HCSS HeavyBid Estimating Software


 

HeavyBid, from Construction Software developer HCSS, is used by more than 35,000 estimators. The industry standard for estimating software, HeavyBid is used every day by companies of all sizes, from small subcontractors to multinational construction companies. It is a flexible solution that is a great fit for contractors doing public or private work in the transportation, utility, power, oil and gas, and industrial construction industries. It gives contractors the ability to quickly and accurately prepare a detailed cost estimate, then easily convert it into a bid. 

HeavyBid allows its users to build estimates faster by automating repetitive tasks and taking advantage of multiple estimating data sources, including past estimates, standardized libraries customized to your company, historical estimating costs, historical actual performance data, and integrated RSMeans. This allows contractors to spend more time actually estimating and less time on tedious data entry. 

With HeavyBid’s quote management function, users can effectively manage the entire quote lifecycle from RFQ to selecting subs and suppliers to creating subcontracts and purchase orders. Quickly receive and analyze sub and supplier quotes, then easily identify the most advantageous quote. It also makes it easy to conduct self-perform vs. subcontractor analysis. HeavyBid also works with your existing accounting system, so you can easily send a bid right to accounting for budget creation.

Customers receive an extraordinary service commitment including 24-hour telephone support, on-site training by real estimators, and annual users group meetings to exchange knowledge and ideas with HCSS and hundreds of other contractors. 

 

HCSS HeavyBid - Bid Pricing Screen
 
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Bid Pricing Screen
    Bid Pricing Screen
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Bid Summary Screen
    Bid Summary Screen
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Estimate Entry Screen
    Estimate Entry Screen
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Invitation to Bid
    Invitation to Bid
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Quote Summary Screen
    Quote Summary Screen
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 8

79 Reviews of HCSS HeavyBid

 

from Premium Concrete Services
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Premium Concrete Services

Ease-of-use

It is user-friendly after you get to know how the system interacts with labor, subs, materials, equipment, etc.

Functionality

HCSS meets all of our needs. We want to learn more to make it more functional and help to eliminate repetitive steps.

Product Quality

The interaction within the system is what we like. The fact that it never crashes tells us much about the quality.

Customer Support

Customer support is always there for us. They are helpful and have never failed to resolve an issue. We had a fire, and HCSS took the time to get us back in business by working with us to retrieve all of our files.

Likes Best

It's the only way I know to label every vendor, crew, material, etc. so that all costs are identified.

Likes Least

We would like to have a user manual showing all of the things that HCSS can do and how to do them.

Recommendations

Look at the reports and all of the features of the system that you plan to purchase. The more that we use HCSS, the more features that we find.

 

from Alberici Constructors
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

I have used HCSS for estimating since 1996.

Ease-of-use

There are so many functions and subroutines that understanding all of them is hard when you don't use them often.

Functionality

I can figure out how to accomplish what I want to do in one way or the other. We bid a lot of one-off projects, and the flexibility of the program is its greatest benefit.

Product Quality

The screens are intuitive and easy to understand. New releases add functionality and fix bugs. New releases generally work as intended and do not contain major bugs. Bugs are fixed quickly.

Customer Support

I have always received the best support from HCSS days, nights, or weekends. They are always available and have never failed to fix a problem or answer a question. The support people are helpful and do not make you feel like an idiot when you ask a simple question.

Likes Best

The software is very intuitive, flexible, and easy to understand. The software will handle any type of job you need to bid. The software support is without question the best I have ever encountered. They have always solved my issues rapidly. The support personnel are very knowledgeable and helpful. They take the time to listen to you and work with you for a solution.

Likes Least

The volume of capabilities of the software can be intimidating and difficult for the new user to fully utilize all functions. The help screens are sometimes not very helpful and could definitely use more how to videos to allow the user to see what needs to be done.

Recommendations

Talk to other users who do your type of work. Remember that one system for all work types may not be the best solution. We use different software for building type work, spreadsheets for very repetitive simple projects, and HCSS for Heavy and Highway type projects.

 

from H&S Contracting, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Estimator/Project Manager

Ease-of-use

Once you have the key components like the activity codebook, material codebook, equipment, and labor, everything else will fall into place.

Functionality

The ability to track and change material vendors and subcontractors is something we were looking for, and the program does this perfectly.

Product Quality

As our estimating has grown with the program, we have discovered that the functionality of the program is unlimited.

Customer Support

24 hour support! Do i need to say more? There is always somebody online to answer the tough questions.

