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Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:04:19 AM | Cost Estimating Software for Revit 2010




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Hey Guys!

I have a question about third party cost estimating software and methods with Revit . I am in charge of implementing and managing Revit in

our firm and we are at the point now where we are using it on 1/3 to half of our projects. My boss wants to take the next step and look

at how can we begin to run cost estimates for our clients during the SD, DD, and a little in the CD phases. My question is this 

what do you think is best software to use in tandem with Revit, such as SmartBIM QTO, Innovaya, etc., or best method to extract 

a cost estimate using just Revit. I have gone through the post and found some threads but they were all pretty general and need

to know what is the best way to go, what is the best software to go with, or if there is a simple method by just using revit. I look forward to

the posts! 

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Wed, May 12, 2010 at 11:04:28 AM | Cost Estimating Software for Revit 2010



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Assign cost to BIM Revit can also do it for you (Parameters)



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Wed, May 12, 2010 at 12:05:56 PM | Cost Estimating Software for Revit 2010



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It looks like Sigma 2009 - Cost estimation is what AutoDESK is pushing. I don't know the product but I know that Revit is not an estimating program.

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Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 5:53:01 AM | Cost Estimating Software for Revit 2010




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Cost estimating solutions can be divided roughly into two categories.
  1. Estimating applications having a BIM import (either IFC and/or native file format)
  2. Integration applications connecting BIMs with existing estimating applications

Some applications even have features from the both categories.You probably use some estimating application at the moment, so it should be your starting point. Changing your estimating application might be much bigger task than starting to use BIM. You need to remember that BIM is only a way to produce quantity information. Cost estimating covers much broader range of tasks.

I recommend you to check, if your estimating vendor offers BIM support AND if there integration solutions available for your current tool. After you have identified the possible solutions, evaluate them using a data from a real construction project. It is relatively easy to make a BIM based estimating software, but the real challenge is to "streamline" the estimating process. Thus you need to really use it before making the decision.


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Tomi Tutti


Technical Director

Tocoman - BIM based Estimating and Takeoff


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Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 9:54:04 AM | Cost Estimating Software for Revit 2010




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You can check our fresh BIM estimating package at our website:

CostOS 3.6 allows you to work over the ifc files and complete your takeoff in just a few minutes. It has a very powerfull cost database bellow, and all the famous 3rd parties databases (Means, Richardson's for US and Spon's for the UK) are provided online.

It's unique advantage is that at the end you will get a Cost and Resource loaded 3D model, that you can show to your client. Also it will create the Microsoft Project or Primavera schedule for you.

Should you require additional information, do not hesitate to contact me.

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