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Total integration from feasibility to final account using ONE database Flexible and Easy to use Available with wide range of libraries price databases and cost information Flexible library management and easy Rogue handling Standard bills and copying User defined BoQ layouts, sortation and structure Unlimited User defined analytical data labelling, and resultant reporting Full post contract administration including variations, cost reporting, interim payments and final account User defined screens and reports Unlimited number of Tenderers and appraisal Multi currency Fully audit trailed Wealth of back-up tools: links to CAD digitising cut and fill side casts simpsons trapezoidal 32 bit architecture Standalone or on Windows NT and Novell servers Single user to 1000+ multi-user systems Windows 98, NT, 2000 and XP Flexible Outlook style User Interface User defined Access/Security User defined Terminolog PDF or Excel exports CITE Accredited (RIPAC and ICEPAC only) Full HTML context sensitive online help Owned, developed and supported by one company CSSP

Ripac is a totally integrated system for the construction industry providing estimating, cost planning, bill preparation and contract

administration, using one database from feasibility to final account. Having been developed over 25 years, RIPAC is now established as the leading system for bill preparation and contract administration, with users among major client bodies, local authorities, consulting engineers and quantity surveying practices. Developed initially by a quantity surveying practice, to computerise the administration of building contracts using SMM6, SMM7 or other methods of measurement, RIPAC will improve the speed and accuracy with which the following are performed: Bill preparation Digitising using tablet or imported images. Take-off on screen from CAD drawings or graphic images. Cut & Fill and Earthworks Calculations. Electronic Tendering. Tender appraisal. Term Contracts. Export to Data Warehouse for Crystal Reports / Excel, HTML/XML. Variations. Re-measurement. Interim Payments. Cost reporting. Final accounts.

How you and your organisation will benefit from RIPAC If you are manually handling any of the above activities, or using one of the early computer systems which only do part of the job, then STOP and look at the benefits RIPAC could provide your organisation: Time and money saved, providing higher profit margins. Competitive fee bids. Improved quality and reuse of data. Enhanced documentation. Potential for integration and innovation. A more comprehensive service to your clients.



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Compliance with client requirements. Electronic data transfer. The advantages of RIPAC Familiar Outlook style front end. Database platform provides a cost model in which data is reused from feasibility through tender documentation to final account. At all stages, a cost plan comparison is available. Point and click with the mouse to build descriptions from libraries for SMM, ARM, CESMM, MMHW or other methods of measurement. Rogue items easily accommodated at all levels. Use mouse to re-sequence items in the bill. Data capture of dimensions at keyboard or electronically from CAD or spreadsheets. RIPAC performs time consuming calculations for quantities, estimating, tender appraisal and price fluctuations and stores results for inspection. Copy work selectively from project to project or within project. Full audit trail for quality management. Can be linked to other systems for tendering, interim applications and estimating using ASCII, CSV or fixed length data formats, including the CITE, (Construction Industries Trading Electronically) standard format. All reports, including the estimate, cost plan and Bill of Quantities, can be exported to Excel, PDF or using Data Warehousing to proprietary reporting systems such as Crystal Reports. System Modules The RIPAC system has these modules: Estimating and Cost Planning. This module covers feasibility, estimating, cost planning, approximate quantities, price databases and 'first principles' rate build up. Pre-contract. This module covers bill preparation, pre-tender estimating, tender appraisal and schedule of rates. Post-contact. This module contains the additional programs needed to perform full post contract administration. Cut & Fill. This module allows graphical Cut & Fill based upon input of existing and proposed levels, with or without digitiser, providing resulting excavation and disposal quantities and ability to vary levels and include bulking and compaction adjustments. Whole Life Costing. This module allows users to define cost structures for alternative uses and specifications for projects. Construction cost plans can be imported. All costs likely to be incured and income expected can be allocated to time periods. Forecast models for carious levels of interest and inflation can be applied. Cash Flow. With this module, users can spread forecast payments over the duration of one or more contracts according to standard or user defined curves. Actual payments may be entered to recast the curve. FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

ICEPAC is a joint venture with Thomas Telford Limited to supply software with similar functionality to RIPAC.



