Gordian

RSMeans Data Online


4 / 5
36 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Professionals dealing in costs associated with construction and building maintenance in the United States and Canada.


Average Ratings

36 Reviews

  • 4 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $237.00/year/user
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Gordian
  • www.rsmeans.com/
  • Founded 1940
  • United States

About RSMeans Data Online

Plan your next budget with accurate prices and insight. Estimate in great detail or at a conceptual level. Validate unfamiliar costs or scopes of work. Maintain existing buildings with schedules and costs There are three tiers of RSMeans Data Online designed to equip users with the appropriate cost tools to execute a variety construction projects. Core - Search, Estimate, Share Complete - Alerts, Square Foot Estimator, Trends Complete Plus - Predictive Cost Data, Life Cycle Costing


RSMeans Data Online Features

  • Accounting Integration
  • Audit Trail
  • Customizable Templates
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • What-if Analysis

RSMeans Data Online Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Current issues in scrolling through the data and entire screen scrolling with your search scroll

Nov 02, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 5.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Comments: There are a few things that make this program very frustrating to work with. The biggest issue is trying to scroll through the data after you search for something. Say "Doors" the database has like 1000 items that are related to doors and it will generate the first 40 or so items in the screen but when you go to scroll down in the window to see more - it takes a while for the new data to generate - and I have a fast connection 100 MB/S so it is not the internet. But that is not the issue - it is the fact that if you scroll too fast and the website has to search for more data, then the entire screen scrolls up and you have to continuously grab the bar and scroll back down. It happens also when you scroll up the entire screen will scroll down and then you have to scroll back up... The other issue is the width of the columns - the allow you to size the columns that way you want them but the column bar is like one pixel wide and for you to point your mouse at exactly the right location on the screen to get the column bar to size the column takes FOREVER !! I have wasted like 6 hours out of 300 trying to resize the columns - the problem is that you can not see the material, labor and equipment prices until you either resize the columns or continuously scroll to the right and then you have to scroll back the left in order to check the item that you want to add to your project - so it is continuously moving back and forth and up and down - NO GOOD

Pros: Great data, excellent product database, great Square Foot model, I have the full blown professional version which comes with unit prices, assembly prices and square foot models for all types of buildings for all divisions for all locations throughout the USA. By zip code, you can set the labor type - union or open shop ...

Cons: Too costly - I paid $$$$ for the full blown version and it is missing some components. Such as LED light fixtures SF costs. Columns are hard to adjust. The layout of the website is not user friendly. To create a SF Model is not user friendly at first. It needs to be more intuitive, and easier to follow. The first thing you have to do is name the project in order to generate any kind of data out of the SF model - well the Name Cell is way down the bottom of the web page - and not up near the top - so if you select the type of building you want and size etc -- it will not generate a SF model .... I have been using RS Means for over 10 years - I started using it in 2004 and they had CD versions then they came out with one license agreements for a server type version - then it was named Costworks - I truly loved the CD version of RS Means Costworks - The best part of having CD is if you lose internet you are not out of business like I was the other week!!! For over 8 hours I had no power in my house therefore no internet and using a Hot Spot does not do the trick when you are searching a database with over 30,000 items....

Recommendations to other buyers: Wait for the fixes and wait for the price to come down. The Gordian Group purchased the RS Means product and now they have a system in place where as soon as you type a complaint or email an issue - someone on the other end sends you an email reply saying that it has been fixed .... Well 99% of the time it has not been fixed - the people (upper management) of Gordian need to relax their policies and not make it mandatory to close an issue the day it was created --- People are just pushing papers and they have lost the customer relations part of the process. You get a lot of emails stating that it has been brought up to the engineers attention and that the database creators are aware of the issue and that fixes are coming and the next version will or may or may not have these fixes included .... Not Good - I think to change the thickness of a column should take a few minutes???

shared Data Base

Oct 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The access to all the trades and the ability to match items to specifications has been a great help. also being able to retrieve old proposals and have them update quickly

Cons: I also have the JOC software from RS Means which no one at RS Means seams to understand and they have tied my passwords to the same account but if I am locked out of one I can not get in the other one.

