HCSS HeavyBid Estimating Software


 

HCSS HeavyBid estimating and bidding software is built specifically for the construction industry. Used by 35,000 estimators daily, HeavyBid helps users build flexible estimates and manage bid days efficiently.

The software can automate repetitive tasks and utilize multiple data sources, including past estimates, standardized libraries, historical costs, performance data, and integrated RSMeans. Users can build, review, and edit estimates quickly, and automatically run price calculations to identify errors and reduce last-minute issues. 

Users can also reak down complex work into more manageable pieces, and organize estimates to fit their needs. They can quickly analyze subcontractor and supplier quotes to select the best option without redoing their entire estimate.

HeavyBid is a fit for companies of all sizes in transportation, utility, power, oil and gas, and industrial construction. They also offer instant 24-hour customer service, with no automated phone trees or sitting on hold. Support staff is available 24/7/365.

 

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

169 Reviews of HCSS HeavyBid

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from Pavers, Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

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Exceptional customer support, adaptable to bid situations, DOT friendly, compatible with accounting software.

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Lots of training for new green estimators, lots of data input for initial set up.

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Time to learn the software and implement into your own system.

 

from North Rock Construction
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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The ease fo use and the technical support. The product has streamlined our estimating process

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The product is a little hard to learn; however the technical support is very helpful.

Recommendations

Schedule a demo of the product. Also, talk with others who have used the product to make sure that it is right for you.

 

from Trumbull Corporation
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

rked with HCSS for the last 10 years on heavy highway projects.

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Support is always available and very knowledgable. This is valuable in a crunch.

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Quote comparison screen is hard to understand and lacks information

Recommendations

Make sure you do a full set up of the program with all of the libraries

 

from mge underground
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

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the great customer service that is provided. They always answer your questions when needed.

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how it limits you sometimes on how you can spread cost. but i understand its hard to do.

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just be honest. Think about what thwy have to offer and how to they help you.

 

from American Bridge
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Industry Standard for Estimating Software

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Technical Support and product improvement/feedback is the best in the business.

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Very few complaints, some of the older technology features can be a little clunky.

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make sure to evaluate modes of support and product improvement as well as functionality.

 

from MASSMAN CONSTRUCTION CO
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

ENGINEER 30YEARS IN HEAVY CIVIL

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GREAT TECH SUPPORT BY HCSS. PRODUCT IMPROVES EVERY YEAR. VERY IN TOUCH WITH THE CUSTOMERS. SOFTWARE IS EASY TO USE AND VERY VERSITLE.

Likes Least

SOMETIMES LOCKS UP WITH MULTIPLE USERS. I DONT REALLY HAVE ANY COMPLAINTS. IT WORKS WELL.

Recommendations

HEAVY BID WORKS WELL WITH EXCEL AND OTHER IN HOUSE SOFTWARE.

 

from Tapani, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

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The software is fairly user friendly and if installed and set up correctly can be an extremely powerful tool.

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The setup and the maintenance of keeping up with the software is really difficult.

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Make sure you set up all of your codebooks before you start bidding any work. Once this is done its much easier for estimators to put bids together

 

from Condotte America, Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Speed the estimating procees to another level.

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It speeds your estimating procees, and you can gather an amazing data which you can manipulate to analyze and use it for future bids.

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It takes some time to understand and learn how to use it, but it's a complex software which I dont't believe is there other easy way to learn it.

Recommendations

You need to be sure is you are ready to get to this level of modernization for your company. If you are not compromize to change to a modern way to do things. It will not work for you.

 

from The Allega Companies
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Very User Friendly

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Everything is designed with customers in mind. All features and functionality serve a purpose.

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Nothing. There is really nothing bad that I can say about HCSS. They always exceed my expectations.

Recommendations

Get a demo from someone who knows it. Explore all of the features and you will find every function you need.

 

from Schiavone Construction Co. LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Keeps Getting Better

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I love the customer support. And I love how receptive HCSS is to customer feedback.