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Estimating Module
The RIPAC Estimating module is the Estimating and Cost Planning software for Construction Professionals. It is based upon Users or Proprietory cost information allowing consolidation of various estimating methodologies and progressive refinement of data. RIPAC's Estimating Module integrates every stage of the estimating and tendering process into a single dynamic system. No duplication of effort, no missing functions. Your control over data and documentation is complete. RIPAC brings the data you need into simple and intuitive Windows screens - from libraries and from your own products. Nothing is overlooked. This is the software used by professionals, written by professionals. Seamless integration, total control. RIPAC works the way you want to: hands on control over the complete cost and estimating process, elemental estimating, cost planning and BoQ tendering throughout the project life cycles - from Capital Budgeting to Construction Resource Allocation and Whole Life Costing. Professionals throughout the industry rely on RIPAC ESTIMATING because it is supremely accurate, flexible and efficient. The RIPAC Estimating Module allows you to use just the functions you need and to the level of detail you want: Ball Park Estimates. Feasibility Estimates. Cost Plans. Measured Estimates. Price Book Maintenance. Tendering. Resource Analysis. and on to Whole Life Costing.

RIPAC gathers all your cost data in one dynamic database. You don't have to duplicate the information you're keying in and you can utilise all the data you've collected from previous projects. RIPAC reuses data simply and quickly. RIPAC sets standards RIPAC ESTIMATING is used right across the industry. Because it is so firmly established, clients, project managers, quantity surveyors, contractors - all kinds of industry professionals - are able to depend on its uniformity and the standards of accuracy associated with it. RIPAC mirrors the way you work The RIPAC Estimating Module provides you with the information you need at every stage and any level of detail, whether you're reading figures 'off the screen' or generating fully detailed documents. CSSP - an impressive pedigree The RIPAC Estimating Module comes from the same stable as the RIPAC contract administration software, the No 1 QS system that complements it. Both are authored by CSSP, whose standing as an established international organisation provides stability, consistent user support and ongoing investment in R&D. What does the RIPAC Estimating Module do? The RIPAC Estimating Module integrates and indexes every aspect of elemental estimating, cost planning, estimate measuring, and BoQ tendering. Library and historical data is re-used dynamically, to minimise data entry and increase efficiency. The level you might be working in integrates seamlessly with any other level you may be using, and lets you extract the information you want and generate reports to your own layouts. Basic Structure and Functions 1. Project 2. Part Level

Project Cost Database Feasibility Estimates



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3. 4. 5. 6.

Elemental Approximate Quantities Tendering Resources

Cost Planning / Elemental Estimates Approx Quantities Estimating Price Book Maintenance Resource Analysis

LEVEL 1 - PROJECT COST DATABASE Used 'stand alone' the RIPAC Estimating Module can be loaded with historical cost data to provide a single on line source for authorised users. The user can decide how data is to be coded and structured. As the system is used to produce estimates, these too can become part of the database with appropriate labels to maintain confidence levels. When used with the RIPAC Pre Contact Module, the project database can be fed electronically with analyses from priced and coded bills of quantities. Users can use their own previous cost plans, analyses of RIPAC Bills of Quantities or cost plans downloaded from BCIS online (see LEVEL 2 - FEASIBILITY ESTIMATE As the database grows, it can be used to produce early stage estimates for project costs when only a few parameters - such as gross floor area - are available. The system allows schedules of areas to be produced from base information. The estimate can be produced as an all-in cost for the project or can be broken down into building shell, fit out etc., or however you want to structure the estimate. Costs are indexed as they are entered, by date and optionally, by location, type of work building, mechanical, electrical and so forth. Regression Analysis is available at all levels. LEVEL 3 - COST PLANNING / ELEMENTAL ESTIMATES Accumulated cost and project data feed back into calculations automatically. As the body of data grows, cost plans can be drawn off to ever increasing degrees of accuracy. All revisions to the cost plan can be highlighted to the users colour coding requirements. The database has the potential to develop into a key asset for your organisation. LEVEL 4 - APPROX QUANTITIES ESTIMATING RIPAC Estimating gives you a comprehensive measurement facility once sufficient design drawings exists to measure basic quantities for a project. Item descriptions and quantities can be priced by spot rates, resource build ups or using standard rates and/or items from any number of price books. These can be held and maintained on the system. Items and resource components can also be allocated to subcontracts. LEVEL 5 - PRICE BOOK MAINTENANCE Electronic price books for use with the RIPAC Estimating system can be purchased from CSSP. Once loaded these can be maintained by the user to represent local conditions. Alternatively, your own price database can be built up from first principles. LEVEL 6 - RESOURCE ANALYSIS Whether you are working with global rates from a price database or local rates specific to a project, resource analysis can be produced for planning or other purposes. Resource components allocated to subcontracts can also be plugged into the estimate with appropriate marking up. Combining the functions Any of the six functions can be combined in various ways to produce estimates that are structured to your own specifications. For example: Simple measured estimate = Levels 1 and 4 Cost Plan with Parts = Levels 1,2 and 3 Transferring Data



