Making the Change
When it came time to review our estimating services, we evaluated a number of estimating products to suit our business systems. The previous estimating system was out of date and we had little support from the company developer. We were looking for a program that had the following features:
- Easy to implement and good support during this process
- Ease of Use
- Network capability
- Electronic Takeoff Capability
- Ability to modify to suit our structure
- Local Support
- Forward looking technology such as BIM capability
CostX answered all our requirements and made the decision easy for us. We did not want a generic product that offered a set package, and with CostX we had the ability to configure the system to suit our needs. We were able to extract our current working database and offer it for migration into CostX. The support Exactal offered made this process rather easy.
One of the main benefits that CostX offered was the paperless electronic takeoff system. This was by far the easiest and most comprehensive we had seen in any package available. This has also assisted us in meeting our environmental objectives by cutting down our paper wastage.
Our Architectural Division uses Revit as their design package and we see that the future BIM integration between Revit & CostX will assist us in providing timely and accurate cost estimates.