A friend whose profession is a Quantity Surveyor / Construction Cost Consultant recently asked me if I know of any free bill of quantities (BQ) software that he could use to manage costs and item quantities for his civil and building engineering projects.
Since he is an independent consultant and doesn’t officially work for any organization, he needed free software to start off with before going for proprietary ones.
As a QS Engineer, his key responsibility includes:
- Prepare the bill of quantities for building projects.
- Perform cost control to the best possible.
- Provide advice during the procurement process.
- Prepare and analyze the cost of tender.
The most important task is basically to minimize costs to the fullest while still achieving the required quality and standard for a perfectly built building.
It looks like it’s vital for the cost of all materials to be calculated accurately without any errors.
What is a bill of quantity or BOQ?
The bill of quantities generally referred to as BOQ is a standard document used in the tendering process ( in case of item rate/BOQ contract ). The purpose of a BOQ is to give a fair idea of the extent of work to contractors and then in return get their bids for shortlisting the contractor for further negotiations.
A standard BOQ usually have the following information –
- Item code
- Item Description
- Unit of measurement
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A user-friendly and reliable software will definitely come in handy especially if it helps to manage the list of building materials together with its associated costs and measurements. The ability for the BQ software to tally up all totals will definitely be useful as well.
So I did a quick search and found this software called PriMus-DCF – a windows desktop application for building professionals to easily create, modify and share price lists, estimates and bill of quantities for FREE.
The creator of the software, ACCA (Italian based leader in building industry software) has created the software as a gift for all to use and benefit from.
To begin using the BoQ software, you start off by creating a price list.
A BoQ price list is basically a list of unit prices that can be used effectively when developing a bill of quantities.
See an example price list generated using PriMus-DCF below:
Once your Price List is there, creating a BoQ is as simple as dragging and dropping the necessary items into the BOQ.
Below is a sample Bill of Quantities created using PriMus-DCF for a campus extension project.
You may notice that that the default currency is in Euro and that can be easily changed to your working currency from General Data > Configuration.
Just like any other desktop application, once you’re done developing your BOQ, it can be easily printed out as well as shared electronically with co-workers and clients.
I believe PriMus-DCF will not only benefit my QS friend but also many other building professionals out there thanks to ACCA.
For more details about this free bill of quantities software for the building industry, check out PriMus-DCF.
More BOQ preparation software
Sigma Estimates – construction estimating software
The best-in-breed solution for construction professionals, who need to deliver accurate results, faster, in today ‘s increasingly complex and competitive market.
Sigma Estimates is the best-in-breed solution for construction workers, who must deliver accuracy, faster.
The software feels like you are working in Excel but without the liabilities.
As technology and programming have advanced, businesses still operating with Excel are falling behind those that have adapted to the new wave of advanced estimating software.
Sigma Estimates allow drag-and-drop to restructure your estimate, create custom fields and sort, customize your reports and easily share your work. You can also save an estimate as a template or a cost library.
And best of all, there are no large upfront investments to get started with Sigma – they offer month-over month subscriptions as well as a free trial so you can feel good about your decision before committing on a larger scale – no risk.
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Watch this video below on how you can prepare your next bid faster by leveraging Revu, Bluebeam’s measurement tools, VisualSearch and estimating capabilities which offer a competitive advantage for the quantity surveying industry.