In my last blog, I wrote about price analysis using actual item and resource costs in Construction Normatives. Bit, there are cases when Quantity Surveyors don’t want use actual costs. Sometimes, we need to make calculation several months in advance. In cases we have inflation, actual cost is not good enough. Sometimes we need to use item first time purchased. We have many cases when actual cost is not good for calculation of Construction Position cost. From these reasons, we have additional options to use.
When we calculate Price Analysis for Normatives, for each item or resource line we can choose specific option of Cost Source. There several types of Cost Sources: Cost, Quote, Direct and Planned.
For each of these types, there are specific rules:
- Cost – System will use actual cost (I describe that in my last post)
- Quote – This option we can use only for Items (resources cannot used in purchase). If we choose this Cost Source, in ‘Quote No’ field we can choose all quote lines where this item is filled. When we choose desired quote, cost of item from quote will move to cost in price analysis,
- Direct – If we want use cost form our head, we can simply put desired value in cost field.
- Planned – This option is similar as ‘Direct’, but if we want to use cost from our head on more items or resources in many Normatives, we need choose this option. On Item and Resource card, we have field ‘Planned Cost’ and system will move this value to cost field on Normative. When we want to change ‘Planned Cost’, NAV will ask are we want change cost on all lines in normatives. We can choose at only one, at all, or we can choose to put some normatives filter.
All of these types can give us all variants of cost calculation in Quantity Surveyor business processes.