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Design Time Costing

Updated November 15, 2017

This article applies to:
  • RoadEng Civil
  • RoadEng Forestry

Cost reporting and feedback is useful at all stages of design (preliminary, detailed and construction estimation).

Design Time Cost Reporting is the ability to accurately evaluate the cost of a particular design interactively before it is complete. Softree Optimal provides interactive and automated feedback to report earthwork costs. This functionality is extremely useful for manual design and is a prerequisite for optimization.

Earthwork cost calculations are based on material excavation, embankment, movement and borrow/waste locations.

Figure 1: Design Time Cost Reporting