Estimate Time Better - Construction

Production Rate Calculators are a simple way to standardize and simplify labor time calculations for your estimates making your estimating that much more consistent and accurate by all. Production rate calculators allows you to setup production rates and store them in the LMN system so that when someone goes to build an estimate they will know how long certain tasks should take. It is recommended that all estimates should be reviewed by an experienced estimator to cover for all the site/staff variables involved in estimating time.

Creating A Production Rate Calculator

  1. Click the Item Catalog menu in LMN (left-hand menu)
  2. Click the Prod Rates sub-menu
  3. Click New to create your first production rate calculator

  1. Now you need to give your production rate calculator a name (e.g. Driveway Calculator).  
  2. Next, you want to add Tasks your calculator.  Each task has a name, units of measure and a standard installation rate.  Here are some examples:

Note:  these are all random examples of tasks and wouldn't all be included in the same Production Rate Calculator.  

  • Task Name:  Excavate Area
  • Units of Measure:  sq ft
  • Install Rate:  100 sqft / man hour
  • Task Name:  Install + Compact Base
  • Units of Measure:  sq ft
  • Install Rate:  35 sqft / man hour
  • Task Name:  Edge Installation
  • Units of Measure:  lin ft
  • Install Rate:  40 lin ft / man hour
  • Task Name: Install Pavers
  • Units of Measure:  sq ft
  • Install Rate:  25 sq ft / man hour
  • Task Name:  Finish Work
  • Units of Measure:  sq ft
  • Install Rate:  200 sqft / man hour

Finally, use the ORDER column to put the tasks in a logical order from start to finish. 

Using A Production Rate Calculator

  1. Create a new standard or service estimate
  2. Anytime you add a labor item to an estimate, a calculator button will appear
  3. Click the calculator button to open a Production Rate Calculator
  4. Choose your production rate calculator from your list  hint: you can use the SEARCH if you have a big list
  5. Enter the measurements according to your rate calculator.  The production rates will already be filled out for you.
  6. You can adjust your production rates if this job is harder/easier than your average job
  7. The LMN Production Rate Calculator will calculate a total time, which you can round up (optionally)
  8. Click UPDATE ESTIMATE to set your labor item to the hours calculated by the production rate calculator.


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