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CostOS

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What is CostOS?

CostOS is a modern, innovative cost estimating solution that can be used to estimate the cost of a project at various stages (from Concept to the Tender Phase). It can be used by Contractors, Subcontractors, Consultants, Project Owners, or Investors and Designers. CostOS is easy to learn, can do 2D (PDF, CAD) , BIM and GIS takeoffs and can be applied on a wide range of projects from small contracts to megaprojects, in various sectors such as Construction, Oil and Gas, EPC, Mining, etc

Who Uses CostOS?

It can be used by Contractors, Subcontractors, Consultants, Project Owners, or Investors and Designers. Applicable to small companies up to very large organizations.

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Reviews of CostOS

Average score

Overall
4.9
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Service
4.8
Features
5.0
Value for Money
4.8

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85%
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15%
Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The solution for Cost Estimating

5.0 6 years ago

Pros:

CostOS is an innovative software which allow faster, more reliable and collaborative cost estimation. Fully integrated with Excel, 3D, 2D, GIS and online DB, CostOS simplify Quantity Take-Off, Import/Export of data, and Estimation. The Assembly engine is a powerful and flexible engine for defining parametric model based on company's requirements.

Cons:

It could be improved with more dashboard

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Why CostOS is the Best Estimating Software Program

5.0 6 years ago

Comments: Our overall experience with the software has been good and we are working more efficiently with this software than in the past. In the past we had to use 3 different software programs to accomplish the same work and there was a lot of wasted time spent transferring data from one software to another. Now everything is performed directly inside of CostOS. The ability to have more than one estimator working on the same estimate at the same time has also significantly improved our collaboration efforts between different office locations. Overall we are very happy with choosing CostOS and still believe it is the best estimating software program on the market.

Pros:

- Program is a database driven application, not a file based application - Licensing is based on concurrent license use and not tied to specific people - Menus and icons are laid out in a logical and consistent manner - Can have more than one estimator working in an estimate at the same time - Can link 2D and 3D takeoffs to estimate line items all within the same platform - Can visualize the 2D and 3D takeoffs when clicking on estimate line items - Can open up 4 estimates at the same time and can copy and paste line items from one estimate to another - Can build powerful Assemblies for pricing self-perform work - Can completely customize how Indirect Costs are calculated and spread back across the estimate - Can import and export to and from Excel easily - Can easily price labor using crews and productivity rates - Can easily set up and use multiple Work Breakdown Structures - Database is easy to manage and maintain - Works well in a Remote Desktop Environment - Can hide estimate line items and apply filters easily - Estimate spreadsheet looks and feels like Excel, but is a database application - Can set up custom columns with custom formulas - Can save custom layouts and share layouts with other users

Cons:

- The 2D Takeoff module works okay overall, but needs some improvements and enhancements - The Report writer is difficult and complicated to learn and takes a long time to build custom reports - We have had some technical issues with 3D Takeoffs that have only been resolved using workarounds and have not been completely resolved yet - Technical support is always fast to respond, but doesn't always know how to solve the problems - If technical support requires help from the developers in Greece, the response time can be slow due to the time difference - Each estimate must have a unique name or the Variance reports don't work right - Consulting fees for software customization are expensive, so we have to do a lot of customization in house

Alessandro
Systems Developer in US
Architecture & Planning, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Remarkable Solution for Cost Management

5.0 4 weeks ago New

Pros:

CostOS has an accurate estimating plan, that gives almost the exact expenses for conducting a given project.

Cons:

CostOS has proper strategies that makes the process of estimation reliable.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Nice software

4.0 6 years ago

Comments: Estimation process becoms easy and with minimum effort one can estimate a project.

Pros:

Boq Import, RFQ, Quote Comaprison one can create project with in a short time After importing BOQ, you can float inquiries for quotation after receiving of proposal you can comapre and select the best bidder.

Cons:

Asemblies are difficult to built inside Cost OS, Quantitytake-off needs innovation for calculation from drawings in PODF format and no format change of work executed in drawings to identify,

Andreas
Andreas
Manager Cost Discipline / Engineer Product Management CFB in Germany
Verified LinkedIn User
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Unbeatable bridge to Excel

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: CostOS helps carving the estimating processes in a company. Since these are 100% internal information that circulates between users/departments, those processes are naturally characterised by Excel/email/handwritten information.
Through it's Excel interface capabilities, you are not left with a black or white decision, but you can add existing logics to the workflow, which may now be governed through CostOS. However, adding new Excel sheets or assemblies is feasable at any given time...

Pros:

As the header indicates, the fact that the software reaches out to anybody feeling good with Excel is an absolute selling argument. Everybody uses Excel and there are thousands of more or less helpful Excel files out there: this software doesn't tell you to reprogram everything, but offers the ability to just link any cell you like from your Excell sheet to any position in the commercial software. Since we have used this functionality heavily, the question was not how to reprogram the 5000manhour Excelfile, but how to most efficiently give it a nice interview form so that it interacts with the onboard excelfile most conviniently. Also, the software has a number of interfaces at any level of detail: (interview) assembly level Excel interface BoQ Database Reports 9 different group codes implementable, extensive layout (GUI) customisations, functions implementable at different locations

Cons:

Reports generator: a third party software with functionality and limitations bound to the provider This will apply only to users making use of the Excel exchange functionality massively: extremely high number of queries will result in a long processing time before delivering the results to the BoQ table. The extensive programming possibilities do require a very good feeling for programming: Java, SQL: information exchange between GUI, Database, internal applications like the Excel interface and/or the assemblies