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
(300)
Value for Money
3.8/5
Features
3.8/5
Ease of Use
3.7/5
Customer Support Software
4.2/5

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Jim
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Good Investment for Estimators

Reviewed on 2019-07-02

The online version is great. I like not having about 4 tons of outdated cost books in my file...

The online version is great. I like not having about 4 tons of outdated cost books in my file cabinet. I like being able to see what an estimate would cost in the past just by changing to an older data set. The SF cost estimator feature is really good. The one complaint is the structural types to choose from never quite matches what we actually build here in Utah. It seems it is very "east coast" oriented. The cost gets pricey if you want something different than their preselected data set packages. I don't like the fact you can't just pick and choose data sets ala carte. I also wish the formulas would export with the SF cost reports. I waste alot of time recreating links and formulas after exporting to excel.

Pros

I like that it has just about everything you would need to price out for all types of construction.

Cons

Sometimes as an estimator you use your own template and you use RS-Means as a resource for costs and product descriptions. The software doesn't allow to right click copy and paste text feature so I have to jump through alot of hoops to export the estimate in Means to an Excel report and then copy and paste from there.

Joe
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  • Industry: Facilities Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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

RS Means Review

Reviewed on 2021-09-24

Pros

I use the interior painting, drywall and finishes items the most. RS Means can streamline my estimate and i am confident in my quotes.

Cons

Items are difficult to find...say I need a rust inhibitor for metal painting...try finding that item???

Response from Gordian

Hi Joe - We appreciate your feedback of your experience with RSMeans Data Online.

You can find finishes for steel coatings in the finishing section, line item numbers 09 97 13.23 6100 through 7030. The labor involved in spraying is the same regardless of material being applied.

Daniel
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

Small Architectural firm review of RSMeans Data Online

Reviewed on 2019-06-20

As an occasional user (maybe once a month); it is difficult to use this any more than is absolutely...

As an occasional user (maybe once a month); it is difficult to use this any more than is absolutely necessary. As it is, with each use, I still pull the information out into my own "summary" and present it to clients from my custom spread sheet. I basically find myself using it like a Means "book" and not taking advantage of it as an "electronic" system. Currently, my experience requires a lot of extra time just to get the final data into a usable, transferrable, understandable format.

Pros

Depth of the cost data is impressive.
Ability to "modify" and customize into "assemblies" is powerful.
Software keeps a "running tab".

Cons

Customization seems very proprietary and cumbersome.
Experience is required to learn the language and "assignments" of materials to categories and assemblies.
Pricing adjustments seem to require being in Excel at which point, that specific work is not "saved" to the program.

Kıvanç
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Good in General

Reviewed on 2021-10-06

Although it has some shortcomings, it worked for me in general.

Although it has some shortcomings, it worked for me in general.

Pros

I used the software for maintenance purposes. It shows repair, replacement, and preventative maintenance frequencies of the items, material cost, and manhour need.

Cons

sometimes I couldn't find what I need in the maintenance section. The construction section includes lots of items but I can't say the same thing for the maintenance section. Also, in the software, we can see component details of the items (for example, if it is a door repair item, details show change hinges, replace lockset, etc.). However, there is no option to export this information on an excel file. In addition, the units are imperial. A simple converter can be implemented so that people can switch to the metric unit system.

Alternatives Considered

RICS Software

Reasons for Switching to RSMeans Data Online

Because RSMeans show much more details than others.
Steve
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

RSMeans is good to use.

Reviewed on 2021-09-24

most has been good

most has been good

Pros

ease of use on line just wish you could split windows to make sure and looking at estimate easer.

Cons

need to fix mixing unit and assembly cost to do a completed preproposal. also would like to see my custom data base of my special items, this way its quick to see my custom date items to make search easer and to mod.

Alternatives Considered

WinEst Essentials

Reasons for Choosing RSMeans Data Online

Per contract requirements. but this programs has a lot of custom features i wish RSMeans online had. easier to mod the data as needed.

Reasons for Switching to RSMeans Data Online

felt online version was easier to teach for now.

Response from Gordian

Hi Steve - Thank you for taking the time to submit additional feedback of your experience with RSMeans Data Online. We take your comments seriously and are committed to connecting you with the proper team member to resolve your issues.

You should be able to use assemblies and units together in an estimate. Please reach out to the customer support team with questions or more information on using these items together.

You have access to all of you custom data in the in the "My Custom Data" tab found in the account menu. There you can add it to estimates or modify as needed.

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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

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RSMeans Data Online offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Phone Support

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