Enhanced Online Conceptual Estimating Functionality coming to DCD.COM
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Five years ago, the archives of Design Cost Data magazine were opened to DCD
subscribers on DCD.COM. The archives were posted in a quick moving database to
use for conceptual estimating, ‘what if’ scenarios, and more.
The database was built upon DCD’s philosophy that there is no better benchmark
for future construction than the cost of an actual building targeted to a new
location and new time using scientific cost escalators and regional modifiers.
DCD is no stranger to conceptual estimating software as the developer of D4COST™
in 1990. D4COST is used by thousands of construction professionals for
conceptual cost estimating and data archiving.
Over the past several years DCD has conducted many subscriber surveys and has
learned that while DCD subscribers liked the functionality of the database they
wanted it to do more. They wanted the ability to customize the projects in the
archives plus wanted the ability to save a project to work on at a later date in
addition to other functionality.
The requests patterned the functionality of D4COST, and the decision was made by
DCD to merge some of the functionality of D4COST software into the database
holding the DCD archives on DCD.COM.
A subscription to DCD is and always has been a very important tool to the
industry. And starting March 1, 2009 a DCD subscription will become even more
valuable. Beginning in March there will be two levels of subscriptions for DCD –
Silver and Gold. Each subscription level will continue to receive DCD in the
mail plus enjoy enhanced online cost estimating features.
Each level of a DCD subscription will include access to the DCD archives and the
cost modeling ability subscribers now enjoy. In addition, both Silver and Gold
subscribers will have the ability to customize a project a bit more by changing
the square footage of any project. Those subscribers choosing the next
subscription level will have access and the ability to:
1. A Gold DCD Subscription will enjoy all the benefits of a Silver
subscription plus have access to over 500 regional modifiers and cost escalators
through 2014 to customize a project to their bid date and location. Plus, a Gold
subscriber will now have the ability to add, delete or change any of the project
2. Many of the projects in the archives of DCD magazine have line after
line of division detail that is not printed in DCD. This expanded detail will
now be available to any Gold DCD subscriber.
3. All Gold DCD subscribers will also have their own ‘Sandbox’. Gold
subscribers can work on a project, customize it, and place it their Sandbox for
later use. The project will remain there for later use or until a new project is
The new functionality on DCD.COM will debut March 1, 2009. All current DCD
subscribers will automatically receive DCD Silver Subscriber status starting
March 1. DCD is offering a special Pre-Publication to all current subscribers to
‘upgrade’ their current subscription to Gold status when the new website debuts.
A special Pre-Publication offer is also available to new subscribers through
March 1, 2009. Subscribers can go to
http://www.dcd.com/subscribe.html for more information.
Published since 1958, Design Cost Data magazine is the only industry publication
for actual building costs – not hypothetical or industry averages. The move to
integrate some of the important functionality of D4COST Software onto DCD.COM
for use by its subscribers continues DCD’s role as a valuable and important
industry cost resource.