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iTWO costX

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iTWO costX product overview

What is iTWO costX?

iTWO costX - formerly CostX - is a construction estimating platform that represents a complete solution for quantity surveyors, contractors, estimators and subcontractors looking to enhance their takeoff and estimating.

Key benefits of using iTWO costX

Businesses can use iTWO costX's customisable reporting to easily create Bills of Quantities (BOQ), cost plans and more, while the efficient auto-revisioning tool allows users to automatically revise and update changes across plans as required.

iTWO costX lets businesses utilise onscreen 2D measurement to takeoff lengths, areas, and other counts by directly uploading PDF, CAD, or image documents on the platform. Advanced 5D BIM functionality is also available, with BIM exports from all major 3D design packages supported. A variety of intuitive viewing tools are available, as are user-defined properties and in-built templates for importing model data.

A ‘based-on’ function is available, allowing administrators to create new jobs from templates of previous work and recreate workbook structure including live-links. This is useful for those looking to begin work on new projects quickly and easily, with no time wasted on project setup.

iTWO costX allows contractors to setup custom quantities for various dimension groups and calculate quantities based on user responses. A variety of bespoke workflows can be created to support individual business requirements.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

FAQs/Forum
24/7 (Live rep)
Phone Support
Email/Help Desk
Knowledge Base

Training options

In Person
Documentation
Webinars
Videos
Live Online

iTWO costX pricing information

Value for money

4.4

/5

30

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Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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iTWO costX features

Functionality

4.0

/5

30

Total features

39

3 categories

Most valued features by users

Data Import/Export
Subcontractor Management
Projections
Project Management
Customizable Templates
Estimating
Job Costing
Bid Management

iTWO costX users reviews

Overall Rating

4.4

/5

30

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.68/10
Rating distribution

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Pros
Excellent customer support and follow up to ensure the best service is provided and maintained to resolve any issues found or queried.
After care in terms of technical support for the product has been superb, which is vital when adopting such software as your mainstay for measuring or estimating.
It has great functionality and provides accurate take-offs. The PDF functions are a bliss and simplifies the process considerably as well as saving time.
Cons
Lack of ability to complete cut and fill exercises. The only real downside is the inability to handle drawings in batches and without having to load them individually to edit their properties.
Problems include operating over a centralised server, once down affects everyone.
Requested training and was made feel incompetent. Had the software for 24hr and request a refund and was declined.

Overall rating contenders

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent QS tool for direct take off, estimating and producing schedules/bills of quantities.

Reviewed 5 years ago

We moved to digital taking off initially and a windows GUI from an old terminal window based system. The ability to view, section and walk round 3D models and have BIM extraction capabilities is most advantageous.

Pros

We moved to CostX completely as a QS practice a number of years ago and we find it a very powerful tool in producing all levels of estimates, bills/schedules of quantities and builders quants etc. It's the best software we've seen for a number of years and for the future with it's BIM capabilities also. With customised branded report formats available allow us to provide consistently high quality presentation documents. Staff were quick to pick up the basics of operation and quickly progress their skills in taking off and scheduling digitally. Regular updates from user feature requests and continually developing and improving the CostX software. Excellent customer support and follow up to ensure the best service is provided and maintained to resolve any issues found or queried.

Cons

Lack of ability to complete cut and fill exercises The only real downside is the inability to handle drawings in batches and without having to load them individually to edit their properties. We understand that this is a registered client feature request under review for development and greatly look forward to its implementation.

Vendor response

Hi Phil, Thanks so much for your great review! We are so pleased to hear that you find CostX such a powerful tool to use at Maltbys. It's great to hear that staff were able to pick up the program so quickly too! In regards to your comments on cut and fill, CostX supports the extraction of cut and fill volumes from other systems via BIM. Whilst there is no dedicated cut and fill takeoff, CostX supports...

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Wouldn't Look Back

Reviewed 4 years ago

I had been putting off getting any sort of software packages for a long time as I really liked doing manual take offs and using spreadsheets. Cost X was very easy to change to after doing these type of take offs. I wouldn't look back now. I have had a new graduate start with me and it is very easy to teach them (as most of it has already been set up by me), this also keeps uniformity over take offs. One of the biggest advantages for us being a residential / light commercial building company is that we seem to have a lot of revisions over a job up until contract stage - the revision tool has been great for this and makes doing a series of changes from one plan to the next a breeze and a report can give a detailed breakdown of the changes at these revision points.

Pros

- Really easy to get started, just set out dimensions as you would manually, set out your spreadsheets and link the two up. The more you use it, the more you learn, and it just keeps getting better. - No need to save all the time as all your work is up to date. - Easily relates to excel spreadsheets. - Data from spreadsheets can be exported or imported with ease. - Importing of .dwg files directly...

