CostOS by Nomitech

Nomitech CostOS

Cost Estimating is the most important procedure of a company. Everything, from business survival to rapid expansion and increased profitability depend on the way a company prepares their estimates. Our product CostOS™ Estimating has been specifically designed to become the everyday tool of the Cost Estimator. Our gnomon is the fact that the estimators should be able to easily spend a substantial time of their working hours over our systems and being effective and accurate.

Nomitech offers solutions for estimators whether their need is to price small projects on a stand alone PC or parts of a huge projects while being connected to the internet and share information with other Enterprise estimators in different countries. The three different versions of our product CostOS Estimating Standard, Professional and Enterprise Edition can fulfill all Cost Estimating needs.

CostOS Solution:

  • CostOS™ Estimating Enterprise Edition

CostOS™ Enterprise Edition is specifically designed for medium,  large and very large organizations that want to increase their efficiency and centralize the cost estimating. CostOS Enterprise enables cost estimators to have real time access on the cost data of the central database depending on their  assigned roles.
CostOS Enterprise offers some unique capabilities and complies really well with large and very large organization demands.

With CostOS Enterprise:
Multiple Estimators can work on the same estimate real time and experience true collaboration.
Roles can be defined for the different Estimators, enabling or restricting them to perform specific tasks. E.g. A junior estimator cannot price items exceeding $1M.
Flexible report writer enables the users to produce any kind of reports or analytics their organization or management is looking for.
The central database can be deployed over Oracle 11g, SQL or MySQL.
Integrated processes can be provided linking the estimate with Project Controls, Accounting , Procurement etc due to webservices technologies.
Organizations can add as many seats as they want and grow their knowledgebase quickly.

A global knowledgebase can be built allowing comparisons between different countries / cities as well as cost optimization in regards to procurement and fabrication locations.
Consistency in the estimates can be achieved, even from company offices in different countries.

  • CostOS Professional

CostOS™ Estimating Professional Edition

Cost Estimating has never been more professional before. CostOS Estimating Professional is the ideal solution for professionals and small entities that want to explore all the features of CostOS on a standalone environment. It includes all the features of CostOS Standard and it also includes the GIS, the Smart Assembly Designer and BIM Modules. CostOS’s Pro powerful database and friendly Graphical User Interface will “boost” your cost estimating productivity and increase your chances of winning more profitable projects.

Standalone Options

Costos Standalone
CostOS Standalone was built for individuals, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators or Consultants that want to differentiate and provide distinguished services to their clients. In addition large organizations can acquire one or two CostOS Standalone licenses in case their estimators have to work in remote areas (e.g. Mining sites or Offshore Platforms) and push back their work or data they collected to the Enterprise Database when back at the office.

CostOS Standalone works on a single PC and over a MySQL database (which is provided for free). Flexible pricing allows the user to select whether or not to enable the advanced features of the CostOS software. Hence the following versions are available for CostOS Standalone:

CostOS Basic
This is the very basic version of the system used mainly for detailed estimating. Still it can be a starting point for companies or individuals that want to stardise their estimating processes and data. It can be used for testing of the software from large organizations or for data collection before deploying the solution into larger scales.

CostOS with BIM Module
This module enables the quantity takeoffs on 3D models from various designing systems. Mainly for the building sector, this module massively accelerates estimating.

CostOS with GIS Module
This module enables the quantity takeoffs on maps. It is a really powerful feature for early phase conceptual definition of projects as well as for infrastructure projects, pipelines, highways etc.

CostOS with Assemblies Development Module
Assemblies sit at the core of CostOS and can accelerate the production of estimates as well as used for value engineering options.

CostOS Professional
This version of CostOS includes all the above mentioned modules in the standalone version of CostOS.

  • 2D Takeoff

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CostOS™ Estimating for Quantity Surveying

CostOS 2D Extraction is is a powerful solution for extracting quantities from 2D drawings. It allows multiple quantity surveyors to work on the same drawings and it supports PDF, scanned, DWG, DXF, DGN and JPEG formats.

2D Takeoff Modules

CostOS 2D Extraction
CostOS 2D Extraction, is a Nomitech branded Quantity Takeoff Module that is integrated with CostOS Estimating. The key Features of

CostOS 2D are:
– Supports measurements on PDF, TIFF, JPEG, DWG, DGN and DXF drawings
– It is multiuser and enables many Quantity Surveyors working on the same Projects
– It produces an analytical document of the measurements, including the calculations performed (either split in Triangles or in Basic Shapes)
– It Supports the definition of custom measurements, such as ducts area, slab rebar and any measurement that the QS can think of
– The quantities are fully synchronized with the BOQ / Estimate
– The quantities can be associated with CostOS Parametric Models / Smart Assemblies.

