Global construction and property advisor Rider Levett Bucknall has launched its free cost-based app for desktop PCs and smartphones at World Architecture Festival 2011.
The Rider Levett Bucknall Intelligence App enables users to access instant cost data, market trend information and analysis without any subscription or purchase fees.
For those without access to a smartphone, the PC version can be downloaded and saved as a desktop link and utilises the same web-based, global cost database.
Features include global cost comparison, tender price index data and worldwide construction market analysis and commentary, alongside an electronic version of the Riders Digest, its annual construction industry guide.
It is hoped that the tool will prove useful for architects, enabling them to check benchmark costs when making design decisions.
We are already well known for our accurate and relevant cost research, producing a number of reports during the year.
With the increasing popularity of smart phones and desire to access up to date information instantly we saw the opportunity to develop an app which would provide people in the property industry with the latest cost data.
We wanted this to be functional and useful, rather than a simple replication of our website – if you’re looking for an initial indication of the cost of a proposed development you now have access to an app whenever and wherever you need it.
Lance Taylor, chief executive at Rider Levett Bucknall
The app uses Rider Levett Bucknall‘s regularly updated, location specific cost data to provide a range of current expected building costs for specified building types across the world.
Tender Price Index information compares modelled TPI figures using both location and time parameters, enabling the user to identify comparative price movements and trends.
Location-specific analysis of general construction market conditions including activity across all sectors, price movements and forecasts are also provided.
The smartphone version of the app is available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry Operating Systems and can be downloaded free of charge from various app stores by searching for ‘RLB’ or ‘Rider Levett Bucknall’. All apps, including the desktop version are available by visiting www.rlb.com/app
Attendees at WAF 2011 will be able to download the app via links at the Rider Levett Bucknall sponsored bar in the main exhibition hall.
+ About Rider Levett Bucknall
Rider Levett Bucknall is an independent, global property consultant, providing advice focused on the cost, quality and sustainability of the built environment.
The firm, which has over 2,500 staff operating from more than 100 offices, offers three core services – Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying and Project Management. These are complemented by a number of advisory services.
It utilises a Responsible Management philosophy, helping clients to spend less money and delivering more efficient, cost conscious and sustainable results on both a corporate and asset basis.
Its international reach ensures that it provides services in line with the latest innovations and examples of best practice, supporting expertise in a range of sectors including civil and social infrastructure, commercial, energy, sport and leisure, retail, and residential.
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