Launching BIM Quantification Guidelines
Launching the new BIM Quantification Guidelines!

We think it’s time to simplify BIM quantification and estimating workflows. We want to make it faster and more efficient for everyone!

That’s why we’ve released this new “Methods of Measurement” guidance to our whole AEC industry, for free.

See below how this new industry guidance will improve collaboration and boost accuracy and efficiency for many! (Includes 🎥 Video and 📽️ Slides)

Transforming Industry Standards for a Digital Future

In the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, accurately measuring building elements using Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been a persistent challenge.

To tackle this issue, we are excited to introduce our new “Methods of Measurement” guidance.

This initiative aims to simplify and standardize the process of acquiring precise BIM quantities, revolutionizing traditional practices and promoting industry collaboration.

The Tower of Babel Analogy

To paint a vivid picture of our mission, we likened it to the ancient Tower of Babel saga.

Just as poor communication doomed that colossal project, today’s AEC world faces chaos with varied measurement rules and jumbled traditional vs BIM standards.

Our “Methods of Measurement” guide?

It’s our map to help teams come together, communicate effectively, and accurately calculate BIM quantities for a smoother workflow overall!

The Journey to a Solution

The project began because many industry professionals were frustrated by the inconsistent methods of measuring BIM elements.

Using Plannerly as a collaboration tool, we set out to create clear guidelines as a practical solution for professionals globally.

🎥 BIM Quantities Made Simple

BIM Quantities Made Simple: Introducing the Methods of Measurement Guidance

Collaborative Efforts and Expertise

Thankfully the team included experts from academia, industry, and software development – more details below

This collaboration has been crucial in creating detailed guidelines tailored to various stakeholders’ needs.

Leading the efforts, Laura Almeida, a BIM A+ master’s graduate, researched challenges faced by AEC companies and their strategies for aligning traditional measurement rules with BIM practices, with a focus on enhancing BIM quantities.

📽️ Slides from the Webinar

Here are the slides from the hosted webinar.

Key Features of the Guidance

The “Methods of Measurement” guidance offers a wealth of resources designed to simplify and standardize the quantification process.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Templates as Pick Lists: the free templates provide a structured approach to quantifying various building elements, allowing users to choose the methods that best suit their projects. These templates are available free on Plannerly, making them easily accessible and customizable.
  • Discipline-Specific Guidelines: we shared detailed guidelines for specific disciplines such as plumbing, HVAC, and concrete, addressing the unique quantification methods for each, thereby ensuring accurate BIM quantities.
  • Interactive Coolaboration Tools: Plannerly is more than just a basic project management tool – it’s an interactive collaboration platform that brings teams together to work efficiently and effectively. With Plannerly, you can easily communicate with your team, assign tasks, and track progress all in one place.

A Call to Action

While we are proud of the progress made, we recognize that this is just the beginning.

We invite professionals from across the AEC industry to get involved, provide feedback, and help us refine and expand these guidelines.

By working together, we can ensure that our “Methods of Measurement” guidance becomes an invaluable tool for improving BIM quantities and practices worldwide.


The launch of the “Methods of Measurement” guidance marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to enhance BIM quantification practices.

By bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise, we have created a robust framework that addresses the industry’s most pressing challenges.

We are excited to share these resources with the world and look forward to the collaborative journey ahead.

For more information and to access the guidelines, please jump into the Plannerly app by clicking on the Join Free button to explore the templates and resources:

Together, we can transform the way we approach BIM quantities and build a more efficient and effective future for the AEC industry.

Introducing the Teams Behind the “Methods of Measurement” Guidance

The Beck Group

The Beck Group is a leading construction and architecture firm with a rich history dating back 112 years. Known for its innovative approach to integrating design and construction, Beck has been at the forefront of model-based estimating for over 25 years. Brent Pilgrim, the National Preconstruction Director, emphasized the firm’s dedication to developing scalable, agnostic processes for model-based estimating. Beck’s commitment to innovation and collaboration has been instrumental in shaping the “Methods of Measurement” guidance, ensuring it meets the practical needs of industry professionals and enhances BIM quantities.


