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Addintons Formwork: Behind the Scenes

Bracknell to Xi'an

Recently we featured an Addintons Formwork  case study demonstrating how estimating teams can leverage next gen takeoff software to improve efficiency, remove long standing pain and give them a unique offer. We were so impressed with the implementation that Glodon featured their work during a session at the China Infrastructure Seminar Tour in Xi'an. I wanted to share some deeper technical info on how this was achieved. 


A particular success for Addington had been the Bernard Morgan House, previously used by the police force, this building lay nestled between iconic grade 2 listed buildings in the heart of the Golden Lane Estate, London. The scheme would deliver 99 new homes, and provide the prefect test for Addingtons' new construction technology, Cubicost. 


The estimating team consists of both senior and junior staff of varying software abilities. We taught the team over a period of 2 days at our Moorgate office. Showing them how to covert PDF/CAD files to 3D models for quantification, and to import BIM models for quantification. 

The making of a #DigitalConstructionHero

The method can seem very different to traditional takeoff, and we make no apologies for this. Teams saving 40% of their time of on takeoff get on board very quickly! Its been done this way in Asia for over 15 years using Glodon Cubicost software. Addingtons came equipped with the most important trait for success in innovation, an open mind and willingness to learn. 


From a series of PDF files, colourised from black and white in Cubicost to enable automatic takeoff of items such as the piles above. Having a 3D model generated allows for all measures to be taken at once, such as rebar content, concrete & formwork to SMM7 or NRM rules.  Deductions like openings and overlaps are all considered and processed in the model. Materials are in context, so unlike concrete, steelwork would recitative a tonnage, and surface area for example. 


While the junior estimator can get on with the conversion of slabs and columns, passing the model to senior members allows them to concentrate on the detail, add information for reporting and to check the work easily. Collaborating on models has been a great addition to the estimating process, and also for client engagement.


While the team complete the takeoff of this building a full 2 days quicker than usual, which in itself is great. The possibilities of having a model as an output are huge;

  • Rapid value engineering
  • Responding to variations
  • Submitting visuals as part of the tender & adjudication
  • Passing to the surveying team when the job is won
  • Dynamically linking the model to cost data for labour breakdowns and profitability

So from paper markups to 3D models, no matter what the input, Cubicost has helped push Addingtons' digital capabilities beyond that of many much larger estimating teams providing value in the here and now, along with a soft landing to BIM model takeoff as it proliferates. 

From RC Frames, Fitout to M&E, Cubicost has modules for all aspects of construction/ Be the #DigitalConstructionHero your team needs & book your online demo below. 




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