Making the Change
We were previously using competitor software, though not to its full capability. We implemented CostX due to a client led initiative to integrate BIM within their costing process. The client recommended CostX; we researched other products but came to the conclusion that CostX was best suited to our needs as well.
We currently use CostX on the retail side of the business. At the moment, we are only using it with one BIM-compatible client, but once CostX is up and running fully we will be rolling it out to our other clients and also the other side of our business. The software was easy to install – we are using the Network and the Portable versions which are both running well. We took advantage of the basic online training from CostX and also arranged a one day in-house training session. The in-house training was hugely beneficial; we also involved QS’s from our clients to ensure everyone had the same level of training. Implementing CostX has provided clearer definition to our tendering and measures for 2D, 3D and BIM modelling, plus it has greatly assisted with our integration of BIM within the business. In terms of our future plans, we are looking to use CostX with other retail clients and also introduce it across our other alliance client work streams.