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Is 2D takeoff software included with Cost-OS?
2D Extraction, is a Nomitech branded Quantity Takeoff Module that is integrated with Cost-OS Estimating. The takeoff function that allows you to import .tif, .dwg, .jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .pdf and other formatted drawings. The measurements transfer directly into the Cost-OS estimate spreadsheet and can "feed" your Smart Assemblies.
Does it come "off the shelf" with a database?
Absolutely, 12,000+ items off the shelf and all the historical data you choose to import. Several commercial databases (RS Means, Richardson, BCIS, etc) are also available within the Cost-OS platform. You can subscribe to any or all of them. If you subscribe to more than one database or knowledgebase you can search once and get the results from all those you are subscribed to.
Can I import my historical data?
Microsoft Excel integration make importing, exporting and data extraction a fast, fluid process. You can 2 click import Excel data from previous projects to reference for faster estimate creation. Your previous bids can be referenced quickly, making Cost-OS your One Solution for creating quick, accurate, and most importantly winning bids.
Can it be shared?
Cost-OS stores historical data in a SQL database that can be used by anyone in the company to promote standardization. Each item in the database contains Group Codes (Sort Codes) used to organize the estimate and reports. These group codes can also capture the client's Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and can be used to factor estimate and summary data.
Does it come "out of box" with Assemblies and Models?
Yes, Smart Assemblies in Cost-OS will cut your takeoff time in half, increase accuracy and eliminate omissions. The assembly will prompt the estimator for dimensional information, the materials to be used and the methods of placement.
Create your own Assemblies and Construction Systems that teach Cost-OS to think like you do, capturing your best practices that can be used by all estimators.
How do I adjust resources?
Cost-OS provides a dynamic spreadsheet that allows the user to adjust cost, hours, productivity and crew/resource
configuration on each line item. Each user can create their own Layout with
font, color and column selection. Multiple layouts can be stored to provide customized views in various levels of Summary and Unit Prices.
Cost-OS provides over 60 Custom Columns that
can be used to calculate values from other columns in order to arrive at key
quantities and summarized unit pricing.
Does it come with 3D integration too?
Yes. Cost-OS has a BIM takeoff function that uses IFC files that can be pulled from various sources, such as Revit, Tekla, Bentley, Intergraph, and other design tools. Cost-OS’ powerful parametric engine, combined with BIM, enables the quick and accurate pricing of ‘less than fully-detailed’ BIM models. Moreover, it allows design optimization and quick identification of most appropriate materials and construction methods. Intelligent, parameter-driven assemblies can be built and applied to BIM elements.
What is the Project Variables button?
Cost-OS gives our customers the ability to have their own unique Summaries and "Top Sheets" that summarize estimat edetail in order to apply markups. Cost-OS will import customer spreadsheets with formulas and cells that can also be linked to items contained in the estimate. These workbooks can be saved as templates and selected at the creation of new estimates. Summary values can also be "distributed" back into the estimate line item details.