Accubid Electrical Estimating Software


 

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.

 

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 XP, Windows Vista

11 Reviews of Accubid for Electrical Contractors

 

from Ready Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Happy with Accubid Classic and excited to implement Enterprise!

Ease-of-use

Classic is very easy to operate. Enterprise will be more complicated to set up, but the operation of it will be even easier than Classic.

Functionality

It meets our needs fully. I'm looking forward to seeing how Enterprise will fulfill them even better.

Product Quality

I rate quality of software based on the ability to function without error and the commitment of support/development. Accubid excels at each.

Customer Support

Support has always been very helpful and committed to fixing any problem we may encounter.

Likes Best

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
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Accubid enterprise

Ease-of-use

There are many options and variables to set up. It's easy to be afraid to make a mistake at setup.

Functionality

It seems capable, but I'm not sure. I haven't been able to complete a takeoff.

Product Quality

It's a well-conceived product that's packaged and sold professionally.

Customer Support

We can't determine if the product is complete or still in developmental stage. As a customer, I do not have the time to help develop this product.

Likes Best

The company is clearly putting resources in its development.

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

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

 

from RBI
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Accubid product review

Ease-of-use

It's straightforward if you have knowledge of the industry products. The product can be used with limited knowledge, and you can use it more effectively as you learn more.

Functionality

There are different versions of the product, and some function better than others.

Product Quality

Rarely is there a problem. We use it for time-sensitive pricing and have never had an issue that wasn't resolved immediately.

Customer Support

Their response time is quick, and they offer different methods to contact them. They don't always have a solution to the issue, though.

Likes Best

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
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Accubid review

Ease-of-use

I did not have any difficulty learning this software. It was picked up quite easily.

Functionality

It's a perfect solution, especially with use of Livecount.

Product Quality

The design and continuous improvements are appreciated.

Customer Support

Any time we have needed support, we have received it in a quick and competent manner.

Likes Best

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
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Long-time Accubid user

Ease-of-use

As I said before, it mirrors hand takeoff, which makes the transition easy.

Functionality

I have multiple estimators and have to review all their work. It makes it very easy and uniform.

Product Quality

Excellent. Again having to review multiple estimators' work, you can always count on the product.

Customer Support

It's excellent. We get very quick responses. They will work until the issue is resolved and follow up to make sure it is still working okay and no other issues have arisen.

Likes Best

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.

Recommendations

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
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

I have been using Accubid Classic Pro for 6 years.

Ease-of-use

The tabs are easy to understand and navigate and will take you through to estimate completion.

Functionality

We need to have databases set up for several unique industries. This would take a long time to generate.

Product Quality

We very rarely find any glitches or programming issues.

Customer Support

They are always helpful and find a way to fix the issue that you are having.

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Easy-to-use Bidding Software

Ease-of-use

If you have a little computer background, it makes it super easy to use. They designed the program for simple-minded folks!

Functionality

Without this program, I would have no work for the guys, and we would be in a world of hurt!

Product Quality

Nothing about it is poor quality! The software runs flawless, and I have never had it crash!

Customer Support

They are willing to help out, no matter how small your issue is or how large. They are always there for you!

Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Accubid Review

Ease-of-use

This product is easy to use by following the steps provided with the software.

Functionality

This product's functionality meets our needs because we were given the keys to success to tweak this software to our companies needs.

Product Quality

This product's quality is essential to our startup company. It's exactly what we needed to start off.

Customer Support

The customer support is great. They never left me hanging on a question or issue I had come to.

Likes Best

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.

Recommendations

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

 

from Lee's Electric Company
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

This is a Real Review! Not one put up by an Accubid salesman

Ease-of-use

It's not the hardest product I have used, but it's not the easiest either. They are in a good place right now.

Functionality

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.

Product Quality

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.

Customer Support

Over 30 minutes to respond. Couldn't understand the tech due to him being foreign.

Likes Best

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-.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.

 

from Terry's Electric, Inc

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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.

 

from M.C. Dean

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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.

 
 
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