Item Estimates allow the potential cost implications of a decision to be analyzed along with the other contextual details such as attachments, descriptions, and categorizations. Item Estimates are broken into three parts, Direct Costs, Item Markups, and Milestone Markups. This article will walk through the various parts of an Item Estimate along with some tips and tricks.
An Item’s direct cost can vary from a single lump sum to a fully itemized estimate with multiple categorizations. An Item’s estimate can also evolve over time. When generating an idea in an OAC meeting, it might start with a high-level rough order of magnitude and after development, it grows into a detailed breakout. The Direct Cost table allows for this flexibility. To get the cost information into Join you can type in the value, copy-paste information in from another source, or use formulas to calculate or link the values within the Item.
The Item Markups section is for additional indirect costs specific to that Item. For additional information see the Markups in Item Estimates article.
View in Fullscreen
As you work on the Item Estimate you can do so from the detailed Item screen or in the full-screen view. To access the full screen select the button to expand the estimate to full-screen and the button to minimize the estimate into the detailed Item view. This can also be done from the Item Sidebar.
Contingency and Allowance Draws
To make an Item draw from a Contingency or Allowance, select the desired Contingency or Allowance using the drop-down in the Contingency & Allowance Draws subsection of the Item's Cost Impact section.
Tip: Create Contingencies and Allowances on your project in the Milestone Markups section of a Milestone Estimate.
You can specify the amount of the Contingency/Allowance by deselecting the Full Amount and typing in the value. You can also split the amount over various Contingencies and Allowances by clicking on the plus sign.
Note: Contingencies and Allowances only cover increases in project costs.