Within the Public Sector…DOD and non-DOD Federal Government, as well as many State/County/and Local Governments, RSMeans Cost Data is the standard, and knowledge of it and its use are fundamental requirements. Outside of these sectors, knowledge of how to use RSMeans Cost Data and how it is structured can be very beneficial in terms of organizing estimates, and how you approach communicating your estimate (Contractor to Owner, Subcontractor to Contractor, etc.)
As the only company that enhances RSMeans Cost Data by building out the commonly available approximate 72,000 line items available, to well over 400,000+ line items, we have enabled Owners, Contractors, and AEs to better understand and leverage RSMeans Cost Data. None of the above, however, replaces decades of field experience required to become an “expert” cost estimator. RSMeans Cost Data, however, can benefit many, if not most construction cost estimators to some degree.