The Chief Estimator Software

The Chief Estimator Software, developed by Hewitt Estimating Consultants, is a Construction Cost Estimation Software, organized to walk you through the complete estimating process, step by step. The system is comprised of modules where you can setup your resource rates, estimate the costs, apply margins, generate cash flows, generate resource histograms, enter and compare vendor quotations and close the bid. The system comes complete with a comprehensive online help system and an easy to use windows interface.

The software interface is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek. Users can select the language of their preference.

Includes Resource Data and Reference Estimates

What separates the Chief Estimator from other estimating applications is that we provide a fully developed resource database and over 30 reference estimates including assemblies covering all facets of infrastructure construction. For a complete list of what is incluided go to our Cost Data page.

Detailed List of Features

Go to "View Tutorials" to walk through the complete list of features or click here to download a 30 page document that describes all the features of the software.

Software Brochure

To download our software brochure in pdf format click here.

Software Overview

To download our software overview in pdf format click here.

The Estimate Breakdown

  • Multiple level Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
  • Parametric or unit rate estimating
  • Create composite work assemblies
  • Award subcontract packages
  • Award vendor packages
  • Award procurement packages
  • Compare own bid vs subcontract quotes
  • Bid lump sum hard money projects
  • Bid unit price tenders
  • Bid with detailed crews & production rates
  • Bid utilizing historical man-hour factors
  • Export to project schedules
  • Generate cash flows
  • Plot resource histograms

The Resource Database

  • Setup multi level breakdown
  • Customize user defined payroll burden formula
  • Setup multiple rates for the same resource
  • Bid in hours, shifts, days or months
  • Develop equipment ownership costs
  • Generate equipment operating costs
  • Switch between owned or rented equipment
  • Apply discounts to materials

The International Features

  • Maintain database of currency exchange rates
  • Bid projects in multiple currencies
  • Report in any currency
  • Report cash flows in multiple currencies
  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek Versions available
  • Automatically convert between metric & imperial
  • Set resource rates in multiple currencies
  • Convert resource database between currencies
  • Enter quotations in any currency


Sample Reports

The Internet and Network Features

  • Stand-alone or Multi-user
  • Multiple users can work on same project
  • Operate remotely through the Internet
  • E-mail reports in Excel format