Trimble® AutoBid® Mechanical is a labor and material estimating solution that was designed for mechanical, piping and plumbing contractors who specialize in commercial work. Autobid Mechanical allows contractors to create more accurate bids; it offers customized takeoff tools, automatic fitting generation and labor books.
The GTO (graphical takeoff) provides a detailed summary with an audit trail of connected items. Because AutoBid Mechanical utilizes automatic fitting generation, it helps to reduce errors and adjusts according to changes in elevation.
AutoBid Mechanical comes with user-friendly features that make quick changes, process addenda and generate change orders. The software’s robust analysis capabilities substitute materials and specs, so users are able to compare materials and prepare engineering scenarios that provide the most value to the client.
Trimble AutoBid Mechanical's customized TakeOff tools provide automatic pricing updates on over 50,000 different items, and labor books contain both MCAA and PHCC labor units.
Their comprehensive reporting module exports reports to different predefined formats or users custom Excel-based reports. Pivot tables are available with AutoBid Mechanical’s Rapid Reports feature. This can be pulled into a third party software to a polished final estimate.
Trimble® AutoBid® Mechanical suits small to midsized contractors specializing in mechanical HVAC and plumbing.
Rob from Lawrence Plumbing
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Very detailed oriented. Being able to virtually customize it is almost worth the price. It has all the bells and whistles you want, and others you haven't thought of but they did. More geared to the mechanical contractor than the plumbing contractor but that being said, it more than handles any and all plumbing projects with ease.
Will do anything and everything you want after set up, from taking off, to sending out for quotes, to pricing.
The time that is required to fully understand it, and use it with a secure comfort level will differ, depending on the user and his familiarity with estimating programs, but it will take a while till you're able to do a quote fast and efficiently.
If you're doing large projects, hospitals, industrial projects, large office buildings it will greatly reduce your estimating time and give you reliable numbers.
But like just about everything else it's only as good as what has loaded into it and knowledge of the estimator.
David from BYU-Idaho
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Trimble's on screen view and specification based approach to setting up and estimate make preparing an estimate more thorough and efficient. The audit trail is excellent and allows for effective double checking.
Keith from Schadsons Corporation
At the conference, you get to meet peers and share your ideas and experiences. I also enjoyed walking the product show to see what new technologies will be coming to our offices and project sites.
We had to be bused off site to go to a computer labs. This wastes time and takes away from classes.
Compare takeoffs and how each takeoff is completed. This provides an environment to teach takeoff inefficiencies.
Alex from Front Range Construction
Our rep tells us what is being considered for the next version of AutoBid and breaks down the features in a way that helps me apply features to a job I would other wise not have.
I don't like going off site and how the timing was set up. I would also would like to see the lesson screen caps and available, if only for a month.
Get mentoring from a other non-competing company who know the software is a great motivator for improving.
Scott from QuesTec Mechanical
I've really liked the support over many years. These people have become my friends. They always listen to what is going on with us. When we have issues, they make them go away.
Trimble has this huge conference and we end up not talking to anybody and not networking except in our classes. The huge group is so diverse you don't connect with anybody because you don't want to end up talking to some stranger in a way different industry at the conference for a completely different purpose.
It is the best for commercial construction. When I implemented the software, it made us more accurate and four times faster.
Andrew from QuesTec Mechanical
I like the freedom to customize the systems and the smart board feature is fantastic.
Autobid Mechanical has occasional glitches, which are sometimes difficult to resolve without calling Tech support.
Take the time to attend the 3-day training course from Trimble. The session will get you off and running very quickly and will give you many opportunities to bring up specific learning questions.