When Construction Estimation Software is So Simple You Cheer

April 5, 2018 Josh Cheney

Cost estimating is probably one of the most stressful aspects of the construction process. It’s time-consuming, tedious, and error-prone. At least, it used to be.

New construction estimation software is taking the time, errors, and misunderstandings out of cost estimating and planning, by enabling you to extract from 2D and 3D models into 5D BIM for a complete model that not only estimates total cost accurately, but models costs across time as the project progresses.


This capability is streamlined by an integration between Sigma Estimates and Autodesk BIM 360. Here are a few benefits of the integration:


Automatically Extract Quantities

Sigma Estimates is next-generation 5D BIM/VDC software for the AEC industry. It gives users an extremely advanced yet user friendly and intuitive interface for extracting cost estimates directly from a 3D model with a single click. It allows you to reuse entire building sections from existing projects to rapidly estimate new projects, saving up to 85% of time, and reducing errors. The result is an accurate overview of your project right from the start, without the hassles.


Visually Explore Connections in 3D and 5D Models

With the integration with BIM 360/Revit, users can automatically create 5D models of their projects, showing construction activities as well as cost throughout the project, and enabling visual exploration of relationships between the design, activities and cost.


Slice and Dice Connected Models to Extract Data

The Sigma Estimates and BIM 360 integration allows you to extract data in any configuration to be used in other processes, such as planning, or to validate data for outliers and missing information.

Project stakeholders and others can then give timely input and draw out information for them to leverage. For example, Construction Managers give input for budget and tendering, and in return receive information on activities and materials for the project execution.

The information is displayed in hierarchical breakdowns and graphs in what Sigma call Insight Views. Examples hereof can be:

  • Activities (Foundation, Facade, ...)
  • Quantities, Production Rates, Durations
  • Phases (1,2,3,4, ...)
  • Locations (Ground, Level 1, Roof)
  • Disciplines (Concrete, Carpenter, Painter, ...)
  • Classification (CCS, Omniclass, ...)
  • Rules and requirements
  • Etc.



Build Historical Cost Data

Over time, Sigma Estimates lets you collect historical cost data to be used and analyzed for future projects. You can also take advantage of leading market data providers, such as widely recognized RSMeans, to complete and validate your estimates.


Collaborate Across Teams

The integration of Sigma Estimates and BIM 360 means you can store 5D model and cost data in BIM 360 and share it across teams to be used in multiple functions. This data can include slice and dice drill downs of the 3D/5D model.

Now you know why, let us show you how.

All of these next gen cost estimating and 5D capabilities are available today, thanks to this new integration, and operable at customizable levels of sophistication. To learn more about how to take time, errors, and misunderstandings out of your cost estimating, join our webinar on April 10.


Ready to implement easy-to-use construction estimation software?


Join Us for the BIM 360 + Sigma Estimates Integration Webinar Today!




To learn more about Sigma Estimates check out their site at www.sigmaestimates.com

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