Trimble Modelogix is an enterprise software solution that allows organizations to mine data from project estimates and “as built, actual” costs, with prices normalized to the time and location of the current opportunity, to create fast and accurate early phase cost models, all while reducing risk and removing a lot of guesswork.
One of the first systems to truly leverage a company’s project-cost history, Modelogix cost-modeling tool ties seamlessly to data from any leading cost-tracking solution—including MS Excel, WinEst and any others. Data is stored and managed in a userdefined cost structure and readily accessible, as needed, throughout your company.
See how your cost model stacks up against past projects of similar scope. Identify cost outliers that provide opportunities for adjusting the model to fit the owner’s funding constraints.
View and compare your cost model side-by-side with the project estimates that formed the basis of the model.
Use selected project attributes to search all of your historical data to find the right mix of projects for your new cost model. Not only do you have access to your historical data, but Modelogix also tells the complete story for each project by including all relevant supporting documents.
The best way to leverage historical information is to create a continuous cycle or “closed loop” integration. To begin the cycle, a feasibility budget is developed that is based on actual cost information from past projects. The conceptual estimate is then moved to the cost estimating solution to prepare the detailed estimate based on owner specifications. The detailed estimate forms the basis for your budgets in your project management solution, and this data exchange is automated with Prolog. When the project closes, the actual cost data flows back into Modelogix for use on future projects.
Modelogix enables you to easily design and print a proposal that reflects your company’s quality, professionalism and attention to detail. With the high degree of care that you’ve put into the preparation of your cost plans, you need to project that quality through the presentation. Modelogix provides professional, customizable templates to give you a leg-up on the competition.
Making the powerful software approachable for users of all skill levels.
Makes it quick and easy to find past projects stored in your Modelogix database.
Use the work-breakdown structure of your choice, Masterformat, Uni-format, Job Cost Phase, etc.
Provides more than twenty customizable data types – allowing you to analyze your cost model in ways that are most meaningful to your company.
Benchmark your detailed final estimates, identifying any omissions or errors before it’s too late.
Allows you to normalize costs in all your past projects, to account for fluctuations based on a location or time.
Allows you to apply key project attributes to past work – making thousands of past projects stored in the database easy to find.
Combine any mix of work breakdown structures (WBS) in one view.
Easily generate reports and proposals that are polished and professional.
Can be used as the starting point for your detailed estimate.
Here are a few of the latest features which are now available:
Say goodbye to the days where accidently deleting a file or folder meant having to restore a copy of your database, or potentially losing that data forever. We’ve added a trash folder where all your deleted content is archived and can be restored in the event of an accidental deletion. Items in the trash will be retained for 30 days unless they are restored or permanently deleted prior to that time.
Expanded Report Printing Options
We’ve enhanced our report printing options to support larger page sizes. This will allow you to fit more content on your reports, both when printing or creating a digital copy.
Performance Boost to the Cost Model Spreadsheet
Editing values in the cost model spreadsheet just got faster! It’s clear that most users spend a lot of their time within cost model spreadsheet, so we focused on improving the performance and the overall experience. You should see a noticeable difference in the time it takes to edit values in a cost model.
Modelogix 3.6 - February 2016
Modelogix Cloud was upgraded on January 30th, 2017. This released focused on team collaboration, extended permissions, and an upgraded project search experience. Specifc feature details are below:
Modelogix 3.5 - September 2016
The new Trimble Modelogix Cloud modernizes the way Modelogix is deployed, accessed, and maintained. All the features you know and love from the classic product are also contained in the cloud product. We’ve just made everything easier, so you are no longer responsible for all the overhead associated with hosting and maintaining the data and infrastructure. With our cloud service, we take care of all of that for you.
To learn more, click here and watch our recorded "What's New in Modelogix 3.5" webinar.
In this short video, we introduce some of the new features in Modelogix 3.4, including the ability to “quick search” for your content, the estimate workspace, model versioning and some brand new metrics.
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.
