A small investment by Contractors in a flexible construction cost estimating software that can handle their needs can increase estimate accuracy, speed up bidding process and ultimately add to Contractors bottom line.
Moreover, when you purchase today, you can save probable price increments that may occur in future, and yet have free access to the program updates.
Manual and Operating Instructions for e-STM8 Software
How do I enter or edit data?
After starting the program, you will have to
Start a new project and give it a unique title, or open an existing Project.
Then you will be able to enter data under this specific project. Entering data
without defining a Project is locked.
How to enter the Bill Of Quantities data?
Bills of Quantities comprise a list of items
of work which are briefly described. The Bills also provide a measure of the
extent of work and this allows the work to be priced.
e-STM8 will assist contractors to price the bills and submit their proposals.
Preparing the Bills of quantities is beyond the scope of e-stm8 program
e-STM8 allows users to enter the Bill data, item by item, or import all items from an Excel File on User's P.C.
For direct entry of data into the program:
Use icons in the toolbar to:
- Enter a new item
- Edit an existing item (selected by cursor from the table)
- Insert an item above selected row in the table.
- Move an item up or down after selecting it from the table.
- Delete an item.
For importing data from Microsoft Excel file:
Use Excel icons in the toolbar to import the Bill Of Quantities.
- The Excel file must have item descriptions at Column B, starting at
- The unit must be at Column C starting at Row 2
- The quantity must be at Column D, starting at Row 2
- Each row must represent an item. No empty rows allowed.
How to add a new Sub-Contractor to the List of Sub-Contractors?
Click the Sub-Contractors icon from the toolbar.
Note: The icon shall be enabled once a project is open, otherwise it is
A new window shall open with a Table that you can add, and delete a
Sub-Contractor to the project list.
If the Sub-Contractor does not exist in the top left pane it shall be
added to it automatically.
If the Sub-Contractor does exist in the top left pane you can assign any
B.O.Q Item to him and he shall be added to opened project list
The table shall also show the total value of works assigned to
each Sub-Contractor once their rates are entered .
How to delete a Sub-Contractor from the List of Sub-Contractors?
You can also delete a Sub-Contractor from the opened project List.
If the Sub-Contractor does not exist in any other project he shall be
removed from the top left pane List of Sub-Contractors otherwise he
shall only be removed from the opened project list
In other word you have two lists:
- a List of your Sub-Contractors in all projects which is shown at top
- and a List of each project Sub-Contractors which can be accessed from
What is meant by Construction Cost Elements in the program?
Construction Cost elements can either be:
- A Sub-Contractor Price.
- Labor, Plant and Material costs.
e-STM8 allows user to choose either but not both for the same item in the Bill
Other construction costs such as overheads, site offices, insurance shall be considered in
How to consider a Sub-Contractor Cost?
- Select the item to be sublet from the B.O.Q Pane
- Select the Sub-Contractor to whom the item shall be sublet from the
top left pane.
- Click "add selected" button at bottom of the left panes.
- The item shall now appear in Cost Elements Pane with zero value.
- Click the Packages icon from the toolbar and select the Sub-contractor
- A new window shall open containing items assigned to this
Sub-Contractor and forming the Sub-Contract Bill of Quantities
- Select the item and click "edit rate" then enter the Sub-Contractor
price for this item and click 'save'.
The entered price shall be propagated to the Cost Elements Pane as well
as to the Bill f quantities Pane
Note: If you have not entered the Markup percentages the price carried
onto the Bill of quantities shall be the same as that of the
sub-contractor. However, once you enter Markup the price shall be
How to consider Labor, Plant and Material Costs?
Select from Labor, Plant and Material Panes corresponding cost elements
and click add selected.
You can add as many as you wish but only one selection from each pane at
a time. That is you can select Labor 1, Plant 3, Material 4 for example
and enter them then select Labor 2, material 6 etc
When you click "add selected" the items shall appear in the cost
elements pane with zero quantity.
Select each item and edit it to enter corresponding quantity.
Quantity to be entered here is Man-Hour for Labor, Hours for Plant, and
units of Material as per Material cost Table.
Is there a built in database of Labor, plant and material costs?
No. e-STM8 is provided with local USA commercial Labor cost prevailing in 2008 for illustration purpose.
User has to satisfy himself as to the applicability of these costs to his local region at the time the program is used, and to make any modifications required.
User can add new categories, delete or modify existing categories and corresponding costs by editing selected row.
How to allow for contingency, overheads, and profit?
Markup include direct and indirect overheads, contingency, as
well as profit.
Click Markup icon from the toolbar to view the List of
percentages to be added up to the project cost.
User may edit, alter or add his own Markup components and corresponding percentages.
Data entered in this table are reflected in the priced Bill of Quantities that can be viewed from Menu bar View > Priced B.O.Q, or from the Packages icon in toolbar.
How to import data from a Microsoft Excel file?
Click the Excel icon from toolbar and select import from Excel from the drop-down menu.
or File > Import from Menu bar
To import data from Excel Files data has to be arranged in an order readable by e-STM8. The first row shall have column titles and first column shall have a serial number starting with 1 at row 2.
How to export data to Microsoft Excel file?
Click the Excel icon from toolbar and select Export to Excel from the drop-down menu.
To Export data to an Excel File, a File Chooser shall open and user will have to specify the name of the file to export data to
How to know the costs associated with a specific resource or cost element?
Click the Stats icon from the toolbar, or Select View from Menu Bar and then the specific sum you wish to view.
Note: A project must be open in order to use this option, since sums are project specific information.
STM8 provides sums for Labor, plant and materials as derived from the Cost Elements of all items in the Bill of quantities.
As you may have noticed there is also a unique feature in e-STM8, that is summing up each cost element instantly and having it displayed in the bottom right pane of the main window.
This sum shall help in:
- resource allocation.
- Job planning
- Advantageous discounts for plant rental costs for longer durations
How to prepare a cover for the Offer?
Click the Tender icon from the toolbar or select View>Tender
from Menu Bar
Though the Tender Letter is automatically filled with project data, including total offer in numbers and words, you will still have to enter some data such as Employer, Project location, date when invitation to tender was issued, and undersigned name.
You can edit any row by double clicking and then you can change any wording.