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4 Level Estimating


The four level estimating system has proven to be very successful and simple for the first time user. There are four estimating sheets that are very similar to manual estimating methods currently used.


Level 1 – Job Summary
This sheet summarizes your estimate. Typically, this screen contain a lists of trades, but depending on the type of job, it could contain cost centre’s, elements or building stages.

  • Different jobs can be setup under different trade name listings to suit
  • Cost per unit of gross floor area for each trade
  • Subtotals trades/sections
  • Spell checking facility
  • Transfer of information from Price book
  • Different mark-ups or extra contingency factors can be applied to individual trades
  • Percentages of cost distribution are shown
  • Graphical presentation available
  • Separate labour and material summary available

Level 2 – Trade Breakup
This screen contains the bill of quantity items for each trade. Each trade has its own trade break-up sheet.

  • Unlimited number of items per trade
  • Large item descriptions
  • Bill references are shown next to each item and can be updated immediately
  • Quantities can be typed in, calculated in detail or taken off from a PDF*, CAD* or BIM* file (*Buildsoft BT2 with BIM Reader software required)
  • Rates can be typed in, linked to a price list or produced from a break-up sheet
  • Formulas or standard mathematical functions can be used
  • Items can be coded to produce job analysis
  • Subheadings are highlighted in a different colour
  • Specifications and notes can be entered
  • Values can be dependent on other numbers in the same screen

Level 3 – Calculation Sheet
This screen allows you to enter dimensions as you take them off the plan or use the digitizer to calculate the quantity.

  • Allows lineal, area and volume calculations
  • Total returned to quantity column of Trade Breakup
  • Complex formulas accepted
  • Deductions can be entered
  • Lengths summary available
  • A secondary quantity (eg. number of, length, or area) can be appended to the item description

Level 4 – Rate Breakup Sheet
This screen allows you to build up a composite rate that may include materials, labour, sub-contract, and equipment components for an item rate.

  • Large item descriptions
  • Quantities can be typed in, calculated in detail or taken off from a PDF*, CAD* or BIM* file (*Buildsoft BT2 with BIM Reader software required)
  • Rates can be typed in, or linked to a price list
  • Formulas or standard mathematical functions can be used
  • Individual components can be coded to produce job analyses
  • Values can be dependent on other numbers in the same screen

Bill of Quantities


Global Estimating has built-in functions that will automatically produce the Bill of Quantities at any stage during the estimating process.

By selecting the “Print Bill of Quantities” function, the software will automatically format the bill of quantities, giving each item a bill reference as well as automatically working out how many items fit on each page. It also calculates a page total that is transferred to the collection page for the trade.


  • Levelled headings (4 levels of different headings)
  • Specifications or notes can be used
  • PC Sums
  • A large number of options that allow detailed customisation of bill of quantities by users

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Subbies Comparison


Are you a main contractor and want the ability to compare all of your sub-contractors rates to ascertain the risk or opportunities of using one subbie compared to another?

Then the Buildsoft SCP (Subbies Comparison Program) is what you need.

At different times during the tender process, time is often spent in refining the rates used to improve the estimate total. Further, some of the tasks within the tender are subcontracted to outside companies. The subcontractors comparison module is an ideal tool to assist with both of these tasks.

To use this module, the original estimate may be used “as is” or sorted into more suitable groupings of items. Regardless of the format, each group of items allows for prices to be obtained from many other subcontractors.

Portions of the estimate can now be sent out to potential subcontractors, including information such as bill reference, item description, estimate quantity and an empty rate column. These subcontractors can also be issued software to price the items they have been requested to price. The aim of electronically pricing these items is to reduce the amount of time needed to re-enter this information at the original user’s computer. It also eliminates the possibility of potentially expensive typing errors.

Along with the original estimates quantities and rates, the user now has the ability to reduce the overall cost of a group of items by comparing each subcontractors rates. Even though some subcontractors will not provide prices for all of the items within a group, the user can enter what information is available and then select one or more subcontractors to provide those items where their rates are more competitive.

At the end of this process, a revised estimate total is available. The difference between each original group total and the revised group total is displayed in either a column headed “Add” or “Omit” accordingly. This process can be finally reviewed by management in case an alternate subcontractor is preferred for a group of items, and the impact of any change is reflected.

This product is available as an “add-on” module for Global Estimating System only.

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Cheat Sheet

Project Analysis


There is a facility within the program to display a screen which lists each job that is contained within the project, as well as other information such as the floor area and the job totals.

An example of this would be the creating of a project such as ‘Sydney Olympic Park’, while jobs within that project could include ‘Main Stadium’, ‘SuperDome’, etc. The use of a project summary is very handy where specific tenders are required for different parts or stages of a site, yet an overall total of all related jobs on that site is also required.

The individual job totals can be separately marked up or down to produce an overall project total. This also means that instead of having one huge list of jobs, related jobs can be grouped together.

Take-Off System


Buildsoft Takeoff 2 with BIM Reader is available as an “add-on” module for Global Estimating.

Click here for more details.

Price Book


The Pricebook allows you to maintain a database of prices and suppliers.


  • Allows you to maintain a database of prices
  • Multiple pricebook’s can be maintained. This is useful for regional pricing
  • A last updated date is shown for each rate
  • Item rates can be built up as composite rates or assemblies
  • There is no limit to the number of items or suppliers
  • All information can be copied into job estimates
  • One item can have rates from multiple suppliers
  • Powerful updating functions by supplier or trade to update by percentage or amount
  • Search functions to allow you to locate items anywhere within the price book
  • Items can also be set up in a manner to assist automatic purchase orders

Job Scheduling


This module calculates a critical path based on the starting date of the job, the nominated times and the order of each task.

It lets you plan the job taking into account weekends, holidays, RDO’s and rain affected days which may delay the job. Tasks on the job can be related to a previous task (i.e. cannot start until the previous task is finished) or can stand alone.

If you have to revise the duration of a task, the program will automatically adjust all the other results and calculate a new completion date. Once the data is entered, a critical path can be printed to give an accurate time-line of the entire job. The entire schedule is then available for on-hand reference.

BETS – Buildsoft Electronic Tendering System


As a result of co-operation between Buildsoft and a committee of twelve of our more experienced Global Estimating users, a feature within Global Estimating System called BETS was developed.

For the first time, BETS allows you to quickly break up a BOQ into trade packages to send to selected subbies/suppliers via email, fax or surface mail for quoting.

BETS is part of the Global Estimating System. BETS will save you time and money, and you will no longer have to send the bill out to a third party, thus providing a level of in-house convenience not previously available.

Minimum System Requirements


  • Pentium 4 Computer or better
  • 2 GB Ram
  • Windows XP or 7 (Running latest Service Packs)
  • Internet Connection
  • USB Port
  • 32 or 64 bit compatible
  • CD-ROM Drive

For Network Versions we recommend a Server running a Dual Core Processor with a minimum 2GHZ processor, 2GB of Ram with Windows 2003 Server or better installed. We highly recommend networking Global Estimating software under Microsoft(c) Terminal Services or Citrix(c) environments for best results


Job Manager

Job Summary

Trade breakup

Calculation Sheet

Rate Breakup

Progress Claim Summary

Progress Claim Trade Breakup