Likes Best

I like the ability to create estimates quickly and accurately, saving time and money. Also, the ability to review your bid with other key staff in the company, discuss it, and make corrections in seconds is simply awesome. Also, the ability to manage 11th hour cuts from vendors and subs is a good way to make a good bid into a winning bid.

Likes Least

There is nothing that I dislike about this project.

Recommendations

If you think your old estimating system works well, wait until you change, and you will discover that it really didn't work well at all after using HeavyBid.

 

from Millstone Weber, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

HeavyBid user since 2000 and have attended several UGMs.

Ease-of-use

HeavyBid allows us to bid more projects than we used to do with spreadsheets.

Functionality

Downloading bid items from DOT's or Excel makes building an estimate very easy especially with the Library Estimate.

Product Quality

HeavyBid gives us the detailed estimates that we needed to bid in this competitive market.

Customer Support

Support is very friendly and professional, but I very seldom need to call them.

Likes Best

HeavyBid helps to easily build a detailed estimate, and the support staff has been very friendly and professional the few times that I need help.

Likes Least

Takeoff vs bid quantity differences could effect your estimate.

Recommendations

HeavyBid is the ideal tool for DOT projects, as well as any unit price estimates.

 

from Lee Construction of the Carolinas
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Very useful and easy to learn and operate.

Ease-of-use

Some changes are not intuitive to make in pricing.

Functionality

It is not intuitive to add or change certain items.

Product Quality

Overall, the product is good, but again, making changes to certain items is not intuitive.

Customer Support

Several times, the support line has been down, but they always respond fairly quickly with a return phone call to email question when this has happened.

Likes Best

It's easy to add or delete a task. The vendor's customer support is always willing to help.

Likes Least

There's not an online operator's manual, and I wasn't crazy about how they promoted their political agenda at the conference.

Recommendations

I would like to see online webinars maybe offered at lunchtime to highlight specific functions weekly or monthly.

 

from Corrado
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Estimator with 4 years experience on HCSS HeavyBid

Ease-of-use

There are so many features that it can take some getting used to. Once you know how it works, input is quick and easy.

Functionality

It does everything that I could want and more. There are features to fit every need and almost every desire.

Product Quality

It's very high quality. It's been developed over many years, and they constantly add features based on user input.

Customer Support

Excellent customer support. They have 24/7 availability with knowledgeable technicians.

Likes Best

It's a very functional product that constantly seeks to improve itself to meet user needs. Customer service is great. If you are thinking of making your own estimating program, software, or excel spreadsheet, check out this program first. It can do everything you could ever want and is backed up by great 24/7 customer support for when you have questions.

Likes Least

It is expensive. It is powerful but can be complicated to a first timer.

Recommendations

The program can be used and set up in so many different ways. If you need estimating software, this program is almost certainly the answer. If you are evaluating, talk to a trainer that has seen the software used in hundreds of different companies and how it was used to overcome different problems.

 

from Rummel Construction
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

HeavyBid Estimating software

Ease-of-use

The basic functions are easy to use, while advanced features require a good knowledge of the system.

Functionality

It meets our needs well. They alway listens to other features we would like to have incorporated.

Product Quality

They run lots of testing prior to releasing versions to make sure there are no bugs.

Customer Support

We always get to talk to a live person that is knowledgeable about the software.

Likes Best

They incorporate users' feedback into new releases, and they have great support.

Likes Least

It could use better reporting. We're currently working on solutions software, and maintenance is a little pricy.

Recommendations

They have great product support and will always follow up to get a resolution.

 

from South Central Sealing
Specialty: Paving
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Used HCSS for over 15 years

Ease-of-use

Once it is set up, it is easy to use for bidding projects.

Functionality

I meets all our needs for bidding work in parking lot maintenance.

Product Quality

Once set up, it is easy to bid job after job without forgetting items.

Customer Support

They answer the phone when you call, and you can understand them.

Likes Best

It's easy to use and meets all our needs.

Likes Least

Once it is set up, it is easy to use for bidding projects.

Recommendations

I am not sure what I would say about someone else evaluating this.

 

from Williams Civil Construction
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Fantastic!

Ease-of-use

Most features are common sense operations. It will warn you before you make large changes just to make sure that you want the change before you complete it.

Functionality

If only they could supply the estimator to go with it. We only have one estimator, and it is difficult for him to keep up with all of the things that can be done with this program.

