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The Summit solution portfolio

The Summit solution manages the complete construction process from Tender to Completion, so on this page have described the solution in terms of this flow.

Click on the links below to jump to that part of the workflow or scroll down the page.

Estimating & Tendering
Planning & Budgeting
Subcontractor Management
Monitoring & Reporting

Summit also covers specialist areas

Architects, Engineers and Consultants
Service Management
House Building
Content & Document Management

Summit’s Technology Foundation

Estimating & Tendering

  • Full Estimate production, comparisons and libraries available
  • Import fully resourced estimates from other sources including Excel and Conquest

View datasheet on Summit Estimating

Planning & Budgeting

  • Create revisions
  • Rework estimates
  • Compare estimates revisions
  • Trade tagging, Subcontractor enquiry and comparisons
  • Materials comparisons and enquiry
  • Export & import from/to project planning tools including Microsoft Project and Primavera
  • Buying lists based on project plan
  • Variations register, status and pricing

View Overview of Summit Operational Planning


  • Supplier/Subcontractor management - Supplier/Subcontractor records, performance, certifications, price agreements
  • Supplier and subcontractor selection
  • Requisitions & order management
  • Subcontractor orders & comparisons
  • Plant orders, tracking and accrual
  • Ability to email, use PDF, e-trading, fax or print
  • Direct ordering to Contracts
  • Ordering for site stores
  • Ordering for central stores and subsequent issuing to Contracts

View datasheet on Summit Procurement
View datasheet on Summit Requisitions
View datasheet on Summit Purchase Ordering

Managing owned or hired plant and ensuring maximum utilisation is another key challenge construction businesses face. Summit offers complete visibility of all plant, its type, charge rate and current location which helps avoid plant being left under utilised and therefore costing the business. Effective costing based on hourly/ weekly or timesheet charges means that each project takes account of plant charges for a more accurate view of project performance.

View Overview of Summit Plant
View datasheet on Summit Plant
View Overview of Summit Stock
View datasheet on Summit Stock


Undertaking construction projects with time and budget constraints requires an ability to closely monitor cost and value and provide performance management for your contracts. Summit integrates the Estimating, Commercial and Finance parts of your business to provide the detailed analysis that is required.

  • GRNs
  • Plant management - on hire/off hire
  • 3 way Invoice match
  • Subcontractor management
  • Valuations
  • Timesheets
  • Applications and invoices
  • Variations

View overview of Summit Costing

Subcontractor Management

Summit provides an integrated solution for Supply Chain Management including tendering, selection, evaluation and ordering through to contracts, performance monitoring, valuations and payments and CIS scheme compliance.

  • CIS management
  • Applications/ Certificates & Invoicing
  • QS/ Accounts Approval workflow
  • Liabilities
  • Contras
  • Retentions


Summit helps manage costs and reduce risk and time spent preparing valuations and producing accurate cost reports for CVR processes. With an integrated and real-time view of project progress and costs you are able to ensure that cashflow is controlled and variations claimed.

  • Quick & Detailed valuations
  • External Valuation and Application
  • Internal for overvalue and subcontractor liability
  • Subcontractor valuation and certificate

View overview of Summit Valuations

Monitoring & Reporting

Whether your role is operational and project based or within the central financial team, easy access to and analysis of business data is key to effective control. Summit is developed using the world’s leading database platforms; Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle - these are secure, scalable, reliable and powerful. Summit offers a range of enquiry tools to satisfy every level of user from simple web based enquiry on contract performance for operational teams to highly configurable industry standard reporting tools for detailed corporate financial analysis. Summit ensures you can report against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and configure reports to meet each client’s demands.

  • Cost cut off
  • Cost Value Reconciliation (CVR)
  • Cost To Complete (CTC)
  • Earned Value Analysis (EVA)
  • Cost analysis enquiry by Resource, Activity and Account
  • Contract Summary by tags e.g. type, sector, CM, QS
  • Enquiry drill to source documents

View overview of Summit Operational Monitoring


Larger construction groups face the demands of reporting against many operating and divisional companies. Businesses need an enterprise view of financial performance and profitability and also have to meet Financial Reporting standards. More than ever, construction organisations need to have fully integrated and fully featured accounting solutions and the award winning Summit solution incorporates a choice of integrated options including Summit Financials.

