Chartered Quantity Surveyors Bristow Johnson have implemented a number of modules from Causeway’s CATO Cost & Programme Management software suite. In doing so, they are able to take advantage of the advanced integration between modules to improve their productivity while also adding value for their clients.

Founded in 1936, Bristow Johnson is provides a comprehensive range of services to its clients in connection with the financial and contractual aspects of all types of building works. Previously, the company had been managing much of its cost data using a predominantly spreadsheet-based solution but decided to look for alternatives that would provide greater functionality.

Having considered a number of options Bristow Johnson opted for Causeway’s QuickEst, Cost Planning, CAD Measure and Whole Life Costing modules.

QuickEst is used to produce a fast and accurate feasibility estimate, based on actual project data, for a client when a project’s viability is being assessed. If the project goes ahead the data from the feasibility estimate can then be exported directly to the Cost Planning module, with quantities linked dynamically to drawings in the CAD Measure automated measurement solution. This enables accurate cost plans to be produced very quickly without duplication of data entry.

In parallel, the cost planning data also forms the basis of a life cycle costing exercise using the Whole Life Costing module. This provides the client with an overview of ongoing operational and maintenance costs and future asset replacement costs.

Key benefits

  • Integration makes optimum use of data and improves productivity.
  • Faster production of accurate feasibility estimates based on real data.
  • Clients are enabled to make strategic decisions very quickly.
  • Automated measurement from drawings saves time on take-off.
  • Comprehensive reporting options.
  • Cash flow forecasting based on project running costs.
  • Life cycle costing data for clients.
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