Easily Access Your Own Cost Data with Sigma Estimates

Connect Your Own Cost Data To Your Construction Cost Databases for Faster Estimating

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Sound Familiar?

  • Tedious and time-consuming manual data entry
  • Your quote was inaccurate due to an error in your data entry
  • Your quote was inaccurate because you missed something
  • Finding it hard to track design changes, update budgets, or create live breakdowns
  • Feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with how much time you're spending on estimates

Already Have Cost Data?

Thinking of trying Sigma but worried about migrating your cost database? Getting that information entered accurately and quickly is key, since it saves you a whole lot of time when you’ve got it done. At Sigma Estimates, we have a few safe and simple options for getting your cost data set up. 

You can import your own price books into sigma by uploading data from an Excel sheet or supplier. You can build your own cost data from scratch. Or you can even leverage one of our third party cost database integrations.

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Our Popular Features

Here are some of the most popular features in Sigma Estimates.

Create informational transparency using cost and planning accuracy

Connect and utilise data with 2D and 3D design

Create and deliver data for planning and field execution - 5D estimating data

Build up and share cost and assemble knowledge from historical projects

Extend functionality to related relevant workflows and processes with the Open API

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Available Cost Databases

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Your Own Database

Store or import building parts from previous projects, including their accurate cost prices in your own database. You will always have the data available when you start a new project and can easily add them to your estimate, and modify them to suit the current project. Import price lists from your suppliers, to ensure you know the actual cost price.

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RSMeans Cost data

Access RSMeans data, one of the industry’s most trusted resources, directly within Sigma. Use our seamless integration to include today’s most recent and relevant costs in your estimate. This data set is aimed primarily at estimating commercial and industrial projects or large housing projects costing $3,500,000 and up.

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BNi Cost Data

Access the complete collection of BNi construction cost data directly inside Sigma. BNi cost data’s digital availability in Sigma puts accurate and up-to-date material and labor costs available at a single click allowing you to move past the days of manual cost lookup in books, and into a better, more streamlined and flexible way of accessing all the data you need to complete your estimates.

Why Choose Sigma?

Estimate construction projects in the same logical way you would build them. Estimates for each building section are created separately, and the project is automatically summarised on the built-in Summary sheet, giving you an overview of the entire project, without you having to write as much as a single formula. Sigma takes the difficulty out of setting up estimates and pricing proposals. Instead of spending hours writing formulas that link through lots of tabs in a conventional spreadsheet, you can compile estimates of each building section separately, and automatically get a summary from the built-in Summary sheet.
You start your estimate by specifying the building structure, for example by entering the dimensions of a floor, roofing section or wall etc. Sigma gives you an overview, so you can check you have included all the parts required, and then material quantities can be pulled in from the drawings in the CAD program.
You can then begin to add the pricing details and material quantities for each section, working in the same methodical way as you would if you were building it. This logical workflow gives you confidence that nothing is missing, and saves you hours of work.

As you complete price and quantity details for individual building sections, the total price of the construction project is automatically summarised on the Summary sheet. From here you can drill back down into the pricing details for each section if you wish.

The Summary sheet summarises material quantities, cost prices, profit margins and more. With all this information presented in one place, it is easy to give targeted discounts or adjust the project’s total amount to match a competitor’s price. This is all done without triggering an avalanche of manual recalculations because Sigma automatically updates all the numbers, right down to the individual building sections.
When the estimate is finalised, and the price agreed, you can save, print, attach and send the pricing summary, details, material supply requirements, notes, and other required documents all with the click of a button. This gives everyone on the project the information they need in the format they need it in.

When you have finished and saved an estimate, you can reuse these estimates for new construction projects by importing building sections from an existing project into a new one. You do not need to update any formulas because Sigma does it for you – the only thing you need to change is the pricing and quantity.

In this way, you will gradually build your own database of estimates for building parts that you regularly use. Then you have them ready for the next construction project you need to estimate in Sigma.

Download a free trial of our general contractors estimating software and find out for yourself. You will see how easy estimating can be, and once you have tried it you will wonder how you managed without it!

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