The conceptual framework of the package is strongly focused around the various professional and engineering occupations of the people who are involved in construction, viz. estimators, quantity surveyors, planners, project managers, business managers, clerks, etc. So, instead of being determined by the design of computers, Candy is strongly focused on the occupations and requirements of its users.
Candy is an integrated Project Control System specifically designed for construction industry professionals and their assistants, so the various “personalities” of Candy include Estimating, Valuations, Critical Path Planning, Forecasting and Cash flow modelling, etc.
This means that you set up Candy according to the type of work that you do.
There is also a variety of construction related tools such as Material Costing, Drawing Register, Sub-contract database, Allowable Cost Reconciliation, Information Schedules and Time-Location charts. All of these components interact in exactly the way that the various personnel interact, so that the flow of information within the company is bounded and complete.
The original CCS management and Candy software team put down roots in 1978.
The modern company was constituted in the early 1990’s and is almost exclusively comprised of experienced, construction industry professionals and computer programmers.
Candy is installed in the offices of thousands of users around the world, and across the entire range of the industry, among them large multinationals, consultants, and small contractors. The scalable nature of Candy is its big strength. It has been used on some of the world’s most prestigious construction jobs worth billions of dollars and some worth $50,000 or less.
Candy is licenced on a monthly basis. Construction is a highly cyclical industry. In ‘down-times’ you don’t want software packages sitting idle – with a month’s written notice, you can switch off your rental licence until work picks up again.
The rental includes free-of-charge support and free upgrades to each new version. The only up-front cost is a first-time installation fee and a licence re-activation fee.
Our distribution network is serviced by Candy offices, distributors and toll-free telephone support in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Bahrain, India and Zimbabwe.
We pride ourselves on encouraging interaction with our clients, so as to both supplement our own research into changing methods, and share the combined knowledge of the industry through our software.
All of our clients have access to a permanent telephone help desk that offers expert assistance to users needing to perform complex or unfamiliar tasks. System experts are also available by email and fax.
Courses on various Candy topics are run regularly and can be arranged to be on-site or at the users’ premises.
The system is continually being adjusted and extended to comply with changing conditions in the construction industry, new computer technology and user requirements.
Yes – alphanumeric up to 8 characters long
Yes – alphanumeric up to 20 characters long. A specification reference number, up to 20 characters long, can also be entered against schedule items.
Yes – unlimited text
Yes – unlimited text
Yes – 6 characters in length
Yes – referred to as the “Bill” quantity, decimals as entered or changed as required
Can I enter calculated actual quantities that are expected at the end of the contract (to be used for tender loading etc)?
Yes – referred to as the “Final” quantity, decimals as entered or changed as required
Yes – also “attendance or profit as a percentage on item above”. Specialised facilities exist to enter and report on Provisional sums and Prime cost items.
Yes – there are a large number of different columns and combinations of columns available for the user to create documents to suit his requirements
Yes – and to specify default widths to use when displaying a new document
Yes – default for documents that have horizontal time-related forecasts or graphic representation that require independent horizontal scrolling. Certain column combinations are locked or “frozen” by default when horizontally expansive data is analysed or viewed in conjunction with the key data.
Yes – Section heading totals, page totals, carried forward/brought forward amounts, collection pages, etc.
Yes – drag and drop or keyboard hot keys
Yes – Copying items or pages, renumbering items or pages, swopping items between pages
Yes – Drag and drop, keyboard short-cut keys, “Go to and insert page” and specialised menu items
Yes – Single and multi-page modes. Navigate using scroll-bar, page navigation keys, or keyboard hot keys. Documents can be collapsed into their section headings and opened selectively at required position.
Yes – variety of methods and styles of item renumbering
Yes – schedule import from Excel, delimited files, copy and paste, text files. Also, direct import from popular Bill of Quantities creation software.
No – however we will import text files created by standard scanning software
Yes – Drag and drop, copy and paste, by specified page range, “Recall stack” and “ALT documents” (specialised documents for rapid copying)
Yes – Library documents run concurrently with schedule and location of library items by code, “Go to”, filter, find and sort.
Yes – Hotkeys also available for keyboard intensive operations such as schedule entry and pricing
Yes – Schedule accommodates both client descriptions and internal pricing descriptions.
Yes – provided the character set conforms the ANSI standard.
Yes – Remarks and location codes available against measurement fragments
Yes – Pre-defined dimension columns and quantity formula fields in Take-off module and specialised Quantity Calculation Sheets for individual schedule items.
Yes – in our Take-off module, Bill Writer module, quantity-calculation sheets and on the schedule itself
Yes – Print Take-off, sections of the Take-off, Quantity Calculation sheets and selected Quantity Calculation sheets
Yes – A Quantity Calculation Sheets exists for multiple quantities per item.
