Estimator Catalog, Licensing, Installation and Configuration

Last updated: 2020-06-12

This section explains the AASHTOWare Project Estimator catalog, licensing, installation, and configuration process for consultants working for WisDOT. The section is broken down into these key areas:


Software Licensing and Purchasing Information

Consultants with contracts for highway improvement projects must complete their estimate in AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction or AASHTOWare Project Estimator, or a combination of both.

AASHTOWare Project Estimator
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) currently uses Estimator 2.14a-1. To be current with WisDOT, consultants are required to use the same version, are responsible for their annual license renewal, and are responsible for the installation and proper configuration of the software following the steps outlined below. Consultants can purchase a software license from the AASHTOWare vendor, InfoTech. The annual license fee for this product also includes technical support from InfoTech.

Estimator is licensed on a "Named-User" basis, so that anyone using the software must have their own individual license. When an upgrade is available from InfoTech and supported by WisDOT, an email notice will be sent to the primary contact person of all licensed consultants with instructions to download and install this upgrade. If you are the primary contact and do not receive this email, you may download the update from the site noted below. Click on the Current Customer link to log in.

5700 SW 34th Street, Suite 1235
Gainesville, FL 32608-5371
Business: (352) 381-4400
FAX: (352) 381-4444
Order online at
InfoTech support email address is

AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction
The licensing for this application will be purchased and maintained by WisDOT. There is no AASHTOWare Project Preconstruction installation as this is a web based product.

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AASHTOWare Project Estimator Catalog File

AASHTOWare Project Estimator uses a catalog file which is maintained by WisDOT. This file contains the Standard Item List and bid history unit price information from previous lettings. The unit prices presented should be a starting point for creating the engineer estimate.

WisDOT staff
Region offices should link to the Estimator catalog file stored on the central office file server:
The location of the catalog file is set within Estimator, using a configuration setting.


Warning: A new Estimator item catalog update is available for AASHTOWare Project Estimator for consultants licensing Estimator ONLY.

The catalog file called '' can only be used in conjunction with the Estimator application. It is not intended for use by contractors. The ENG2021 catalog contains 3 years of item bid history information from contracts let May 2017 through May 2020. This catalog contains changes included in the 2021 Standard Specifications and STSP updates effective with the November 2020 letting.

Estimator item catalog (Updated June 12, 2020)

The next anticipated catalog update will be in September 2020.

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Installation and Configuration

WisDOT staff - WisDOT staff use the IT Service Catalog to request AASHTOWare Project Estimator. It is a two-step installation process for WisDOT IT staff.

1. Create shortcut on the user’s desktop to the region installation of AASHTOWare Project Estimator.

2. Install Crystal Reports Runtime for Estimator on the user’s computer which allows them to generate and print reports in Estimator.

Info: The AASHTOWare Project Estimator configurations are taken care of by WisDOT IT staff when the application is installed on the region file server.


Consultants - Once AASHTOWare Project Estimator is installed, complete the configuration steps below:

  1. Download a copy of the current Estimator item catalog file and save to C:\ProgramData\Estimator\Catalogs\.

  2. Log into Estimator with the administrator account:
    User name: admin
    Password: password

  3. From the menu, select Catalog Tools | Open A Catalog. Select the current catalog from the list.
    Click <OK>.

  4. From the menu, select Other Tools | Global Options

    General tab

    Update to reflect the values and check / uncheck boxes as shown below.

    Numeric/Rounding tab

    Update to reflect the values for the fields below.

    URLs tab

    Confirm the paths for each item are correct.
    Catalog Path – C:\ProgramData\Estimator\Catalogs (location of Estimator catalog)
    Estimate Folder – Location users save their estimates files
    Estimate Template – Accept default
    Report Template – Accept default
    Cache Folders – Accept default

    Info: WisDOT recommends that these files be stored on a file server share so this data is backed up and accessible by multiple staff.

    Tree/Field Labels tab

    Click the Tree/Field Labels tab
    Complete the fields EXACTLY as shown below.

    1. Click <Group> to modify group (category) field labels

      i. The Group Detailed View Field Labels window will appear.

      ii. Complete the fields EXACTLY as shown below with the ones to be updated noted with green arrows.

      iii. Click <OK> to return to the Tree/Field Labels tab.

  5. Click <Apply> and <OK> to save changes.

  6. Administrator account logs out of Estimator.

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Creating and Using Estimator User Accounts

Both Estimator and a project created in Estimator have security assigned to them with a user name. It is difficult to share project files if multiple Estimator user names are created and used by a consultant firm. To make things easier, we recommend using the following user names:

Administrator (For install / configuration ONLY) User name admin
  Password password
Generic user account (For estimate creation / updates) User name user
  Password password


To create the generic Estimator user account and set access rights:

  1. Log into Estimator with the administrator account.
  2. From the main menu, select Other Tools | Maintain User
  3. Click <Add>
  4. Click <OK> to save the new user. A message stating “Unassigned password values for newly added users are given a default value of ‘password’.” Click <OK> to continue.
  5. These user accounts are stored in the C:\ProgramData\Estimator\Estimator_Users.bin file. This file can be created on one PC and copied to other PCs with Estimator installed.
Action Status Action


Active Status Checked Super-User Unchecked
New Estimate Access Owner Open Estimate Access None
Entire Catalog Unchecked Standard Item Catalog Unchecked
Bid History Catalog Unchecked Cost Sheet Catalog Unchecked
Reference Price Catalog Unchecked L/E/M Catalog Unchecked
Code Tables Unchecked Catalog Imports Checked
Print Bid Based Checked    

ALL Estimator users MUST log onto Estimator with the ‘user’ user name and select the latest catalog.

  • From the main menu, select Catalog Tools | Open A Catalog
  • Select the current catalog.
    Example - ENG2019 where 2019 refers to the spec year of the standard specification for the bid items contained in the catalog.
  • Click <OK> to save changes.