Offering you precise, inexpensive, and prompt structural steel, rebar, and other metals estimates and detailing services for a variety of building projects can assist you in lowering overhead costs, preventing waste, and protecting the environment.

Estimating Services for Metals

A whole pre-construction estimating consultant, The Estimating Studio began as a steel cost estimator consulting company for metal frame contractors, steel cost estimator erectors, steel producers, distributors, and fabricators. For the benefit of our clients, our team of highly qualified structural steel estimators and engineers has created the finest estimating procedures to review takeoffs, evaluate takeoffs, and manage construction costs.


All decks, trusses, railings, stud framing, joists, gratings, and castings are accurately defined and quantified for metals estimating services, and senior steel cost estimators then double-check the information to make sure that the quality of the minute details in takeoffs is maintained. By placing an emphasis on precision and detail, we not only save waste but also help preserve the environment by ordering less materials for the job site and keeping the disposed garbage out of the area. Visit our entry in The Blue Book, please.

Due to their lack of technical knowledge, many steel fabricators, manufacturers, and even steel frame contractors struggle to interpret the technical data from the designs and perform correct takeoffs with structural specifications. We are experts in offering a full selection of steel estimation services. We specialize in providing a complete range of steel estimating and detailing services with the ability to handle complex structures.

  • – Our  steel cost estimators and detailers are well conversant with the manufacturing process, specifications, techniques like laser welding, advanced cutting, etc.
  • – Fast turnaround within 24 to 48 hours to quickly quote prices to your clients.
  • – Detailed steel cost estimator comprising material, labor, welders, cranes, fuel, equipment, etc along with labor hours required for rebar erection.
  • – Easy to review and edit estimates with color-coded marked up plans.
  • – Complete structural steel detailing and shop drawing services for all types of infrastructures, residential, commercial, industrial projects from planning through completion.
  • – We render optimum bar bending schedules for structural steel, rebar, piping, sheet metal, and HVAC duct fabrications/erections.
  • – If required by the client, we also advise various alternatives that help save money.
  • – 24/7 support on live chat and email.

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Our steel estimating services include:

  • – Precast estimation
  • – Cold-form steel estimation
  • – Steel frames takeoffs
  • – Rebar estimation
  • – Structural steel takeoffs
  • – Bar bending schedules
  • – Change order management
  • – Rebar project management
  • – CPM scheduling
  • – Conflict Resolution


  • – Steel Manufacturers
  • – Framing Contractors
  • – Piping & Duct Fabricators
  • – Sheet Metal Fabricators
  • – Rebar & Structural Steel Fabricators
  • – Rebar & structural Steel Erectors
  • – Installers
  • – Distributors


Our estimates comprise the detailed breakdown of metals and steel including materials, plates, connectors, accessories, and erection costs that help in planning, procurement, cost control, reduced storage space at the site, to ensure maximum productivity and cost savings for your projects.

All line items are quantified and takeoff in an EXCEL sheet accompanied by marked-up plans and pdf format files. As per your requirements, your estimate can be categorized by unit price, lump sum, and cost-plus formats. We quantify the following types of materials:

  • – Fasteners
  • – Fastenings
  • – Rebar
  • – Steel framing
  • – Metal joists
  • – Metal decking
  • – Stud framing
  • – Stick framing
  • – Dome structures
  • – Access ramps
  • – Stairs
  • – Load-bearing wall framing
  • – Lintels
  • – Ladders
  • – Railings
  • – Gratings
  • – Decking
  • – Canopy
  • – Bollards
  • – Treads and nosing
  • – Trench drains
  • – Castings
  • – Trusses
  • – Ironwork
  • – Floor steel
  • – Roof steel
  • – Column steel
  • – Copper flashing
  • – Fireproofing
  • – Gusset plates
  • – Base plates
  • – Steel Girders
  • – Steel Anchors
  • – Nosing strips
  • – Corner beads
  • – Ornamental ironwork


With the capability to handle all types and sizes of projects, we provide structural steel estimating services and detailing services for the structures for the following scope of projects:

  • Public
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Institutional
  • Multiplexes
  • High Rise Buildings
  • Recreation Centers
  • Power Plants
  • Manufacturing Units
  • Monuments
  • Parking
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Condominiums
  • Sports Clubs
  • Health Centers
  • Bridges & Flyovers
  • Dams
  • Culverts
  • Hotels
  • Renovation
  • Additions


The Estimating Studio serves its clients with precise estimating services with the culmination of expert estimators and detailers proficient in the following Software:

  • Planswift
  • ASA Rebar Estimating Software
  • Soule Software
  • RGS Rebar
  • Tekla Structures
  • AutoCAD
  • Rebar CAD
  • ASA Microstation


Only accurate estimates may reduce the likelihood of overbidding and underbidding on your projects as a result of the constantly evolving trends in the construction industry.

