5 Critical Reasons why your business needs to use a Fully Integrated Estimating Solution


In today’s construction environment competitiveness is key, and to keep your business on top, you need to make sure you have the best tools available. This should include a fully integrated estimating solution, such as CostX®, which supports BIM & 2D takeoff, integrated workbooks and a customisable report writer, among other features.

Check out our top five reasons why you should upgrade now below:


The principal advantage of using a full function estimating system is productivity. With the right system, you can leverage intuitive technology to reduce human error. Streamline 2D and 3D/BIM takeoffs with live-linked quantities, and have multiple users in the same office or different regions working on the same estimate simultaneously. Save time, win more work. Ultimately, speed and productivity will be the differentiating factor for a profitable business.


In the construction industry, productivity alone is meaningless without accuracy. You need to have a system which understands the intelligence in 2D drawings. Utilise the freedom of manipulating Excel®-like formulas and functions for precise calculations. Most importantly, you want to rely on a comprehensive audit trail: revision logs, undo button, comparison reports, and quantity sourcing to limit your risks when it counts. Using computer-aided estimates where takeoff data is extracted and linked directly into the estimating process is not only more accurate, but also saves you the time and possible errors that come with having to re-enter information.


Standardise your estimating process by enhancing cohesiveness. Working within the realm of an estimating software administers consistency throughout your business. This promotes a more centralised business model enhancing communication while greatly diminishing disputes amongst colleagues. Leverage standard pricing structures, templates, and databases so you’re on the same page throughout your business. Apply previous projects or prebuilt models as benchmarks for current bids to reduce overlap and increase consistency. Set the standard on how to win projects across the company.


Most notably, deliver concise presentations. In today’s technology driven environment, companies are leveraging software to deliver a higher level of professionalism. Deploy estimating software in your business for crisp graphical reporting which can comprise of subcontractor comparison, model revisioning, and sourcing criteria. Display 3D BIM models integrated with their associated 2D sheets and show alterations in real time. Have confidence at crunch time and execute!


With BIM becoming more and more important in the industry, it is crucial that you ensure your business is future-proofed with BIM-compatible software. With the power of BIM, you can extend your capabilities like never before. Make sure your estimating program is constantly developing their systems to ensure that you’ll always be up to date with the latest industry technology. If you choose a solution that allows you to do BIM & 2D takeoff in the same program, this will also mean your staff can make the switchover at an optimal pace- able to support BIM models when received, but still able to supplement with 2D drawings where required.

CostX® is the leading BIM & 2D estimating solution in Ireland; with world-leading on-screen 2D and 3D/BIM takeoff, integrated workbooks and customised report writer.

Contact Exactal now for your free CostX® demonstration on sales.ie@exactal.com or call +353 (0) 1 901 4844.

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