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The RIPAC Estimating Module further increases efficiency through easy transfer of data via electronic media: Electronic tendering (CITE etc). Import of items direct from RIPAC pre contract billing system. Import of items from Excel. Export of items direct to RIPAC billing system. Import CAD data. Export of resource data for planning. Sending and receiving sub-contract bills. Allocation of subcontract items / components and subsequent.

The RIPAC Estmating Module allows you to make use of your data at every stage. As you write estimates the programme stores and manipulates the data for use at any point. For interim reporting, for 'off the screen' and ball park estimates, and then for highly detailed documentation. You can adjust the level of detail, the layout and content, or you can use the industry standard templates that come with RIPAC Estimating. RIPAC allows you to use many different proprietary unit and resource price databases. Or you can create and maintain your own. You can also store your own elemental analysis and costs from previous estimates, tenders, BoQ's and final accounts. RIPAC Estimating manages all this data for you. Resource prices, unit rates, elemental information, specifications - everything can be imported into the current task, stored re-accessed, copied, adjusted. RIPAC is compatible with all industry unit rate and resource price databases including: SMM7 Price Database. CESMM3 Price Database. M&E Price Database. Overseas Price Database etc

PLEASE NOTE: The licencing of the Estimating and Cost Planning module, and the Pre Contract module provides for interchangeability. For example 3 licences purchased of Pre Contract and a 1 user licence of Estimating actually provides a 4 user licence of either module, or any permutation up to 4 users. However for an interchangeable licence there must be no more than 3 Pre Contract licences for every 1 Estimating and Cost Planning module. FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

Pre Contract
The Ripac Pre Contract module provides for measurement, bill production, pre-tender estimates and tender analysis. Work orders and term contract administration are included. Measurement Wizard to set up new projects. Descriptions built from library phraseologies. Estimate or Bill items may be generated automatically from CAD data or other schedule data such as spreadsheets using the INTERFACE Module. Import bills of quantities from other systems. Dimensions and quantities can be directly obtained via a digitiser tablet, CAD model, or any other image. Copy and paste dimensions from spreadsheets. Items may be entered via the measurement screen or by using the Quick Item Entry facility that allows rapid entry and/or amendment of items and dimensions. Rogue items easily created at all levels, and can be stored on project or standard libraries.



