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Executive

Precise, concise data that informs executive decision

Methvin offers a Clear Executive Overview of risk evaluation through accuracy and pricing confidence. Ensure workflow is more efficient with improved margin analysis and control, by using our first principle pricing models and Agile project management philosophy.

Executive

Precise, concise data that informs executive decision

Methvin offers a Clear Executive Overview of risk evaluation through accuracy and pricing confidence. Ensure workflow is more efficient with improved margin analysis and control, by using our first principle pricing models and Agile project management philosophy.

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Bid Managers

Agile document control. An industry first.

Drive team efficacy while ensuring pricing accuracy as you develop your project delivery methodology. Your team can actively collaborate in real time with our online service, Agile project management system and Gantt scheduler.

Estimators

First principle estimating. Equate that.

Have complete trust and confidence in the pricing methodology with access to previous estimating history on hand.

Our team, led by a tenured Estimator have built the pricing model based on First Principle pricing philosophy with limitless levels of assemblies. In addition our tender portal allows you to send and receive any subcontractor quotes.

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Project Managers

Agility in a changing game.

Agile project management software and estimate interrogation capability to help you manage your team and the documentation required to deliver your project on time (Gantt scheduler), and on budget. Your client can be included in the communication stream to ensure transparency and collaboration as the project progresses.

Project Controller

Collaborative scheduling. Stay well-connected.

Collaboration while connected is key to the design in all our software, You will find that the estimating package allows you to extract cost in order to evaluate the estimate and then move straight to using the Gantt scheduling package to ensure your team runs on time.

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Engineers

One source of truth. Trust you can build on.

You can trust Methvin with your data. Our online pricing program will allow you to extract data in order to interrogate the estimate, as well as giving you access to productivities. You can lay out your project responsibilities and connect all your team through the Agile project management module, granting access to all the documents to effectively manage your team and project.

Quantity Surveyors

Intuitive workflow. Takeoff with confidence.

With the intuitive takeoff tool you can work with confidence that the schedule you create is accurate. Once you have this schedule drawn up you can share this directly with the estimator through the cloud service. Not only will this create transparency but it will help you when aligning the costs against income on site.

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Operations Team

Project Compliance, The Agile advantage.

When delivery of the job is reliant on open communication and documents you can trust and access, you will find that with the Methvin suite you can: Open and use daily record/diaries, record site start meetings, work procedures, hold documents and records relevant to safe work methods and,

inspection and testing procedures.

Quick Start

Quick Start Guide

 

Quick Start Guide

  • Create a New Project

  • Import resources table from master

  • Import client Schedule of Quantities (SoQ), mapping tool (ctrl+c & ctrl+v)

  • Project structure(WBS). Use indent and outdent to set section headings

  • Quick example of estimating a SoP Item

  • Complex pricing

Accelerate Your Pricing

Accelerate your pricing                                 

 

Accelerate your pricing

  • Copy a worksheet or a Schedule of Prices (SoP) item from master

  • Link multiple SoP Items to one worksheet

  • Sub-schedules, allows for endless detail

  • Complex or Assembly Resource example

  • Set the markup for the project

  • Imbalanced rates

Advanced Features

Advanced pricing

 

Advanced features

  • Manage Projects, left click menu, create a new project, duplicate

  • project and set global variables

  • Multi currencies for materials and resources

  • Import your resources, mapping tool (ctrl+c & ctrl+v)

  • Replace a resource throughout the project

  • Cross reference resources throughout the project

  • Track man-hours for specific resources

Methvin’s Student Portal

 

Welcome to Methvin’s Student Portal.

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Education is a journey, never be done travelling!

Build your professional skills in project management and professional pricing practice. 

We invite you to use Methvin’s estimating, and other applications in your studies, it’s free of charge and we know will make some of your projects and pricing assignments a little bit easier.

 

Methvin registration will offer you access to a range of professional tools that will enable you both as a student and a registered professional.

 

    1. Agile project management 
    2. Estimating application 
    3. Takeoff application

 

You will also find a couple of pointers to 

      • Writing a research assignments
      • Open source Academic Journals you might find useful.

