Digitalisation

The goal: a cost calculation in 15 minutes

July 18, 2018

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In Fira, the preliminary cost calculation for a construction project can be completed quickly during the working week. However, the goal is to use technology more and more all the time, and to automate functions so that cost calculations can be carried out in as little as 15 minutes.

It all begins with primary data. For projects where the only thing known in advance is the site, or the intention to modernise a building, code-based budget pricing is carried out based on the figures entered into the RIB iTwo programme. With the aid of the figures, even a small amount of initial data can be used to produce a preliminary cost statement for the project.

The task can begin once we have the data on the project scope, namely the scale of the project and the site and planning data. So at the beginning, it’s possible to outline the project in terms of the total number of cubic metres and square metres, and with the aid of the distribution of space and the plot data.

Pricing information is further refined as the project progresses. Up-to-date master data is used to update the estimate of the full cost.

Information gathered on site is used in building project cost calculations

At the time of signing the contract, the main tasks of the calculation have already been completed. Then, as the project moves from design to production, computing takes on a more proactive role in the project.

Experts are on hand to support the site work, answering questions and explaining what each set of costs consists of. During the project, one learns all the time, making progress constantly.

At Fira, knowledge of sites has built up over the years for several years now, and master data has been developed on the basis of this knowledge so that initial cost calculations are as accurate as possible.

Calculations are made right from the beginning of the project planning

Fira’s solution development and accounting team have in practice merged into one team. Experts are involved in projects from Verstas stage onwards, i.e. from the very beginning. The project is modelled and the necessary provisional inquiries are made for the cost calculation. The model is used to produce an IFC file. From there, data is fed into the RIB iTwo programme, which is used to quickly perform the cost calculation.

When you get involved in a project at an early stage, it’s easier to come up with solutions. When no plans are locked down yet, from the very beginning the project can be taken in the direction of a commonly agreed goal. This enables us to offer functional and cost-effective solutions to our customers.

Increasing investment in life-cycle thinking

The life cycle of a building is given a relatively small amount of consideration, although the major costs materialise throughout the useful life of the building. Well-planned and well-targeted investments and savings are reflected in the end result, usability, and running costs. An initial investment of resources will pay themselves back as the project progresses, at the latest when it is taken into use.

It is worth investing in the skeleton of the building and thinking about the best means of meeting the set targets, in order to be able to place a greater emphasis on life-cycle thinking as early as the budgeting phase. For this purpose, the decision-making and calculation teams are best able to make the plans clearer.

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