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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

CostX BIM Estimating Software

Want to make friends with your contractors and help the developer save money? Exactal's CostX product will automatically pull quantities from Revit models and quickly prepare estimates. If you make changes to a model, CostX can automatically calculate the differences in square footages, lineal footages and quantites. Click here for the CostX demo

If you're thinking, "who cares, it's just the contractor", don't! Why? ...
...BIM is the creation and use of coordinated, consistent and computable information about a building project. Such information is crucial to more efficient design decision making, precise construction document production, performance predictions, cost estimations and construction planning, as well as managing and operating facilities. At the core of the Revit platform, Autodesk's purpose-built solution for BIM, a powerful parametric change engine automatically helps coordinate all changes across design, documentation and analyses. The Revit platform can keep information coordinated, up-to-date and accessible in an integrated digital environment, giving architects, engineers, builders and owners a clear overall vision of all their projects, as well as aiding their ability to make better decisions faster.

This means the contractor can take a Revit model, import it into CostX and come up with accurate quantities for bidding. When they have an accurate takeoff, that means they've captured all of the data from your plans and there are fewer RFIs and Change Orders. Wow, less paperwork for you.
Did you ever wonder why the call it an "Estimate" in the first place. Contractors are estimating the amount of materials and time to complete a project.
es·ti·mate (st-mt)

tr.v. es·ti·mat·ed, es·ti·mat·ing, es·ti·mates
1. To calculate approximately (the amount, extent, magnitude, position, or value of something).
2. To form an opinion about; evaluate: "While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance" Samuel Johnson.
n. (-mt)
1. The act of evaluating or appraising.
2. A tentative evaluation or rough calculation, as of worth, quantity, or size.
3. A statement of the approximate cost of work to be done, such as a building project or car repairs.
4. A judgment based on one's impressions; an opinion.
Wouldn't it be nice if they could give you an "Accurate" instead of an "Estimate"

Back to CostX. It's an amazing tool that can help contractors quickly create their proposal and scope of work, and that means the job will get started faster. With fewer RFIs and Change Orders, your firm can be more profitable and use your resources more effectively.

Here are the links:
CostX Demo Detailed Features Product Brochure and...
Following the popularity of CostX, CostX Viewer makes it easy to freely share comprehensive costing projects with anyone. Take advantage of the all-electronic estimation platform and offer interactive projects to your clients and co-workers complete with detailed cost breakdowns and building revisions with live links to CAD drawings. Learn more..
Download the viewer and Explore CostX Viewer features with these sample EXF files: Sample Files (2.3 MB)

CADD Centers of Florida is proud to be the first Autodesk Reseller in the United States to have been chosen by Exactal as a reseller of their products. The first time we saw the CostX product, we knew this would be a perfect fit for our company and yours. By seeing the big picture of the construction process, we strive every day to help our clients be profitable with these incredible tools and we can solve another Piece of the Puzzle.


Anonymous,  November 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

CostX is very nice if you just want to export your quantities to excel and then estimate using excel. But I dont think it is an estimating package it lacks a lot of estimating features like:
- Cost Databases
- Detailed Cost Visualization
- Quote Management
- Parametric Engine Estimating
- Integration with MS Project and Primavera etc
a very nice software that does all of the above as well as BIM Estimating is CostOS BIM Estimating check it out at Nomitech website!

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