 

Connect and collaborate for group assignments

Agile project management

 

Register and we will unlock and set you up with a shared account valid for your undergrad and postgrad study period. Just drop us an email at Richard.Gush@methvin.org once you are registered. Have your team emails ready to load and share.

You can also head to the contact page and book a demo if you want live help.  Don’t forget to also connect to us on Linkedin and join the conversation. We love to hear how our customers experience our platform and if you have any great ideas that will make the tools better, drop us an email.

 

Methvin Agile software offers you a mainstream project management tool to manage not only complex group work, but any of your larger more complex assignments or projects. 

Agile ensures that you stay connected while you collaborate and will help you stay accountable to the group.

 

Follow these simple steps to set your team up

    1. If you don’t have a Methvin log on, register on the home page.
    2. Once you have a log on, head to the “Create a new project”. The button is on the top right hand side of your screen
    3. Once in this, you will see a “+” on the left to create a “child project”.
    4. Give you child project a name
    5. You will note a screen pop up with a default position. When you add team members, all of them will see the “child projects”. If at some later stage you want to specifically allocate tasks to a specific team member privately you will need to change this default.
    6. Add team member by clicking on the “share” button (top right). Type in the email address of the team member and hit enter. Repeat till all members are listed
    7. Using the “check child project “  you can now start creating your workflow
    8. (+) Add columns. When you add a column you can label it. Traditionally these might be labelled like this 
      1. Task
      2. In Progress
      3. For review
      4. Completed
    9. You and the group can call them anything that makes more sense to your team.
    10. Within the first column,task, using the (+) button add tasks to your project. Once you have a task loaded you can add sub notes to each task. It is at this point you will allocate a responsible person or persons and a due date.
    11. While in this task window you will note that you can assign this task to your other columns, a,b,c,d, etc by using the drop down.
    12. As you allocate to b, c or d the task will move to that column.
    13. On the main project page you can also use the drag and drop function to reallocate tasks or move columns around.

A great feature here is the ability to add files to the team project. Everything sits in one space, open and shared. Good luck with that project! 

 

Taking the “guesstimation” out of estimation

Knowing how to price using an estimation tool will position you professionally ahead of your colleagues. It demonstrates fiscal responsibility to the project profit outcomes. 

 

Estimating application

Get started with these easy steps and review an estimating demo here if you need to.

 

    1. Register for an account to log on if you haven’t already done so.
    2. Create a New Project.
    3. Add the scope/SoP.
    4. Each item has its own attached worksheet.
    5. Include hours by resource for increased accuracy.
    6. Think about risk costs.
    7. Review and adjust the estimate as needed.

 

Need some help with information for estimating assignments?

We cannot write that assignment but maybe we can help with some other useful information.

Production rates 

These will help you price works using construction norms, which in turn increases your  accuracy.

Takeoff application 

This will give you fast accurate takeoff for any dwg, dxf and pdf file, just set the scale and start measuring.

To start your first takeoff: 

    1. Click on  “New project” top right hand of home screen 
    2. Select “new takeoff project”. 
    3. Give the project a name and save. 
    4. This will open the  application and you should then drag and drop your drawing in file formats, pdf, dwg, dxf and svg onto the takeoff window.

 

Top tips

1.   Setting the scale.

Once the drawing has opened, a calibration screen will open. Set the scale by using the offered (+) pointer to start and finish a measured line. Then, tell the application what that measure distance is; ensuring that you select both the system ( metric or imperial) and the appropriate units. 

2 .  Measuring options

There are icons at the top of the take off tool. Follow this link for a takeoff demo view. 

The icons can be described as below

 

    1. Selecter: This is used to move the page around. Click and hold and drop
    2. End area calculation for earthworks volumes. Click on this to select end area type ( cut or fill)
    3. Wall details. This is used to measure walls or fences. You will need to input the height and units.
    4. Length of object
    5. Any area
    6. Count . Used to count any item like lamp posts

 

As you measure items it will create layers into the measurement report on the left hand side icon bar to lower right hand side of the tool. Return to the takeoff demo to review these functions.

