Banner

While working in the tool, you will see a light blue banner at the top of the majority of pages. This banner tells you which step you are working on in the ARRT Cost Estimation process. You can return to the Main Page by clicking on the light blue ARRT logo on the far left.



Light Blue Banner



On the right side of the banner you can click buttons that may be helpful while you are working in the tool:

  • Notepad - opens the Comments feature. The number next to the sticky-note icon on the Comments button denotes how many Comments exist for the current Project.
  • Wizard - launches a Wizard that assists you in completing your Cost Estimate.
  • "?" - opens the Guidance.



Comments



While working in the ARRT Cost Estimation tool, you can create Comments related to the Project or specific topic areas you are working on. These Comments are meant for internal use only.

  • "Close" - closes the Comments form.
  • "New Comment" - opens a blank form where you can enter new Comments. More information is available in the section below.
  • "Delete All" - removes all of the Comments in a Project. Please note: this action cannot be undone.;
  • "X" - deletes a specific Comment. Please note: this action cannot be undone.
  • "Edit" - opens an existing Comment to allow you to review and make changes.





New Comment



The New Comment form allows you to add a new Comment to the Project.

  • "Save and Close" - saves your data and closes the Comment form.
  • Date - the tool automatically inputs the current date into this field, however you can change this if necessary.
  • Author - the person who made the Comment. Input your name or select from the dropdown list.
  • Assigned To - the person who should address the Comment. Input a name or select from the dropdown list.
  • Status - allows you to manage if and how a Comment has been addressed. Select the state of the Comment from the dropdown list. This will aid in keeping your Comments organized.
  • Priority - the importance of the item. Select how pressing the information in your Comment is from the dropdown list.
  • Type - the category of the project where a Comment applies. Use the dropdown list to select what level of the Project the Comment relates to.
  • Item - specific data point in the Project the Comment relates to. Use the dropdown list to select the appropriate item. As you change the selected item in this list, the tool will open the appropriate form that the Comments relates to.
  • Comment - the Comment text.



Wizard

The ARRT Cost Estimation tool has a Wizard that will help you walk through the creation of your project and cost estimates. The Wizard will automatically launch whenever you create a new Project (unless you have previously turned it off). You can also access the Wizard by clicking the "Wizard" button in the main header of each page.



Wizard - New Project




The initial Wizard dialog will open when you click the "New" button or the "Wizard" button in the banner on the Project List page.

Functionality on this dialog includes:

  • "Close" button - closes the Wizard.
  • "Show Wizard" checkbox - enables/disables the Wizard. You can re-enable it by clicking the "Wizard" button in the banner and deselecting this box.
  • "Next" button - advances to the next step in the Wizard process, Project Information.




Wizard - Project Information




The first step in creating a new Project is to determine the project's information. The Wizard outlines five steps that you can complete by clicking on the appropriate blue link.

  • Step 1a: Project Name - input a Project name or import an ARRT Requirements Definition Project. This step is complete when the Project Name is no longer empty.
  • Step 1b: Number of Contract Years - decide how you will estimate each Contract Year and make a selection from one of the three Contract Year options. Then, if applicable, enter the number of Contract Years. This step is complete when these options have been selected/entered. Please note: Contract Year options cannot be changed after the Project is saved.
  • Step 1c: Inflation - determine if Inflation will be calculated for the Project and what the Inflation rate will be. This step is complete when "No" is selected or if "Yes" is selected and a rate has been entered.
  • Step 1d: Factor Loading Rates - click the "Edit" button to enter the Factor Loading Rates for the Project. This step is complete when the "Complete" checkbox is selected on the Factor Loading Editor window.
  • Step 1e: Project Rates and Standards - enter the Hours Per Workweek, Person Hours Per Year, and Travel Mileage- Cost Per Mile for the Project. This step is complete when the there is data in each of these three fields.

Other functionality on this form includes:

  • "Close" button - closes the Wizard.
  • "Show Wizard" checkbox - enables/disables the Wizard. You can re-enable it by clicking the "Wizard" button in the banner and deselecting this box.
  • "Previous" button - navigates back to the Project List page.
  • "Show All Unfinished Steps" link - opens the Wizard - Completion Checklist where the incomplete Wizard steps are listed. For more information on this, see the "Wizard - Completion Checklist" section further down this page.
  • "Next" button - advances to the Requirements step in the Wizard process.




