RSMeans Data Online Software


 

RSMeans Data Online by Gordian is a cloud-based estimating solution that enables businesses to compare and validate costs of new building construction and renovation projects.

The solution caters to owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors and others that work for small to midsize construction-based businesses. RSMeans keeps track of productivity rates, contractor’s overhead, crew composition and profit rates.

Within the estimating application, RSMeans offers Excel integration, conceptual estimates, historical databases and a cost database. Users can customize and configure datasets as needed. Users can choose from different modules including standard, advanced and professional.

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.

 

RSMeans Data Online - Alerts
 
  • RSMeans Data Online - Alerts
    Alerts
  • RSMeans Data Online - Cost estimator
    Cost estimator
  • RSMeans Data Online - Data analytics
    Data analytics
  • RSMeans Data Online - References
    References
  • RSMeans Data Online - Search data
    Search data
  • RSMeans Data Online - Square foot estimator
    Square foot estimator
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10

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Andrew from CSA
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2018

July 2018

Estimating Made Easy

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Time to Bid, RSMeans is your go to winner.

Pros

Online program is so much faster than the manual. The old way took a while and wasn't updated often enough.

Cons

Specific market codes and specialty contractors are difficult to predict in cost because of a rapidly changing economical environment.

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Todd from Edge Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

April 2018

April 2018

RSMEANS online!

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Great tool for estimators, especially for commercial construction

Pros

This is very handy while in a bind estimating. We use this all the time to check our work, crazy estimates and shore up the numbers we need. Done with the book.

Cons

It actually could be a little more user friendly but I never loved the format of the book either. They basically mimicked it. I actually have needed to call ahotline for help and they answered my question right away.

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Fausto from Caribbean Coast General Contractors, SRL
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Good database

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Pros

Is a complete cost estimate preparation solution for cost estimators, contractors and engineers. Have a large database.

Cons

The software is not user friendly and needs a lot of training for excell the software capacities. Also is too slow working online looking for information or preparing a cost estimate.

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jamal from miami dade county
Specialty: Government - federal
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2018

February 2018

it is good tool for refence for construction cost

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Pros

crews and daily output, it is update quarterly and it is good for big project and complex project. on site work or civil work has more breakdown.

Cons

the RSMeans does add variable for small job or the condition of the site, the date need integrate with all variable ex. the construction index, the shortage of materials and labors city by city. .

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john-david from Architecture & Construction
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Trouble after trouble

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I think this will get worked out and be a good product in the end but be ready for a lengthy and confusing purchasing experience.

Pros

It has the best cost data available. No one else that I can find has nearly the level of information as RSMeans.

Cons

It is impossible to get the thing to work and I believe it is due to how piecemealed the company runs itself and parcels out info. You should be able to keep you cost data and not lose it after the year like the books.

Figuring out what I was actually getting was confusing. The online trial program was full of errors, The check out sequence was full of delays and errors, after finally purchasing it actually deleted my account on its own and still is unfixed. Customer service isn't open to help on the weekend. I tried to order the paper book overnight but it was delayed. They keep them all stored in one location apparently in lieu of regional. Just a frustrating experience overall. their price framing is bad as it leads you to believe the product is one price but the actual price is 2.5x higher for something that will actually function for real estimating.

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Gilbert from A Mountain Construction
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Review #2

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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.

Pros

being able to find the information very easily and simple

Cons

the price

Advice to Others

study this product and familiarize yourself with it before judging its capability

 
 

Lyne from Eminence Group, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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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.

Pros

Convient

Cons

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.

Advice to Others

Be patient if your old school

 
 

Michael from Atherton Consulting, LLC.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Current issues in scrolling through the data and entire screen scrolling with your search scroll

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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

Pros

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 ...

Cons

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....

Advice to Others

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???

 
 
 
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Carla from Self Employed/ Architecture & Planning
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2018

November 2018

Great Value

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Ease of use. Current pricing. Great descriptions.

Cons

Nothing, quite honestly. I would love it to be a little more affordable.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Joe from WTI
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2018

October 2018

shared Data Base

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The access to all the trades and the ability to match items to specifications has been a great help. also being able to retrieve old proposals and have them update quickly

Cons

I also have the JOC software from RS Means which no one at RS Means seams to understand and they have tied my passwords to the same account but if I am locked out of one I can not get in the other one.
Then all the tech know how to fix this is delete all your cookies. these are place markers for other programs and be cause of the failed IT side of this it makes it hard to accept it as a leader.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Will from TDSI
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Accurate pricing for volatile markets

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Professional service and variety of solutions is great!

Pros

Accuracy and updates on costs trends in various markets

Cons

Lack of ability to customize and have preset values for specific markets & line items.

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2018

October 2018

Sometimes Online Beats Old School

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Pros

I like reference material, and having a printed copy, even if it is worn and tattered helps me find the information I need. But with the rapidly hanging construction environment it is also helpful to have up-to-date cost information at my disposal. I rely on RSMeans data online for this information.

Cons

Firewalls. But this has to do with the level of access I subscribe to.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Shawn from CTA Architects Engineers
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2018

October 2018

The pros and cons of RSMeans Online

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It has been a great tool to talk with clients in real-time about design options and their affect on the bottom line. In the past this has been an issue with alot of mistrust around it and being able to show validated third party costs has added credibility to costing work.

Pros

The best parts of this software is that availability to access it anywhere I am. Its been great to be able to show clients a third party cost and the relative effect of different scenarios in realtime.

