KNOWLEDGEBASES / DATABASES
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.
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.
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.
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.