Modelogix

One of the first systems to truly leverage a company’s project-cost history, Trimble’s Modelogix cost-modeling tool ties seamlessly to data from any leading cost-tracking solution—including MS Excel, WinEst and many others. Data is stored and managed in a user-defined cost structure and readily accessible, as needed, throughout your company.


 

 

Leverage Historical Data

Modelogix leverages the historical record of completed projects to better formulate better estimates on future projects. By leveraging historical data organizations can make more informed decisions on projects and programs.


 

 

Organize and Prepare Data

Flexible coding structures allow data to be organized in multiple dimensions and utilizing Smart Categories to search and find similar projects in the project archives to find the right mix of projects for the new conceptual estimate. Data is normalized over time and location using cost indices.


 

 

Analyze 

View and compare cost models side-by-side with the project estimates that formed the basis of the model, find hidden risks in estimates, gain insight to projects and analyze costs by labor, material or other metrics. 


 

 

Create Conceptual Estimates

Utilize parametric estimating techniques when there is little to no scope definition and create conceptual estimates from historical data. 


 

 

Present and Document

Produce reports and presentations that outline the details of the conceptual estimate, creating transparency throughout the process. 

 

Program Management Solutions

Manage More Effectively. Build More Projects. Win More Business.

Program Management firms worldwide manage their building programs more effectively and win more business with the help from Trimble solutions. As the only construction technology company focused on all aspects of the construction delivery process, Trimble can increase the number of services Program Managers can offer clients and help

Modelogix Conceptual Estimating Software

Improve the accuracy and transparency in the capital planning process by leveraging historical data to produce conceptual estimates. 

Conceptual estimating is a critical element to program and project planning. Modelogix eliminates errors and provide consistency to your organization.

Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is a regional utility in the Pacific Northwest serving more than one-million electric-power customers and 750,000 natural-gas customers. The company owns fossil-fuel, hydroelectric, and wind-power plants with more than 2,400 megawatts (MW) of capacity. It has a service area of over 6,000 square miles, incorporating both metropolitan and rural areas ranging from rolling farmland and parkland to the rugged Cascade foothills. It recently changed from public to private ownership.

Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN

Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN designs, constructs, develops and manages healthcare facilities across the United States. With more than 5,000 completed projects throughout the country, CSE brings innovative facility solutions to communities nationwide, regardless of size or location. Their team of 450 multi-disciplined professionals serves seven full-service regional offices and more than 25 property-management offices nationwide. 

Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN, builder, developer and manager of healthcare facilities, uses Modelogix to create viable budgets that are based on similar scope, scale and type throughout the country. 

Modelogix Conceptual Estimating

Leverage historical data to make better planning decisions.

Today, forward-thinking owners are improving their capital planning by leveraging historical data to produce conceptual estimates. Owners are able to reduce risk, make better decisions and improve their capital allocation by producing conceptual estimates that are reliable, accurate and transparent.

Modelogix is a web-based application that allows for historical project costs to be imported and analyzed to procure conceptual estimates quickly and easily.

Does the database track the historical design time (includes bidding) durations and construction durations (bid award to completion)?

The database can track durations a couple of different ways. First, they can be included at the cost structure (WBS) level and included in the model spreadsheet. If that much detail is too granular, they can be tracked at the model level and included in the smart categories.

What is the report writer engine?

For the reports generated and displayed within the Modelogix screens, Modelogix uses a proprietary engine that leverages XAML templates. The data is stored in Microsoft SQL Server and designed to be reportable from third party reporting software of the customer’s choice.

How is the back data stored?

The data is stored in Microsoft SQL Server as individual line items broken down by Model or Estimate. It was designed to be as reportable as practical from third party reporting software.

What does an Excel output look like?

The Excel output provides a grouped cost code breakdown of each of the conceptual line items that make up the cost model along with the value of each metric (labor, material, etc). This output can be used as the basis for a new budget or cost estimate.

Is there a limit to the number of levels of hierarchy in the estimate?

25 levels.

When amending previous costs can you amend a parent and only affect some of the children, rather than all of them?

No, a parent always amends all of its children. However, if your coding structure has enough detail, you can drill down to other children and amend them specifically.

Is there a way to cross reference different cost structures and match them up in Modelogix? 

Yes. Modelogix allows for any number of cross references between cost structures. As a simple example, you can cross reference Uniformat by CSI, or CSI by Uniformat.

You are showing the old version of CSI. Do you support (out of box) the most current CSI?

Yes. Any coding structure is supported by Modelogix so long as it does not exceed 25 levels of hierarchy.

We saw that you can set up certain questions that influence the cost. Can you set up a set of questions along the lines of how many floors will the project be and what is the average floor plate square footage?

You can do that with the calculated smart category feature. By answering how many floors are in the project, entering the floor plate square footage for each floor, and then using a calculation to sum up the square footage to divide by the number of floors, you can get your answer.

Do you automatically map Masterformat to Masterformat CSI or is that set up during implementation?

No. All mapping between cost structures is inferred during modeling. It is inferred by the relationship of the cost codes that are imported into the system. 

Any plan to link Modelogix document management to the Proliance FMS? Or have shared FMS?

As of today we don’t have any plans to hook into Proliance FMS. However, Product Management is just beginning the strategy of linking the applications together and this is certainly an item that will be on the table for discussion.

What is the maximum number of records (lines or rows) within each back room data model?

There is no limit to the number of rows within the data model.

How do the different structure (CSI lists) relate to each other? i.e. does the data have to be “tagged” for each coding structure?

The coding structures are inferred by their relationships on the line items. By importing a line item with a CSI assignment, a Uniformat assignment and a Job Cost assignment, Modelogix can figure out how those particular structures are related.

Are the smart categories something that the individual businesses setup themselves or is it a service that you supply?

The smart categories are designed to be setup by the individual businesses and a user interface has been provided to allow this setup to take place as simply as possible. If desired, one of our consultants can certainly help in providing best practices for setting up the smart categories.

When changing historical data does it only change it in the model you are using?

Yes, when a project is added to a cost model, its data is copied from the source project to allow the user to modify it without affecting the original values.

How are the smart categories made unique per business?

Modelogix ships with a blank slate for smart categories. We highly recommend that the team using Modelogix take as much time as necessary to have a meeting(s) about the initial smart category setup as this will impact the long term use of the system. Of course, we recognize that nothing is forever, so changes can be made as you go to fit your business needs.

For Cost Indices-Can you create different indices for different CSI divisions?

Unfortunately, not at this time. That is a consideration for a future release.

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Modelogix: Conceptual Estimating for Construction Owners

Formulating a conceptual estimate before all the details are known can be both science and an art. The accuracy of the conceptual estimate, however dictates whether a project is approved or denied. Modelogix enables owners to leverage their historical construction database and project experience to generate viable, reliable capital budgets and accurate cost models for current and future projects.

Modelogix: Demo Presentation

Modelogix: A cost modeling application that produces conceptual estimates based on historical data quickly and accurately. 

Modelogix Demo with Proliance Budget Import

Budget Development: Develop a budget using historical estimates and cost models. Identify risk and see how to manage contingency. 

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Modelogix produces conceptual estimates based on historical data quickly and accurately. The value in your historical data will enable more predictable capital and project planning and feasibility studies.