14.09.2021 | By Teemu Översti

The Brief
Moortown uses Cubicost TAS to produce precise quantity takeoffs and visualise a large eight-building project. Using both CAD and PDF drawings, and applying the auto 3D visualisation feature they created a detailed 3D model, which helped to significantly improve estimation accuracy and communication.

Moortown Group Ltd
Since it was established in 1998, Moortown Group have evolved over the past twenty years into a well-respected groundworks and civil engineering company. Operating across the UK, with its head office based in Yorkshire, undertake a range of projects that span many industries, but predominantly in commercial, education and healthcare sectors. With a large number of repeat clients, projects are delivered to a high quality and value by an expert team who are dedicated and skilled.

MagiCAD
MagiCAD Construction solutions provides construction software from MagiCAD Group and parent company Glodon Group to make the quantification, costing and construction of buildings less time-consuming, more intuitive and highly automated. For 20 years our construction solutions have been used on remarkable construction projects around the world, each day over 400,000 users access our tools to better deliver their projects.

User
Aidan Harrison, Trainee Engineer on a Work Placement

User Background
Aidan joined Moortown Group at the beginning of summer 2021, for an 8-week Work Experience placement as a Trainee Engineer. Currently studying at the University of Nottingham, he’s undertaking a Civil Engineering course with an Industrial sandwich year, plus an integrated masters qualification. This involves undergoing five years of higher education, with the fourth year being an Industrial ‘working’ year out. Aidan will go back to University this September to complete his final and fifth year of study before graduating next summer.

When asked about his time working for Moortown, Aidan commented that he’d felt like “a valued member of an experienced team of estimators and quantity surveyors who have been exceptionally welcoming” throughout his time at the company. He added, “everyone has been very helpful and receptive; I have learnt a great deal about the construction industry all round, especially the nature of work within the subcontracting sector.” He feels his “technical knowledge of RC structures, including how to conduct accurate material and quantity take-off, has been improved considerably” and is thrilled he will “be returning to university with some great industry experience and connections which will form the basis of a future career”.

Project Information

Globe Road is a new residential complex to be built in the South Bank area of Leeds City Centre consisting of eight multi-story apartment buildings – the tallest of which is 23 stories including roof level. RC structural components underpin the framework of the entire site; it was Moortown Group’s responsibility to ensure a comprehensive RC frame and groundworks package is successfully estimated and delivered to the client within the allotted time. Entities included piles, pile caps, ground beams, slabs, walls, and tie beams.

Main Challenges/Tasks

Main challenges included identifying all elements shown in the provided structural drawings and positioning them correctly within the model to ensure accurate and consistent quantity/material takeoffs. Paying careful attention to details such as varying slab levels and soffits was important as these aspects are easily overlooked, especially in large scale projects such as Globe Road. Cross-checking my results against engineers’ drawings was important at every stage of the modelling process to achieve the desired outcome. I had to import drawings both in dwg and pdf format to extract data.

Solution Used/Approach

Using Cubicost TAS C-III, I was able to create a precise 3D model which I could use to locate specific quantities/materials. By making use of the project settings, I was able to define zones, floor levels and material grades prior to the modelling stage. I then imported structural drawings and followed the identifying process outlined in the provided tutorials on a floor-by-floor basis, starting with the foundations. Specific areas required a greater deal of precision; I used the custom element tool to create non-standard entities within the model i.e., slab edge thickenings.

After finalizing the model, I conducted quantity and material takeoffs using the built-in calculation feature. By modifying the output template, I was able to tailor the BQ, ready to be sent to the client.

Outcome/Achievements

Through TAS C-III, I was able to produce a 3D visualization of the whole project including everything within Moortown Group’s RC package, allowing for a clearer understanding of the job within the business. The BQ created alongside the model contained all the necessary information to carry out the job tender, without further modification using other software. By exporting the model as an IFC file, the project may also be shared with the client to aid with project clarity and communication.

About Cubicost TAS C-III

Cubicost TAS makes the quantification of buildings less time-consuming, more intuitive and highly automated. Redefine the quantity takeoff of architecture & structure for 2D & BIM.

The software enhances drawings, allowing for elements such as walls & columns to be automatically identified and visualised in 3D, for unparalleled efficiency. Embedded measurement rules including SMM7 and NRM2 enable automatic deductions for producing precise bill of quantities.

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