We have successfully provided very accurate and thorough estimates to rebar contractors for supplies, accessories, and erection costs, so you may rely on us for your rebar or reinforcing steel takeoffs. Our rebar estimators can manage projects of any size and complexity, including bridges, wing walls, retaining walls, residential buildings, commercial buildings, and industrial buildings. They also have extensive software knowledge.

For steel estimates, we employ 3D model technology, which shows a comprehensive grasp of the scope of work and aids inaccuracies in cost analysis and feasibility. Our deliverables for estimating rebar include:

  • Structural BIM modeling
  • Rebar Shop Drawings
  • Rebar Placement Drawings
  • Rebar Detailing
  • Structural and Light Steel Detailing
  • Steel Joist & Deck Detailing
  • Bar Bending Schedules
  • Precast Concrete Detailing
  • Retaining Walls Detailing
  • Foundation Detailing
  • Shear Wall Detailing
  • Concrete Stair Detailing
  • Footings Detailing
  • Grade Beam Detailing
  • Precast Masonry Stone Detailing
  • Connection Sketches
  • Drawing Index
  • Single part Fitting Drawings
  • 2D Drafting & 3D Structural Modeling
  • Shop/Fabrication Drawings (column, beam, brace, stair, handrail, ladders, etc.)
  • General Arrangement/ Erection Drawings for Connections

Reinforcement drawings

Precast detailing

Reinforcement walls detailing

Quick Turnarounds

We have a staff of skilled estimators that can estimate or takeoff home plans in as little as 24 to 48 hours, both for commercial and residential projects. Turnaround times for commercial estimates might change depending on the complexity and scale of the project.

Accurate Construction Cost Database

We deploy RSMeans and our developed construction cost database for material, labor and equipment pricing for up to date and zip code based costing.


The first step in the estimating process at The Estimating Studio is the review of the drawing plans by the MEP specialist, who has extensive prior experience working with Mechanical (HVAC), ducting, air-conditioning systems, refrigeration units, Electrical, low voltage equipment, and Plumbing takeoffs. The specifics, timelines, and requirements, together with a few small general observations, are taken into account.

Each drawing plan is then uploaded using our approved software, such as Trimble, Bluebeam, Plan Swift, FastWRAP, FastDUCT, etc. A senior estimator, who assures a cold-eyed evaluation from marked-up plans and takeoffs sheets in EXCEL, reviews the quantities from the plans after our qualified and certified estimator takesoffs them and ensures that all considerations, correct standards, and codes are followed.

Each line item is quantified, stated, and given the appropriate explanation in accordance with the goal. It is defined what the job-winning approach will be for bid estimates, procurement, and supply needs. After the estimation department has undergone peer review, estimates for residential, commercial, and industrial projects are presented to clients.


How do we ensure the accuracy of the steel estimating services?

Our field expert estimators specialized in Division 5 are adept in miscellaneous steel estimating and metal stud drywall estimating and are deployed to carry out the steel fabrication and structural steel erection takeoffs. The attention to detail and use of RSMeans helps in accurate and up to date pricing based on zip code.


How much time do we take to deliver your steel estimate?

Our estimators are hands-on with digital takeoff software so we deliver estimates within 24 to 48 hours.

How much The Estimating Studio charge for metals takeoffs?

We normally charge around $200 for steel and metals estimates and it can be less or more depending on the scope of the project. We strive to provide quality services and justify the charges we quote with our services.

What is the format of metals estimate deliverables?

We provide you estimates in EXCEL sheets along with marked-up plans to make it easy for you to understand and edit. All line items are organized by CSI MasterFormat or Uniformat or as per your demand.

The Estimating Studio has successfully provided integrated construction estimating and cost management services in North American, Caribbean, and Australian regions. In the US, we have a portfolio of working in the following markets:

Newyork, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Washington, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee,  Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan,  Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Alabama, Maryland, Colorado, Minnesota, Connecticut,  Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Oregon,  Texas, Virginia, Florida, Montana, Ohio.

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