BQFilter is our freeware file conversion utility. It will accept native Calculix, MS
Excel or CITE (.ebq) Bills of Quantity files as input and output in Excel, CITE
(.ebq) or native ConQuest (Estimating) format.
Note: The ConQuest output is compatible with
ConQuest version 6 and earlier. ConQuest version 7 and later uses a
different data structure so projects created by BQFilter for use with ConQuest
version 7 onward need to be converted before use using ConQuest's
easy to use conversion utility.
If you encounter problems in ConQuest having
converted to version 7, rebuild the project indices using ConQuest's wcheck (ISAM
checking) utility which is accessible from the main programs menu on machines
with ConQuest installed.
It is offered for download under a freeware licence to promote the use of
electronic Bills of Quantities.
You can find out more about it from the online help
files or follow the download links below.
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When you have read and understood the freeware licence terms please read on
to download BQFilter
Important Notes: To use any of the conversion routines in this
program which are TO or FROM Microsoft Excel format, you must have
Excel installed on your computer for the program to work since it (Excel) is
called remotely. Also a printer (local, network or other (eg. print to file))
must be installed otherwise the program may fail when formatting the output
If you don't have a printer, add (say) a HP LaserJet even though there
isn't one physically attached to your computer. This will enable the "print
preview" option in Excel which would otherwise be unavailable.
Also SAVE (download) the file to your
computer and run from there. RIght click and select "Save Link As ..."
or "Save Target As ..."
Download BQFilter v3.5.1 for windows here
Double click the executable program file bqfilter.exe to run the program or
select it from the windows menu.
When you click on help within the program, BQFilter looks for the local helpfiles in a subdirectory (.../helpfile) of the
program installation directory. It will use them if available or switch to the
online help if not.
BQFilter has been extensively tested on Win9x/NT/2k/XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 and various
versions of Microsoft Excel (Excel 2000 up to Excel 2016). Only limited
functionality is available if you use a 64 bit version of Excel 2010 onwards.
FULL FUNCTIONALITY is available with ALL 32 bit VERSIONS of EXCEL. The program
will automatically detect which version of Excel (if any!) is installed and
notify you accordingly if functions are limited. Please email us at if
you have problems or for notification of any
There are four conversion options available.
|CITE to Excel|
|Excel to CITE|
|Calculix to CITE|
|CITE to ConQuest|
The help pages describe the
operation of BQFilter and some of the conventions which must be followed in
order for it to work correctly. It is important to familiarise yourself with
these conventions before you begin since input files which don't follow the
required conventions will output unexpected results.