Then all the tech know how to fix this is delete all your cookies. these are place markers for other programs and be cause of the failed IT side of this it makes it hard to accept it as a leader.

Excellent source for labor, material and equipment cost

Oct 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Easy to use! Enter your location at the entry screen, save and close and proceed to getting regional cost.

Cons: This is a tough question! This software improves ever year. I used to hate how I would have to log back in to the software when I had left it idle, now its not a problem with the new "idle" mode - Thanks!

Overall: The cost for this online product is very economical. I am a cost consultant with over 40 years of experience that does work throughout the United States and would not consider any other construction cost software that suits my needs. I also like the online webinar's that features major trends in construction.

Ease the headaches of Costing

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: One of my favorite features with this software is the locator. Having the costs customized to your location is so handy and much more accurate than applying a general multiplier to each item.

Cons: My least favorite feature about RSMeans is the subcategories. I love having all of my HVAC costs in one category but I find the subcategories hard to navigate and find exactly what I'm looking for.

it is good tool for refence for construction cost

Feb 08, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: crews and daily output, it is update quarterly and it is good for big project and complex project. on site work or civil work has more breakdown.

Cons: the RSMeans does add variable for small job or the condition of the site, the date need integrate with all variable ex. the construction index, the shortage of materials and labors city by city. .

Capterra loader

RSMeans Data Online

Oct 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Great for quickly estimating larger budgets. RSMeans Cost Data is second to none. I find it is extremely accurate. Great tool for developers, project managers and estimators.

Cons: It is expensive. But I have found it is well worth the money.

Overall: A great investment!

Great starting point for unique estimates.

Oct 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I like the tools RSMEANS gives for guidance if you are unfamiliar with a particular trade.

Cons: The auto logout is annoying. It would be better if you got a log out on your own.

RSMeans Online

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The data is updated regularly and is relevant to the local area

Cons: One has to consider the estimate given by the software for reasonableness. Sometimes their numbers are obviously not correct. For the work done most often this is not the case. For some less common work efforts, their data is questionable.

The way they name the tasks is sometimes arcane. it seems like people are organizing the data that have not done the work before. Maybe they could use pointers to give something multiple entry points for different ways of saying it. They seem to have "maintenance" relatively often on the weekends, making it hard to use at that time.

Overall: Overall it is good data and good software and we have been using it to get reasonable estimates for our jobs.

ASU estimating

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Easy to use and the interface with Excel

Cons: The assembly module/option could be expanded

Overall: Quick turnaround is required for funding estimates. RS Means provides a means for a quick turnaround.

General Industrial Design Practices

Oct 15, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The software provides a logic means to address common construction practice and pricing to generate preliminary construction cost estimates and a consistent format that can be presented to clients in detail or summary formats

Cons: Certain fields appear to be missing logical data, such as industrial piping, or plumbing, that one would expect to be included in the data base. Additionally, the report formats can be difficult. It is often easiest to export directly to excel and then edit everything in Microsoft than to try and customize within RS Means.

Overall: RS means represents the industry standard, at least in our industry, for commercial and industrial construction cost estimating.

Faculty Review

Oct 12, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: - Easy to create new projects and save on data base.

-Easy to find material

-Real time updates

- You can access it anywhere on-line

Cons: -Unable to fully delete users (student) on RSMeans. They show up every-time we add new students, even-though they are marked as "not active."

- Have to look up the crew on a PDF file. It would be great if there was a function that would allow to hoover over the crew number, in the estimates page, and have a pop-up box show you a quick look at the actual crew.

Overall: I use RSMeans in my estimating and planning and scheduling courses. I have found it fairly easy to use it, as well as my students.

It has the majority of the costs listed that we use in our projects.

