RSMeans Data Online

Estimating software for the construction industry

About RSMeans Data Online

RSMeansData Online is an estimating solution for the construction industry which provides users with access to an online construction cost database and offers tools for budget planning, estimate creation, cost validation, industry price trend tracking, square foot modelling, and more. Through its online cost database, RSMeans Data Online provides reliable construction cost data from across North America in order to aid businesses with estimating and generating proposals, whilst ensuring they remain competitive.

With RSMeansData Online users are able to access predictive cost data at the material or task level and use this to generate proposals and basic or square foot estimates. The basic estimating functionality facilitates the creation of proposals using industry price data on materials, equipment, and labor. Real time reports and dashboards provide users with insight into industry price trends, both historical and forecast, meaning businesses can stay up-to-date with any changes within the industry. Alerts can be setup to notify users when price movements occur. Other features of RSMeansData Online include a life cycle costing estimator, keyword search functionality, report export, custom wage rates, predictive cost modeling, custom estimate creation, and more.

Pricing starting from:

US$265.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$265.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to RSMeans Data Online

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RSMeans Data Online Software - The enhanced search functionality allows users to search for specific numbers within the database
RSMeans Data Online Software - Users can generate square foot models for larger projects
RSMeans Data Online Software - The basic estimator tool allows users to generate proposals based on industry data
RSMeans Data Online Software - Real time reports provide insight into industry price trends
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RSMeans Data Online Software - The enhanced search functionality allows users to search for specific numbers within the database
RSMeans Data Online Software - Users can generate square foot models for larger projects
RSMeans Data Online Software - The basic estimator tool allows users to generate proposals based on industry data
RSMeans Data Online Software - Real time reports provide insight into industry price trends

Features

Total features of RSMeans Data Online: 18

  • Audit Trail
  • Change Order Management
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customizable Reports
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  • Historical Database
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  • Project Accounting Software
  • Project Estimating
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reporting/Analytics

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5
(302)
Value for Money
3.8/5
Features
3.8/5
Ease of Use
3.6/5
Customer Support Software
4.2/5

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  • Industry: Management Consulting
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great For Estimators of all Levels

Reviewed on 2/5/2019

I think RS Means is a valuable tool for various levels of estimating, from the non-experienced...

I think RS Means is a valuable tool for various levels of estimating, from the non-experienced estimator to the very qualified estimator. From any level, RS Means can provide a sanity check or baseline of putting together a comprehensive estimate. Used with caution, it is a great tool.

Pros

Easy to navigate and understand. Software contemplates so many different scenarios that it can be easy to obtain the information you are looking for. I really like the factoring for various city indices.

Cons

Provides general information. Need to use the software with caution. Understanding the factors of the various line items is key in developing accurate and reasonable estimates.

Kevin
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Estimating for Computer Dummies

Reviewed on 6/20/2019

I have been using RSMeans since 1984. I started in college with the book, then eventually to a CD,...

I have been using RSMeans since 1984. I started in college with the book, then eventually to a CD, and now online. My business could not survive without it. Its is the best program on the market. I have tried other programs as samples and they cannot compete with RSMeans. And as to technical help, RSMeans is the best I have ever dealt with, if you have a problem they are great with helping you.

Pros

It makes my estimating easier and faster. It would be impossible to estimate a project without RS Means. Its also gives me an advantage to check subcontractors quotes. In addition, I can bid projects in different areas around the country, which has open vast business opportunities in the construction industry that I would not be able to accomplish before I had the program.

Cons

I wish program had virtual "Cortana" like Microsoft. Sometimes I need to find an item and I don't know how to ask RS Means what the item is and all I get for a response is that there is no line item. Also, I wish they had more items to chose from and good example is ceramic tile such as: 12" x 24", 18" x 18", 24" x 24". These items are becoming more prevelent. RSMeans needs to keep up with HGTV as items are changing with the times.

Gail
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Not happy with service or customer service.