Cons

It can run slow at times and its not intuitive to non-technical users.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Susan from Reiner CM
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

October 2018

October 2018

Excellent source for labor, material and equipment cost

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The cost for this online product is very economical. I am a cost consultant with over 40 years of experience that does work throughout the United States and would not consider any other construction cost software that suits my needs. I also like the online webinar's that features major trends in construction.

Pros

Easy to use! Enter your location at the entry screen, save and close and proceed to getting regional cost.

Cons

This is a tough question! This software improves ever year. I used to hate how I would have to log back in to the software when I had left it idle, now its not a problem with the new "idle" mode - Thanks!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Halla from Avb
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Excellent Software

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Pros

can export data to excel, can save my projects

Cons

Couldn’t found some item, and I wish if there is an international version

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ethan from HKS Architects
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2018

October 2018

RSMeans Data Review

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It's very easy to use and comprehensive.

Cons

I think that it could use more filtering mechanisms so that I can browse more efficiently.

Review Source: Capterra
 

jean from ESA
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2018

October 2018

very thorough and useful great

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A great tool to get reliable construction cost estimates. When there is so much action going on in the marketi find that RSMeans enabled me to build defendable estimates.

Pros

Comprehensive list of activities listed
Good breakdown of labor vs equipment vs material
Good information related to location
Make sure that the version also includes the templates and guidelines they're are found in the excellent printed editions!

Cons

The data is great but some of the references (PDF) are somewhat disconnected
In some cases it's not easy to relate the data (single entries) to the assemblies, especially those involving partial labor (e.g. 20 min of labor)
The PDF format currently in use for crew breakdown doesn't work. A dynamic list should be used that also allows a user to adjust rates on the fly based on location

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2018

October 2018

Love it, but love the book too

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Pros

Love the search feature and how detailed everything is, as well as changing the location automatically changes the material/labor pricing to reflect the location.

Cons

I really love how the RS Means book (which I also own) has the assemblies section. I have yet to figure out if RSMeans online has this option or how to access it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Zachary from Superior Steel & Ironworkers
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2018

October 2018

RSMeans Data Online

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A great investment!

Pros

Great for quickly estimating larger budgets. RSMeans Cost Data is second to none. I find it is extremely accurate. Great tool for developers, project managers and estimators.

Cons

It is expensive. But I have found it is well worth the money.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Adrian from US Army Corps of Engineers - Galveston District - Rio Grande Valley Resident Office
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

October 2018

October 2018

Uses for SF estimating

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Good - experience - but sometimes too much data to be able to see the outcomes clearly

Pros

updated costs by region - you have quarterly updates

Cons

Does not have a substantial SF cost database that would be helpful in ROM estimates
Does not have all the items we encounter on federal construction jobs

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2018

October 2018

General Industrial Design Practices

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RS means represents the industry standard, at least in our industry, for commercial and industrial construction cost estimating.

Pros

The software provides a logic means to address common construction practice and pricing to generate preliminary construction cost estimates and a consistent format that can be presented to clients in detail or summary formats

Cons

Certain fields appear to be missing logical data, such as industrial piping, or plumbing, that one would expect to be included in the data base. Additionally, the report formats can be difficult. It is often easiest to export directly to excel and then edit everything in Microsoft than to try and customize within RS Means.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Aaron from JN+A
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2018

October 2018

RS Means Online Book

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I like the ease of being able to look up multiple items without having to check several pages in a physical book. The online data allows me to look up things quite quickly.

Cons

In the search feature if you don't get the wording of the item you are looking for as an exact match to the data, the response comes back as item not found. Without an index of some type, it sometimes makes it hard to find the work item you are looking for. Many tasks are known by multiple similar names, so if you enter the wrong one, Means will not return any data items.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ron from State of Vriginia / Department of General Services
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2018

October 2018

State Capital Outlay Cost Review Architect

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I love the sq. ft. models for the various buildings (classroom, office, etc.). However, the HVAC included in the models is unrealistic for our purposes. I would prefer if the software allowed for some alternate systems to be selected, such as different HVAC units.

Pros

The completeness of construction items that are available with costs. I also like the fact that this is on-line and I don't need to reinstall software each year. Additionally, this allows me to access the database from home.

Cons

The search engine is not very forgiving. For example, it will not show items that are close to what I typed in.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Douglas from Irongate
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Hawaii Data

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Good baseline data source for pre-construction and cost estimating comparison, but can't compete with local experience working in the actual location you're pricing.

Pros

decent list of typical items that are often used in cost estimating

Cons

While they do ask for your location and adjust the various unit rates, there were many that were not close to the actual costs seen. Cost in Hawaii is very high and hard to predict, but I would have expected more accurate pricing.

Review Source: Capterra
 

NICOLAS from A&M CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2018

October 2018

HEAVY CIVIL CONSTRUCTION

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GREAT.

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COST ASSESSMENTS VERY ACCURATE TO CURRENT YEAR.

Cons

SOME CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL NOT INCLUDED.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Peter from V3Power
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2018

October 2018

Simple and Easy

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Product is fairly simple and easy to use. The results were reasonably accurate when factoring in geographic location

Cons

Line any others software of this type time consuming

Review Source: Capterra
 

Daniel V from FEMA
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

October 2018

October 2018

Review on RSMeans

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IT GOOD AND FAST IN THE FIELD

Pros

The way you can take projects apart and put back together.

Cons

If there is something you need and its not there.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Rebecca from RSM US LLP
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

October 2018

October 2018

Ease the headaches of Costing

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One of my favorite features with this software is the locator. Having the costs customized to your location is so handy and much more accurate than applying a general multiplier to each item.

Cons

My least favorite feature about RSMeans is the subcategories. I love having all of my HVAC costs in one category but I find the subcategories hard to navigate and find exactly what I'm looking for.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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