- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 22 Feb 2021
Working up construction works
Working up (or creating a workup) refers to the process of collating the details of the measured elements of construction works before prices have been determined. This information is then used to produce an unpriced bill of quantities (BoQ).
An unpriced bill of quantities (BoQ) is essentially an estimate in the form of a template. It breaks down the work required on a project into tasks but has no measured quantity (or price) by each task. For more information see: Unpriced bill of quantities.
Before working up takes place, elements are identified through the taking off process. The term taking off refers to the process of identifying elements of construction works that can be measured and priced. This is necessary to produce bills of quantities and requires that the design is complete and a specification has been prepared.
The process of taking off includes calculating measurements of the components by number, length, area, volume, weight or time. All items must be accounted for through the take off process. This information is then entered on workup sheets.
In the United States, the term workup can also be used to describe an estimate created for a prospective purchaser of a building lot, including the plan and options. In this instance, the workup takes place before the purchase agreement is signed.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Study shows harmful impact of late payments on SME personnel.
Upcoming changes to the commercial supply and purchase of chemicals.
CLC introduces card for learners.
CIOB members recognised for public procurement.
Experts discuss the complex issues damaging the supply chain.
The co-founder of Get Kids into Survey discusses career paths for kids.
Report examines lack of detail in the Government's vision.
Our director Gregor Harvie hosts 4 webinars at the IHBC marketplace on Friday.
Look up construction terms on any website direct from your browser.
The revival of the public sphere in Toronto.
The story behind the copycat architecture craze.
Insight into construction materials supply and demand issues.
IHBC has announced winners of the 2020 honours.
Cement and concrete industry introduces measures to go beyond net zero.