Product Quality

We have used it for years and have never had a problem other than operator error.

Customer Support

It's better than any other software company we have ever dealt with.

Likes Best

It's compatible with other programs, and customer support is excellent.

Likes Least

There are so many features that it is nearly impossible for any one person to fully understand everything this program can do.

Recommendations

No other software company comes close to the customer support offered by HCSS. They are always quick to answer a call, and the techs are friendly and knowledgeable.

 

from Oftedal Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

HCSS Review

Ease-of-use

The software is in an easy format to understand and has all the tools needed to prepare estimates.

Functionality

The program allows our estimators to prepare quality estimates under tough timelines.

Product Quality

We have been using this software for over 15 years without any problems.

Customer Support

Customer support is always on call with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Likes Best

The product is very user-friendly, with a lot of capabilities, and the vendor is outstanding, with excellent customer support.

Likes Least

I have looked at and demoed a lot of other software, and this software is light years above its competition.

Recommendations

You will not be disappointed in this software. HCSS has outstanding customer support and training.

 

from S-K Ventures, LLC
Specialty: Engineer
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

I have been a user of HeavyBid since the early 1990s.

Ease-of-use

The training you get is one thing that I think makes the software relatively easy to use.

Functionality

Once you install the software and get all your codebooks established, you can quickly put together and estimate. It allows you to be able to bid more work.

Product Quality

The product is great. One thing that makes it great is that fact that HCSS listens to its users/customers and incorporates changes and new functions based on their input.

Customer Support

No other software company that I know has truly 24/7 technical support.

Likes Best

I like HCSS because of the ability to set up an estimate the way you want it. You are able to estimate on a unit price basis. You can actually create an estimate in a logical way that the project would be built. HCSS support is second to none. No matter what time of day or night, you talk to a person. On the rare occasion, you may have to leave a message if it is after normal business hours, but your call is returned promptly, and your problem will be solved.

Likes Least

I don't know of anything not to like about HCSS or any of their products.

Recommendations

Compare how other products build estimates to the way you can build them in HCSS.

 

from PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

I use this every day.

Ease-of-use

It could be easier. Some things could be improved. If you get stuck, you can call them.

Functionality

It meets our needs, but it could be improved. We've brought up some potential improvements at user group meetings.

Product Quality

It's a well-designed program, but sometimes, I think it is too stringent.

Customer Support

They have good customer support, but we have brought up possible improvements at user group meetings that they said they were going to do but haven't yet.

Likes Best

It's a very good product with good people supporting it.

Likes Least

They don't always do what they say they are going to do. User group meetings are too expensive.

Recommendations

Watch the training videos. Try the product. Attend a meeting.

 

from Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Heavy Construction Public Bidding

Ease-of-use

The primary functionality is very user-friendly. Learning more of the subsystems and close-out features requires more of a learning curve.

Functionality

The basic estimating functionality is great. The cost history subsystem and parts of some of the others are shaky.

Product Quality

The basic software is superior to anything else that we have seen. Some of the subsystems need work.

Customer Support

The customer support is better than any other software support that we have experienced.

Likes Best

I like the accuracy, ease of use, close-out features, and customer service.

Likes Least

Subsystems are not always workable. Subsystems have been released when incomplete or just not functional, and their responsiveness when dealing with these issues can be slow. They would be better off not releasing subsystem additions until they are really up to par with their superior base estimating software.

Recommendations

Look at the software accuracy and speed. Also, pay attention to the vendor's customer service and response to issues.

 

from Diamond Materials, LLc
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Operations manager review of HeavyBid

Ease-of-use

Most of the tabs/features appear as icons and word drop-downs, making what you are looking for easier to find, regardless of what you are used to working with.

Functionality

The product has all the features we need and then some.

Product Quality

It is extremely comprehensible and offers anything that you would want in an estimating software and then some.

Customer Support

They are very knowledgeable and always available. Anytime we have ever had a problem or question, our phone call was answered by a live person who was able to help us.

Likes Best

The software is very user-friendly and saves tremendous time during bidding and pricing change orders. The vendor has very knowledgeable and readily accessible customer support.

Likes Least

It takes a great deal of time to set up properly for the resources you regularly use, and the vendor charges a lot of money for the product.

Recommendations

It is difficult to compare because it takes a while to become familiar with all the features that HeavyBid has, but after you do, none of the similar products have as many useful features.

 

from Chester Bross Construction Co.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

HCSS Review

Ease-of-use

This software is very easy to use. The accuracy check works very well.