KOSMOS is a specialist digital cost and carbon consultancy founded in 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a team of experienced quantity surveyors and cost managers, KOSMOS has been pioneering the use of model-based quantities for nearly a decade. The company operates from offices in Copenhagen, Dublin, and Limerick, working exclusively on BIM projects. Ross, a founder of KOSMOS, highlighted the importance of transitioning traditional methods of measurement to fit modern BIM practices and improve BIM quantities. KOSMOS’s expertise in digital quantification and their commitment to sustainability have been vital in developing comprehensive and practical measurement guidelines.


Limsen is a forward-thinking company founded by architects with a passion for improving the quantification process in construction. Established five years ago by Sebastian and Filipe, Limsen has grown significantly, doubling its headcount and expanding its services across planning, design, construction, and operations phases. Laura Almeida, a BIM A+ graduate, joined Limsen and played a key role in researching and developing the “Methods of Measurement” guidance. Limsen’s hands-on experience in managing complex projects and their dedication to precision and accuracy have greatly contributed to the project’s success, particularly in achieving standardized methods of measurement for BIM.


Plannerly is an innovative SaaS company that provides an automated platform for managing AEC project information efficiently. Plannerly simplifies the complex process of Building Information Modeling (BIM), making it accessible and achievable for all project stakeholders. With a focus on making it simple to align with ISO 19650 standards, Plannerly offers tools and templates that streamline project planning and ensure effective communication. The platform’s user-friendly interface and comprehensive resources have made it a valuable tool for professionals looking to enhance their BIM practices and achieve accurate BIM quantities.

These four teams, each bringing their unique expertise and perspective, have come together to address a critical need in the AEC industry. Their collaborative efforts have resulted in the development of the “Methods of Measurement” guidance, a resource designed to improve accuracy, efficiency, and communication in BIM quantification. By integrating BIM with construction estimating and adopting accurate BIM measurement techniques, these guidelines serve as essential BIM project planning tools, ensuring effective BIM information management and enhancing BIM workflow with new standards.

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What prompted the development of the “BIM Methods of Measurement” guidance in the AEC industry?

The initiative was born out of a shared frustration within the AEC industry regarding the lack of consistent and reliable methods for quantifying BIM elements. This challenge was a significant hurdle for industry professionals, leading to the realization that a solution was needed to bridge the gap between traditional measurement rules and modern BIM practices. The aim is to enhance communication and collaboration by establishing standardized measurement guidelines.

How does the “Methods of Measurement” guidance address the specific needs of different stakeholders?

The guidance was created with input from experts in academia, industry, and software. This diverse team tailored the guidelines to meet the distinct needs of stakeholders in the AEC industry. Drawing on this combined expertise, the guidance offers discipline-specific advice for areas like plumbing, HVAC, and concrete to ensure precise BIM quantities across all disciplines.

What sets the “Methods of Measurement” guidance apart in the AEC industry?

Unlike traditional measurement methods, the “BIM Methods of Measurement” guidance presents a framework to simplify and standardize quantification using BIM models. It includes templates for a structured approach to quantify building elements, enabling users to choose methods suited to their projects.

How can industry professionals contribute to the ongoing development of the “Methods of Measurement” guidance?

Professionals in the AEC industry are urged to get involved by sharing feedback, suggestions, and insights to improve and broaden the current guidelines. Creating a collaborative environment allows industry experts to shape the future of the “Methods of Measurement” guidance. This inclusive offer aims to keep the guidance relevant, practical, and effective for professionals globally.

What impact does the “Methods of Measurement” guidance aim to have on the AEC industry as a whole?

The guidance aims to transform how BIM quantities are handled in the AEC sector. By providing a standardized framework for quantification, it aims to boost accuracy, efficiency, and communication in BIM projects. Adopting these integrated workflows can help professionals simplify project planning, enhance collaboration, and raise the quality of BIM practices worldwide.

How did the efforts of the Beck Group, KOSMOS, Limsen, and Plannerly contribute to the success of the “Methods of Measurement” guidance?

The expertise and perspectives from all four teams were crucial in creating the “Methods of Measurement” guidance. Each team’s unique skills and experiences contributed to a strong and practical resource for the AEC industry. The collaborative spirit shown highlights the value of partnership and knowledge-sharing in driving innovation and enhancing industry standards.

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