to which worksheet one should start. It also does not matter if not all tabs are used Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code a takeoff. Some terminology that is specific to the building industry is used hereon.

This worksheet is used for generating a complete list of materials for a particular project. Note that the screen snapshots in this application may not include all the contents of the program, and they are for illustration purpose only. This step ensures that each job is saved separately and the original template provided by the program at the launch Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code the program can be used for future jobs. A backup blank template is available in case the estimator forgets to create a separate file for a particular job.

In the summary worksheet, building material items are listed by Category Column A. Under each category there are one or more items described in the Description column Column B. The Product column column C further defines different product item for the 10 same item name.

Column QTY is for displaying quantities of each product item. Besides the summary worksheet, there is at least one other worksheet for entering information in order to calculate a quantity of a product item. Worksheets may be designed in such a way that each of which is related to a particular area of the project. For example, as shown in FIG.

This worksheet Floor is used to calculate material for floor joists and beams in a structure. The estimator is asked to input number of lally columns to be used for the project into cell I10, as indicated in FIG. This number can be obtained by counting the corresponding objects on a blueprint. After the number of lally columns is entered, as shown in FIG. Some rules may be set. For example, a rule for the entire program is that the estimator should always enter numbers in shaded or colored cells, and the results of the calculations will Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code in respective corresponding non-shaded or non-colored cells.

For calculating a quantity of a product item such as joista value such as a length of an area is inputted. The quantity of the item is calculated by using a formula and the value. The same item may be needed in different areas, and different quantities of the Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code in the different areas are calculated separately. Total quantity of the item is displayed in the summary worksheet. All the formulas are predefined and embedded in respective cells and the formulas may be modified.

As an example, FIG. The formula embedded in cell D19 is displayed on the top of the worksheet below the menu 5 bars. Therefore the quantity of it for the second floor is calculated by a separate formula. Total number if the item is added together and displayed in the summary worksheet. Throughout the program, numerous formulas are embedded in different worksheets.

For example, in FIG. A person skilled in the art will appreciate the definition of each formula and the position of the formula in a particular cell of a particular worksheet. Formulas can be locked for protection from unintentional alternations, or be modified by a person skilled in the art. Returning to FIG. Next, the estimator calculates floor joist quantities. For example, the lengths are 8, 10, 12, and 14 ft. For example, thirteen 12 ft joists are need for an area of 16 ft long.

A screen snapshot of the worksheet is shown in FIG. The estimator determines ceiling height and wall thickness for Buy Autodesk Quantity Takeoff 2012 code floor of the structure by reading the information on the blueprint. Stud length and wall thickness values are entered in the shaded cells located at the top sections of the worksheet. Next, the estimator uses plan dimensions or a scale ruler to find total linear footage of the exterior walls for each floor or area, fills in values in the shaded or colored cells for exterior walls.

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