Accubid develops one of the most popular estimating programs for electrical contractors. It is used by nine of the top ten 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.
Randy from Lee's Electric Company
Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users
It's not the hardest product I have used, but it's not the easiest either. They are in a good place right now.
They need more report features. They put all the reports on you to make. You need to be able to build a report for quoted items in Live Count.
I think it is a well-made product. When I was being sold the product, it is listed a real on-screen take off that works. Well, it doesn't work any better than any other. In order for auto-count to be perfect, you would need every engineer in the industry to put out the same quality of drawings, and that's not going to happen.
Over 30 minutes to respond. Couldn't understand the tech due to him being foreign.
I can honestly tell you I am trained on Conest, McCormick and Accubid. All products have their strong points and weak points. When you buy this type of software, you're looking for speed, something learnable, the ability to customize, and - most of all - efficiency from Tech Support because something is always going to go wrong. The strong point of Accubid is the On Screen Takeoff integrated with Bid Winner. If I had to grade the software and nothing else about it, the grade would be a B-.
I had to make multiple calls to Tech Support. The first problem was that they didn't call me back. It took more than 30 minutes, or they were foreign and I couldn't understand them. It's not good when it's 30 minutes to bid time, and you are having a problem with the software.
If you bid jobs greater than 100k electrical, look for something else. If they would do a better job with Tech Support and increase the database materials, it would be so much better. What I don't know is why their database materials are not bigger. Trimble owns Trade Service.
Bob from Terry's Electric, Inc
Date: September 2013
I have used several estimating programs over the last 15 years and have found Accubid to be second to none of them. The functionality of this program provides a detailed audit trail that allows you to look at your finished product in minute detail from every angle. It allows you to break out a project, no matter how large, by building, floor, area, or any configuration you can imagine. If you enter a takeoff in the wrong area, you can move it to the correct area, page, building, or floor with a couple of key-strokes. It's ability to integrate with Excel is superb. We estimate projects from $100,000 to $40,000,000 and it is excellent.
It is easy to learn, especially for someone that has used Excel spreadsheets, or any other product on the market, including some of the old DOS based products. It is great for large projects that require multiple estimators to work on the same project at the same time. We are currently using Accubid Pro 10 and Accubid Change Order Pro 10 and would recommend it to any electrical contractor that estimates large commercial projects.
Lloyd from M.C. Dean
Date: September 2013
I have used the Accubid system for six year and can say it is the easiest thing I work with everyday. The other systems I have to use are not as user friendly as Accubid. The ability to cut and paste from an Excel spreadsheet makes getting bids ready on bid day so much easier then typing each on in.