Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

15 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Nomitech
  • www.nomitech.eu/
  • Founded 2006
  • United Kingdom

About CostOS Estimating

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


CostOS Estimating Features

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

CostOS Estimating Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Why CostOS is the Best Estimating Software Program

Oct 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Overall: 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.

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Unbeatable bridge to Excel

Nov 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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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

Overall: 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...

Finally the starting platform for integrated Project Controls

Jun 01, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy of use from Bottom Up to Top Down Estimating.

Powerful modelling functionality to enable rapid production of Estimates.

In-built Excel functionality & Project variables give the ability to produce outputs in an Excel like format which gives even more flexibility to the Estimating process.

Powerful integration with Primavera to enable full resource & cost loaded programmes, a must in modern Project Controls.

Customise columns functionality gives endless possible outputs as well as the layouts gives the ability to suit Client expectations

Cons: Set up can be a long winded initially but extra time spent in the initial set-up reaps benefits over time.

The reporting module needs to be polished to give slicker more modern looking reports

The solution for Cost Estimating

Oct 15, 2018
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: 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

Used for BIM and 2D take-offs as well as estimating on a major rail project.

Mar 13, 2018
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: It's great for structuring and analyzing data in many areas and many dimensions. Very powerful when you start using effectively SQL queries. Has really good 3D take-off engine and helps to keep your estimates transparent.

Cons: If you're a superuser you need a while to understand all details of it and without knowing at least basics of SQL you won't get it's full potential.

Overall: Structured data, 5D estimates, consistent and reliable estimation, transparent BOQ.

Fully customizable estimating system

Apr 20, 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: Ability to customize to fit our needs. Support.

Cons: Haven't found anything yet

Overall: We looked for a very long time for a system we could customize to meet our specific needs. Nomitech CostOS has met our expectations. The product continues to be improved making it a great fit for our company. The support team is very knowledgeable and helpful during our implementation. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with Nomitech.

Recommendations to other buyers: Buy directly from Nomitech.

Nice software

Apr 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

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

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

Best 5D BIM Estimating system

Oct 21, 2015
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have tried many BIM costing tools on the market and only CostOS was able to meet the demands of everyday estimating and costing, while also facilitating take-off from multiple BIM models.

Pros: There are too many to go through. Main benefits including ability to cross-code a single rate to multiple methods of measurement; excel like bottom-up estimating where required; in-built spreadsheet; links to business Primavera; has an excellent 2D take-off tool for pdf and DWG quants production; well structured databases for resource rates; multiple columns to extend pricing options; and can be used to create cost assemblies which enable automatic take-off from BIM models, matched to database rates.

Cons: With so many configuration options, you will need to spend a little time getting used to the many features so you can create a workflow that suits your needs.

Lead Estimator

Oct 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Lots of options when writing assemblies.

Cons: We have to set up a variable template for the labor resource. The software should have the functionality to use the labor in the system and not have to use a variable template.

Overall: We are in the beginning phase to use the software. We are still writing assemblies, but we like the onscreen take off option.

I haven't seen better than CostOs about cost estimating

Nov 17, 2015
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've been using since 2010, my business area about cost estimate and cost control in civil works (housing unit, steel construction, hospital, hotel etc.) CostOs is a versatile program and it is developing very fast.It responds to all kinds of needs. All modules is working perfectly and compatible. BIM module and Primavera is It is running without problems. I connected our ERP system with CostOs and so we are closed Cost Control and Working schedulle process circle. This software is running with Oracle and all type SQL database without problems and that reason, just use your imagination.

Powerful & Versatile Estimating Software

Feb 15, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Having worked with CostOS for just over a year now, my enthusiasm for it has grown significantly. Although initially it may not seem the most intuitive to use, once you have grasped the concepts and a basic understanding it can become a really powerful tool.

Learning how to create complex cost models has become a rewarding experience and saved much time on the current project. I have also always been impressed with the responce team at CostOS in providing support and the on going development of the software.

At last, proper estimating software.

Oct 29, 2015
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Had been reviewing many software packages but none gave us hat we needed until we found CostOS. The user definable columns gave us the ability to customize the exactly what we needed. In addition the ability to seemlessly interact with Primavera P6 was a bonus. The appearance and Excel type use made use easy. Post purchase service provided by Estimating Plus was exemplorary.

Use and Integration

Oct 21, 2015
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Excellent software, especially when compared to its peers. Easy interaction with Excel and similar functionality too.

Assemblies feature stands it out from the crowd, combining quantity and cost production into single easily customisable objects.

Extremely powerful estimating and database software

Mar 30, 2016
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Can operate at a very detailed level therefore familiarisation with the whole system takes time.

Staff very helpful in resolving any operational issues.

Reliable and easy to work with

Jan 26, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The software is easy to learn. Does not slow down the system and does not crash. Design of the buttons used to manage the software could be improved.