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Copy items selectively from previous projects, whole or in part, and also from standard bills. Context sensitive display of Measurement Rules on screen. View or print dimensions selectively in user defined sequence. Streamlined dimension input routines for data capture including global and local side casts (or user may enter quantities manually). Automatic weighting of steel and reinforcement. Cut & Fill including varying formation levels and Earthworks Calculations. Room data sheets for automatically calculating floor, wall and ceiling areas together with the skirting length. Simpson's and Prismoidal (Trapezoidal) rules for calculating areas and volumes. Time saving features to locate and reuse descriptions and dimensions. Records carry user initials, date stamp and audit trail with two level security for editing. Various options for sign posts and data labels. Question lists and drawing registers. Preliminaries, preambles and specification clauses. More than one method of measurement may be used within one project e.g. CESMM3 and SMM7. Editing On screen editing of headings, descriptions and quantities. Point and click to resequence rogue descriptions. Spellchecker for easy correction of spelling errors. Documentation User defined layout of bill pages. Alternative bills by Part Group, Part, Sub Part, Element, Trade, Sub Contract, Work Breakdown or Location Breakdown. Draft or final bills. Electronic output to Word and Excel and also as a pdf file. Pricing Estimated and tendered rates. PC and Provisional Sums. Full CITE accreditation for electronic tendering and rate import. Electronic tendering using Excel. Priced bills and documentation. Tender appraisal including arithmetic check, comparisons and sensitivity analysis. Payment classification, multiple client splits. Cost statistics. Elemental analysis. Term Contracts Work orders from schedule of rates (with or without quantities). Option of banded rates. Flexible work order layout. Stores multiple sets of rates. Permits appointment of multiple contractors and advises the most cost effective award for each work order. Powerful selection and filter process. Electronic transfer. Percentage uplifts. Non-standard reporting User requested and defined reports through a simple report generator. High quality reports are also available from the built-in REPORTER facility with complex content and format direct from the RIPAC database. This methodology allows for graphics, colour and inclusion of images.



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RIPAC libraries RIPAC can be supplied with various libraries of descriptions - including SMM6, SMM7, POMI, ARM, MMHW, CESMM3 etc. Further libraries are available for overseas use. Library Maintenance software (LMS) is available from CSSP which allows users to make changes to existing libraries of descriptions or create their own text for other methods of measurement. PLEASE NOTE: The licencing of the Pre Contract module, and the Estimating and Cost Planning module provides for interchangeability. For example 3 licences purchased of Pre Contract and a 1 user licence of Estimating actually provides a 4 user licence of either module, or any permutation up to 4 users. However for an interchangeable licence there must be no more than 3 Pre Contract licences for every 1 Estimating and Cost Planning module. FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

Cash Flow
The CASHFLOW module allows the breakdown of the project costs into packages, with each package being able to produce a Cashflow forecast. User defined views allow a variety of information to be shown and reported. Facilities include: Standard or user defined curves Reporting at Weekly or Monthly reporting Package, Group and Project consolidation Retention withholding and release Time extensions Lump Sum payments Inflation handling Actual payments Multiple currency User defined rounding Graphing to Excel

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Cut & Fill

Note: Cut & Fill is a module of RIPAC and not available as a separate system. Earthworks Calculation The Cut & Fill system calculates the volumes of excavation and filling required across a site based on existing ground levels and proposed varying formation levels. Facilities include: Graphical Cut & Fill representation Calculation of topsoil removal Adjusted formation levels to determine the most economic design level



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Adjustments for Bulking and Compaction Breakdown, and graphical separation, according to SMM staged levels For use with or without a digitiser FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

DimensionX allows measurement direct from electronic drawings into RIPAC, from DWG, DWF and DXF drawing files, or from PDF, BMP, JPG, GIF and other image files. Whatever the drawing format, DimensionX Measurement opens the drawing on screen and permits measurement direct, using intuitive and high quality tools! DimensionX supports both 2D and 3D drawings as well as BIMs (Building Information Models). Results are captured in Dimension Groups allowing consolidation of logical results for transfer to measurement areas within RIPAC. Subsequent changes to the drawing and measurements can be made which are automatically adjusted within RIPAC to update quantities and prices. Lengths, Areas, Counts and Heights can be calculated quickly and easily just by clicking or dragging the mouse around the area to be measured. Other features include drawing revisions, comparison overlays, calibration of scales, with a consistent and modern interface. All the expected facilities for zooming, panning, filtering of layers etc are available... and much more. FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

