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Assisting the builder in costing projects accurately and more efficiently

If you’re a Contractor, Estimator or building professional, Billcost® Estimating Software could be the ideal investment for you!

Free trial demo available.

What is Billcost?

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“I need a solution to resolve my building estimation inaccuracies!”


*A demo version is available for trial.
Billcost is a complete electronic estimating, scheduling and management system for the construction industry. It remains to this day the only construction estimating software to incorporate a full database of Material and Labour rates, all combined into powerful formulae to make estimating a breeze.

With the full set of management tools, Billcost takes the user from the initial estimating stage to project management with functions such as Cost Control, Material Orders, Profit Calculations, the issuing of Certificates, Project Scheduling, etc. It is possible to work from Plans or Bills of Quantities.

Billcost's dedicated team of professionals do not only sell software. Training courses, hotline support and electronic updates are all part of the back-up service provided. The software also features a comprehensive User Manual, allowing every user the opportunity to be fully conversant with the product, thereby gaining maximum benefit from the package!

TO VIEW THE DEMO VIDEO:
1) Click on the Play button.
2) Click on the button to the right of the button that states "CC". Change video quality from "360p" to "720pHD"
3) Allow 15-30 seconds for video to buffer. Video will start to play.
4) Video will take anything from 3-5 minutes to fully load (Video duration 6:32 minutes).
5) To view in Full Screen mode, ensure video set to 720pHD (point 2). Double-click the video screen OR click on the button with the four arrows next to the "Youtube" button.








How it Works

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“How do I get Billcost and briefly tell me how Billcost works?”

Billcost is available as a downloadable file from our website.
A Demo is available, so users can trial the software before purchasing Billcost which contains all the up-to-date labour and material prices.

To download the Demo
- Click on the button 'DOWNLOAD' under 'Demo', via Pricing and Purchase.
- You will be asked to REGISTER or LOGIN (with your registered Email address and Password).
- You will be taken to the Demo Download page. Follow the instructions.

ACTIVATING THE DEMO AFTER DOWNLOAD?
- Once Billcost has been installed, open Billcost and in the top menu bar go to ‘Help’ and ‘Registration’.
- Email us the blue serial number displayed on the registration screen.
- An activation code will be sent to you during Office hours (08:00 – 17:00, Mon-Fri).
- Enter this activation code in the open spaces below the serial number and your Demo/Full product will be active!

Here’s a breakdown of the process that make Billcost work!
- The database (relating to all building methods and materials) is regularly updated with the latest labour and material prices in all nine Provinces and Namibia, ensuring that your estimates are market related to your chosen province.
- The built-in formulae allows you to make full use of the system from the word go!
- The principle is simple; insert the dimensions of the activity you would like to measure via the Estimator i.e. building a wall, and Billcost will calculate both the type and number of materials and labour needed to complete the job, with the relevant price for your province.
- Measuring output is displayed in 16 Different reports, while Profits, Price Customising, Certificates and Orders can be generated as well.

System Requirements for Billcost
- Intel Celeron or higher
- 500Mb free Harddrive space
- 1Gb Ram
- CD Rom 20x or higher
- Printer
- Windows 98/2000/ME/NT/XP/Vista/Win 7/Win 8
- NOT compatible with Mac Operating Systems, unless user has a dual operating system with a compatible Windows system
- Internet connectivity not essential but highly recommended

Features

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Estimator/Bill Estimator

Accurately estimate from plans or Bills of quantities, residential, commercial & industrial projects, including mass housing & development projects.

Price Customer

Customise & manage all the material & equipment prices. Calculate the mark-ups and mark downs by category or throughout your project.

Profit Calculator

Calculate profit values and overheads to specific items of your entire project using the Profit calculator.

Labour Viewer

Calculate productivity & estimate the activities involving your labour team. Labour costs are calculated & determined via average rates regarding the users chosen province.

Certificate Generator

Generate claim certificates per activity or bill item. All claims generated are stored as your project progresses.

Order Generator

Create & place orders on suppliers, subcontractors and merchants, while keeping track of all orders placed as your building projects progresses.

User Manual

Concise and thorough User manual is provided for, which will assist you with any areas of Billcost® you may be unsure of.

"Our company has been using Billcost since 2003, and we renew our subscription every year without hesitating.
This is an excellent program; we would recommend it to everyone in the construction industry."
A.C.Lombard Impact Plus Trading

Training

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Who Needs Training?

Training is on offer to any customer who feel they need assistance with their Billcost software in order to get the full benefit of the product.
Training for Billcost can be done in groups or as a one-on-one session, with a cost for the chosen package.

Billcost is a user-friendly programme, but any users who are unfamiliar with their trade or simply want to have as much knowledge of the software as they possibly can are welcome to pick a training solution package for their needs!

Training Guideline Pricing

Training is offered as an optional extra to the Billcost Package, and the cost is calculated based on a hourly fee plus travelling allowance. The user may structure the course to fit requirements
Contact the Billcost office for bookings.

What We Cover

Introduction Course 3 hours:
Covers the basic steps in the preparation of an estimate:
Billcost Project Manager 15 mins ("Switchboard" providing access to all the Billcost modules)
Billcost Estimator 1.5 - 2.0 hrs (Main module of Billcost)
Profit Calculator 30 mins (Adds profit margins onto project and calculates overheads)
Reports 15 - 30 mins (2 Sets of reports - cost and selling price - reporting on the project from 5 different angles)


Estimated training time on additional modules available in Billcost:
Price Customiser 30 mins (Create and maintain master price files for use in Estimates)
Labour Viewer 30 mins (Create and maintain master labour files for use in Estimates)
Bill Estimator 1.5 - 2.0 hrs (Create, Price and Print Master Bills of Quantities)
Certificate Generator 30 mins (Create Payment certificates and certificate history)
Order Generator 1.0 hr (Create purchase orders from Estimates)
Formula Editor 2.0 - 4.0 hrs (Create and maintain own formula database)
Ceiling Calculator 30 mins (Calculates and reports on Ceiling quantities and Layouts)
Point of Sale Link 1.0hr (Imports Prices from spreadsheet into Billcost)

Basic fee for training is R490.00 for the first hour, thereafter a flat rate of R440.00 per hour will apply. Additional delegates will be charged an extra R90.00 each per hour.
Traveling for training will be charged at R4.00 per kilometre.

Billcost will also gladly consult on integration to other systems, customised databases to specific needs and customised reporting options

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Training costs Solutions start at R490 (VAT incl.) for the first hour

Pricing & Purchase

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Demo

Free

Our free Demo is a great way for users to get accustomed with the features and user interface.

  • Access to modules
  • Up-to-date prices
  • Access to updates
  • Full tech support

Renewal

  (R6201.50 VAT incl.)

Once paid for at full price, users will have access to download the up-to-date material & labour prices. **The above discounted renewal price is only applicable for renewals within 30 days of expiry.

  • Access to modules
  • Up-to-date prices
  • Access to updates
  • Full tech support

Full version

R6890 VAT incl.

Once paid for at full price, users will have access to download the up-to-date material & labour prices.

  • Access to modules
  • Up-to-date prices
  • Access to updates
  • Full tech support

Support

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User Guide

Billcost User Manual
3.08 MB

Contact Details

  • +27 (0)21 852 1532 / 086 11 11 273

  • 086 435 2305

  • admin@billcost.co.za
    support@billcost.co.za

  • Click here to view our office hours

  • Unit 505
    Valdarrama Building
    Somerset Links Office Park
    De Beers Avenue
    Somerset West
    7130

  • P O Box 9
    Somerset Mall
    7137