Manual entry, import, copy and paste and clone
Yes – 8 character alpha-numeric
No. Candy relies heavily on resource codes.
Yes – Various methods and specialised summary codes available
Yes – “Group-by” specified code with totals.
Yes – User-defined production codes and conversion factors. Summarise selective production codes into man-hours. Man-hours per schedule item also available.
Yes – Resource usage and value by selected quantity, Resource analysis by bill item. Any report can also be previewed or spooled to screen.
Very fast in version 2.00. Data size and change affect dependent but up to 10 times faster than previous Candy version.
Yes – Entry on resource list, duplication by code changing and cloning, specialised (subcontract adjudicator)
Yes – New resources can be created on the schedule item make up sheet (Worksheet) directly or existing resources can be edited directly while on the make-up sheet.
Yes, 9 levels of Complex resource are available. Complexes easily created by drag and drop, copying and cloning. On screen “drill-down” of complex resources and specialised Complex resource reports.
Yes – Complex resource worksheet detail can be annotated on the worksheet, per worksheet line or using a resource remark on the resource list.
Yes – Rate modifications such as currency exchange rates, tax multipliers, discounts and surcharges exist for simple resources. Free format worksheets allow flexibility in calculation and documentation of complex resources.
Click on Tools – Click on Compatibility View Settings = Click on Add – Click on Close
Your version number will display on the login screen.
It is also displayed on the top right of the BuildSmart screen when you log in.
The system is continually being adjusted, enhanced and extended to comply with changing conditions in the construction industry, new technology and user requirements. These releases are available regularly online and available within the support and maintenance agreement in place.
Log in to BuildSmart then click on Documentation in the top left column.
Log in to BuildSmart then click on Documentation in the top left column – choose the module you need and select “release notes”.
Our newsletters have a BFF – BuildSmart Fact Feature, where the latest development and enhancements are summarised and reported. Our regular User Group meetings cover new functionality and latest releases.
All of our clients have access to our electronic support log that is manned by a separate dedicated team. The benefit of using the support log is to ensure the team can monitor feedback and progress on Support Logs constantly. In addition we have a telephone help desk that offers expert assistance to users needing to perform complex or unfamiliar tasks. System experts are also available by email and a consultant can also log in remotely to assist you. Please ensure that you have your TeamViewer ID and password ready.
Contact your BuildSmart administrator as they will be able to reset your password and generate new login details. They are the only one with the security access to your organisation.
Part of the implementation process covers training. Initial training is hands on with live data at the users’ premises. For follow up or supplementary training click here to view the list of BuildSmart courses available.
BuildSmart is scalable up and down from the large corporate with a multiple disciplined construction businesses within a group, mining houses and down to smaller construction businesses and home builders.
To reset your license please contact your nearest CCS office to assist you.
BuildSmart operates on a concurrent license model with any number of named users but allows a fixed number of users access to the system at a given time. Concurrent user licensing allows the purchase of software at a lower cost because the maximum number of concurrent users expected to use the system at any given time (those users all logged in together) is only a portion of the total number of users expected to use the system across the company. The concurrent licenses are global and shared by anyone who has access rights to use the system. This contrasts with “named-users” licensing, in which one license must be purchased for each and every individual user, whether they are using the system or not.
Any user in addition to the number of concurrent license installed will not gain access to the system. The System Administrator can manage the users.
Yes, the System Administrator can see who is logged in, when they logged in and their IP address.
A timeout can be set for inactive users to be automatically logged out and the licence released, after the specific time set.
How are the access rights controlled so a user has limited access and their access is aligned to their role in the business?
Roles are defined in the system covering common functions within a Role and Users are then assigned to Roles. Each function and report is controlled. For example a Storeman will only have access to the tasks assigned under his Role which will cover receiving deliveries and issuing stock while a Commercial Manager will have access to Procurement upstream control, Resource Management, Cost Reports including Snap Shot Cost Reporting and adjustments, Cost and Allowables, Cost Variance Management, EVM, Budgeting and Forecasts and CTC etc.
BuildSmart’s origins go back to the early 80’s and in fact to the DOS days where the original team kept one step ahead of technology all the time with BuildSmart being the first web based solution for construction. BuildSmart merged with Candy in 2008, resulting in CCS having the world’s most powerful construction and engineering software. Originally developed in South Africa but now has a global presence in over 50 countries.
BuildSmart is designed for construction by construction professionals and is almost exclusively staffed by experienced, construction industry professionals and built for construction from day one. Construction is our business.
