A
Project consists of various Objects located at
different levels or locations. For example: A building
comprises of objects like Living Room, Kitchen Staircase etc. In
Bridge project objects will be Bridge Deck, Piers etc. These objects
involve various Items of Work,
which need to be quantified. The FORMULATOR has
a unique approach in calculating these quantities 
In
FORMULATOR the Project is defined in terms of its
Objects. These Objects may be located at different
locations in different numbers. Project working
drawings can have multiple objects. Object involves different
Items of Work such as Concrete, Brickwork, and Plaster etc. These
Items of Work involves materials, machinery, Labours, Overheads
and taxes (which is part of Rate Analysis), that
make up an Object. Each of these Items of Work has to be quantified
individually using formulae.
FORMULATOR
uses a new approach in entering Formulae for calculating quantities
of various Items of work for an object. These Formulae are completely
USER DEFINED in terms of the variables
used in them. These variables can be used in any other formula of
the same object. Variables common to different objects can be defined
as Common Variables. This offers
flexibility and simplicity in defining long and complex formulae
used to calculate quantities.
The Objects that are defined becomes a part of the Library,
which is available to the user for Future Projects
involving similar Objects and Items of Work.
FORMULATOR
comes with it’s own Library of standard objects common to
multiple projects. In addition to the standard Library the Objects
can be imported from the same Project or from another Project. Multiple
users working on multiple Projects can exponentially increase the
number of objects available to the user in the Library. This increases
the speed and efficiency with which the user can complete the enormous
task of Quantity Surveying.
The FORMULATOR package is very user friendly and
requires minimal amount of training for a new user.
This saves time taken to train
existing and newly recruited Quantity Surveyors.
The FORMULATOR avoids the monotonous
and repetitive calculations, as
the user has to define an object only once. This saves the time
required in tedious manual calculations with a calculator. This
also benefits in terms of the work being done
meticulously and with no errors.
The element of Human Error is completely eliminated
and yet a complete hands on control is offered to the user at every
stage. The FORMULATOR is especially useful when the quantum of work
is large and of a repetitive nature.
Consider
a Trapezoidal Footing as an example. To Quantify a Trapezoidal Footing
one needs to estimate Concrete Quantity, Formwork Quantity and Reinforcement
Quantity.
Each
of these Quantities can be calculated using one or more formulae.
To work out the concrete quantity of the footing a number of equations
can be formed with user defined variables such as FTLN (Footing
Length) and FTWD (Footing Width). Further more the preliminary values
calculated for intermediate variable such as A1 (Bottom Area) and
A2 (Top Area) can be used in another formulae. Similarly other quantities
can be worked out by forming equations using the same variables
or common variables. A host of standard functions are available
in the software, for e.g. a standard function to calculate bar weight/mt
using the bar diameter is available. These functions make it possible
to calculate quantities without the need for the user to remember
constants or even refer to handbooks. Mathematical functions are
also provided to make the formation of complex formulae possible.