On-Screen Takeoff by On Center
Apart from CostOS 2D, CostOS Estimating is also integrated with On-Screen Takeoff from On Center Software.

  • Databases

Cost Models and Databases

Nomitech is the first company to offer online cost databases, via webservices. Now, through CostOS™ you can connect with our server and depending on the Cost Databases you are subscribed to, perform searches and use up to date cost data. The Databases we support are:

KNOWLEDGEBASES / DATABASES

Several knowledgebases and commercial databases are available within the CostOS platform. You can subscribe to one, many 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. This unique capability of CostOS gives you a broader selection in addition to the ability to compare prices. What is the difference between a Knowledgebase and a Database? A Knowledgebase provides knowhow, and with your input can generate multiple items. Currently, 2 knowledgebases are available within CostOS: the NoDoC Knowledgebase and the RSMeans Assemblies.

The NoDoC Knowledgebase contains advanced algorithms and can size projects or parts of projects. Nodoc is exclusive to the CostOS platform. The RSMeans assemblies are well known and well respected within the industry. Reference to the RSMeans books, in addition to location factors of the Means database, are built within these assemblies. Available

NODOC KNOWLEDGEBASE

The NoDoC Knowledgebase sits at the very heart of CostOS available knowledge offerings. Developed by Dione Oil Company, with more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas field, the NoDoC Knowledgebase covers both offshore and onshore oil and gas projects.The knowledgebase has been applied successfully in some of the largest projects in the gulf region.

NODOC Offshore:

Nodoc includes several oil offshore projects cost data, including sub-sea pipelines, cabling , jackets and platforms, drilling jack ups etc. The latest project estimated by NODOC, is a 280 km of 30 inch pipeline in the Persian gulf.

NODOC Onshore:

The NODOC Knowledgebase is conceptual. It provides cost rather than prices. The unique aspect about the Onshore Models and Assemblies is that the Estimator can define the required Estimate class, and accordingly answer an interactive set of questions to produce the estimate with the respective accuracy.

How NoDoC works
For CAPEX, NoDoC combines parametric cost estimate models with live cost databases by decomposition of equipment components to raw materials. The manufacturing process of materials, equipment and consumables is considered as one of the parameters in the Cost Assemblies and Cost Models. The price of raw materials is connected to the real time price data providers, such as LME. Accordingly, the models estimate the finished cost of the desired equipment. In this way, the physical industry can have confidence that the range of NoDoC results properly reflects the current supply/demand situation in the market.

Richardson or Cost Data On Line Process Plant Database

With many years of experience, the Richardson Database is probably the most well known database used for estimating Oil & Gas and Energy projects. The Richardson database is based on market research and is applicable for Class 3 to Class 4 estimates. CostOS is the first software solution to provide the Richardson data in such a detailed level, which includes both the resources and required man-hours. Instead of simply providing line items, CostOS allows the user to use the resource entries of the database (equipment, material, subcontractor and labour rates), to create their own amended line items or even build their own assemblies over the database. The installation man-hours are also provided and with simple drag and drop techniques, the estimator can generate his/her equipment list and produce the aggregated man-hours for installation, at a glance. The associated links to the appropriate pages of costdataonline.com are also provided within the data. Add this to the automatic exchange rate updating and the location factors features of CostOS, makes the Database applicable internationally.

BCIS: The RICS Building Cost Information Service.

The leading provider of cost information to the construction industry and anyone else who needs comprehensive, accurate and independent data.

For the past 50 years, BCIS has been collecting, collating, analysing, modelling and interpreting cost information. This industry standard information is now available through Nomitech CostOS.

Quantity surveyors use BCIS data to give early cost advice, to budget and benchmark projects and to prepare life cycle cost plans. Contractors use BCIS comprehensive resource price databases for day to day tendering activities, and even Insurers use BCIS rebuilding cost data to quote more accurate and competitive premiums for buildings insurance. All BCIS titles are available through CostOS.

The data can be delivered in various classifications including the industry standard ‘Standard Methods Of Measurement’

The reputation of the BCIS independent cost information is unrivalled.

RSMeans Cost Database

REEDS is a highly respected Cost Database organization for the Construction Industry. The CostOS – Means Version, delivers the various RSMeans Databases including:
Heavy Civils, Mechanical, Electrical, Facility Installations, Green Building Technologies, Residential (US, Canada), Remodelling & Renovation (US, Canada), Interior (US, Canada), Lite Commercial (US, Canada).
The database is provided both in metric and imperial units and follows the CSI Masterformat coding. It is provided as relational database, so all the crews, productivities and resources are available to the user.

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