Cost Estimates allow you to build up the costs associated with a Schedule Item, Matrix Item or Group Resource using Resources and a wide variety of functions to generate value.

Cost Estimates are available in various locations throughout Expert Estimation and can be accessed by clicking on the View Cost Estimate button from the ribbon menu.

Cost Estimates are used in:

- Overhead Cost and Direct Cost Schedule items
- Group Resources
- Subcontractor Comparison – Genesis only
- Quotation Comparison
- Matrix items – Genesis only

Each line is used to represent the individual resources required to complete a section of work, each creating a Total. The total value of the Cost Estimate is the sum of each contributing Cost Estimate Line Total. When used on a Schedule, a Cost Estimate Total can represent either the Rate or Total by setting the corresponding Cost Estimate Represents Mode.

The contextual ribbon menu at the top of the window shows all the functions available within the Cost Estimate. The main grid area is where the Cost Estimate lines are displayed when using a Cost Estimate.

Within the Cost Estimate window, you can perform a variety of tasks that will build the costs of a section of work, along with a number of other functions such as:

- Create and use resources
- Adjust the calculation of your Cost Estimate between various calculation modes and representations depending on your method of estimation - Genesis and Express editions only.
- Perform calculations using a range of mathematical and logic functions
- Modify properties of the parent item for the Cost Estimate, such as changing the Parent’s State