iTWO costX Features

iTWO costX

Construction estimating tool with subcontractor comparison

4.46/5 (28 reviews)

iTWO costX Feature Summary

  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D View
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict Tracking
  • Contractors
  • Cost Database
  • Design Input
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Elevation Checking
  • Error Checking
  • Floor Covering Estimator
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Interface to Accounting
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Proposal Generator
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Scanning Input
  • Takeoff
  • What-if Analysis

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Cost Estimating
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Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Document Generation
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Historical Analysis
ISO Management
Job Costing
Project Estimating
Project Management
Proposal Generation
Quote Management
Real Time Reporting
Subcontractor Management
Third Party Integration
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API
Audit Trail
Built-In Database
Change Management
Contractor Management
Cost Analysis
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Document Generation
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Historical Analysis
ISO Management
Job Costing
Project Estimating
Project Management
Proposal Generation
Quote Management
Real Time Reporting
Subcontractor Management
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API
Audit Trail
Built-In Database
Change Management
Contractor Management
Cost Analysis
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Document Generation
Drag & Drop Interface
Estimating
Historical Analysis
ISO Management
Job Costing
Project Estimating
Project Management
Proposal Generation
Quote Management
Real Time Reporting
Subcontractor Management
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Visual Analytics
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iTWO costX Feature Reviews

23 reviewers had the following to say about iTWO costX's features:

Tony Lovett

Easy, beneficial, transparent, enjoyable

2018-03-18

Work books can be easily imported and exported in other formats.

Pros

Easy to use, the multilevel work book, the subcontractor analysis function, customized code libraries that suit our financial management system, project specific rate libraries that allow rate adjustments very late in the pricing phase.,

Cons

As a consequence I don't have the opportunity to use this feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Tony,

Thanks for your great review! We're so glad to hear that you find CostX easy to use for all your requirements. Sorry to hear you haven't been able to use the BIM features as much as you'd like; luckily CostX has the ability to deal with incomplete BIM files as well with features like manual BIM measurement and 2D & 3D linking, so you can still use it even in those cases.
Thanks again!

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Victor Iscoa, E.I.

Time-Efficiency Tool

2018-09-25

If used properly, it will make the job easier to take-off and the estimating comes easy afterwards.

Pros

It will make a bid proposal and estimation look easier.

Cons

It can be tricky and very easy to make mistakes while transferring the CostX file to other party. It takes several steps in order to save and export your final product, and make sure it is compatible with your other party's version.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Victor,

Thanks so much for your great review! We love hearing about how much you like CostX and how efficient you have found it. We're especially happy that you rated our Customer Support 5 stars! In regards to your comment on sharing files, we will pass this to our development team, and we've also asked our support team to contact you in case they can help make this process easier for you. Thanks again!

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Zohair Hasan Lateef

Cost X is a good for estimating 2D and 3D data.

2018-09-26

Pros

CostX has good features in terms of estimating as it supports 2D sheets and 3D models.

Cons

But I have struggled when it came to projects with complicated geometry. 2D to 3D collaboration for the same file is not as suitable as it is in Assemble Systems.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Zohair,
Thanks for your review! We're happy to hear that you found CostX to be helpful in a variety of ways, such as calibration and snapping. We're also glad you found the fact that we import a variety of file formats to be useful! In regards to your comments on model-based takeoff, this is suprising as we are often complimented on our advanced yet easy-to-use BIM functionality for takeoff. We would love to chat with you further about how you could use our Model Maps feature to assist with more complicated geometry. Please contact our US office on +1 (512) 768 8111 and ask to speak with one of our qualified Product Specialists.
Thanks again!

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Charlie Evans

Wouldn't Look Back

2018-08-12

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.

Pros

. - The ability to do measurements, add a legend with quantities, save as a PDF and provide to subcontractors. ie; joist layout for builder, measure of a full drainage plan for the drainlayer.

Cons

Other than that I still was able to make up functional reports easy enough, just not to the level I would like yet.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


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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Michael Riva

I'm using the software daily, I'm happy with the level of service it provide to me and the company.

2018-01-10

Pros

Ability to quickly update the building templates with ease.

Cons

Here we use costx to standardize the estimates we do for our construction projects.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Michael,
Thanks so much for your review! It's great to hear you're happy with the features and the support you're receiving.
Thanks also for your comment regarding your default template. Mass updates are possible to do with some items, such as live-linked rates. One of our Product Specialists will give you a call to further discuss specifics.
Thanks again!