BIM - Building Information Modelling

The importance of BIM Governments and other clients are looking to Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a means to achieve cost and time savings on construction projects. The BIM approach may be required increasingly for consultants and contractors bidding for new work. The aim of BIM is that all parties should be able to interact with the digital model defining the project, creating data once and re-using it electronically. Clients, Users, Designers, Cost consultants and Builders should all be able to view the model in 3D and add information in a controlled way, ultimately providing the owner with as built data for maintenance and decommissioning. RIPAC Strategy CSSPs vision has always been to re-use cost data throughout projects from feasibility to final account and through the whole building life. The RIPAC Interface module provides interoperability with other Partners of the team. RIPACs Whole Life Costing module data can be re-used for occupancy, operation, maintenance and decommissioning costs. Track record Since 1992 CSSP have enabled cost consultants to use CAD data to generate estimates and bills of quantities. Cost data is provided from previous rates indexed for current projects and other price databases. Now using our DimensionX module, RIPAC users can visualise BIM



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models on screen and extract relevant data for planning and cost management purposes. 3D > 4D >5D The RIPAC Interface module was used initially to create drainage bills from the MX CAD system (3D modelling) and subsequently for building construction. It can now be used with DimensionX to extract component information from BIM models and convert this electronically into measured items for Project managers (4D modelling) and Estimators (5D modelling), reducing project lead-in times. BIM advantage For RIPAC users, BIM is not about changing software it is about being an early adopter and gaining competitive advantage. RIPAC meets users current requirements for BIM and allows for more. With the innovative user programmable Interface module, RIPAC users can provide the following, reusing data electronically from the BIM model wherever possible: Cost Plan Estimates Detailed Bills of Quantities Resource pricing and analysis Electronic Tendering Data for the construction programme Whole Life Costing analysis Cost Control during Construction Phase

How does RIPAC do it? RIPAC DimensionX provides the ability to work with 3D drawings, rotating and moving through a building to see the 3D model from any position. The building model can be shown in shaded, transparent or wireframe views and can be filtered to determine which objects are shown according to the BIM Properties. The Model List Window provides an at-a-glance view of the entire structure of objects within BIM drawings while the tree format allows any part of the model to be easily selected, progressively filtered and displayed. eg. Selecting Windows in the model tree filters the drawing to display only the Windows. The Schedule Window schedules all the parametric properties of the model objects on the BIM drawings. Data from the schedule window can be exported to create instant schedules. RIPAC Interface can read and interpret the BIM schedule to create measured items with just a few clicks of the mouse. In the RIPAC Bill Estimate Window the descriptions and format can be manipulated to create reports to meet user and client requirements. Cost Plans can be produced automatically from the imported BIM data. FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

Whole Life Costing

The Whole Life Costing module is available for use with RIPAC Estimating and Cost Planning Module release 3.1 and later. WLC allows the use of standard or unique User specified hierarchical



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structures against which whole life costs can be allocated. This can include the Construction Cost Plan directly imported from RIPAC Estimating and Cost Planning. Each item in the structure can have Alternatives, comprising Components, which in turn have Events which create whole life costs. By comparing alternatives, and if necessary adjusting the components and events, the users can advise on the WLC of various design alternatives, and these can be compared against any cost plan that exists. FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

Post Contract
Post-contract administration Re-measurement, if required. Valuations by %, quantity, amount or milestone. Nominated sub contractors and suppliers. Dayworks. Materials on site. Variations/instructions register. Payment certificates. Automatic retention calculation. Claims. NEDO and Baxter Formula fluctuations. Commitment statement and cost reporting. Final accounts.

Non-standard reporting User requested and defined reports through a simple report generator. High quality reports are also available from the built-in REPORTER facility with complex content and format direct from the RIPAC database. This methodology allows for graphics, colour and inclusion of images. FREE demonstration To arrange your FREE demonstration write, telephone, fax, or email: click here

Bridge Tendering
The BRIDGE Interface module of RIPAC provides another means of electronic tendering, which eliminates the need for users to key in rates from numerous contractors before tender analysis can be performed by computer. This module allows users to export a reduced set of information from a project database to send to tendering contractors. The BRIDGE application is available for download free of charge from the CSSP website ( and enables contractors to see the bill of quantities, enter rates and print a priced bill. The contractor cannot change the descriptions or the quantities. Contractors return the priced database folder so that the RIPAC user can import the rates into the original version of the database. FREE demonstration



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