Reviewed on 9/19/2019

RSMeans did nothing but cost a lot of money and provide inaccurate information.

RSMeans did nothing but cost a lot of money and provide inaccurate information.

Pros

Unfortunately it is hard to like much about the software. Many of the assemblies are inaccurate. I am still waiting for a response from the technical service department for a "ticket" that the sales rep put in 5 months ago about inaccurate calculations.

Cons

The customer service is almost non existent. Emails and the website advertise that their is customer service available until 10 PM. After speaking with a very unpleasant gentlemen, named Kireee, that responded to me by saying "oh my god, reeeally", I discovered he didn't know how to do anything more than sign on to the program. He was the same individual that promised I would get a call back from the training department 8 hours earlier, because he doesn't know anything about construction, only how to log on to the program. He had no idea how to even start an estimate. When he offered to sign on to my computer screen, the software program he used was too outdated for my computer which gets updated regularly. Needless to say, no one from the company ever contacted me. When I called back to speak to a different customer service rep, another "at home" person, named Athena, answered with a hostile attitude. Her only response was to also have someone call back.

Ahmed
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

RSMeans Review

Reviewed on 6/19/2019

I teach an online class every year during a 10-weeks summer quarter at the University of Washington....

I teach an online class every year during a 10-weeks summer quarter at the University of Washington. During the class period, I bring the students to know and learn most of the details about RSMeans in order to let them know how to use it to do cost estimating for heavy civil projects. Later on, they let their companies know about it and possibly have full subscription (i.e. I am marketing on behalf of RSMeans). However, students have to pay one-full year of subscription to use the software for 10 weeks. They have been blaming me for the high cost for the short period of time use!
I would not be able to use the educational version that you offer because it is limited and will not be helpful for my graduate class.

I would highly suggest offering a tailored product in which data is tailored to the need of education, for a limited time for a partial cost. McGraw Hill offers educators to make e-book from a combination of chapters of several books. The ebook is purchased for a partial price for a limited time.

Alternatively, i would highly suggest offering a prior year data at a discounted cost to be used for a limited time. For example, offer subscribing to 2017 or 2018 base data (without quarter update) at a discount. This would help students getting to know how the software work and use the old data to do the estimates.
You could offer access that expires after certain date. Teachers could supply student names in an online form that you used to verify the subscription.

Pros

Organization of the estimating items based on the Masterformat.
Comprehensive list of the estimating items.
Ability to verify estimates using the crew listing and the crew production rates.

Cons

Some estimating items should be available in both the commercial and heavy civil products, but it is only available in the commercial offer.

Eddie
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  • Industry: Real Estate
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Would like more clarity on when/why certain components drop out of the SF model...

Reviewed on 6/21/2019

I'm estimating building components for the purpose of assigning different depreciation recovery...

I'm estimating building components for the purpose of assigning different depreciation recovery periods for federal tax purposes. I've used this tool since it came out and have used RS Means data (formerly the books) my entire career (over 35 years).

Pros

1) I like that we can tweak the individual components within the SF model.

2) I like being able to take an existing model I've created in past years and update it with current (or whatever year is relevant) costs to create an estimate for a different year version.

Cons

1) Historically, the cost of this tool has skyrocketed much faster than inflation every year.

2) Sometimes we make square foot models and the output doesn’t include costs for what I would assume are key parts of the building. We’ve had issues in the past with roof structure not being a part of the model but recently I generated a model that didn’t have costs for interior partitions, even though it most definitely should have. Is there a way for them to tell us which models exclude certain costs? Sometimes these are difficult to catch in our reviews.

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RSMeans Data Online offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$265.00/year
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Pricing is based on features and timespan of data. Starting at $265/year. Contact Gordian for more information.

RSMeans Data Online has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

RSMeans Data Online supports the following languages:

English

RSMeans Data Online supports the following devices:

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RSMeans Data Online offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Phone Support

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