Construction consultants Brown + Wallace have streamlined the creation of cost plans while making better use of historical cost plan data with the help of Cost Planning and QuickEst modules from Causeways CATO software suite.

Brown + Wallace works with both private and public sector clients delivering a range of services including quantity surveying, project management, CDM co-ordination and building surveying. The company has an impressive track record which it attributes to the provision of cutting edge advice to clients, along with the benefits of current best practice.

Having previously been using a spreadsheet-based system for the production of cost plans the company decided to introduce a system that would enable more efficient use of data. CATO Cost Planning has made this transition very easy as it uses a familiar spreadsheet style while introducing higher functionality for the development of costs.

At the same time, there was a desire to be able to utilise the wealth of information from previous projects for feasibility estimates, something that was difficult to do from spreadsheets. CATO QuickEst is ideal for this purpose, as it provides a fast and accurate method of producing an elemental estimate based on historical costs. The resulting feasibility estimates can then be transferred directly to Cost Planning.

Cost Planning and QuickEst are just two of the modules within the comprehensive CATO Cost & Programme Management software suite, which is structured to enable users to select the core functionalities they require for their business.

Key benefits

  • Re-usable data.
  • Easy access to historical cost plan data.
  • Fast preparation of feasibility estimates.
  • Links to existing spreadsheet data.
  • Integration between CATO modules.
  • Ease-of-use.
  • Comprehensive reporting.
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