Capterra loader

Uses for SF estimating

Oct 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: updated costs by region - you have quarterly updates

Cons: Does not have a substantial SF cost database that would be helpful in ROM estimates

Does not have all the items we encounter on federal construction jobs

Overall: Good - experience - but sometimes too much data to be able to see the outcomes clearly

Hawaii Data

Oct 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: decent list of typical items that are often used in cost estimating

Cons: While they do ask for your location and adjust the various unit rates, there were many that were not close to the actual costs seen. Cost in Hawaii is very high and hard to predict, but I would have expected more accurate pricing.

Overall: Good baseline data source for pre-construction and cost estimating comparison, but can't compete with local experience working in the actual location you're pricing.

very thorough and useful great

Oct 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Comprehensive list of activities listed

Good breakdown of labor vs equipment vs material

Good information related to location

Make sure that the version also includes the templates and guidelines they're are found in the excellent printed editions!

Cons: The data is great but some of the references (PDF) are somewhat disconnected

In some cases it's not easy to relate the data (single entries) to the assemblies, especially those involving partial labor (e.g. 20 min of labor)

The PDF format currently in use for crew breakdown doesn't work. A dynamic list should be used that also allows a user to adjust rates on the fly based on location

Overall: A great tool to get reliable construction cost estimates. When there is so much action going on in the marketi find that RSMeans enabled me to build defendable estimates.

RS Means Online Book

Oct 15, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I like the ease of being able to look up multiple items without having to check several pages in a physical book. The online data allows me to look up things quite quickly.

Cons: In the search feature if you don't get the wording of the item you are looking for as an exact match to the data, the response comes back as item not found. Without an index of some type, it sometimes makes it hard to find the work item you are looking for. Many tasks are known by multiple similar names, so if you enter the wrong one, Means will not return any data items.

State Capital Outlay Cost Review Architect

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The completeness of construction items that are available with costs. I also like the fact that this is on-line and I don't need to reinstall software each year. Additionally, this allows me to access the database from home.

Cons: The search engine is not very forgiving. For example, it will not show items that are close to what I typed in.

Overall: I love the sq. ft. models for the various buildings (classroom, office, etc.). However, the HVAC included in the models is unrealistic for our purposes. I would prefer if the software allowed for some alternate systems to be selected, such as different HVAC units.

RS Means Review

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Availability and abundance of data for specific work.

Cons: I don't think it is as user friendly as it could or should be. Sometimes difficult to navigate around in the software.

Overall: I use RS Means to complete and compile work estimates mainly for change order items. Without RS Means I don't no where I could get the information I need. It is also accepted by the FHWA and is a tremendous help with my work as a Construction Manager for the DOT.

Excellent Software

Oct 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: can export data to excel, can save my projects

Cons: Couldn't found some item, and I wish if there is an international version

The pros and cons of RSMeans Online

Oct 22, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The best parts of this software is that availability to access it anywhere I am. Its been great to be able to show clients a third party cost and the relative effect of different scenarios in realtime.

Cons: It can run slow at times and its not intuitive to non-technical users.

Overall: It has been a great tool to talk with clients in real-time about design options and their affect on the bottom line. In the past this has been an issue with alot of mistrust around it and being able to show validated third party costs has added credibility to costing work.

Great Value

Nov 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Ease of use. Current pricing. Great descriptions.

Cons: Nothing, quite honestly. I would love it to be a little more affordable.

RSMEANS online!

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Comments: Great tool for estimators, especially for commercial construction

Pros: This is very handy while in a bind estimating. We use this all the time to check our work, crazy estimates and shore up the numbers we need. Done with the book.

Cons: It actually could be a little more user friendly but I never loved the format of the book either. They basically mimicked it. I actually have needed to call ahotline for help and they answered my question right away.

Trouble after trouble

Jan 06, 2018
2/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Comments: I think this will get worked out and be a good product in the end but be ready for a lengthy and confusing purchasing experience.

Pros: It has the best cost data available. No one else that I can find has nearly the level of information as RSMeans.

