RSMeans Data Online is cloud-based access to a comprehensive database of construction costs in North America. The application details costs for materials, equipment, labor and productivity at the unit, assembly and square foot level of detail.
There are three tiers designed to equip users with the appropriate tools for executing a wide variety of different construction projects including capital planning, conceptual estimates, unit and assembly estimates, cost validation, facilities maintenance and repair.
Within the estimating application, RSMeans Data Online offers quick cost lookup, Excel export and reference by CSI’s MasterFormat. Costs are further grouped by project type, allowing users to select the dataset that best fits their needs.
RSMeans Data Online is deployed in the cloud and is compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems. The solution is iPad and tablet compatible allowing remote access to data. Support is offered via email, phone, product tutorials and through an online knowledge base.
Jim R. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 10.001+ Mitarbeiter
The online version is great. I like not having about 4 tons of outdated cost books in my file cabinet. I like being able to see what an estimate would cost in the past just by changing to an older data set. The SF cost estimator feature is really good. The one complaint is the structural types to choose from never quite matches what we actually build here in Utah. It seems it is very "east coast" oriented. The cost gets pricey if you want something different than their preselected data set packages. I don't like the fact you can't just pick and choose data sets ala carte. I also wish the formulas would export with the SF cost reports. I waste alot of time recreating links and formulas after exporting to excel.
I like that it has just about everything you would need to price out for all types of construction.
Sometimes as an estimator you use your own template and you use RS-Means as a resource for costs and product descriptions. The software doesn't allow to right click copy and paste text feature so I have to jump through alot of hoops to export the estimate in Means to an Excel report and then copy and paste from there.
Jesse R. Branche: Programmentwicklung Mitarbeiteranzahl: 10.001+ Mitarbeiter
Overall RSMeans Online is a great tool with a wonderfully complete database for vertical building construction. However, there are limitations with user interphase that limit its functionality and complicate the estimating process unnecessarily.
The database of materials and labor is second to none in my opinion and I like that the program includes the square foot estimator and life cycle cost tools.
The ease of use when developing estimates and square foot models is lacking, and could use some revisions to allow for more functionality. It would be nice if in the square foot model you could adjust the quantity without having to swap an assembly, and it would be good to also have the ability to delete multiple line items at a time when revising the model to best fit the building application. Additionally, it would be helpful if you could define more of the characteristics of a building (i.e. wall construction vs finish, roof construction, roof material, window type, etc.). Within the estimate area it would be helpful if all of the different sections (CSI format, Uniformat for Commercial New Construction, and Uniformat for Facilities Maintenance and Repair) all exported with the same columns and data. Most of my clients like to have their data in a specific format that is not RSMeans export so creating a template is difficult and can be time consuming.
Tim C. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
We provide our customers with budgetary estimates during our design processes.
Ability to line item choose from all RS Means disciplines we subscribe to. Ability to customize our output reports. RS Means have the majority of the systems that we need to provide accurate budgetary estimates.
I administer our RS Means account, but I very, very seldom use it myself. As the account admin, I am forced to be one of the user accounts; therefore, I have to allow staff to log on with my e-mail and password to use the online cost estimating. We have determined that we do not need more than two simultaneous accounts and our preference would be to assign the licenses to who needs them, when they need them. I can do that with the non-admin license, but not with the one assigned to me. I’d prefer not to have staff logging on as me (administrator).
Spencer M. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 5.001-10.000 Mitarbeiter
In general, I have had excellent experience with Means. I feel confident in their prices, wages and factors for various areas of the country. I live in Mexico so would love to have a Spanish version.
the scope of the cost items is very extensive. The wage rates are very good and the crews are excellent
they should have versions for Power Plants, Refineries, Mining and Metals and other large types of projects. They should also design it so that there would be a industry standard type of estimate report.
Means used to have a Spanish language version. They should continue with this version.
Daniel R. Branche: Architektur & Planung Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
As an occasional user (maybe once a month); it is difficult to use this any more than is absolutely necessary. As it is, with each use, I still pull the information out into my own "summary" and present it to clients from my custom spread sheet. I basically find myself using it like a Means "book" and not taking advantage of it as an "electronic" system. Currently, my experience requires a lot of extra time just to get the final data into a usable, transferrable, understandable format.
Depth of the cost data is impressive.
Ability to "modify" and customize into "assemblies" is powerful.
Software keeps a "running tab".
Customization seems very proprietary and cumbersome.
Experience is required to learn the language and "assignments" of materials to categories and assemblies.
Pricing adjustments seem to require being in Excel at which point, that specific work is not "saved" to the program.