Mott MacDonald, the global management, engineering and development
consultancy has launched the first online construction cost and
carbon tool, CapIT, with endorsement from the Institution of Civil
CapIT is a single resource for civil engineering and building data,
containing all carbon and cost data from the ICE CESMM3 Carbon
& Price Book and Hutchins UK Building Blackbook. In addition to
these two key reference data sources, subscribers to CapIT also
have the ability to add their own items or change the data to make
it applicable to their own procurement and framework arrangements.
This level of flexibility has been designed to allow users greater
auditability and confidence in the estimating process.
Optioneering the carbon and cost impacts of using different
suppliers, in a simple way, is an important functionality of the
CapIT system. Using the snapshot tool the user can quickly appraise
different design options and identify the best solution considering
both cost and carbon values.
The databases are updated on a quarterly basis allowing the user to
keep on top of the latest price movements. There are also regional
specific libraries to choose from, so that users can make sure the
price is right for the region they are estimating for. The online
tool which has been endorsed by, and refined in collaboration with
the ICE, also allows users to download the data to integrate
seamlessly into existing working practices and systems. Users
wanting to tailor the report format can download the data into
Microsoft Excel and format it to a style that suits.
CapIT designer James Fiske, who heads-up the economic research unit
in Mott MacDonald’s cost consultancy Franklin + Andrews, is
delighted that the tool is now to be made available to the industry
at large. “With incoming legislation, the measurement and reduction
of embodied carbon is going to play an increasingly important part
in construction projects over the forthcoming years.
By offering data and a measurement system at a low cost we hope to
help the construction industry in its evolution to quantify both
cost and carbon in an easy and consistent manner. By linking the
measurement process of cost and carbon together in CapIT, we also
hope to introduce more efficiency to the industry. Currently on
construction projects separate teams would be measuring twice to
quantify cost and carbon, users of CapIT now only need to measure
once to output both.
By bringing CapIT to market, we hope it will help the construction
industry reduce its impact on the environment and in some way help
meet the government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80%
by 2050,” commented James. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that CapIT
is easy to use and can be tailored to suit all aspects of the
construction industry supply chain.”
Peter Hansford, President-Elect of the ICE said, "I fully endorse
this as a significant step along the route to a low carbon future –
a route that the ICE is very much a part of defining."
A subscription to the buildings or the civil engineering database
retails at £350 per user per annum. Discounts of as much as 40% of
the retail price can be given depending on the number of licences
CapIT is also available for a three-month free trial to purchasers
of the CESMM3 Carbon & Price Book. For more information please
go to www.capit-online.com