Accubid Electrical Estimating Software


 

Accubid offers an estimating program for electrical contractors. It is used by nine of the top 10 electrical contractors according to ENR Magazine. In total, Accubid's products are used by over 4,000 eletrical and mechanical construction companies in North America.

Accubid offers both cost estimating and digital plan takeoff capabilities in its electrical estimating system. The estimating application can be sold on a best-of-breed or stand-alone basis, but the takeoff application must be purchased together with cost estimating. Key features include digitizer integration, automatic scaling, 2D takeoff and CAD file integration. The system comes with labor and cost codes for over 22,000 items and 14,000 different assemblies. Accubid provides integration with several other construction systems including Sage Timberline Office, ComputerEase, Maxwell Systems American Contractor, and Dexter + Chaney Spectrum. It also integrates with Excel and Quickbooks. Accubid also provides lightweight project management capabilities such as document control and contract management.

Accubid is designed for electrical and teledata contractors performing construction and industrial work. The software is suited for companies that generate over $1 million in revenue annually. Accubid has won 14 National Electrial Contractors Association (NECA) "Showstopper" awards.

 

Accubid for Electrical Contractors - Extension Screen
 
  • Accubid for Electrical Contractors - Extension Screen
    Extension Screen
  • Accubid for Electrical Contractors - Final Pricing
    Final Pricing
  • Accubid for Electrical Contractors - Takeoff Screen
    Takeoff Screen
  • Accubid for Electrical Contractors - Main Screen
    Main Screen
  • Accubid for Electrical Contractors - Client List
    Client List
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows Vista, Windows XP

23 Reviews of Accubid for Electrical Contractors

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from Elite Electrical Contracting, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Efficient software - At a price

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I have used this software for several years. While I'm not sure I would call it intuitive, it is fairly user-friendly to learn the basics. Some of the more complex functions require training or at least research to become efficient.

Pros

Flexibility to build your own assemblies for mass counting, plus there are ready-built assemblies included.

Cons

Price. Some functions could have been easier to operate in my opinion.

 
 

from Titan Electrical Services of SWFL, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Accubid Live Count Pro

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I have been using Accubid and Live Count Pro for the last 4 Months and have taken some training classes with the live count portion of the program. At this time I have not gotten real deep into the Accubid Estimating Portion but can see the value it brings to the table. I would say with the purchase of this program the full training will be required. It's not the simplest program to learn. I am very computer savvy but seem to run into some difficulties. Just the LiveCount Pro portion of the program has saved me crazy amounts of time when doing take offs.

 
 

from Action Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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We chose Accubid and have been very pleased with our purchase thus far.

Pros

Once the program is used, very efficient for taking off bids.

Cons

Takes awhile to learn and be able to do take offs quickly.

 
 

from Bergelectric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

Accubid Classic Estimating Pro 13

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I have used Accubid for about 6 months now for electrical estimating. Overall, it gets the job done but I feel it lacks strong development behind the program.

Pros

I like the takeoff method it has. Very organized and easy to break out certain items relatively quickly.

Cons

The design severely lacks in terms of modern user graphics interface. This is unacceptable for software that cost thousands of dollars.

Advice to Others

Anyone considering this product will be putting it up against similar software that I have never used. I couldn't give reasonable advice until I figured out how Accubid compares to other estimating software.

 
 

from RSA Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Accubid Bidwinner Plus 11

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I started with Accubid 9 years ago when it was on top of the market. While expensive for a small shop, it was worth every penny and paid for itself numerous times. Livecount takeoff, Trade Services vendor pricing, custom data base, and a very organized flow made the program very innovative and streamlined and at one time they had over 75% of the market.

Pros

Once the software is set up you can zip through projects with zero software errors. The program provides a flow that a lot of the other companies can't match.

Cons

Expensive per user cost. The database took a long time to customize. Not at all friendly to an "always on the move" estimator.

Advice to Others

I have not tried Accubid Enterprise yet, but I am sure its cost will be hard to justify now that the market is flooded with software options, however Trimble definitely leads the pack for MEP BIM.

 
 

from IOI Loders
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

Good software

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Accurate estimation all around, great product for bidding project.

 
 

from Parsons Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

Accubid for Estimating

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Accubid is a program that we have used as a company for a many years and frankly I wouldn't want to use anything else. The system is laid out in an easy to use way once you understand how the program works. Additionally the reporting options and ability to break down estimates is unmatched.

Pros

Breakdowns, Reporting, Useability

Cons

Takes time to understand how things are connected

 
 

from BERGELECTRIC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

Accubid Pro

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I have been using Accubid for nealy 5 years. It is the best Electrical estimating software on the market today, in my opinion.

Pros

Ease of use and combine it with Livecount, its great.

Cons

The light fixture feature should be able to rename the fixture assembly after being built, this feature is clumsy.

Advice to Others

It's better than any other electrical software on the market.

 
 

from zwicker electric co, inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Great Program for any size contractor!