Functionality

The software works well with our accounting system and with the DOT's software.

Product Quality

It's very good software. We have compared it with others, and this is by far the best.

Customer Support

The 24/7 support is very nice. If there is a problem, the support staff gets it fixed pretty quickly.

Likes Best

Support is available 24/7. It works very well with our accounting system. The support staff is very knowledgeable.

Likes Least

The speed of the software could use some work, and it's a little pricey. They need to offer more training sites in the Midwest.

Recommendations

The training and support staff is very easy to work with. It seems like they are always upgrading their software for new improvements.

 

from Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Have been using HeavyBid for over 14 years

Ease-of-use

The ease of use and ease of teaching the program makes it very functional. Our new estimators are able to use the program within days of starting work.

Functionality

It does everything that we have asked for. If there is a problem, they are always able to help fix it.

Product Quality

It is the best on the market today and continues to improve every year.

Customer Support

Support is the best that I've ever worked with. They have always been able to answer my questions or fix a problem.

Likes Best

The program is easy to use and easy to teach to new estimators. The flexibility of the program makes the estimating process very efficient. HCSS's support and annual updates show their commitment to helping users better understand the program and making the program better each year.

Likes Least

Nothing. The product is the best on the market, and their support is the best.

Recommendations

You can try to look at the other software, but from day one, this program is the best on the market. I've been using it for over 14 years, and I'll quit before anyone makes me change.

 

from The Hurley Group, LLC
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

The best estimating software for heavy work on the market

Ease-of-use

With two hours of training, I can have a person using the basic system.

Functionality

The library estimate system allows me to bid twice as much DOT work as I could before.

Product Quality

In 25 years of using this product, I have never had a software problem.

Customer Support

Out of the 10 major pieces of software I use, HCSS has the best support. I can call any time, 24/7, and a person picks up the phone and can help me. No other package I use even comes close!

Likes Best

The software is simple to use but powerful. The vendor has the best support. Period.

Likes Least

The upfront cost is a little high, but the yearly updates are cheap.

Recommendations

Take your time setting it up. It will pay off later.

 

from Foshee Construction Co., Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

President and Chief Estimator

Ease-of-use

It's very easy to train new estimators on.

Functionality

It fits our needs perfectly for our Heavy Highway and Private Divisions.

Product Quality

It's well-designed with little to no bugs!

Customer Support

Their support is top-notch!

Likes Best

I like HCSS's ease of operation.

Likes Least

I can't think of anything I don't like about it.

Recommendations

Try several demonstrations and you will more than likely come back to this!

 

from McCoy Grading, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

We have loved the system and continue to use it.

Ease-of-use

The Help information is very detailed and gives plenty of examples. Support is always there if you need it. For the most part, everything makes sense.

Functionality

It pretty much does everything that you need it to and more.

Product Quality

Overall, it has great quality; sometimes it has a few bugs that degrade the product.

Customer Support

They have the best support of any I've ever used. They are always available when you call. Their techs are very smart.

Likes Best

They have the best support of any company. Its very dependable and advanced in technology. It is very precise and has all kind of built-in tools to assist in estimating.

Likes Least

It's difficult to understand some of the copy functions and how they will affect your estimate.

Recommendations

Support of software is probably the most important issue. Make sure whatever you choose has great support.

 

from Durr Heavy Construction
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

HeavyBid is all that!

Ease-of-use

I am a newcomer to the software. I have used it for about 10 years. I still do not use it to its full capacity. I would need additional training to gain a better handle on other aspects of the software.

Functionality

I am in a rut. I use the software for my needs, but I seldom go beyond my needs to find out how it could be set up for more powerful data usage.

Product Quality

HCSS is designed for heavy construction, and that is how we use it. I know some that have tried to use it for other types of construction. It works, but it may be cumbersome outside of its design.

Customer Support

They are always there with an answer. The answer is usually quick, but even when we stump the masters, they will get back to us.

Likes Best

Revisions are easy to make using HeavyBid. In addition, the bidding history can be stored, and crews are easy to make up during the bidding process. I think HeavyBid allows us to bid more work accurately. With their 24/7 assistance, tech support is the best.

Likes Least

There are a few things over the years that we tried but could not do, but several of these issues have been resolved.

Recommendations

Service, service, service. In real estate, it's all about the location; well, with software, one will not be able to operate any software without being taught on the capacities of the software.

 
 
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