EPCON CostPlus is designed so that the cost data can be used for both preliminary and engineering grade estimates. Required input is kept to a minimum. More detailed information can be entered, as it becomes available. By dividing process equipment into two groups – catalog and fabricated items, the costing procedure is tailored to that of the vendor and fabricator. Catalog item prices are obtained directly from the vendors. Fabricated equipment is designed according to U.S. codes to determine the exact metal requirements for pricing of 250 metals from mill schedules to simulate the fabrication process. Each step of fabrication is calculated in hours multiplied by an hourly rate. Extras (stress relief, X-ray, painting, etc.) are added to the shop cost along with the overhead and profit to arrive at the total price. The total equipment cost determined using EPCON CostPlus is directly transferred to the Project Management module to determine the total project cost.