RSMeans Online by Gordian is estimating software for comparing and validating costs of both new building construction and renovation projects.
The system is a fit for owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, and others that work for small to medium size construction based businesses. RSMeans keeps track of productivity rates, contractor’s overhead, crew composition, and profit rates.
Within the estimating application RSMeans Online offers excel integration, RS Means, conceptual estimates, historical databases, and a cost database. Users can customize and configure the dataset and there are three different modules to choose from: standard, advanced, and professional.
RSMeans is deployed through the web and is compatible with Mac and windows operating systems. The software is iPad and tablet compatible so data can be accessed from anywhere in real time.
Gilbert from A Mountain Construction
Employees number: 11-50 employees
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.
being able to find the information very easily and simple
study this product and familiarize yourself with it before judging its capability
Lyne from Eminence Group, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Employees number: 2-10 employees
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.
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.
Be patient if your old school
Michael from Atherton Consulting, LLC.
Specialty: Construction manager
Employees number: 2-10 employees
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
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 ...
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....
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???