Important Note: All company users have the ability to make adjustments on the Detailed Database (All components) and Remove and Replace (Labour only). Adjusting labour components will also show the adjustment for all company users. Company administrators have the ability to restrict company users from making these adjustments. This does not affect the individual company user's adjustments that are applied on the estimate page.
System databases include a list of standard construction trade categories that are then broken down to group headings, these are a list of the activities required on a project, and under these headings are lists of individual components and recipes (unit rates), these (recipes) include labour, material, plant hire, and subcontract fee and all components or recipes exclude any constructors margin and exclude GST.
Cordell platinum takes you to a new level by opening the recipes in any database. Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in the Cordell range of databases but because you are estimating the cost of construction responsibility ultimately lies upon yourself, before and after adding any recipe to any estimate, you see the ingredients that make up that recipe, you decide to either choose a different recipe or make separate allowances by adding extra components or even deduct components so you control the accuracy of cost estimating.
Each costing database is set out into specific structures designed to give you total management of the information you provide in quotation estimates and feasibility estimates.
There are four main categories of databases:
Detailed databases are detailed estimating databases that include the labour required to fix items into position, and provide for all material costs including appropriate allowances for waste and disposal and any plant hire costs involved for every activity. It allows you to manipulate and customise costs to suit your own individual situation.
There are literally thousands of items and we continually update our data as prices change. And because prices vary according to location, the detailed estimating database reflects this, with prices that are accurate for each specific state. We’ve made it easy to get that comprehensive in-situ price by including the materials, labour, and accessories to install them with our Cordell ‘recipes’. There are thousands of them, covering many of the install unit recipe rates, a complete combo of unit rates, and standard elements of residential, commercial, and industrial construction.
Image 2: Example of data available in a Detailed database.
The sectional estimating elemental package contains everything you need to produce fast estimates for houses & extensions - including lineal & m2 rates for walls, demolition costs, service hook-ups, bathrooms & kitchens, windows & doors, driveways, and much more!
You can modify it quickly – alter a prestige bathroom to an average one, reduce the ceiling heights, change the roof from tiles to metal, etc. Sectional Estimating can cater to every taste and budget – from the $25,000 extension to the $500,000+ dream home. It’s a bit like baking a cake – with all the ingredients pre-weighed and nicely packaged. Elemental databases contain the unit rates from housing or commercial.
Image 3: Example of data available in an Elemental database.
Renovation estimates can be simple and flexible, we’ve divided renovations into easy-to-follow categories including Bathrooms, Kitchens, Garages, and Driveways, etc. You can estimate renovations in a number of different ways from an individual item, per square metre, by the average sized room (variety of sizes and specifications) even up to an entire house. These contain the unit rates from housing, commercial, or remove and replace.
The costing data has been prepared specifically for detailed insurance claims or renovation work and is updated regularly. Including an extensive cleaning category. Items to choose from are remove, remove and dispose of, supply and fix prices, or one fast price of remove, dispose and supply and fit. You have access to full technical support from our help desk and ongoing training programs.
All you have to do is work your way through the Claim/Reno, room by room as a work area on the estimate page and select the items per room or section of the building involved and determining whether they need to be removed, replaced, repaired, or reinstalled. There's even a recommended minimum charge to ensure you don't get caught out under-pricing when there's only a small amount of work to be done.
Image 4: Example of data available in a Renovation database.
Important note: There are limited models available in New Zealand.
In our database, there are thousands of models including single dwelling models and double storey models, extensions, second storey raise-ups that represent the types of residential homes that exist nationally today. The residential range includes bush fire zones, cyclonic zones, Also a large range of commercial building models to choose from including feasibility elements.
You can price up a project and add any different variation you like; variations allow you to quickly choose many different options so that you and your client can review at a glance different factors that affect the final estimated cost of construction. This gives you confidence that any cost variances have been accurately quoted and helps you explain to your client how different factors can impact the cost of construction.
Image 5: Example of data available in a Housing M2 database.