Submitting an ECOS proposal
Introduction to ECOS - The ESA Costing Software
To do business with companies, ESA has developed a procedure and an associated tool for aggregating and calculating the price elements of the financial proposals through the entire contractual chain (see When to use ECOS)
Using the ESA Costing Software, or ECOS, the price proposal work is partitioned through the industrial structure, and the proposals are generated and integrated to higher levels electronically.
The information presented conform to the ESA standard costing and pricing requirements introduced in the ESA Conditions to Tender, and represented by the ESA PSS-A forms (Procedures, Standards and Specifications). An important feature in this process is the computerized integration of data at successive levels of the contract hierarchy, thus avoiding the onerous task of manual integration of data from several sources, a task that is both time-consuming and prone to errors.
The software package is distributed to companies doing business with ESA free of charge and ESA periodically organises free training courses in ESTEC.
A Self-Training Manual (see links on the right) can also be downloaded together with the installation software or as a stand-alone download at any time.
ECOS Help topics:
1. When to use ECOS?
2. Installing ECOS
3. Configuring your ECOS environment
4. Retrieving an ECOS ITT file (or creating your own Project File if no ITT file is posted on EMITS)
5. Developing WBS
6. Defining and Issuing ITT files to sub-contractors
7. Entering your own share data
8. Creating Travel Plans
9. Integrating sub-contractors Tender answers
10. Creating Payment Plans
11. Issuing a Tender Answer file
12. Power Tools to work faster with ECOS
Click here to see the flow chart explaining the overall ECOS process.
Contact the ECOS Help desk
ECOS Help Desk
Telephone: +31 (0)71 565 6500