So, I'm going to brag for a minute here. Did you know that AutoBid is the most accurate system on the market place in regard to pipe joint counts? Yep, it is. If you are doing Connected TakeOff, then AutoBid knows which fittings / valves / pipes are connected to each other and we'll automatically calculate the correct number of joints. Got 3 valves back-to-back? No problem! In AutoBid, we know they're grouped and we'll give you 4 joints - whereas most other systems will give you 6 joints. That's a 50% difference, folks! Accurate joint count is critical for many of our industrial piping contractors who estimate their labor by the pipe joint.
AutoBid Mechanical isn't set-up to labor by the joint out of the box. Neither PHCC (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors) nor MCA (Mechanical Contractors Association) currently offer labor estimating manuals that support the per joint labor method. However, it's easy to apply labor on joints.
From the Main Menu of AutoBid Mechanical, select Tools --> Project Specifications --> Joint Parts. Let's go down the list and select "CS Sch 40 Buttweld Joint" (Carbon Steel Schedule 40 Buttweld Joint). This is from QuickPen Standard data - you may not have this exact one if you've modified your data. The screen should look like this:
Notice the red arrow pointing to the Labor tab? Click on that labor tab. Here, you can select the labor tables that you want to apply to your joint. I did this for all three of my labor tables, and it now looks like this:
Note: Make sure that you click on another one of the Joint Parts in the Joint Parts Name list to make sure that the data is applied to the database. That's all it takes to add labor to the joint. When it reports, it will show up underneath the "Labor" section in both Crystal Reports and Rapid Reports:
Keep in mind, you'll want to decrease the labor on the individual items (since you're accounting for part of that labor now in the joint).
Don't forget - this is a project specific setting - so if you want this to be "standard" for your company, you'll want to make this modification to your Default Project.