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

123 Reviews of HCSS HeavyBid

 

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

HeavyBid Review

Ease-of-use

With a little training, you can use HeavyBid immediately.

Functionality

This product meets all our bidding needs as a bridge contractor.

Product Quality

We have no problems with the quality. We have never had the software give us a error.

Customer Support

Customer support is the best. Every time we call in, we get an answer immediately.

Likes Best

The product works great for our industry of bridge construction. It is integrated with DOTS bidding systems. It is very easy to learn and use.

Likes Least

I have no dislikes about this product. The product works as advertised.

Recommendations

You will need the training to make the system work for your company.

 

from DiFazio Industries
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

I've used HeavyBid for as long as I have been with DiFazio Industries

Ease-of-use

Due to the complexity of the process and all the features available, there are parts of the program that are not as intuitive as one may like, but the support is excellent.

Functionality

HeavyBid is all-inclusive and technically superior to other estimating/bidding procedures.

Product Quality

The creators of HeavyBid approach their product as a work in progress, constantly updating and improving their product.

Customer Support

Calling support is a pleasure. Calls are answered by real people. I have never called (and I call often) and gotten voicemail or a call distribution center. The support reps are patient and knowledgeable.

Likes Best

It cuts estimating/bidding time exponentially! That means more bids in less time.

Likes Least

I would like to see a search feature in the tree view.

Recommendations

Complete even the smallest estimate/bid proposal your normal way. Then complete the same one using HeavyBid; you'll see the difference.

 

from EV Williams
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

By far the best product in the industry.

Ease-of-use

I've been using it for 15 years! If you get stuck, tech support can usually walk you through your problem.

Functionality

I love the improved export features. We export to Excel and Viewpoint for a lot of operations functions.

Product Quality

It's well-laid-out, responsive to the needs of the industry, and constantly updated.

Customer Support

Their customer support is top notch. We've had online demos and Q&A sessions to evaluate different features and versions. HCSS has always been very accommodating of our needs.

Likes Best

Excellent product. They really understand what we need and offer features we use. Tech support is outstanding.

Likes Least

They can be slow to fix bugs. They don't always understand the importance of why certain items are an issue (they are programmers, and we are construction workers). Having said that, overall, they do have a very good understanding and are very receptive to input and suggestions for bettering their products.

Recommendations

You really can't compare it to anything else out there. HCSS is the best and the industry leader!

 

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

Second to none

Ease-of-use

I've been using it so long that it's mostly intuitive for me.

Functionality

It's able to produce very accurate estimates and budgets.

Product Quality

I don't think there have ever been any instances when I have encountered a system glitch.

Customer Support

Beyond outstanding! I've never called that they couldn't fix the problem within 24 hours.

Likes Best

Their stellar customer support is second to none. I always recommend HeavyBid to others in my industry.

Likes Least

It would be helpful if the product had an undo button.

Recommendations

If everything is equal, review/analyze customer/IT support.

 

from Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Love HCSS HeavyBid

Ease-of-use

It has a sensible and logical Interface. Features are set up in a way that makes sense.

Functionality

I would like to have better Bid Package Alternate options for Proposals.

Product Quality

It's well-made, well-thought-out, comprehensive, and highly capable.

Customer Support

We've always had good experience with customer support.

Likes Best

I like the company's willingness and enthusiasm to listen to user experiences and input and then incorporate that input into their software.

Likes Least

The current Bid Package Alternate Proposal does not fit our needs.

Recommendations

Actually take the time and effort to set up all the features and tools the software has to get the maximum benefit.

 

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

My Experience with HCSS Heavy Bid

Ease-of-use

It's very user-friendly software. It doesn’t matter your level of experience, you can navigate through the estimate easily.

Functionality

We need a product that can be tailored to our experience and that can highlight our strengths, and HeavyBid does that and more.

Product Quality

It's well-designed due to the fact that it uses pretty much the same environment that the most common software uses.

Customer Support

Since I've been working with HeavyJob, whenever I have needed assistance, I've never talked to a computer; it's always with a friendly representative.

Likes Best

The software is a very powerful tool and, at the same time, a user-friendly one. The customer service is second to none in the industry.

Likes Least

No complaints at all. The software is always upgraded for the best, and HCSS is always innovating

Recommendations

Having experience with other estimating software, I would recommend how easy to set up is the quote system, how easy is to set up a new estimate, and how custom-made your library can be.

 

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

IT Manager - Review

Ease-of-use

My experience is purely from the perspective of an IT Manager that sometimes has to troubleshoot or update the software, and it's very user-friendly. And again, their customer training is excellent and always available.

Functionality

I have never heard any complaints from the estimating team, and based on our turnout of bids, it's helping a lot.

Product Quality

The software is always a reflection of the company behind it. HCSS shines brightly when it comes to standing behind their product and providing the best support to back it.

Customer Support

HCSS customer support is the best I have ever experienced, and one of the main reasons I would recommend them over any other software vendor out there.

