Bidding with an Edge
Sample Job Costs: Conventional Layout vs. Precision Point

To truly appreciate the monetary value of the Precision Point Layout System,
you need only compare associated costs with conventional methods.

The following is based on a ten story, one hundred unit, residential building.
There are ten different unit layouts stacked through the ninth floor and one penthouse level.

A Ten Story Building: Add about $60,000 to your profit or reduce your bid by about $60,000

Conventional Layout
Precision Point
In house (off-site) preparation

Lay out 3500 penetrations

Lay out 4500 pipe embeds

(50 drawings)

(20 min. ea.)

(12 min. ea.)
$ 6,470

$ 44,330

$ 34,200
(50 plotted discs)

(5 min. ea.)

(3 min. ea.)
$ 9 , 340

$ 11,080

$ 3,560
$ 85,000
Total Savings: $60,600
$ 24,400

Notes on Bidding and Layout by Dan O'Brien (Contractor and Inventor of the Precision Point System)

Unlike standard labor and material formulas that are designed to take into account a degree of unanticipated lost time, layout costs are presently added to proposals based on a flat projected estimate with no real organized analysis.

The schedule calls for a floor a week to be poured. So the inevitable unanticipated delays never get included (see next column for examples), nor can they if you are utilizing an unstructured layout method.

From my twenty years in the field, I understand how layout costs affect every facet of a project, from the bidding stage to the impact on profits. After all, layout is the map by which a project's destination is determined. When running a job there is no greater stress level than steel flying overhead and a constant arrival of concrete trucks. You end up overmanning the decks, working overtime and sacrificing all other work. The errors created by these situations linger through the project and literally melt profits.

The money estimated to cover this task when bidding quickly dries up when complexities arise coupled with utilizing an archaic time consuming layout process. Then you experience additional cost when the avalanche of repercussions occur from the failed process. Holes have to be cut, hanger inserts drilled, sleeves replaced, X-rays taken, piping installation delayed and secondary layout performed. The cost is devastating but can be prevented.

The competitive edge and flexibility that Precision Point provides during bidding extends throughout the job. By implementing Precision Point, the layout process is transformed into a professional step-by-step system providing the knowledge, process, plan and tools that greatly reduce errors and decrease costs by up to 75%.

The system can also be utilized on any style floor design, whether cast in place, precast or hollow core. In addition, no longer will your personnel be placed on a deck having to use confusing, archaic, rain-soaked, sun-bleached, conventional drawings.

The Precision Point System is designed to overcome numerous and common layout difficulties such as:
Control lines that have not been fully extended on the site
Targets outside the shortened controls can be located from the Precision Point Coordinates.
Control lines have been relocated
Only two dimensions to Precision Point would change, not individual target dimensions.
Control lines are skewed
The perpendicular lines on the Precision Point Disc will not square up, indicating the problem.
Control lines have not been laid out for the next deck
Precision Point references can be transferred from the previous deck up to the next deck.
Cluttered decks with debris and structural components
Only four tape pulls are needed to set the Precision Point for each group of targets, eliminating long individual target pulls from remote control lines.
Encroaching trades
The speed of Precision Point and the condensing of workable quadrants assures timely completion and avoids the need for overtime.
Rain forcing the covering of prints and notes
Precision Point Discs are waterproof.
Wet decks preventing the chalking of lines
Laser linage or solitary short, bridged chalk lines can be utilized
Laid out, but missed or unsecured targets
The Precision Point Disc remains in place until all targets are visually confirmed as seen pictured on the disc and physically checked for securement.
Checking for layout errors
Conventional layout errors can only be avoided by checking all targets. One target checked conventionally within each Precision Point group confirms the remainder of the targets within the group.
Entire piping systems must be laid out for embeds to be placed
No pipe layout is required. With Precision Point all targets are laid out centrifugally from a single, central point.
The opportunities for human error
Human error is an enormous factor in the conventional layout process, since four individual tape measurements have to be pulled to each target. Precision Point requires only one short tape pull to each target from one fixed point.