Wizard - Requirements





The second step in the Wizard is to import and/or create, and edit Requirements for the Project. The Wizard outlines one step with two different options that you can complete by clicking on the appropriate blue link.

  • Option 2a: Import Requirements - import a PWS from a file of the ARRT Requirements Definition on your computer or network. This step is complete when the PWS has been successfully imported.
  • Option 2b: Manually Add Requirements - click the "Add" button to create a Requirement. Continue this process until you have created a complete WBS for estimating costs. This step is complete after at least one Requirement has been created.

Other functionality on this form includes:

  • "Close" button - closes the Wizard form.
  • "Show Wizard" checkbox - enables/disables the Wizard. You can re-enable it by clicking the "Wizard" button in the banner and deselecting this box.
  • "Previous" button - navigates to the previous step in the Wizard process, Project Information.
  • "Show All Unfinished Steps" link - opens the Wizard Completion Checklist where you can see the Wizard Steps that have not been completed. For more information on this, see the "Wizard - Completion Checklist" section further down this page.
  • "Next" button - advances to the next step in the Wizard process, Costs.



Wizard - Costs





The third step in the Wizard is to create cost estimates for the Project. The Wizard outlines seven steps that you can complete by clicking on the appropriate blue link.

  • Step 3a: Labor - input Labor categories and cost estimates for the Project. This step is complete when all Requirements that have been assigned a Labor Category have been marked as complete.
  • Step 3b: Travel - input Travel categories and cost estimates for the Project. This step is complete when all Requirements that have been assigned a Travel Category have been marked as complete.
  • Step 3c: Communications - input Communications categories and cost estimates for the Project. This step is complete when all Requirements that have been assigned a Communications Category have been marked as complete.
  • Step 3d: Computers and Peripherals - input Computers and Peripherals categories and cost estimates for the Project. This step is complete when all Requirements that have been assigned a Computers and Peripherals Category have been marked as complete.
  • Step 3e: Subcontractors - input Subcontractors categories and cost estimates for the Project. This step is complete when all Requirements that have been assigned a Subcontractors Category have been marked as complete.
  • Step 3f: Other ODCs - input Other ODCs categories and cost estimates for the Project. This step is complete when all Requirements that have been assigned an Other ODCs Category have been marked as complete.
  • Step 3g: Non-G&A ODCs - input Non-G&A ODCs categories and cost estimates for the Project. This step is complete when all Requirements that have been assigned a Non-G&A ODCs Category have been marked as complete.

Other functionality on this form includes:

  • "Close" button - closes the Wizard form.
  • "View Cost Estimate Sheet" link - navigates to the Cost Estimate Sheet.
  • "Show Wizard" checkbox - enables/disables the Wizard. You can re-enable it by clicking the "Wizard" button in the banner and deselecting this box.
  • "Skip this step" link - click this if you do not plan on estimating a cost for this Cost Type. This will mark the step as complete. If you choose to estimate the Cost Type after clicking the link, the checkbox will become empty until all of the Requirements that have been assigned Categories have been marked as complete.
  • "Previous" button - navigates to the previous step in the Wizard process, Requirements.
  • "Show All Unfinished Steps" link - opens the Wizard Completion Checklist where the incomplete Wizard steps are listed. For more information on this, see the section further down this page.
  • "Next" button - advances to the next and final step in the Wizard process, Completion Checklist.



Wizard - Completion Checklist




The fourth and final step in the Wizard lists any incomplete steps from the previous Wizard steps. Revisit the incomplete steps by clicking on the appropriate blue link.

Other functionality on this form includes:

  • "Show Wizard" checkbox - enables/disables the Wizard. You can re-enable it by clicking the "Wizard" button in the banner and deselecting this box.
  • "Previous" button - navigates to the previous step in the Wizard process, Costs.
  • "Close" button - closes the Wizard.



Help/Guidance



The Help/Guidance form instructs you on what you are to do on the page you are currently working on in the tool. Other functionality on this form includes:

  • "Glossary" button - opens a list of words and phrases used in the tool and their definitions.
  • "Get Help from SAM" button - launches your internet browser on the page on SAM for the page you are currently working on in the tool.
  • "Close" button - closes the Help form.


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