  • General ledger
  • Purchase ledger
  • Contract accounts receivable
  • Cash book
  • Subcontractors ledger
  • Fixed assets
  • Cashflow Forecasting
  • Payroll

View overview of Summit General Ledger
View overview of Summit Accounts Payable
View overview of Summit Contract Ledger
View overview of Summit Accounts Receivable
View overview of Summit Cash Management
View overview of Summit FixedAssets

View datasheet on Summit Nominal Ledger
View datasheet on Summit Purchase Ledger
View datasheet on Summit Contract Ledger
View datasheet on Summit Sales Ledger
View datasheet on Summit Cash Book
View datasheet on Summit SubContract Ledger
View datasheet on Summit Fixed Assets
View datasheet on Summit Payroll

Specialist Sectors

In addition to the workflow described above Summit contains specialist modules for sectors of the industry

Architects, Engineers and Consultants

Professional service providers need to be able to bill their time and fees efficiently, optimising their billing opportunities with complete visibility as to how the project is performing.

  • Project Costing
  • Web Expense and Time Capture
  • Web Time and Fee Billing
  • Web Dashboards
  • Web Project forecasting and monitoring
  • Integrated project enquiries with all other types of project content
  • Core Summit financial accounting control

View Overview of SummitAEC

Service Management

With services and buildings management becoming an increasing part of the construction industry’s focus, many businesses have a need to integrate their service, maintenance and FM processes into their core business solution. Summit offers a complete service and buildings management solution; managing calls, quotations, job allocation and final invoicing. By using the Summit Informate option your clients can review service level performance by logging onto a web page.

  • CRM helpdesk and call centre
  • Maintenance management
  • Configurable workflows for Highways/ Utilities/ Buildings/ Housing
  • Small works processing
  • Engineer diary & stores control
  • Location and Asset register
  • Workflow process
  • Cost to task, job or project
  • Schedule of rates with configurable uplifts
  • Flexible invoicing including Cost Plus, Profile billing, Consolidated invoicing
  • Covers reactive & planned maintenance

View overview of Summit Service Management

House Building

  • House type maintenance
  • House type and Site estimating
  • Site planning using Site mix
  • Planning & scheduling
  • Plot Valuations & subcontractor payments
  • Housing sales

View overview of Summit Housebuilding

Content & Document Management

Xcipio is an award winning content management system that can help you manage information in an efficient and cost effective manner via a public website, extranet or company intranet. Informate gives you total control over the placing, sending and receiving of a wide range of information, including email, network files, external websites and business applications like Summit, thus greatly enhancing Knowledge Management within your organisation. Informate delivers enterprise content management, customer relationship management, task management and workflow, and is an access portal to release structured information from external systems through one easy to use interface.

  • Dashboards
  • Content Management
  • Contacts Management (CRM)
  • Task/Calendar/Alerting
  • Email repository
  • Drawing Register
  • Generic Enquiries/Graphing
  • Business Alerting

View the Xcipio product brochure


  • Built in interface to RedSky IT's xchange transaction hub
  • Send orders directly to connected trading partners
  • Non connected Suppliers recieve the orders by automatic fax from hub
  • Recieve invoices directly into Purchase Ledger from suppliers connected to Tradex

View datasheet on Xchange

Summit’s Technology Foundation

Summit is built on an advanced platform portable technology that allow deployment on Windows Servers or Linux Servers, with a choice of Databases SQL Server or Oracle, with a choice of user interfaces Windows or Web.

  • SQL server or Oracle
  • Windows or Linux
  • Windows interface or Web Interface
  • Document imaging and file attachments
  • Complete Desktop Integration for Microsoft Office
  • Inbuilt Business intelligence and reporting tools
  • Web Client technology - Run complete processes in a web browser/Client extranet access for Open Book contracts
  • Drill anywhere capabilities
  • Configurable user templates for all searches/ enquiries and posting views
  • Offline Mobile working - Windows PDA’s
  • Online Mobile working - iPhones & Blackberry devices
  • User Customisable screens
  • Advanced security down to field level
  • Unlimited user defined fields
  • XML gateways
  • COM integration

View overview of Summit System_Technology.pdf
View datasheet on Summit Attached_Documents
View datasheet on Summit Database_Module

Additional links

View Overview on Summit5000 integration to Oracle Financials (EBS)
View overview of Summit Solution Financing
View Overview of Summit 3000
View the Summit 5000 product brochure

Download all Summit construction datasheets in a zip file (7MB)