Cons

The only thing that I have found hard work is the report software provided with Cost X. This is mainly because I just haven't had the time to put into it. I can see that it will be very good, but can see that this is going to take some time to get what I want from it. Other than that I still was able to make up functional reports easy enough, just not to the level I would like yet.

Vendor response

Hi Charlie, thanks for your great review! We're so happy to hear that you're loving CostX! It's great to see you're getting full use from the functionality, and that the revisioning tool is making your life easier! With regards to the reporting, we do offer the standard report writer which allows you to create basic reports, but the custom report writer can be a little more complex. Because of this, we do offer training for it, so if you are interested in exploring it further that may be worthwhile. Thanks again!

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Convenient for taking off and pricing

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It helps to automate creation of Bills of Quantity or Pricing Section after taking off or measurement stage. Shorten the process by alot and increase a QS productivity.

Cons

Price slightly on the high side. If they could lower to a personal user affordability level then the retail user might increase.

Vendor response

Hi, thanks for taking the time to review CostX. We're happy to hear that you're finding CostX convenient for BOQ creation and other quantity surveying workflows. We have many free webinars and blog posts available on our website that cover other time-saving tips for the QS that we've built into our software. On the topic of affordability, we offer CostX with a range of feature levels to suit different businesses and budgets, including personal users. For example, those who don't require workbooks or reporting capability can select our CostX Takeoff option, which is cheaper than the full CostX platform. Thanks!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Cost X is functional, flexible and value for money. The technical support team are fantastic.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Cost X gives me speed, I get more work tendered and so put the company in a position to grow quicker and be more profitable. Its flexible I have changed things to suit the type of work I'm pricing Its reliable I can trust the quantities and figures and makes negotiations simpler and more informed. Its value for money as I do believe it is worth and extra person in the office. Its accurate and consistent I know I have everything taken off and my rates are stable.

Pros

The software allows flexibility to suit the type of work we do. We are a specialist ventilation contractor and Cost X has taken us from manual drawing take off to a quick, simple and reliable system that you can review in seconds. We are organised and know a project inside out so we can negotiate contracts know that our figures and quantities can be relied on. We are also consistent in of pricing as quantities are accurate and rates are stable. The technical support team are amazing they provide a very prompt and professional service, they go to great lengths to get you back up and running as so as possible. Cost X is also value for money, I believe that it is worth one extra person in the office to me, the volume of work that can be done is excellent.

Cons

I do believe that training would really be essential for the correct use of the system, I did not get training but have still found it brilliant but I do believe if I was using it correctly I would probably get more from it. Also on the standalone version the back up button or procedure would need to be streamlined, as loosing data in Cost X is a huge lose to a company.

Vendor response

Hi Darren, Thanks for your amazing review! We really appreciate hearing your great comments, and will definitely pass your words onto the Tech team. Regarding back-up, it is always done automatically with network licences; its also possible to arrange automatic back up with standalone licences but you must set it up in Windows. Thanks again!

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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CostX has made measuring and estimating from CAD manageable. Would recommend.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

The biggest selling point for the software for us is the link between dimensions in the workbook and drawing files. This allows clients to quickly understand the source of the data in the workbook, and builds a level of transparency and trust. The ability to store a rate database also has advantages in terms of the ability to reference past rates and benchmark cost. The rate library allows the...

Cons

I would consider the 3D Measuring Tools fairly primitive currently. The model maps tool would be perfectly adequate if the quality of models received in the industry currently was always sufficient for automatic quantity extraction, but unfortunately that often is not the case at the moment. Measuring manually on 3D models currently can feel clunky, and measuring wall faces on the insides of buildings can feel like a chore, as navigating the model can be difficult with the tools available. The ability to lock the model in the centre of the screen in v6.6 was a very necessary step.

Vendor response

Hi Jack, Thanks so much for your review! We're so pleased to hear you love the live-links, and great to see a 5 star rating for customer support. With regards to the BIM features, we note the industry does have a little way to go before BIM can be used as it is intended. It may be helpful if you provide your architects with a copy of our Drawing File Optimisation document so they have a better idea of what they need to include in the model they are providing to Quantity Surveyors. Apart from that, we will take your comments on board! One of our Product Specialists will contact you about the navigation issue you mentioned too. Thanks again!

iTWO costX FAQs and common questions

Q. What type of pricing plans does iTWO costX offer?

iTWO costX has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: One Time License


Q. Who are the typical users of iTWO costX?

iTWO costX has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


Q. What languages does iTWO costX support?

iTWO costX supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does iTWO costX offer an API?

Yes, iTWO costX has an API available for use.


Q. What other apps does iTWO costX integrate with?

iTWO costX integrates with the following applications:
Microsoft Excel


Q. What level of support does iTWO costX offer?

iTWO costX offers the following support options:
FAQs/Forum, 24/7 (Live rep), Phone Support, Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base

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