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RSMeans Data Online

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RSMeans Data Online FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does RSMeans Data Online offer?

RSMeans Data Online has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $277.00/year
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available

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Q. Who are the typical users of RSMeans Data Online?

RSMeans Data Online has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business


Q. What languages does RSMeans Data Online support?

RSMeans Data Online supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does RSMeans Data Online offer an API?

No, RSMeans Data Online does not have an API available.


Q. What level of support does RSMeans Data Online offer?

RSMeans Data Online offers the following support options:
FAQs/Forum, Email/Help Desk, Phone Support

RSMeans Data Online product overview

Price starts from

277

Per year

Per Feature

What is 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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

FAQs/Forum
Email/Help Desk
Phone Support

Training options

In Person
Documentation
Webinars
Live Online
Videos

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RSMeans Data Online pricing information

Value for money

3.8

/5

303

Starting from

277

Per year

Per Feature

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Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
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RSMeans Data Online features

Functionality

3.8

/5

303

Total features

15

1 categories

Most valued features by users

For AEC Industry
Customizable Reports
Job Costing
Audit Trail
Change Order Management
Cost Database
Cost Estimating
Cost Tracking

RSMeans Data Online users reviews

Overall Rating

4.2

/5

303

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7.72/10
Rating distribution

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Pros
I like the many options presented to develop a comprehensive estimate. Customer Service is the best I had encountered with any cost related company.
Generally good - we are satisfied with the product. Customer service is great too.
Very comprehensive cost database. Good coverage of locations across the US and Canada and useful index tables.
Cons
But it is hard to be frustrated when software has more than you need.
The software is unreliable. It has costed our company several hours of lost productivity.
Also, I have yet to meet any one that truly uses RSMeans as it is essentially a dead tool.
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Management Consulting, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great For Estimators of all Levels

Reviewed 5 years ago

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.

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Kevin M.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Estimating for Computer Dummies

Reviewed 5 years ago

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.

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Gail B.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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Not happy with service or customer service.

Reviewed 5 years ago

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...

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Ahmed A.

E-Learning, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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RSMeans Review

Reviewed 5 years ago

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...

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.

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Joe S.

Construction, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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shared Data Base

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

The access to all the trades and the ability to match items to specifications has been a great help. also being able to retrieve old proposals and have them update quickly

Cons

I also have the JOC software from RS Means which no one at RS Means seams to understand and they have tied my passwords to the same account but if I am locked out of one I can not get in the other one. Then all the tech know how to fix this is delete all your cookies. these are place markers for other programs and be cause of the failed IT side of this it makes it hard to accept it as a leader.

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