Cons: It is impossible to get the thing to work and I believe it is due to how piecemealed the company runs itself and parcels out info. You should be able to keep you cost data and not lose it after the year like the books. Figuring out what I was actually getting was confusing. The online trial program was full of errors, The check out sequence was full of delays and errors, after finally purchasing it actually deleted my account on its own and still is unfixed. Customer service isn't open to help on the weekend. I tried to order the paper book overnight but it was delayed. They keep them all stored in one location apparently in lieu of regional. Just a frustrating experience overall. their price framing is bad as it leads you to believe the product is one price but the actual price is 2.5x higher for something that will actually function for real estimating.

Love it, but love the book too

Oct 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Love the search feature and how detailed everything is, as well as changing the location automatically changes the material/labor pricing to reflect the location.

Cons: I really love how the RS Means book (which I also own) has the assemblies section. I have yet to figure out if RSMeans online has this option or how to access it.

Review on RSMeans

Oct 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The way you can take projects apart and put back together.

Cons: If there is something you need and its not there.

Overall: IT GOOD AND FAST IN THE FIELD

Review #2

Jan 25, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Comments: back on rs means after a few months of working with it, I was able to get more of the hang of things. the product was easily handled by myself and staff easy to navigate, this product has helped a few of our employees understand the rate for items other than local.

Pros: being able to find the information very easily and simple

Cons: the price

Recommendations to other buyers: study this product and familiarize yourself with it before judging its capability

Good database

Mar 13, 2018
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Is a complete cost estimate preparation solution for cost estimators, contractors and engineers. Have a large database.

Cons: The software is not user friendly and needs a lot of training for excell the software capacities. Also is too slow working online looking for information or preparing a cost estimate.

My Opinion

Nov 16, 2016
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Comments: I have been using the online version for about 8 months and although I am old school (paper & books), it has taken me some time to get use to it.

Pros: Convient

Cons: Knowing what Means "calls" items in order to find them. So I may enter a common trade name for an item and Means doesn't recognize it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Be patient if your old school

Accurate pricing for volatile markets

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Accuracy and updates on costs trends in various markets

Cons: Lack of ability to customize and have preset values for specific markets & line items.

Overall: Professional service and variety of solutions is great!

Quick and Easy

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: constantly updated

Cons: double calculates finished and unfinished garage area

Overall: Easily calculate replacement values with today's material costs. I love that they have a choice of industry standards or the ability to choose custom. The confidence you get from the calculation is great when trying to justify it to the client. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.

Recommendations to other buyers: Long time user.

Estimating Made Easy

Jul 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Comments: Time to Bid, RSMeans is your go to winner.

Pros: Online program is so much faster than the manual. The old way took a while and wasn't updated often enough.

Cons: Specific market codes and specialty contractors are difficult to predict in cost because of a rapidly changing economical environment.

Simple and Easy

Oct 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Product is fairly simple and easy to use. The results were reasonably accurate when factoring in geographic location

Cons: Line any others software of this type time consuming

Positive experience

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: It is so easy to use and is a valuable asset to our company when quoting a job

Cons: I guess at times some may get confused in the options available

construction cost data online review

Oct 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: ease and portability, amount of data available

Cons: interface with excel, some features not available anymore

Sometimes Online Beats Old School

Oct 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I like reference material, and having a printed copy, even if it is worn and tattered helps me find the information I need. But with the rapidly hanging construction environment it is also helpful to have up-to-date cost information at my disposal. I rely on RSMeans data online for this information.

Cons: Firewalls. But this has to do with the level of access I subscribe to.

HEAVY CIVIL CONSTRUCTION

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: COST ASSESSMENTS VERY ACCURATE TO CURRENT YEAR.

Cons: SOME CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL NOT INCLUDED.

Overall: GREAT.

RSMeans Data Review

Oct 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: It's very easy to use and comprehensive.

Cons: I think that it could use more filtering mechanisms so that I can browse more efficiently.