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After six months of exploring the estimating software products available on the market, my company chose Trimble's Accubid. This product outshines the competition in many ways. The main ways are the fully customizable database, integrated supplier pricing module, multi user capabilities and the live update feature that transfers from takeoff to extension to labor makeup and topsheet tabs. The reporting module is great in that it looks very professional and allows the user to analyze data taken from the entire project. The integrated supplier pricing module is invaluable for larger companies in that its an extreme time saver and gives the user certainty on their materials or commodity pricing. If your company uses external bidding tools as well, the Accubid data can also be exported to predefined templates easily. I would definitely recommend Accubid to another contractor or colleague. We are very happy with our purchase!

Pros

Fully customizable database, Supplier pricing modules, live takeoff, multi user interface.

Cons

The standard "out of the box" reporting styles could be a little less cumbersome. they have columns that you wouldn't normally use and the columns would extend onto more than one page. We customized our report style and it works fine. It could have been more intuitive but in the end the product is great!

Advice to Others

If you are on the fence about which software to choose for your estimating business, trust me, I have seen all of them and saw Accubid as "head and shoulders" above the competition.

 
 

from First Choice Electrical Solutions
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Accubid Electrical Bidding Software

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The Accubid software is extremely easy to use. All the necessary data I need is right at my fingertips

Pros

The navigational tabs for each process of the bid ensure nothing is missed.
The designated alarms will always make sure I don't miss my sub contracts

Cons

I really have no issues with this produc

Advice to Others

Buy it, it is worth the investment

 
 

from Dougherty Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

Great estimating tool!

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Great database, easy to manipulate once you get the hang of it, good customization, clean printout.

Likes Least

Formal training is required, software and user functionality could use an upgrade

Recommendations

get formal training, use the program a little every day, make test projects

 
 

from Verantio Canada Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

Accubid Makes Putting Tenders Together Easy!

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You can add alarms to items that you are still waiting on pricing on, which helps to keep from sending incomplete estimates.

Likes Least

Very expensive for a small start up business. Also expensive to have software installed on company server.

Recommendations

Use a service like software advice as they had 3 different software companies contact me with product demos.

 
 

from Ready Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

Happy with Accubid Classic and excited to implement Enterprise!

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I have come to depend on the inherent reliability with Classic. Help and support are second to none. I really don't have any experiences to draw comment from for Enterprise, but I believe it will be a solid choice with unlimited customizing potential.

Likes Least

Since Trimble has acquired Accubid, support does take longer to get back with us. Support is still great; it just takes longer to get a return call.

Recommendations

Go for it. This is great software with continued commitment to the development of the program and to support it after the sale.

 
 

from Electrical Contractor
Specialty: Design/build firm

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The company is clearly putting resources in its development.

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It's not a complete product, and startup would take a significant amount of time to acclimate.

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Wait for development to continue. It seed more hands-on time with the finished product.

 
 

from RBI
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

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I like the support, reliability, and growth of products.

Likes Least

There are limits in some of the software products; similar programs don't function the same way.

Recommendations

Talk to others currently using the software in your industry and get their feedback.

 
 

from ESI
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

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It's a great way to manage and compile estimates. It's easy to use and flexible.

Likes Least

I would like the ability to highlight cells and have the values automatically populated (like in Excel).

Recommendations

I would recommend exploring Livecount in tandem with evaluating Accubid. Together, these products provide a great solution.

 
 

from Bausum & Duckett Electric, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

Long-time Accubid user

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The product works very close to actual how you would take things off the old way. I like the consistent innovations and product development.

Likes Least

Not being able to change labor rates in one click to multiple selected ones. I don't want to change every labor rate, but at times, the average rate that appears on multiple screens may need to change based on job requirements. It would be nice to be able to select which ones to change and change them all rather than going to each tab.

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It is the best on the market! I have used others. This one works the best, and the support is great.

 
 

from Westwood Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

I have been using Accubid Classic Pro for 6 years.

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The program is laid-out in a logical way that parallels the process of completing an estimate.

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The database is not very versatile, is limited in terms of capacity and takes a lot of time to change, update or maintain.

Recommendations

Look into newer options that are more easily customizable to your company's needs.

 
 

from Midland Electric Inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

Easy-to-use Bidding Software

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The ease of use of this program makes it a high choice. The customer service is amazing and willing to help, no matter what the question is. Price streaming is easy to stream into Accubid, and the whole program is worth the money. I have been using it for a year now and have been landing jobs in a very competitive market, all with the use of Accubid.

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I have nothing that I do not like about the program.

Recommendations

I recommend doing a webinar to see how nice of a program this really is. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, and they will show you all that it is capable of!

 
 

from Edge Electrical Systems, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

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Accubid has had an easy learning curve in getting started with the system.

Likes Least

I would like to see the material raw cost & labor units for each grouped assembly in the assembly review form.

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All in all, it's good software. It just need some minor contractor tweaks, depending on where you're doing your work.

 
 
 
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