What is CostX?

"CostX software contains world-leading on-screen 2D & 3D/BIM takeoff, integrated workbook with subcontractor comparison, and customised report writer- all in the one program."

Exactal are the makers of CostX estimating software; used around the world in over 80 countries by quantity surveyors, builders, subcontractors and estimators, from companies both large and small. CostX contains our world-leading on-screen 2D and 3D/BIM takeoff, integrated workbook and customised report writer.

One of the key reasons for the increasing interest in CostX is its ability to work with BIM. As BIM becomes of more and more importance to the construction industry, people need to know that their estimating solution will be able to support them on the BIM projects they receive. CostX has a range of BIM compatible features, including support for Revit BIM files and IFCs, ability to automatically extract quantities or manually measure from the model, ability to add information (such as QS-ID information) to the model, ability to link 2D drawings to the BIM, ability to link BIM takeoffs to phraseologies, and more. In addition, a variety of 2D drawings (scanned, PDF, CAD and more) are still supported.

Exactal now has nine offices worldwide, covering 24 hours. For more information on CostX please contact us here.

CostX scored 73/100 in the Construction category. This is based on press buzz (30/100), recent user trends (rising), and other relevant information on CostX gathered from around the web.

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CostX Product Overview

  • Save time - measure counts, lengths and areas with a single click

  • Add more flexibility with the ability to load scanned, PDF and CAD drawings, plus 3D BIM models

  • Never miss a quantity with our powerful auto-revisioning tool to compare drawings, highlight changes and update quantities automatically

  • Powerful spreadsheet-based workbooks are live-linked to the drawings and your own cost database, to eliminate copy-paste errors

  • Impress your clients by producing customised, professional reports

  • Our comprehensive subcontractor comparison tool ensures you will always have the best price

  • Go paperless with one fully integrated system – access all your estimating in one location and save on printing costs

Languages: English, Chinese
Software Buyer Guide 2019

Construction Software Buyer Guide 2019

Product recommendations, vendor rankings, market overview and tips on how to select Construction software for business. Published in April 2019.

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CostX Features

  • API
  • CAD Tools
  • Calendar Management
  • Customer Management
  • Dashboard
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • Data Visualization
  • External Integrations
  • File Sharing
  • History/Version Control
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Project Management
  • Scheduling
  • Supplier Management
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Editing
  • 3D Print Optimization
  • CAD File Support
  • Cloud Deployment
  • Local Deployment
  • 2D Modeling
  • Simulation
  • Electrical Design
  • Mechanical Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Motion Analysis
  • Static Analysis
  • Tolerance Analysis
  • Collaboration Support
  • Alignment Aids
  • Rendering
  • Materials Library
  • Surface Modeling
  • Ultra-High-Res Monitor Support
  • Developer Tools

CostX FAQs

Does CostX offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

CostX has full network capabilities, allowing the software to be run on a server. When one person makes a change, it will update on the other person's computer automatically!

What are some applications CostX is commonly used in tandem with?

Load in plans from AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD, Bentley, Tekla and more!
Easily export your data to Microsoft Excel where required.

What is CostX generally used for?

Load in your plans and takeoff the quantities- measure areas, lengths and counts, and even automatically extract quantities from BIM files. Then, in the workbook, drag and drop your measured dimensions directly into your spreadsheet to create live-links between your takeoff and estimate.

Does CostX offer an API?

A CostX API is available for those that require it.

Does CostX offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

There is a wide range of both free and paid support options for users. On our website, we offer training videos, webinars and manuals. For users under maintenance, they are able to call or email our worldwide support team, which includes Product Specialists with field experience and IT Specialists. There are also several paid training options, including online training, training courses and on-site training for larger teams.

What platforms does CostX support?

CostX can be run on a native Windows platform, but can also be run on Macs via BootCamp or VMWare. With new CostX 6.7, Cloud compatibility is also available.

Who are the main user groups of CostX?

Quantity Surveyors, Contractors, Restidential Builders, Estimators, Subcontractors- anyone who needs to measure quantities and calculate costs!

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