Exactal

CostX

4.5 / 5 10 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

The CostX Target Audience includes quantity surveyors, residential and commercial construction companies, subcontractors and estimators from companies both large and small around the world.


Average Ratings

10 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Exactal
  • www.exactal.com
  • Founded 2003
  • Australia

About CostX

CostX estimating software allows quick and accurate measurement from scanned, PDF and CAD drawings, as well as generation of automatic BIM quantities from 3D/BIM models. Use live-linked hierarchical workbooks to create an estimating build up with links to user-defined rate libraries. You can also create customised reports. The faster, smarter and more accurate way to takeoff and estimate is here- join the estimating revolution today!


CostX Features

  • 3D View
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Cross Section Creation
  • Electronic Plans
  • Elevation Checking
  • Error Checking
  • Site Balancing
  • Slope Routines
  • Subcontractor Management

CostX Reviews Recently Reviewed!

I have been using CostX for six months but I was mainly doing the 2D takeoff.

Nov 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: At the moment it will be the ability to copy and move dimensions from the current drawing to a different drawing, which saves a lot of time! Also, the phraseologies library which allows us to click and drag the description of ARM4 into the workbook is also really useful.

Cons: I don't see myself as a very experienced user yet and I am also not yet familiar with all of the functions. I believe this software has a lot of potentials and will send feedback to CostX for feature suggestions as discussed.

Overall: I will say it increases the efficiency of my work. Also, thanks for all the customer support!

Vendor Response

by Exactal on November 15, 2017

Hi Amandy, Thanks so much for your great review! We really appreciate your comments and it's great to hear that CostX has increased the efficiency of your work. Thanks again!

Support Experience is always first class, friendly and helpful

Oct 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: My users find that the software is easy to use, deploy and update. Feedback is positive that it does what it says on the box!

Cons: Resource hungry, we use an i5 processor platform with Solid State Drive and some functions seem slower than others, so would benefit being on faster systems.

Overall: It started small with a few internal users using it, the benefits of speed and exporting data has led to a universal uptake in its use and staff in every office have access.

Vendor Response

by Exactal on November 01, 2017

Thanks for your great review Bob! We're very happy that you've found CostX easy to use, and will definitely be passing this feedback onto our team. Thanks again!

The assistance received by Harry Vaja from CostX technical support is 1st class and much appreciated

Oct 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The depth, knowledge and experience of technical support when issues arise makes CostX a stand-out product

Overall: Highly impressive technical support

Vendor Response

by Exactal on October 26, 2017

Hi Winfred, Thank you for your great review! We're so pleased to hear you're happy with our technical support, and we will definitely pass the feedback on. Thanks again!

Cost X is functional, flexible and value for money. The technical support team are fantastic.

Oct 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software allows flexibility to suit the type of work we do. We are a specialist ventilation contractor and Cost X has taken us from manual drawing take off to a quick, simple and reliable system that you can review in seconds. We are organised and know a project inside out so we can negotiate contracts know that our figures and quantities can be relied on. We are also consistent in of pricing as quantities are accurate and rates are stable. The technical support team are amazing they provide a very prompt and professional service, they go to great lengths to get you back up and running as so as possible. Cost X is also value for money, I believe that it is worth one extra person in the office to me, the volume of work that can be done is excellent.

Cons: I do believe that training would really be essential for the correct use of the system, I did not get training but have still found it brilliant but I do believe if I was using it correctly I would probably get more from it. Also on the standalone version the back up button or procedure would need to be streamlined, as loosing data in Cost X is a huge lose to a company.

Overall: Cost X gives me speed, I get more work tendered and so put the company in a position to grow quicker and be more profitable.
Its flexible I have changed things to suit the type of work I'm pricing
Its reliable I can trust the quantities and figures and makes negotiations simpler and more informed.
Its value for money as I do believe it is worth and extra person in the office.
Its accurate and consistent I know I have everything taken off and my rates are stable.

Vendor Response

by Exactal on October 23, 2017

Hi Darren, Thanks for your amazing review! We really appreciate hearing your great comments, and will definitely pass your words onto the Tech team. Regarding back-up, it is always done automatically with network licences; its also possible to arrange automatic back up with standalone licences but you must set it up in Windows. Thanks again!

I have been using costx now for last 1 year as a quantity surveyor it has made my life easy.

Oct 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Multiple user can work on same project connected to costx server. Workbook is very easy to assemble from floor to wall area ,floor base,ceilings .the rate library function is very help tool,revision modes has eliminated my reworks,with the help of zones one can setup multiple workbooks.

