CostOS Review - why 4.2 stars?

CostOS Review
ITQlick Score: 86/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.2/5)
Pricing: 6.8/10 - high cost
Category: Construction -> CostOS
Ranking:Ranked 43 out of 443 Construction systems
Company: Nomitech
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop
Links: CostOS pricing, CostOS alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Sep 30, 2022

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What is CostOS and its features?

CostOS Estimating is cloud-based construction cost estimating and a benchmarking solution designed to help contractors, designers, and subcontractors to estimate the project costs at various stages in the business of all sizes. The primary features include construction estimating, audit trail and bid management and more.

Designed by Nomitech, CostOS Estimating enables the user to combines the traditional estimating with BIM, 3D, 2D and GIS and more. The solution is available as Software as a Service (SaaS) and on-premise.

Other features include takeoff, HVAC & electrical estimating, job costing, what if scenarios analysis and reporting among others. Nomitech was founded in 2006, and its headquarters is in 84 Queen Street, Sheffield South Yorkshire.

What is CostOS rating?

The rating of CostOS is 4.2 stars out of 5 and the total score is 86 out of 100. The rating score is based on our unbiased data-based algo. Learn more - rating methodology page.

Who uses CostOS?

The typical customers include the following business size: Small, medium and large size businesses.

Is it easy to use?

Yes, CostOS makes it fairly easy to use. This product is user friendly and intuitive.

Is CostOS cloud-based?

No, the software in not cloud based so you would need to install it locally and connect it directly to a server.

Can it be used on mobile?

No, currently CostOS can't be accessed on mobile, you would need to access it from your computer.

Is CostOS the best Construction system?

CostOS is ranked 43 out of 443 software in their category (Construction systems).

What are CostOS's pros? (3 Pros)

  • CostOS has several features that streamline the project estimation process
  • The software has a powerful bridge to Microsoft Excel
  • CostOS is relatively easy to understand and use

What are CostOS's cons? (2 cons)

  • The 2D and 3D takeoff modules on CostOS need enhancements as they sometimes leave much to be desired
  • Building assemblies can be somewhat tricky, especially for newbies

Who are their main alternatives?

CostOS vs. PlanSwift

CostOS and PlanSwift have similar capabilities, including takeoff creation, assemblies, Microsoft Excel integration, quote management, etc. Unlike PlanSwift, CostOS offers different takeoff options, multi-currency support, Primavera P6 integration, value engineering, etc. Unlike CostOS, PlanSwift has a live chat support channel.

CostOS supports on-premise and cloud deployments, while PlanSwift is a desktop-based construction estimating solution. CostOS does not disclose its pricing details, while PlanSwift pricing starts at a one-time fee of $1895 plus yearly support fees of $300. PlanSwift also has a free trial, unlike CostOS. They are equally scalable solutions for small, midsize, and large-scale construction projects.

CostOS serves companies in construction, oil & gas, energy, and infrastructure, while PlanSwift powers takeoff & estimation for general contractors and trades like concrete, drywall, HVAC, masonry, plumbing, electrical works, etc. PlanSwift is a ConstructConnect company, and its parent company manages over 600,000 projects in the United States and Canada, while CostOS is the leading construction estimating solution in the United Kingdom.

CostOS vs. ProEst

CostOS and ProEst have features in common, such as a cost database, construction takeoffs, collaboration tools, etc. Unlike CostOS, ProEst offers a construction CRM, bid management, construction accounting tools, document management, bid analysis, conceptual estimating, etc. CostOS provides multi-currency support, value engineering, assemblies, etc., which ProEst does not offer.

CostOS offers cloud and on-premise deployment options, while ProEst is a cloud-based solution. They do not disclose their pricing details, and no free trials are available. Companies in construction, oil & gas, energy, and infrastructure use CostOS, while ProEst serves general contractors, subcontractors, civil construction, and education programs.

They are highly scalable for construction projects of all sizes. ProEst has helped over 8,000 companies create more than 400,000 bids, while CostOS is the leading provider of construction estimating solutions in the UK. They offer similar support channels: phone and email.

CostOS vs. STACK Estimating

In the construction estimating category, CostOS and STACK Estimating have common features, including intelligent assemblies, databases, takeoffs, team collaboration tools, metrication, Excel integrations, etc. Unlike CostOS, STACK Estimating has project management features, document management, branding tools, cost code management, etc. CostOS offers value engineering, multi-currency support, and Primavera P6 integration, which STACK Estimating does not have.

STACK Estimating pricing starts at $2,499 per year with a 7-day free trial, while CostOS does not disclose its pricing schedule. STACK Estimating is a fully cloud-based construction estimating solution, while CostOS offers cloud and on-premise deployment options. They are equally scalable solutions for construction operations of all sizes.

STACK Estimating serves trade subcontractors, homebuilders, general contractors, suppliers & manufacturers, etc., while CostOS serves companies in construction, oil & gas, energy, and infrastructure. CostOS is a leading solution in Europe, while STACK Estimating has recorded over 65,000 active users in the past year. STACK Estimating has a live chat support channel, unlike CostOS.

What is the cost of CostOS?

What is the REAL total cost of implementation? on top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate you need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 6.8 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for CostOS

What should you ask Nomitech during a demo session? (65 questions)

Schedule a demo with CostOS and access 65 must ask questions for the vendor while watching CostOS in action. Visit the vendor's website here.

Where CostOS is used?

CostOS is a construction estimating solution for construction, oil & gas, energy, and infrastructure companies. The software is highly scalable and can support small and large-scale construction projects.

List of categories

Construction
Construction Estimating

CostOS Vs. Alternatives

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.