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Malcolm West

Terrific software - just wish I could sort by rates to allow detailed review process

2016-07-22

Measuring - big tick Cost Planning - ditto Speed in a Citrix environment is at time slow and / or crashes Pure rating and estimating - needs work

Pros

Intergration of measure Abilty to sort by element / trade / component Ease of review of take off

Cons

When power pricing - live link library rates are great - however the ability to rate on the fly and sort projects according to common rates would allow "estimators" a more diliginent and powerful review process

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Thanks for your review Malcolm! Our customer support will be very pleased to see their 5 star rating! We will be sure to pass your comments onto our developers, as we are always working to keep our products leading the market. Thanks again!

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Jack Ruston

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

2017-08-04

Pros

The rate library allows the quick adjustment of a rate across a major project, with only one edit required to adjust the entire estimate to accommodate this change.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


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!

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Ahmed Adnan Sayyed

I have been using costx now for last 1 year as a quantity surveyor it has made my life easy.

2017-10-13

Multitasking easy review especially the show source function in work book and one can create csv file in excel for dimension groups and import in costx, since it is connected to the server I can work from anywhere even from my home.

Pros

Multiple user can work on same project connected to costx server.

Cons

please dont press Ctrl+F in workbook and change the spelling in entire workbook it will make your dimension appear zero because it will change the dimension name linked to your dimension group in quantity cell.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Ahmed, Thanks so much for your great review! We are very pleased to hear that you're enjoying the features of CostX, including show-source and zones! In regards to your comment on changing the spelling in the workbook, don't worry, this is easy to fix- just edit the Dimension Group name to match and it will automatically re-establish the link. Hope this helps and thanks again!

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Michelle Lau

Does the job but there is better estimating software

2019-09-11

It's an okay software as a measuring tool to do quantity takeoff but not a good comprehensive estimating software.

Pros

It is pretty easy to use ONCE you get it set up or if someone else sets it up for you.

Cons

The workbook is a blank spreadsheet and requires a professional to set up in order to be used effectively.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Michelle. Thanks for your review, we're glad to hear that you've had a positive experience with the measuring aspects of our software. Regarding your feedback on initial setup for projects and workbooks, we do offer a range of free training videos that make these processes clear to understand. Users can also access free webinars that provide helpful advice on workbook setup, while paid online and on-site training options are also available for expanding CostX knowledge.

We would like to assist with making these setup processes easier for you, so feel free to contact our North American team on +1 (512) 768 8111 and ask to speak with one of our qualified Product Specialists for advice. Thanks again!

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Paul Thompson

Great Experience

2017-10-03

Time savings with measurement, more professional presentation of cost reports etc etc.

Pros

I really like the measurement functionality and how this can be auto linked to costing workbooks.

Cons

Would be fantastic to have more excel functionality in costing sheets/workbooks, for example; additional formula options, circular referencing etc

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Thanks for your great review Paul, much appreciated! Hope you continue to enjoy using CostX!

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Louis Maritz

A real time saver

2018-02-02

Pros

Ability to reference rates and dims. Ease of measuring vast amounts of drawings quickly. Zone splitting. BIM functionality.

Cons

Exporting to excel (contractors still want to use it) looks terrible.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Louis, thanks for your review! We are happy to hear that you think CostX is a time saver for your business. Thanks also for your five star review for our customer support! In regards to Excel export, if customers use this often we recommend CostXL which gives you live links between CostX & your Excel spreadsheet, allowing you to lay it out however you like. Report printing has been made faster in our latest release too, which can be downloaded by any client under maintenance. Thanks again!

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Anonymous
(Hospitality company, 1-10 employees)

Good value for the entire set of software

2018-08-31

Very helpful if you know how to use it and are property trained.

Pros

For those who know excel, you should have no issue learning. Lots of functions between different workbooks.

Cons

Use with modern business machines— Reports too much data that most is hard to understand.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi, thanks for your great review! We're happy to hear you find CostX to be great value for money and helpful! In regards to reporting, we offer both standard and custom report writers and outputs from the standard report writer can be simplified to match your requirements. We also offer a range of training options for those that want more in-depth review. Just contact our team for more information. Thanks again!

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Dean Borissiouk

A must have for any professional Quantity Surveyor

2018-06-15

CostX provides accurate take-offs and quantity estimates in a fraction of the time compared with the traditional routes.

Pros

CostX is fairly easy to use once you get the basics.

Cons

CostX software pack is fairly pricy with monthly leasing options or a one time hefty purchase price. Apart from the pricing, the rest is great.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Dean,

Thank you so much for your excellent review. We're pleased to hear you are enjoying using the product and finding that it saves you time.
In regards to the price, we offer our full CostX product as a premimum option but we also have other products in our range priced to suit a range of requirements.
Thanks again!

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Phil Molineux

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

2018-01-10

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.