Likes Best

As a product, HeavyBid makes estimating quick and accurate. Our estimators' success rate is quite impressive, and I'm sure they're very thankful to have the assistance of a powerful tool. As a vendor, HCSS has the best support and customer relations around, hands down. Their support is one of the best because they are willing to take on any issue and spend as much time as possible to resolve it. Unlike many other vendors I have worked with, they don’t require additional costs for remote support or training during a support session. Their answer rate is very quick, usually only taking 10 minutes to get someone on the phone. Their support staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Their after-hours support is equally impressive. I would highly recommend them based on their support alone.

Likes Least

They have always resolved any gripes or dislikes I may have had in the past by listening to customer feedback, improving with updates, or through support calls.

Recommendations

Though I may not have hands-on experience using the software, I can honestly say that having the kind of support that they offer can provide the peace of mind needed with the kind of technology today that can usually add unwanted stress. Rest assured that this vendor will have your back no matter what and is always improving to make your company the best it can be.

 

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

HCSS HeavyBid Review

Ease-of-use

It's relatively easy to use.

Functionality

It speeds up the time we spend estimating.

Product Quality

It seems to be reliable a majority of the time.

Customer Support

Any issues that have occurred have always been handled by customer support.

Likes Best

I like HeavyBid's easy of use.

Likes Least

The application for remote use isn't the easiest.

Recommendations

I don't have any recommendations for others evaluating software.

 

from Nutter Corporation
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Heavy HeavyBid User

Ease-of-use

Once it's set up, it's easy to use materials, crews, and equipment repeatedly.

Functionality

It does more than we need to do. You can make it simple or complex.

Product Quality

It's very good. There are rarely any glitches in the system.

Customer Support

They have very good support. They are quick and responsive. Also, it's very nice to see the HCSS Team at ConExpo, where you can talk to them in person.

Likes Best

The system is fast and easy to use. You can set it up however you want. It's very versatile, and the HCSS support is good.

Likes Least

Some of the updates don't seem like they are needed, and some have slowed the software down.

Recommendations

Many times, simpler is better. This software, like most, can be as intricate and detailed as you would ever want it to be, but for us, simplicity is the key.

 

from Double Z Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great product

Ease-of-use

This product is very easy to use. However, the quote system still needs some improvements; it is just too cumbersome to use.

Functionality

This product is easy to bid with and works well with all the government entities that we work with.

Product Quality

This product is very well-designed, not only the screen layouts but also the functionality; however, the quote system still needs some improvements. It is just to cumbersome to use.

Customer Support

I still have had an issue that customer support has yet to figure out.

Likes Best

The software functions well together and is very easy to use.

Likes Least

The quote system still needs some improvements. It is just too cumbersome to use.

Recommendations

When evaluating software like this, one must consider not only the layout but also the logic of the layout and how the whole system functions together.

 

from 71 Construction
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Great product for two decades and counting

Ease-of-use

I have had the opportunity to teach several folks how to use this program while working for me, and the basics can be picked up in less than a week.

Functionality

It meets all my needs for estimating and provides a function to export costs to accounting software.

Product Quality

It has many details and layers of information to customize it to fit your company.

Customer Support

You can get a live, knowledgeable person on the phone 24/7/365 for as long as you need to help you with your issue(s).

Likes Best

They have live, knowledgeable customer service 24/7/365. They're small enough to listen to the customer and continue to make changes they ask for yet big enough to handle the needs of the construction industry

Likes Least

They do not yet have an accounting software package in their lineup of products.

Recommendations

Don't just look at this one and the others online. Call each of them and talk to the support folks and a couple other users before making your decision to buy HCSS.

 

from Shelly & Sands, Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Long time user

Ease-of-use

As with any new software, there will be a certain learning curve; however, the help section of the software is very easy to use and very helpful in walking you through any process.

Functionality

This software meets all our needs and more. We could be doing more; however, management has been slow in this aspect.

Product Quality

This software continues to evolve based on comments and suggestions provided by their users. It just gets better and better.

Customer Support

Outstanding. They are very responsive to our calls, available 24/7, and quick to solve issues.

Likes Best

The software is very user-friendly. It allows for as much detail you may need on a large project or as little as you might need for smaller projects. It allows for database file for every aspect of the project and reduces repetition between projects. The support you receive for this software is outstanding.

Likes Least

I can't think of any time I have had an issue with this product.

Recommendations

If you are looking for software to speed up the estimating process or want to increase the amount of estimating you do, then this is the software for you. We have been able to bid more work with more detail than ever before.

 

from The Lane Construction Corporation
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 101 or more users Portfolio size: 101 or more users

HCSS Review

Ease-of-use

It is intuitive once you get the basics. You build an estimate the way you build the project.

Functionality

HeavyBid does all we need to create complete estimates.

Product Quality

The greatest attribute of HCSS is the product support team. They are second to none.

Customer Support

Their customer support is second to none.

Likes Best

It's comprehensive and complete. It's also intuitive once you know the basics.