 

The icons can be described as below

 

    1. Open document: this allows you to switch between uploaded drawing files
    2. Select additional files to upload
    3. Zoom functions. This can be done with the mouse as well
    4. Export file to PDF
    5. Export raw data to excel
    6. Pivot table to manipulate data to preferred layout
      1. Export to excel
      2. Export takeoff to pricing module

 

Writing a Research assignment?

The best advice we can give you to make your life easy is to become a super guru user of EndoNote, Word, Excel and referencing styles. Outside of presenting credible data this is where GPA’s can go up and down at University by half a grade at post grad levels.

 

EndNote.

Most Universities will be able to get this software to you FOC. Take it and take all the free lessons they offer in your library. EndNote will literally save your writing life. You can create a cloud library, use search engines, and create abstracts to search and a whole bunch more.

If the Institution doesn’t offer it to you, get it here on free trial for 30 days.

http://endnote.com/downloads

Use this online training

https://www.youtube.com/user/EndNoteTraining

 

Know your referencing style requirement

For example: Does you Academic institution require APA referencing, Harvard, author date etc? Getting this right will save you a whole ½ grade point at a Masters level.

A useful tip: Make sure that the reference imports with the grammar correct. It is often not loaded in Journals that way, especially the older ones.

 

Word and excel.

At the beginning of your course you will have been told by your academic institution what formatting is required for assignment submissions. If you don’t know, ask. Set this up on your computer in word as a default setting.

https://www.howtogeek.com/school/microsoft-word-document-formatting-essentials/lesson5/

Need to Cross Reference a table, figure, and page, learn how to automate it in word. You will save hours of editing time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LWwcl01uUE

Need to build a formula, create a pivot chart etc

https://www.howtogeek.com/school/microsoft-excel-formulas-and-functions/lesson2/

 

Open source Academic Journals you might find useful

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/alexandria-engineering-journal/

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/data-in-brief/ 

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/development-engineering/

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/engineering/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/engineering-science-and-technology-an-international-journal

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/fuzzy-information-and-engineering

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/international-soil-and-water-conservation-research

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-king-saud-university-engineering-sciences

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-magnesium-and-alloys

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-materiomics

 

How Technology is Revolutionizing Estimating Software

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Technology is changing the way we do things from our homes to the workplace. This, too, is obvious in the construction industry, where modern tools and equipment are changing the landscape at a faster pace. 

 

Beyond that, there are also innovations that are revolutionizing construction: digital technology. This is rapidly expanding and has evolved into a complex web of different kinds of solutions that cover estimating, procurement, financing, productivity management, design, and more. These digital tools have become an ecosystem unto themselves and are evolving how construction companies approach their tasks. 

 

Among those, estimating software for construction has around 288 vendors currently, according to a survey conducted by McKinsey & Company. It is easy to see why: a proper estimating tool can make or break a project deal. 

 

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A map of a construction technology ecosystem created by McKinsey & Company where estimating has 288 vendors.

 

Fewer mistakes are made, numbers are more accurate, and less time is spent on crunching numbers. These lead to an increase in production, which ultimately, make a company more profitable. 

 

But what are the technological drivers behind those results? We discuss some of the ways that technology is changing the way estimating software work below. 

 

Cloud Estimating

 

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is drastically changing the way companies work, regardless of their industry. It does so because of the easy availability of software in the cloud, allowing people to work on any device at any time as long as they have an internet connection. 

 

And while SaaS is usually associated with CRMs and customer service platforms, finance and accounting software, BI and analytics tools, collaboration and social applications, and ERP and e-commerce, cloud-based software also exists for the construction industry. 

 

An example is estimating software that you can access on your web browser. Initially, estimating programs are available only on-premises, making it hard for parties involved to do their tasks on the go.

 

However, with the rise of web-accessible programs like estimating applications, those in construction like you can perform your estimation while you are on the move or while you are supervising on-site projects. Because of this, you can be more productive at work

 

This way, you can provide your clients with cost estimates as soon as they need it. 

