Easily Access Your Cost Data with Sigma Estimates

The biggest worry when considering switching to a new estimating solution, is figuring how you will be able to safely migrate your cost database. We understand that accuracy is key as your cost data is what feeds your current estimates. Plus, it is what is used to predict some future costs. For that reason, we have created safe and simple options for importing your data. First, you can import your own price books into sigma. For example, by uploading data from an Excel sheet or supplier. Second, you leverage one of our integration to directly connect to BNi cost database or RSMeans. Finally, you can always build cost data from scratch.

Sigma Most Popular Features

Create informational transparency using cost and planning accuracy

Connect and utilize data with 2D and 3D design

Create and deliver data for planning and field execution - 5D estimating data

Build up and share cost and assemble knowledge from historical projects

Extend functionality to related relevant workflows and processes with the Open API

Common Estimating Issues that May Sound Familiar


Tedious and time-consuming manual data entry (overwhelming, complex quantity takeoff and detailing)


Inaccurate Bid due to data entry errors and omissions


Errors and oversights due to constant transfer of data from different documents


Difficulty tracking design changes, updating budgets and creating live breakdowns

Cost Database Construction Integrations Available with Sigma

BNi Cost Data

Access the complete collection of BNi construction cost data directly inside Sigma. BNi cost data’s digital availability in Sigma puts accurate and up-to-date material and labor costs available at a single click allowing you to move past the days of manual cost lookup in books, and into a better, more streamlined and flexible way of accessing all the data you need to complete your estimates.

RSMeans Cost data

Access RSMeans data, one of the industry’s most trusted resources, directly within Sigma. Use our seamless integration to include today’s most recent and relevant costs in your estimate. This data set is aimed primarily at estimating commercial and industrial projects or large housing projects costing $3,500,000 and up.

Your Own Database

Store or import building parts from previous projects, including their accurate cost prices in your own database. You will always have the data available when you start a new project and can easily add them to your estimate, and modify them to suit the current project. Import price lists from your suppliers, to ensure you know the actual cost price. Plus, combine your own data with the once from BNI or RSMeans.

How to Import Cost Database Construction in Sigma?

Watch: How to do import a CSV file pricelist

Customers Testimonials

With Sigma implemented across all countries, our design and development teams will get a digital estimation workflow, with everyone having instant access to updated data. In addition, the production managers will gain a better financial overview throughout the entire construction process because data can now flow freely between Sigma and our other systems

Patrik Lindvall

Global Head of VDC, Bonava

Sigma is a fast, flexible and precise tool in contrast to, for example, a spreadsheet. It is possible to reuse actual data from previous projects, and there is a direct link to the standard local cost databases, like RSMeans, ÅF or Molio.

Bo Grave

Rambøll Group

If I had to be doing math all day, it would make my job a whole lot harder. It’s much easier when the math is already done. You just have input the dimensions and then it does the calculations. Hourly wages, material costs, and any carpentry costs with the markup for whatever job you’re doing, and it puts it all together

Matthew Morck

Estimator, Oakwood Contractors, Inc.

Why Choose Sigma?

Get the profitable business you’ve always wanted with Sigma

When you became a self-employed contractor, you were probably surprised at just how much time you had to spend in the office.

With Sigma, you will have more time to get on-site and do what you love instead of sitting in the office all day.

Using Sigma, you estimate and prepare quotations in the same logical way as you would build them. This makes it much easier to use than a normal spreadsheet.

Add the detail of your estimates easily

You can then begin to add the pricing details and material quantities for each section, working in the same methodical way as you would if you were building it. This logical workflow gives you confidence that nothing is missing, and saves you hours of work.

With Sigma Estimates, review your estimates on the Summary sheet

As you complete price and quantity details for individual building sections, the total price of the construction project is automatically summarized on the Summary sheet. From here you can drill back down into the pricing details for each section if you wish.

Easily make last-minute adjustments with our subcontractor estimating software

The Summary sheet summarizes material quantities, cost prices, profit margins and more. With all this information presented in one place, it is easy to give targeted discounts or adjust the project’s total amount to match a competitor’s price. This is all done without triggering an avalanche of manual recalculations because Sigma automatically updates all the numbers, right down to the individual building sections.

Provide everyone with the details they need

When the estimate is finalized, and the price agreed, you can save, print, attach and send the pricing summary, details, material supply requirements, notes, and other required documents all with the click of a button. This gives everyone on the project the information they need in the format they need it in.

Reuse existing estimates or build your own database

When you have finished and saved an estimate, you can reuse these estimates for new construction projects by importing building sections from an existing project into a new one. You do not need to update any formulas because Sigma does it for you – the only thing you need to change is the pricing and quantity.

In this way, you will gradually build your own database of estimates for building parts that you regularly use. Then you have them ready for the next construction project you need to estimate in Sigma.

Our general contractor estimating software makes your life so much easier.

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