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Full cost calculation

Use a full cost calculation to include additional costs in your estimate and to price your tender. Additional costs are costs that don't arise from any specific tender line, and full cost calculations can be configured to allocate additional costs to tender lines.

Full cost calculations are organisation-specific and highly customisable. This article explains how to complete a full cost calculation. If you need help in designing new and editing existing full cost calculations, please contact Mercus helpdesk.

Choose a full cost calculation for a tender

  1. Double-click the tender for which you want to choose a full cost calculation.

  2. Click Full cost.

    A screenshot of Broker Estimate A screenshot of Broker Estimate

  3. Broker Estimate runs a calculation test and, if the test finds errors, displays the errors found. If a list of errors appears, do one of the following:

    • Fix the errors.

    • If the errors are irrelevant, click Continue to continue to the full cost calculation.

  4. Click the full cost calculation that you want to choose, and then click OK. If a list of calculations doesn’t appear, the tender already has a full cost calculation. See Change a tender’s full cost calculation below.

  5. Click OK to close the full cost calculation.

Change a tender’s full cost calculation

  1. Double-click the tender whose full cost calculation you want to change.

  2. Click Full cost.

  3. Broker Estimate runs a calculation test and, if the test finds errors, displays the errors found. If a list of errors appears, do one of the following:

    • Fix the errors.

    • If the errors are irrelevant, click Continue to continue to the full cost calculation.

  4. Click Choose calculation.

  5. Click the full cost calculation that you want to use, and then click OK.

Complete a full cost calculation

Note: If your company prices tenders in Broker Site Manager, completing full cost calculations in Broker Estimate can be prevented. Contact Mercus helpdesk for more information.

  1. Double-click the tender whose full cost calculation you want to complete.

  2. Click Full cost.

    A screenshot of Broker Estimate A screenshot of Broker Estimate

  3. Broker Estimate runs a calculation test and, if the test finds errors, displays the errors found. If a list of errors appears, do one of the following:

    • Fix the errors.

    • If the errors are irrelevant, click Continue to continue to the full cost calculation.

  4. If you haven’t yet chosen a full cost calculation for the tender, a list of available calculations appears. Click the calculation that you want to choose, and then click OK.

  5. Enter values in the calculation’s cells. Each organisation has their own full cost calculations, and their design varies.

    If you can’t enter values in the calculation’s cells, completing full cost calculations in Broker Estimate is probably prevented in your company’s settings. This is done if your company completes full cost calculations in Broker Site Manager.

  6. To save the values that you have entered in the calculation, click OK.

  7. If an Import data message appears, click Yes to import data from the calculation to the tender.

  8. To save the tender, click OK.

Save a full cost calculation that has been completed in Broker Site Manager

If a tender’s full cost calculation is completed in Broker Site Manager, the tender’s estimator must follow these steps to save the completed values in Broker Estimate:

  1. Double click the tender whose full cost calculation you want to save.

  2. Click Full cost.

  3. Broker Estimate runs a calculation test and, if the test finds errors, displays the errors that it found. Click Continue to continue to the full cost calculation.

  4. Click OK to save the full cost calculation.

    Note: Save the full cost calculation without making changes to it.

  5. If an Import data message appears, click Yes to import data to the tender.

  6. To save the tender, click OK.