 

Multi-Currency Estimates

 

New technologies like SaaS enable you to go global because of its mobility and full-featured interfaces. This means that you can access every tool you need in a single platform, including multiple currencies that you can take advantage of in your international undertakings. 

 

It can be helpful when you need to present estimates with different currencies, especially when you have international suppliers and subcontractors. This can help you avoid discrepancies once you present your estimates to clients. 

 

What’s more, you can convert the values into your project’s base currency so that you and your customers can have a better understanding of the costs. 

 

Software Integration

 

Connecting different applications did not use to be possible. However, new technological advances enable software, particularly those in the cloud, to synchronize with each other for a better exchange of information. Because of this, you no longer have to deal with entering the same sets of data numerous times in different interfaces. 

 

When you select a construction estimating software with robust integration capabilities, you can reduce, if not eliminate, errors. That is because you can let the applications talk with each other and transfer data by themselves, ensuring the accuracy of the information you get. 

 

Moreover, integration lets you link with productivity tools that enhance your estimation workflow. 

 

Client-Facing Project Breakdown

 

An advantageous tool to have in an estimating application is a work breakdown structure (WBS). But what is more essential is a WBS that can be split into two views–internal and client-facing. 

 

The latter lets you present the project workflow according to the client’s expectations. Meanwhile, the former allows you to have a drilled-down itemization. It’s a hierarchical structure that enables you to detail the requirements for the fulfillment of an objective.

 

Technology makes it possible to present one part of the breakdown to clients so that they only see the most relevant information and so that you get to keep your internal processes.

In-Depth Report Creation

 

Estimating in building construction often requires looking back at historical data. An estimating software with a robust reporting module can help you look at the estimates you have made previously and look at them from multiple angles. Plus, a reporting tool allows you to analyze the changes over time for better decision-making. 

 

These use cases can happen because of big data solutions that have made it into estimating programs. As such, you can generate reports that help you decide the breakdowns of projects, analyze project costs, and more. With this kind of information on hand, you can be confident that you are taking the right path with your estimates. 

Going global with the right technology

 

Even when your company is equipped with first-rate construction technologies, it is not possible to reach a high rate of success unless you are maximizing the tools in the right way. That is why you have to choose carefully which digital construction solution, such as estimating software, belongs in your toolbox. Also, expensive does not always equal better. There are many factors that you have to consider when shopping around for an estimating application and your technology budget is among them. As such, you have to shop smart so that you can get the most out of your investments.

Agile

Collaborative portal for client and contractor

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Shift from the adversary approach of managing clients to one of open communications. This will foster and improve relationships and outcomes for both parties. The shared goals will establish the basis for a motivated team and encourage individual contribution to the end goal of delivering your project on budget and on time.

 

Online cloud based

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Delivers an iterative, collaborative approach to working with clients that will improve financial and project outcome for all parties.

 

Easy setup

Accuracy

No specialised skill needed to set up the project.

Absolute flexibility in managing task streams which can be added, moved and deleted as required.

 

Kanban board: Visual card system

Function

Provides a picture of progress in the project live, simplifying access to delegation and completion of tasks.

 

Document registration with date stamping

Function

This will provide you with a place to deposit and use critical drawings and documents. Once loaded these cannot be deleted, but can be retired and replaced with a new version.

Management of incidents on site through to closure including:

  • Management system

  • Contract documentation

  • Drawing register

  • Client RFI’s

  • Engineers RFI’s

  • Contractors RFI’s

  • Incidents/issues

  • Inspections

 

Transparent communication with single source of truth

Function

Start you project here, track all the information, communication and milestones at a single point.

