5 Top-Rated Construction Estimating Software Options

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Do you feel like your company loses too many bids? The problem could be that you're bidding too high or not accurately assessing the costs involved in a given project. Construction-estimating software can help you put in the best bid possible by providing up-to-date pricing data and various estimating tools as well as many other resources you can use to fine-tune your bids to suit your trade or project. Some software can also help with project management, payroll, and budgeting.

HCCS HeavyBid

HCCS HeavyBid is being used by over 35,000 estimators and is considered by many to represent the industry standard in estimating software. It is implemented by companies of every description, from the smallest of subcontractors to huge multinational construction companies.

HCCS has proven to be a perfect fit for both public and private contracts in utility transportation, oil and gas, and power. It helps contractors accurately and swiftly prepare detailed cost estimates, and convert them into bids.

HeavyBid allows users to generate estimates more quickly by utilizing multiple sources of estimating data and automating various repetitive tasks. Its quote management function allows users to effectively manage every aspect of a quote, from RFQ to the selection of subcontractors and suppliers to the creation of purchase orders and subcontracts. It also works with many existing accounting systems, making it possible to send bids directly to your accounting department and create a budget.

Software licensing for HCCS Heavy Bid includes 24/7 phone support and live onsite training.

Viewpoint Estimating Software

Originally released as Maxwell Estimation, Viewpoint Estimating is highly advanced estimating software. It specializes primarily in generating estimates for mechanical, HVAC, and commercial and residential electrical and plumbing companies. It features trade-specific estimation capabilities that assist in generating the most accurate estimates possible and includes a database that is updated with current pricing information for labor and materials for each respective industry.

Viewpoint Estimating also includes Excel integration, proposal generators, visual assemblies, historical database, and even “what-if” analyses. It has specific software-based solutions for every project role. This can be a good fit for many kinds of contractors, projects, and business roles.

B2W Estimate

Originally marketed as BID2WIN, B2W Estimate is an excellent system for estimating construction costs and managing bids. It assists companies in calculating labor and material costs, managing a variety of documents, and much more. Its multinational customer base currently has more than 5,000 users.

B2W Estimate also offers seamless integration with such third-party applications as Excel, the electronic bidding system used by the Department of Transportation (DOT), as well as its sister title, B2W Track. It also integrates well with Oracle, Dexter + Chaney, Maxwell Systems, Foundation, and more.

B2W Estimate is specifically designed to assist with estimating for paving, earthwork, and other kinds of highway or heavy contracting. It is currently at work on a broad variety of projects ranging from tunnels and bridges to railroad, marine, golf course, and landscaping projects.

ProContractor by Viewpoint

ProContractor provides end-to-end cloud solutions for accounting, estimating, and project management. It is designed to help small-to-midsize contracting companies increase their visibility and profitability. It provides flexible and comprehensive features that give users the ability to begin with the most mission-critical applications. Best of all, this software grows with your business.

ProContractor's accounting application also captures all required information needed to generate payroll checks, insurance, and tax reports, along with various reports, accounts payable, and general ledger.

This application also offers construction-specific functions, including unit billing, equipment tracking, and support for multiple companies. It seamlessly integrates with ProContractor Estimating, which allows its users to convert bids easily into projects. It even sets up cost and billing codes and handles multiple functions related to change orders, lien notices, and more. It truly is a comprehensive solution that assists construction firms in getting a better handle on bidding and document control.

Sage Estimating

Originally released as Sage Timberline Estimating, Sage Estimating is a highly intuitive solution for a variety of construction businesses. It provides takeoff capabilities that are detailed and conceptual and offers a number of takeoff solutions, all of which are designed to speed the process of estimating.

This title is available in Standard and Extended versions and includes an impressive number of industry-specific sample databases.

The software is so flexible that it can be tailored to meet the needs of any size of company, but it’s optimized for companies running operations in excess of $1 million annually, mostly based on its cost.