The preparation and management of Construction Accounting is unique. A number of issues ensure that adjustments need to be made to standard accounting practice, in order to report on the financial position of the organisation accurately. Traditional accounting systems consist of a statement of Income and Expenditure, made up of [Sales – Cost of Sales = Gross Profit – Overhead Expenditure = Net Profit] and the Balance Sheet is used to balance out all Income Statement accounts (trading accounts). At the end of each and every financial year, the Net Profit figure is transferred to the Balance Sheet and the Income Statement figures are zeroed, ready for the subsequent year’s figures. Construction projects extend over financial years and these figures cannot be cleared without noting the position (profit/loss) of each of the projects still under construction. Therefore the structure of the Income Statement and the method of reporting needs to take into account the nature of construction projects and standard accounting reports do not suffice. In Construction (assuming the organisation’s main activity is restricted to normal construction) the Sales figures relate mainly to Project Revenue, and the Cost of Sales figures would relate to the cost of all resources utilised in the course of construction. To this end BuildSmart has created a separate ledger – the ‘Cost Ledger’ to clearly identify and track all the Revenue and Cost elements associated with each project.
The determination of total project cost entails the detailed tracking of all cost elements, as the percentage complete figure that will be determined, relies on the accurate recording of these values. A number of cost elements (plant and equipment, workshops, internal repairs, etc…) are internal costs and although they do not affect the Net Profit figure, they have a substantial impact on the cost to date and therefore the Profit/Loss. The accounting system needs to take account of these internal costs and provide operational and management accounting figures to the likes of the Plant Manager and Workshop Manager.
To facilitate the management of Plant and Equipment costing, BuildSmart have separated the Plant and Equipment into the ‘Plant Ledger’. Tracking individual plant cost, revenue and ultimately profitability.
The Internal Costs have the effect of adding cost to Projects and relieving cost from the overhead expense accounts. In addition to the Cost Ledger and the Plant Ledger, BuildSmart separates out the Overhead Expense into the ‘Overheads Ledger’ with multiple Divisions.
Construction accounting requires that the construction budget is generated from a valuation of the work done from the source document i.e. Bills of Quantity. Therefore all `Cost Ledger’ budgets functionality has no place in a standard set of accounting functions. The unique Valuation of Work done from Candy integrated with BuildSmart costs, creates this unique Budget vs Cost or Cost vs Allowable.
Procurement for construction must be based on the determination of the quantity and cost of the individual resources used in the determination of the net cost of each work item in the Bills of Quantity. Procurement of resources is constantly being modelled over the life of the project and is constantly under review as a result of the provisional nature of the quantities of work performed. As the quantities change, so will the allocation of resource usage and cost on the project. The procurement of goods and services needs to be measured against the items procured in terms of quantity as well as their monetary value. Both quantity and value are of importance here as the budget is dependent on both these indicators.
BuildSmart can be installed on a client’s server on a hosted service or own cloud server (please contact your nearest CCS sales office for assistance on hosting).
No, CCS does not keep any client data. Backup policies as well as any data recovery policy is the responsibility of the client. The system does have a warning of the number of days since the last backup. The database management services can be configured by your IT service provider to manage backups warnings etc.
Yes, every transaction is tracked by User ID date and time.
BuildSmart is renowned for its Cost Ledger and the importance of Cost and Allowables, and tracking budgets by Contract/Project, Resource, Cost Code and Activity / Task, but does BuildSmart have Financial Statement - Income Statement and Balance Sheet?
Yes, BuildSmart has the full accounting functionality of full accounting software, including a Balance Sheet and Income Statement. The Income Statement is broken down in order to report on Contracts, Overheads and Plant.
The system is fully multi-currency enabled with options of managing the rates as per your company policy – average, last rate, spot rate – IAS21 compliant.
Provided the requirements as per the CCS software licence agreement are met, multiple companies can be installed and operated on in the same system. Inter company transactions are also catered for in a multi company setup.
Multiple levels of consolidation are catered for with consolidation reporting at a click of a button – including consolidating companies operating in different currencies with currency control. Percentage consolidation is also applied for JV companies.
With all the different cost elements on a contract, how does BuildSmart track these different elements?
The type of cost types that require tracking, management and reporting on normally fall under:
- Plant and Equipment (internal)
- Plant and Equipment (external)
- Sub Contractors
- Preliminaries & General or Indirect costs.
BuildSmart tracks each one of these cost elements in its own unique way but at the same time at the same level and in one system.
Materials are managed through the procurement system with the unique link to the Candy resource.
Plant and Equipment is managed by the Plant and Equipment module costing the Plant to the Contract, Cost Code and Activity or Task by item.
Labour and Manpower costs are tracked again to Contract, Cost Code and Activity, through the Payroll where each and every employee is costed to a Cost Centre at Activity or Task based costing level.
Sub Contractors are managed specifically by BOQ, Advances, Retentions and Contra Charges while linked to the Candy BOQ integrated to BuildSmart Accounts for the complete control down to activity or task level.
Preliminary & General or Indirect costs that are related to the project monitored on a time basis, if required, and managed by resource or group of resources.