Modelogix® is an enterprise software solution that allows organizations to mine data from project estimates and “as built, actual” costs, with prices normalized to the time and location of the current opportunity, to create fast and accurate early phase cost models, all while reducing risk and removing a lot of guesswork.
Considered one of the first systems to truly leverage a company’s project-cost history, 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.
What is Modelogix SaaS?
Modelogix is now available as an on-demand SaaS solution, a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted securely in the Cloud.
How is Modelogix SaaS (Cloud) different from the previous self-hosted version?
Modelogix cloud is essentially the same application as the self-host version, however the your data is hosted in the cloud, rather than on-premise. The software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted.
Is Modelogix Cloud a Web-based application?
Kind of, the client application is still a locally installed Windows Desktop client, however all of the data is pushed to the desktop from the cloud.
What cloud platform is Modelogix built on/hosted in?
Where can I learn more about Microsoft Azure?
The Microsoft Azure trust center is a good place to start.
What comes with a Modelogix “SaaS” Subscription?
Access to the application, support services, application updates, maintenance of customer database and the infrastructure required to support it.
How does a customer benefit from a SaaS version?
Accelerated feature delivery from Trimble . Centrally hosted database for geographically dispersed teams. Maintenance free for your IT. Simplified deployment. Automatic updates to the application. Simplified administration. On-demand access.
How many databases come with Modelogix Cloud?
1 out of the box, however you can request an additional 2 databases.
What is the process for a new customer to get started using their Modelogix SaaS Subscription?
What is the licensing model used for Model for Modelogix SaaS?
Modelogix SaaS is licensed per named user (different from previous Modelogix versions which were concurrent)
What can a customer do with a license occupied by a user who no longer requires access or leaves the company?
The administrator can reassign the license to another individual within the company.
What is Trimble Identity and how does it relate to Modelogix?
Trimble identity is a user management/identity platform that is used across many Trimble products (Modelogix, Sketchup, Connect, ProjectSight, etc.), which allows a user to log into all of their Trimble applications using the same credentials on one account. Modelogix users must sign up for a TID to use Modelogix Cloud, unless they have a TID from using another Trimble application.
Where are the data centers located for Modelogix SaaS?
The data center for North American customers is located in the Central U.S. (Iowa), the data center to Europe and any customers who do not want to use our N.A. data center is located in Western Europe (Amsterdam).
Will the self-hosted version of the software be available to new customers after SaaS is released?
No, only SaaS will be available for purchase.
Who manages the Cloud environment?
Trimble Hosting Services (THS) is a group within Trimble who is trained and certified in managing Cloud Infrastructure.
Who owns your data?
The data belongs to you and only THS is authorized to access the environment to perform things like maintenance or troubleshoot customer data issues.
Can you request a copy of your data?
Yes, a customer can request a copy of their database and THS will process that request in a reasonable amount of time.
What happens to your data if you decide to cancel your SaaS subscription?
As per the product terms, Trimble is obligated to retain a copy of the customers data for 15 days after the contract has concluded.
What is done in terms of backing up your data in the cloud?Microsoft Azure allows for 14 day point in time restoration.
How can we access our cloud data for on-the-fly reporting?
Currently, you cannot, however we have future plans for making an API available. For the time being you can request a static copy of your database, which will allow for reporting on that data in it’s current state.
How can an existing self-hosted Modelogix customer use the Cloud version.
As an existing customer, who is on an active SSM contract, you can “trade-in” your perpetual licenses for SaaS subscriptions at a reduced price. You provide us a copy of your database and we (THS) migrate it to the Cloud environment. You then receive an invitation to join their cloud workspace and invite all of the users who you want to have access.
What price do existing customers pay for a SaaS subscription?
Contact Sales to learn more.
Which existing customers are eligible for the special pricing?
All existing Modelogix customers on an active subscription or SSM contract are eligible for the special pricing.
What can a migrating user/customer expect to see the first time they log into their cloud environment?
The customer should see their exact database as it was in the self-hosted version.
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. Also includes smart category attibute information and project images.
Is there a limit to the number of levels of hierarchy in the estimate?
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.
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.
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Recorded June 2016
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