Comprehensive Database for Cost Estimation

construction estimating software

Plan your next budget with accurate construction costs.

Create estimates with unit costs, assemblies or square foot models.
Validate unfamiliar costs or scopes of work.

Maintain existing buildings with schedules and detailed costs.
RSMeans Data Online is available in three tiers designed to meet your estimating software needs.



"We kick out budget numbers for clients in minutes rather than taking hours of time to get one put together."

-Nathan Grant, Technical Builders, Project Manager

Build Accurate Estimates With Detailed Costs

Search for construction material costs
Search by keyword or CSI MasterFormat and pin frequently used items. 
accurate pre construction estimator tools
View detailed price breakdowns including material, labor, equipment and productivity. 

Access the cloud based estimating software 24/7 on desktop or your mobile device. 

price change alerts
Receive automatic
quarterly cost updates


Estimate in Great Detail

The basic estimating tool allows you to quickly add, edit and share your price proposals. Access material, labor and equipment costs for each line item and adjust quantities as needed.

cost estimator tools
View historical construction costs and track trends in dynamic dashboards. Stay on top of price movement and create customizable alerts to notify you when a change happens.


Build Square Foot Models Quickly

Create square foot estimates for large-scale projects in a matter of minutes. Take cost estimating to the next level with predictive cost data that accurately projects pricing three years into the future. Learn more about square foot models


"The estimating software allowed us to verify that they could hit their ROI given the site constraints."

-Zach Freshner, CESO, Inc., Program Director

4 Reasons to Use Construction Estimating Software

Every industry has gone digital, including construction. Construction cost estimating software has streamlined a messy process and made it orderly and convenient. The days of the engineer or the estimator keeping track of spreadsheets or hunting down old estimates to find the right pricing info are over—if construction professionals are willing to make the digital leap. 

1. Cost Availability and Accuracy

Any construction estimating software is going to contain a cost database. This collection of equipment, material and labor costs is especially helpful for users costing new jobs or projects in new markets. Instead of working the phones or digging through cost books to find the find City Cost Index, engineers and estimators can enter the project zip code and find local costs. The RSMeans Construction Cost Database stays up-to-date with cost fluctuations, automatically updating so every estimate reflects real-world market conditions.

Cost accuracy isn’t even limited to the present. RSMeans Data Online uses predictive analytics to accurately project construction costs up to three years in the future. An estimating software is makes accurate prices instantly available, saving precious time and unnecessary frustration for the Building Cost Estimator.

2. Convenience

Software for estimating construction costs has evolved over time to mirror other common software experiences. It has grown more intuitive, more powerful and more convenient. Materials, tasks and equipment are easily searchable inside the application. Plus, users can save line items so they are easily accessible from project to project. All the convenience people expect from their favorite shopping site can be found in their online estimating solution.

3. Efficiency

All business operation better with reliable, repeatable processes. Construction estimating software delivers efficiency and efficiency creates success. Contractors and engineering firms can improve their internal project management and develop good habits that get high-quality estimates out the door quickly. With everyone using the same program, it’s easy to create and enforce a proper protocol. Finally, teams can integrate their construction estimating application with their other programs for greater efficiency across tasks.

4. Validation

Even those unprepared to make the digital leap can benefit from construction estimating software. Those who prefer a more manual process can verify the accuracy of their in-house costs using software. These “gut checks” ensure engineers and estimators can be confident in every estimate.

With all the benefits using software for estimating construction costs, it might be time for your engineering company or construction firm to join the industry’s digital revolution. Browse our pricing options.