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CostX – Construction Estimating Software

Your Complete Takeoff & Estimating Solution

BIM & 2D Construction Estimating Software

How can our products help your business thrive?

  • 2D Takeoff

    Supports scanned, PDF or CAD drawings- Measure areas, lengths and counts in a flash.

  • 3D/BIM Takeoff

    Supports BIM by using digital design data to accurately estimate quantities and costs.

  • Workbooks

    Powerful spreadsheet based workbooks are live-linked to the drawings.

  • Auto-Revisioning

    Unique revision mode compares drawings and highlights the changes to identify revisions and update quantities

  • Subcontractor Comparison

    Easily compare subcontractor quotes to come up with the best overall result for your business.

  • Report

    Produce professional customised reports to present to clients.

Here’s just some of our Happy Clients.

BAM Construct UK United Kingdom

"It’s the best in the market that we have reviewed, in terms of ease of use and functionality for 2D and 3D take-off purposes."

Gary Dowden, Preconstruction Director

BAM Construct UK specialises in sustainable design, construction and facilities management. We are leaders in Building Information Modelling and take a whole lifecycle approach to creating, constructing and operating buildings.

It’s the best in the market that we have reviewed, in terms of ease of use and functionality for 2D and 3D take-off purposes.

— Gary Dowden, Preconstruction Director

The Project

BAM constantly looks for quality and ways of continuously improving our core processes and delivery. With better and more efficient options in the market for take-off, we explored several market leaders to see their current product, future vision and whether they were a fit with our collaborative way of working. CostX was easy to use, and their UK team were keen to learn and develop with us. Value for money was the final ingredient of deal we agreed.

The Outcome

The benefits of making the switch to CostX have been many.

  • Speed of initial quantification, once the basics are established
  • Valuation and variation management with supply chain
  • BoQ production timeframe and subsequent addendums
  • Accurate and detailed measurements can be produced exceptionally quickly compared to manual take-offs
  • Speed of use frees up time to spend on filling the gaps, reducing risk and maximising opportunity
  • Workbooks allow measures to link into sheets that can be used for most cost or value purpose
  • Once quants are linked between a Revit file and CostX, future amendments of the model/drawings can be done very quickly

We look for suppliers with whom we can collaborate and who can add value. We have formed a national CostX group that will meet every four months, and communicate in between times as well in order to implement CostX effectively and maximise the benefit of it.

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Mace International Middle East

"The team here are happy that we made the move to CostX, especially me as I have been overloaded with Cost Plans and I know I would have missed every deadline if I had used our previous software."

Grant Crow, Cost Planning Manager

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Turner & Townsend Asia

"CostX is a game changer for the modern consultancy service. The ability to be able to capture 100% of the design direct from the 3D model and live link those quantities direct to your estimate, creates transparency in the quality of Turner & Townsend’s service. Which in turn gives greater commercial confidences to our clients. "

Callum Agnew, Associate Director (Asia)

Turner & Townsend is a leading global programme management and construction consultancy that supports organisations that invest in, own and operate assets. Working from 90 offices in 130 countries, they work on projects across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors worldwide. They assist organisations by managing risk while maximising value and performance during the construction and operation of their assets.

CostX is a game changer for the modern consultancy service. The ability to be able to capture 100% of the design direct from the 3D model and live link those quantities direct to your estimate, creates transparency in the quality of Turner & Townsend’s service. Which in turn gives greater commercial confidences to our clients.

— Callum Agnew, Associate Director (Asia)

The Project

Turner & Townsend’s client entered into a dual FEED study with two international consortia of engineering companies to provide competitive FEED designs for the FLNG. Part of the FEED deliverables from each consortium was the development of a Bill of Approximate Quantities at the end of the FEED study that would be used by the clients estimating group to provide an independent estimate of the two FEED designs.

The client’s challenge was to ensure that the BOAQ represented as close as possible the completed scope of the development as the BOAQ would be an integral part of the development of the project value for Sanction. It was therefore paramount that the BOAQ was as accurate as possible. The client requested Turner & Townsend to validate and agree with the FEED Contractor’s the quantities developed to provide assurance to the client on the quantities contained in the BOAQ’s.

The Outcome

Turner & Townsend provided a team to carry out the following in order to fulfil the client’s requirements:

  • Establish a sound Method of Measurement, based on industry best practice, which will be issued to all FEED contractors to ensure consistency for the BOAQ quantity development from all FEED tenderers. As part of the FEED deliverable, all FEED tenderers were required to submit their BOAQ in CostX native workbook format.
  • Develop a Code of Accounts and a Work Breakdown Structure with standard estimate templates in CostX for inclusion into the FEED ITT.
  • Assist in developing the 3D model Structure and Object Parameter Protocols that will enable expedient electronic harvesting using CostX on the FEED Tenderers 3D models.
  • Develop a milestone program including the required deliverable outputs to be extracted from the 3D model to be included in the FEED ITT.
  • Provide CostX training and support to client personnel as at the end of the commission Turner & Townsend gave the client a CostX export of the BOAQ which meant the client had a complete interactive, live linked BOAQ.

By using CostX, Turner & Townsend were able to support the client in the validation and development of robust BOAQ’s and control estimates that provided transparency and confidence in the estimated cost of the project. This ensured that the Scope of Works was fully reflected, which will lead to a properly managed project with efficient contract administration.

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JM Kelly Australia

"You must at least trial CostX. We think you'll find it a crucial to your successful estimating as we do."

Tony Richardson, Estimating Manager

JM Kelly Project Builders has established itself as one of Queensland’s largest privately owned construction companies. Established in Rockhampton in 1940, JM Kelly have completed a large range of projects including resorts, hospitals, police stations, schools, universities, office complexes, shopping centres and commercial buildings.

You must at least trial CostX. We think you’ll find it a crucial to your successful estimating as we do.

— Tony Richardson, Estimating Manager

Making the Change

We were looking for a viable alternative to the process of working with A0 drawings on our estimating desks.

The Outcome

There are quite a few advantages to the CostX solution. Firstly, we have advanced years ahead of where we were with A0 drawings in terms of estimating. We now easily and quickly measure quantities from electronic versions of drawings, and the A0 drawings are used on site only.

Checking cadet estimators’ quantities and calculations is easier as the information is immediately available using the live links between the drawings and the workbooks.

The most helpful feature of CostX has been the variation function, greatly enhancing our ability to price variations and changes to drawings. We have found the variation report is an invaluable asset in the variation negotiation process.

Finally, the workbook feature is leagues ahead of estimating software that we have tried to use previously. CostX’s workbook is very versatile, with multiple levels of costing that can be developed which makes estimating and reporting so much easier.

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