Cons

We understand that this is a registered client feature request under review for development and greatly look forward to its implementation.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


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 volume calculations based on areas with heights applied and using dimension group formulas, users can also perform more advanced volume calculations. Additionally, you're correct in noting that bulk updates to drawing file scales is in the development roadmap- for now, CostX supports adding multiple drawing files at the same time or multiple sheets /pages from a single file and the scale can be set for all added drawings in bulk at the time of adding. CostX also now supports scale and calibration factor columns on the Drawings list so that scale is always visible.
Thanks again!

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Darren O Halloran

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

2017-10-19

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


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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Bob Barkell

Support Experience is always first class, friendly and helpful

2017-10-27

It started small with a few internal users using it, the benefits of speed and exporting data has led to a universal uptake in its use and staff in every office have access.

Pros

My users find that the software is easy to use, deploy and update.

Cons

Resource hungry, we use an i5 processor platform with Solid State Drive and some functions seem slower than others, so would benefit being on faster systems.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Thanks for your great review Bob! We're very happy that you've found CostX easy to use, and will definitely be passing this feedback onto our team. Thanks again!

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Tom James

Good package but for smaller projects only

2017-05-18

Pros

Understandable interface and workflows and reflects traditional pricing processes well.

Cons

IFC files import with incorrect orientation (on their side).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Thanks for your review Tom! Great to hear you find the workflow easy to use! CostX is used on projects of all sizes around the world. Just a note, CostX also supports several other 3D file formats including SketchUp, 3D PDF, DGN and 3D DWG. In terms of BIM, most major design packages export to IFC in any case (being the international format). For IFC imports, you can set your own default view which may help. Finally, in regards to global factors, this may be achievable with Values or rate libraries tied to Locations. Our team will contact you to discuss further. Thanks again!

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Drew Cowie

Very good software, a good all rounder

2017-11-28

Pros

Takeoff software is second to none, simple excel style pricing structure makes it easy to use.

Cons

Reports are a tad complicated if you want your own custom report.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Drew,
Thanks so much for your review! We always appreciate receiving feedback from our customers. It is great to hear that you're enjoying the takeoff and our Excel-style workbook. Thanks also for your comments on reports and building codes, we have passed it onto our Product Development team.

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Cameron Hall

Daily use with minimal issues and fantastic customer support

2018-06-11

This made daily tasks very easy to compete and generally made my work life all around much easier.

Pros

Being able to extract large amounts of take-off speeds up everything, while the 5D BIM integration is among the best available.

Cons

A fairly advanced knowledge of methods of take-off is required, along with use of the provided training information and guides. For 2D take-off, DWG files are preferred, followed by vector'd PDFs and then rasta'd PDFs and images. While these will work, it really is built around DWG use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Cameron,

Thanks so much for your great review! We're especially pleased to hear about how you've received great support from our team. We're also happy to hear you're finding our 5D BIM features world class!
As you mentioned, CostX 2D takeoff is most powerful when used with DWG drawings, as the program allows you to take advantage of the in-built drawing intelligence. However, we can of course still support PDFs, JPGs and other image files for those that don't receive these.
Thanks again!

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Soumi Raj

New generation take off using CostX

2019-08-23

CostX have lot of useful features and helps lot in the construction industry.

Pros

Further we can generate auto quantity generation from 3d models and we can get reports.

Cons

Comparing to other similar products, premium is little bit high and need more customer support to handle the product.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Soumi, thanks for your great review! We're happy to hear that you found CostX useful for both 2D and 3D purposes. We agree that it is definitely a helpful product for the construction industry! For customer support, we do have a worldwide network of support engineers but also lots of free resources on our website, so you may wish to check these out too. Hope this helps!

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Rakesh Chetty

I am new with CostX, but now I am get the advantages of it.

2018-03-16

This tool saves lots of time in measuring compared with old school method of using scale ruler.

Pros

this is a great tool for the quantity surveyors

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Rakesh,

Thanks so much for your great review! We're so pleased to hear you're finding CostX to be an upgrade from your scale ruler. As you're new with CostX, you may be interested in reviewing our CostX Coffee Break webinars for some tips & tricks that will help even more with your CostX use! (http://www.exactal.com/en/webinars) Thanks again and happy measuring!

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Amandy Jap

I have been using CostX for six months but I was mainly doing the 2D takeoff.

2017-11-07

I will say it increases the efficiency of my work. Also, thanks for all the customer support!

Pros

At the moment it will be the ability to copy and move dimensions from the current drawing to a different drawing, which saves a lot of time! Also, the phraseologies library which allows us to click and drag the description of ARM4 into the workbook is also really useful.

Cons

I believe this software has a lot of potentials and will send feedback to CostX for feature suggestions as discussed.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Exactal


Hi Amandy,

Thanks so much for your great review! We really appreciate your comments and it's great to hear that CostX has increased the efficiency of your work. Thanks again!

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arfan azhar

good software

2014-10-20

this software made the measurement work more be easy

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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