Cons: please dont press Ctrl+F in workbook and change the spelling in entire workbook it will make your dimension appear zero because it will change the dimension name linked to your dimension group in quantity cell.

Overall: Multitasking easy review especially the show source function in work book and one can create csv file in excel for dimension groups and import in costx, since it is connected to the server I can work from anywhere even from my home.

Vendor Response

by Exactal on October 16, 2017

Hi Ahmed, Thanks so much for your great review! We are very pleased to hear that you're enjoying the features of CostX, including show-source and zones! In regards to your comment on changing the spelling in the workbook, don't worry, this is easy to fix- just edit the Dimension Group name to match and it will automatically re-establish the link. Hope this helps and thanks again!

Great Experience

Oct 03, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I really like the measurement functionality and how this can be auto linked to costing workbooks. Generally like all aspects of Cost X

Cons: Would be fantastic to have more excel functionality in costing sheets/workbooks, for example; additional formula options, circular referencing etc

Overall: Plenty of benefits. Time savings with measurement, more professional presentation of cost reports etc etc.

Vendor Response

by Exactal on October 08, 2017

Thanks for your great review Paul, much appreciated! Hope you continue to enjoy using CostX!

CostX has made measuring and estimating from CAD manageable. Would recommend.

Aug 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The biggest selling point for the software for us is the link between dimensions in the workbook and drawing files. This allows clients to quickly understand the source of the data in the workbook, and builds a level of transparency and trust.

The ability to store a rate database also has advantages in terms of the ability to reference past rates and benchmark cost. The rate library allows the quick adjustment of a rate across a major project, with only one edit required to adjust the entire estimate to accommodate this change.

After care in terms of technical support for the product has been superb, which is vital when adopting such software as your mainstay for measuring or estimating. The Product Support Team have gone above and beyond on numerous occasions to ensure that any technical issue we have encountered has been resolved in a timely fashion, to ensure minimal inconvenience to our projects.

Cons: I would consider the 3D Measuring Tools fairly primitive currently. The model maps tool would be perfectly adequate if the quality of models received in the industry currently was always sufficient for automatic quantity extraction, but unfortunately that often is not the case at the moment.

Measuring manually on 3D models currently can feel clunky, and measuring wall faces on the insides of buildings can feel like a chore, as navigating the model can be difficult with the tools available.

The ability to lock the model in the centre of the screen in v6.6 was a very necessary step.

Vendor Response

by Exactal on August 06, 2017

Hi Jack, Thanks so much for your review! We're so pleased to hear you love the live-links, and great to see a 5 star rating for customer support. With regards to the BIM features, we note the industry does have a little way to go before BIM can be used as it is intended. It may be helpful if you provide your architects with a copy of our Drawing File Optimisation document so they have a better idea of what they need to include in the model they are providing to Quantity Surveyors. Apart from that, we will take your comments on board! One of our Product Specialists will contact you about the navigation issue you mentioned too. Thanks again!

Good package but for smaller projects only

May 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Understandable interface and workflows and reflects traditional pricing processes well. Auto quantity extraction is a helpful automation aspect.

Cons: Limited 3D input formats (DWFx & IFC) only. IFC files import with incorrect orientation (on their side). No ability to add global factors e.g.; materials, location factors etc.

Vendor Response

by Exactal on May 26, 2017

Thanks for your review Tom! Great to hear you find the workflow easy to use! CostX is used on projects of all sizes around the world. Just a note, CostX also supports several other 3D file formats including SketchUp, 3D PDF, DGN and 3D DWG. In terms of BIM, most major design packages export to IFC in any case (being the international format). For IFC imports, you can set your own default view which may help. Finally, in regards to global factors, this may be achievable with Values or rate libraries tied to Locations. Our team will contact you to discuss further. Thanks again!

Terrific software - just wish I could sort by rates to allow detailed review process

Jul 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Intergration of measure
Abilty to sort by element / trade / component
Ease of review of take off

Cons: When power pricing - live link library rates are great - however the ability to rate on the fly and sort projects according to common rates would allow "estimators" a more diliginent and powerful review process

Overall: Measuring - big tick
Cost Planning - ditto
Speed in a Citrix environment is at time slow and / or crashes
Pure rating and estimating - needs work

Vendor Response

by Exactal on July 22, 2016

Thanks for your review Malcolm! Our customer support will be very pleased to see their 5 star rating! We will be sure to pass your comments onto our developers, as we are always working to keep our products leading the market. Thanks again!

good software

Oct 20, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: this software made the measurement work more be easy