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Estimating • Planning • Project Control

The ultimate Construction Project Management Software, Candy is unique, powerful, and dynamically focused on project control in the construction & engineering industry, a field in which we have gained enormous experience. We have specifically targeted the contractor’s requirements, from on-screen quantity measurement, estimating and planning a project, controlling at site level, through to the final account with the client. Candy uniquely provides an interactive link between the Bill of Quantity (BOQ) and the construction program or schedule of work in one exceptional construction project management solution. Put simply, it aligns time and money. By bringing together these two key factors of construction & engineering projects, management and client alike have a wealth of forecast information at their fingertips.

Benefits at a glance

  • Candy combines its powerful features conveniently into a single user interface, eliminating departmental silos
  • Based on best business practices and processes
  • Versatile and scalable: used by small, medium & large entities
  • Nimble desktop application with various data and licensing deployment options
  • Powerful yet user friendly - work the way you think
  • Based on First Principles Estimating to substantially improve speed, accuracy, transparency and auditability of Estimation and Project Controls, while considerably reducing mistakes
  • Minimal hardware specification and IT infrastructure required
  • Low cost of activation and ownership
  • Eliminate paper usage and manual processes
  • Enhanced and developed on a continual basis in line with User requirements, industry and technological trends
  • New versions and updates available immediately for download at no additional charge
  • Powerful tender analysis, resource analysis, planning, forecasting and cost vs allowable reports
  • Dynamic integration with BuildSmart for upfront purchase control (procure to pay) and accurate Budget vs Cost analysis and reporting


Estimating is one of the key modules of Candy. It is based on first principles estimating which is a key function to generating powerful tender and resource analysis information. This information is seamlessly available to all other modules in Candy and naturally flows from the tender to post-tender stage of your projects. 

It helps facilitate the process of standardising estimating for small, medium and large companies in the construction and engineering industry. Regularly updated to meet user requirements and tendering conditions.

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Quantity Take-off (QTO)

Candy’s Quantity Take-off (QTO) module provides an on-screen take-off solution that seamlessly allows you to add or extract quantity information from 2D drawings and electronically compile Bills of Quantities

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Candy’s planning and scheduling tool provides a powerful critical path network system designed specifically for the built environment. It can be used effectively by a non-planner, but has the features and functionality required by the professional.

Integration with the Candy estimate provides cost/value forecasts and cash flow analysis.

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The interactive link between Estimating and Planning modules, brings time and money together to generate valuable forecasting reports.

Variations to the BOQ or Program will dynamically change the forecasts cost quantities, values and resources enabling improved project planning.

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Cash Flow

Used to build a financial model of the project and to do scenario planning, so that all costs can be understood and handled in the most effective manner.

Candy Cash Flow can draw information from both the estimate and the project program, and cash flow settings like payment lags, retentions and day of costs close, are applied allowing variations to be easily tested and the latest bid figures to be included as they are made available.

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Candy’s Valuations module delivers continuity between estimating and post-tender commercial control. It gives you immediate access to all the information used to price the tender and allows on-site staff to carry out all post-tender commercial functions.

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Subcontract Management

Candy‘s Subcontractor Manager module controls progress payments. The Subcontract progress measures may be used to update the main valuation eliminating the need for double measure and improving accuracy on the progress claim to your client.
Subcontractor Progress measures, extras charges, materials on site and variation orders are managed and are used to dynamically generate a subcontract reconciliation in our BuildSmart Accounts system for approval and payment.

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Candy makes Earned Value Management (EVM) simple with its cost control capability, ensuring effective construction cost control management. Candy’s EVM provides a series of curves and their derivatives used for the control and measurement of a project’s performance.

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Candy Master Templates

Build your estimates on a solid foundation with our tried and tested Candy Masters, built on years of industry experience, best practice and refinement.

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