Pipe insulation man-hours

Pipe Size ASA/DIN

mm
Cold insulation thickness type FG/PIR

mm
Hot insulation thickness type Rockwool

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Insulation Norms
Cold Hot Cold Hot
Insulation material type FG/PIR (/m) Rockwool (/m) FG/PIR (/m2) Rockwool (/m2)
Insulation Thickness (mm) – (a,b)
Pipe Size ASA/DIN – (x) Unit Unit
Removal of existing insulation mhr/m mhr/m2
Removal of existing sheeting mhr/m mhr/m2
Installation of existing insulation mhr/m mhr/m2
Installation of existing sheeting mhr/m mhr/m2
Installation of new insulation mhr/m mhr/m2
Prefabrication of new sheeting mhr/m mhr/m2
Installation of new sheeting mhr/m mhr/m2
Pipe Fittings & Valves – FG/PIR (/ea)
Insulation thickness (mm)
Pipe Size ASA/DIN – (x)
Pipe Fittings & Valves type Elbow Tee Reducer Flange cap End cap Valve cap
Removal of existing insulation
Removal of existing sheeting
Installation of existing insulation
Installation of existing sheeting
Installation of new insulation
Prefabrication of new sheeting
Installation of new sheeting
Pipe Fittings & Valves – Rockwool (/ea)
Insulation thickness (mm)
Pipe Size ASA/DIN – (x)
Pipe Fittings & Valves type Elbow Tee Reducer Flange cap End cap Valve cap
Removal of existing insulation
Removal of existing sheeting
Erection of existing insulation
Erection of existing sheeting
Erection of new insulation
Prefabrication of new sheeting
Erection of new sheeting
1. For all types of HOT Equipment insulation (Glass Fiber, Mineral Wool and Calcium Silicate), the work hour units are based on the following erection method:
Shell cover (blanket or block) is applied with staggered joint arrangement. Top and bottom edges are securely tied over support rings with wire on 12-inch centers. Vertical and horizontal seams are laced together by interlocking the wire mesh and with wire ties where necessary. The insulation is secured in place with bands spaced on 12-inch centers.
Head cover is shaped so that all sections closely fit the contour of the head and are laced together with wire, or are secured with bands on 12-inch centers at tangent line. Exposed head cover is secured with bands attached to a 1⁄4” round steel rod, with a floating ring on the top and a circumferential band at the tangent line of the vessel head. Unexposed head cover is secured with wire to insulation supports provided by the vessel manufacturer.
Weatherproof jacket on vertical equipment is supported on S-clips spaced on 4-foot centers. The jacketing for vertical and horizontal equipment is secured with bands spaced on 12-inch centers with one band at each circumferential lap. On vertical equipment, band loops are included on each band to prevent vertical movement. Weatherproof jacket on exposed vessel heads is a flat metal sheet cut into “pie” pieces and secured with screws on 3-inch centers.
2. For all types of COLD Equipment insulation (Cellular Glass and Polyurethane), the work hour units are based on the following erection method:
Shell cover (block) is applied with staggered joint arrangement. Joints are buttered with joint sealer. In double layer applications, the inner layer is applied without joint sealer. Each layer is secured with bands on 12-inch centers. Outer layer joints are offset from inner layer joints. Vapor barrier is outer layer only. Joints are sealed with a foil-to-mylar 3-inch wide strip applied over the vapor barrier. Contraction joints are included as 11⁄2” wide, packed with 2” of fiberglass blanket material, on 12-foot maximum centers.
Head cover is shaped so that all sections closely fit the contour of the head. Joints are buttered with joint sealer. In double layer applications, the inner layer is applied without joint sealer. Exposed head cover is secured with bands attached to a 1⁄4” round steel rod, with a floating ring on the top and a circumferential band at the tangent line of the vessel head. Unexposed head cover is secured with wire to insulation supports provided by the vessel manufacturer.
Weatherproof jacket on vertical equipment is supported on S-clips spaced on 4-foot centers. The jacketing for vertical and horizontal equipment is secured with bands spaced on 12-inch centers with one band at each circumferential lap. Each band is equipped with one breather spring.

Piling productivity

Bored piling

Material strength

kPa
Material strength(Relative Density) = SPT N-value(blows/300mm) x2 or Density Index
Bored piling productivity
Total bored pile productivity per shift 0.00 m/shift
Specialised hard rock excavation only (Equipment DTH hammer) 8.00 m/shift