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I've been using for about 9 years and evry issue I've ever had has been resolved.

Recommendations

Look at how fast you can close out a bid and all the features that allow you to check errors.

 

from Walsh Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Amazing Product

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One of the best programs i have ever used. its so simple and easy to use.

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Nothing. everything about it is amazing. they keep on updating the program which keeps on making it better.

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dont try anything other product. this one is the absolute best.

 

from Posillico
Specialty: Engineer
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Heavybid works like a charm

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The ease of use when entering bid items, subs, and materials is great. The program is intuitive and has great support

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The project has a few glitches every now and then but customer support is always great

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Take the time to learn the program the right way. If there are questions contact the very helpful support

 

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

Great product with great support

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Excellent support. Always available to answer any questions. Very knowledgeable and quick response times. Software is very user friendly and easy to customize.

Likes Least

Not always notified of new product updates or releases.

Recommendations

Speak with others using the program to find out pros/cons. One of the most important aspects is service and support.

 

from Merritt Construction Services, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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I have used this system since the DOS days. Todays system and its various styles of reports provide us with quick turn around times in responding to our clients needs. The 24 hour support service is no joke. We introduce HCSS to clients all over the world and with time zone differences of 6 to 13 hours we have called upon theses services at 1 AM and 3AM when we have proposals due in Qatar, Dubai and Zurich.

Likes Least

The 24 hour service that is so good is also frustrating. Because of HCSS's commitments to its client base our commitments to our clients sometimes suffers as it appears that the 24 hour hot line only travels with one HCSS representative For some reason it always happens to our firm. You need to be able to answer our calls so we can respond and answer our client's issues.

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As a former contractor and now as a consultant, you have to ask if the software produces a product that represents your thoughts and understanding of the project. Does it "think" like you do. When we present to our clients the various report formats with our narratives they know what and how we are thinking about the construction of their project.

 

from j.deangelis@vanhorntran.com
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Overall, satisfied with the software.

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HCSS customer support is excellent. There's always someone available and they have a good attitude. The software interface is very nice, clean and pretty easy to navigate. Setup is a bit cumbersome but, worth the effort in the end as the various inputs come together nicely when assembling a bid.

Likes Least

The basic edition is nice but, not having the ability to use the fuel price feature is a bit disappointing. It's a basic addition that unfortunately just costs too much to upgrade for what it is. Also, the summary reports are ok and the report designer decent, but, I still can't quite get exactly what I want in the designer.

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The software has a ton of capabilities. Make sure to really focus on those that are applicable to your organization.

 

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

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The product is easy to train and works even if all systems aren't implemented fully. So you can still bid if your systems aren't fully up and functional how you plan.

Likes Least

Not being able to do more than one activity code change at once is what I like the least.

Recommendations

Build your codebooks strong and similar to your accounting system.

 

from Sundt Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 100+ users Portfolio size: 100+ users

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Simplicity. I've had very little help getting started using at work, and it's pretty self-explanatory.

Likes Least

Nothing so far. I've liked both HeavyJob and HeavyBid so far.

Recommendations

Dive in and get started. I'm a hands-on person, so I need lots of hands-on experience.

 

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

I am an everyday user of the product

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I love the product support and the constant desire to improve the product based on real customer input.

Likes Least

The shear size of the program database can be overwhelming sometimes.

Recommendations

Try it out versus the competition. It is by far the best product out there.

 

from Oregon Mainline Paving
Specialty: Paving
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Elite Bidding

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This software allows you to handle last minute changes and explore different options to get the lowest bid.

Likes Least

Not much to complain about. Being a new user can be overwhelming, but you will catch on.

Recommendations

You don't need to give up all your old ways. Explore the many Import/Export options to keep things the way you are used to seeing.

 

from Stacy and Witbeck
Specialty: Design/build firm
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Great flexibility

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Great customer support and willingness to listen to feedback on the software.

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HCSS is great to work with, and we have no complaints.

Recommendations

Give yourself enough time and training to take full advantage of the product.

 
 
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