Tecolote develops, maintains and supports widely-used
web-based and desktop software applications. We protect
the integrity and efficacy of our software products
through a rigorous change control process that employs
state-of-the-art maintenance tools. Microsoft Corporation
has designated Tecolote as a Microsoft Gold Certified
Automated Cost Estimating Integrated Tools
(ACEIT) is a government funded automated architecture
and framework for cost estimating, cost analysis, cost
research, cost data collections, financial analysis,
business case analysis, cost uncertainty analysis, and
other cost analysis tasks. Similar to how Microsoft
Office provides a suite of applications to automate
office functions, ACEIT was developed by and for US
Government cost analysts to provide a suite of applications
to automate and facilitate cost analysis and budget
A key to ACEIT's power is an architecture that allows
each tool to operate separately while maintaining the
capability to automatically link together. This enables
a user to quickly move from one function to another—from
searching an electronics database to building a cost
estimating relationship (CER), to including that CER
in a life-cycle cost estimate, to assessing the uncertainty
in the estimate, to running what-if drills, to generating
reports and charts to populating PowerPoint presentations.
Every feature in ACEIT is there because a Government
cost analyst wanted it there to make their job easier.
ACEIT is the industry standard for developing cost
estimates and automating the cost estimating environment.
ACEIT is mandated
for use by the U.S. Army and is strongly recommended
by several organizations in the U.S. Air Force, U.S.
Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, US Customs,
Dept of Education, and NASA as well as international
organizations such as the Australian DoD and NATO for
cost estimating activities. Visit our web
site for an up to date listing of Government, Support
Contractor, Weapon System Contractor and Foreign users
The ACEIT platform provides powerful capabilities for
three distinct user types: the model builder/analyst,
the model user, and the estimate/model reviewer. ACEIT
brings structure and consistency to the cost estimating
process. Tecolote delivers more than 30 ACEIT courses
per year and has trained more than 8000 students.
For more information, visit www.ACEIT.com
Joint Analysis Cost/Schedule (JACS)
is a Microsoft® Office add-in for Project that performs
joint cost and schedule uncertainty analysis commonly
referred to as Joint Confidence Level (JCL). It is a
leading edge tool that supports various kinds of uncertainty,
risk impacts, and costing profiles to produce a powerful
uncertainty model within the Microsoft® Project
interface. JACS is coupled with the ACEIT Scatter Plot
Observation Tool (A-SPOT) which takes the numeric results
and plots them on a variety of charts and graphs for
visual analysis and reporting.
Key features include:
- The ability to distinguish
between time-independent (TI) and time-dependent (TD)
costs for a task.
- Uncertainty bands on duration,
TI and TD costs.
- Support for risk events on
tasks with a probability of occurrence and level of
duration or cost impact.
- Defining spending profiles
- Support of all logical linkages
(e.g., finish-to-start, start-to-start) as well as
all constraints (e.g., ASAP, SNET) within the probabilistic
- Automated construction of
an ACEIT model that can be further customized or tuned.
- Display of scatter plots of
duration vs. cost, CDF, PDF, probability density by
year, Sand charts of baselines, tornado charts for
finding cost drivers, and an overlay chart of program
events (i.e., key events in time during the project).
- Integration in Project opens
up opportunities to use the interface for filtering,
sorting, and viewing various fields used in JACS as
well as baseline Gantt chart and other Project features.
Knowledge Web Services (KNWS) is a
browser-based Enterprise Knowledge Management System
used to organize, share, search and retrieve documents,
Automated Cost Estimator (ACE) models and cost estimating
relationship (CER) libraries. It also permits remote
access to ACE built cost models from an easy-to-use
browser interface. KNWS has built-in, multi-level security
and very simple administration features. Once created,
KNWS can be maintained by an analyst rather than a network
Key features include:
Viewing, uploading/downloading, search, retrieval,
site administration, user and folder management are
all accomplished through a web browser allowing anywhere
- Document Management.
All types of documents can be organized, shared, searched,
and retrieved. Custom based taxonomies can be created
to facilitate document categorization. Detailed document
cataloging capability to improve search/retrieval
and publishing capability
- Browser-based ACE model
execution without ACEIT application on the
local machine. KNWS runs ACE models in the browser
environment by integrating ACE's calculation engine
into the application. Model execution is performed
on the KNWS server.
- Online CER Libraries
allowing dissemination of estimating methodologies
throughout an organization.
- Secure Socket Layers
(SSL) support for secured access and transmission
of documents. This security measure allows KNWS to
host non-classified "FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO)"
data on the Internet.
- Multi-level security
can be implemented within KNWS to provide for customized
access to system. View only, upload/download and deletion
or management of documents and folders can all be
customized down to the individual user.
- Automated broadcast
email provides notification to KNWS users
of published documents. Broadcast e-mails generated
from KNWS show specific file(s), by category, that
have been added or updated. This feature can be customized
- System log
tracks designated user-initiated activities such as
logon/off; account creation, modification and/or deletion;
permission modification on folders; document publication,
modification, up/downloading and removal; and movement
or deletion of document folders.
- System Statistics/Reports
can be viewed online directly from KNWS by the Web
KNWS is available via two options: 1) procurement of
the KNWS application and installation on an organizations
server; or 2) procurement of a hosted service allowing
users to gain access to KNWS features without the expense
of deploying and maintaining a server.
For more information see KNWS.