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Architects are notoriously bad at comprehending the actual costs of their schemes and therein lies one of clients' most prevalent criticisms - that architects have little grasp on economic reality.Now a software package should come to their rescue, providing an elemental or whole building cost estimate which self-corrects depending on the extent of information inputted.At its simplest level, typing in a prospective building's footprint, number of storeys, building type and general construction materials will churn out indicative construction costs.The system can be used for buildings up to 50 storeys and 100,000m 2.Developed by CSSP, managing director Barry Hook says:

'Today's multi-storey buildings are more complex than ever. Yet the most fundamental decisions on the design and construction are taken right at their inception when there is the least amount of information.'CSSP says it has tested the system on known completed projects and the results compare well.

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