Likes Least

There's nothing to date. Any feature that is lacking is considered by HCSS and incorporated into HeavyBid as requested.

Recommendations

Make sure to get all the features you need in an estimating program. Most competitors are not as comprehensive as HeavyBid.

 

from The Righter Co., Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great Estimating & Bidding Software for a Heavy-Highway Contractor

Ease-of-use

The software is easy to use, but you may have to adjust your approach and pattern of thinking in developing an estimate if you are using another system currently.

Functionality

The software meets our needs perfectly. I could not imagine going back to our old system of estimating and bidding.

Product Quality

The product quality is high and updated at least annually to improve and keep current with any technology changes.

Customer Support

The support staff at HCSS is always accessible by phone 24 hours a day. You always get a real person to answer; there are no number menus. Also, they are able to talk you through step-by-step to resolve whatever issue you have.

Likes Best

I like how it is designed for and tailored for contractors who work in the heavy-highway construction markets. Since they are focused on that market, their solutions fit our needs. I have recommended this software to others I know in the industry.

Likes Least

There is really very little I do not like. When we have made suggestions for changes, they have been made. The company is very responsive to its customers suggestions for improvements.

Recommendations

Take some time to get to know the software. HeavyBid is very powerful and has a lot of features that are hard to be fully aware of with a quick look.

 

from GA & FC Wagman
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

I have been using HeavyBid since the DOS version was out

Ease-of-use

It's mostly user-friendly. Some things you don't use often are hard to find in the menus.

Functionality

It's the best software out there for estimating Heavy Highway jobs.

Product Quality

There are a couple of little things that could be better. Some of the screen refreshes aren't always correct.

Customer Support

They are always willing to help, 24/7. I have rarely had an issue that they couldn't solve in one call.

Likes Best

They're willing to make updates to improve the product. They have great tech support.

Likes Least

There are bugs that can't seem to be fixed. You have to be in an estimate to access the vendor system.

Recommendations

Use it. It's the only way to get to know what it will do.

 

from Kokosing Construction Co., Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 101 or more users Portfolio size: 101 or more users

Project Estimator - Heavy Highway

Ease-of-use

It has good displays and is easy to navigate, but sometimes, there are more complex scenarios or alternate situations that cannot be easily modeled using HeavyBid.

Functionality

It can perform all pre-bid analysis tasks, but some more complex alternate analyses can't be done.

Product Quality

It's good and user-friendly, but it's occasionally slow/clunky/glitchy.

Customer Support

I have never used the customer support, but others at my company have had success.

Likes Best

It's a fast, user-friendly way to accurately estimate actual project costs.

Likes Least

The compatibility of HeavyBid with other project management/accounting software needs work.

Recommendations

Learn how to use the self-perform function in the quote folder system.

 

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

Three years using the software for bidding construction projects

Ease-of-use

With the great technical support and videos available, I was bidding away in no time.

Functionality

All aspects of the program help you keep tabs on your bid and adding items along the way with ease. The reports are easy to digest along with markup and overhead.

Product Quality

This was obviously designed by people directly connected to the industry, and they take recommendations to improve the product with productivity in mind.

Customer Support

We've called at 2:30 AM and gotten the answers we needed.

Likes Best

How quickly you can put together an estimate using prior estimates and the tech support is great.

Likes Least

There's not much I can say negatively, other than that we are not using it to its full potential, and that is our problem.

Recommendations

Set up crews and products to help speed up the process.

 

from Mosser Construction Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Very happy with using this product. We have had HeavyBid for 19yrs.

Ease-of-use

It is very flexible to design the databases for use. They utilize importing and exporting from excel, which makes it very easy.

Functionality

We bid both large and small projects along with everything from Lump Sum to Unit price contracts. It is easy to change labor rates and profit margins or to analyze your bid, etc.

Product Quality

It's easy to install and very reliable. They have great support when you need it, and their live support can work on your desktop remotely when needed.

Customer Support

They are the best in the industry. They have 24 hour support 365 days per year.

Likes Best

The software is very flexible to work with. An example is you can easily price up a lump sum project with your own breakdown of activities or bid a unit price project with the owner's bid items.

As for the vendor, they are the most responsive software vendor we work with. They rely on us to give feedback for their future development.

Likes Least

There is nothing that we don't like. I wish they would develop an accounting software for the construction industry.

Recommendations

If anyone is considering this software, contact any of the users across the US or attend their user group in the winter to listen to all the companies that use it.

 

from The James White Construction Company
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

HeavyBid-Like No Other

Ease-of-use

The database makes it easy for on-the-fly estimates or DOT structured estimates. Last minute changes can be made instantly. Multiple labor rates set up as master estimates make it easy to submit estimates in our tri-state area of OH, WV, and PA.

Functionality

It meets all of our needs for preparing, reviewing, and submitting multiple estimates on a timely basis. Exporting to BidX for submitting DOT projects has been one of the best timesaving features.

Product Quality

It's designed well and is flexible to each customer's needs. We don't have issues with it locking up or crashing.

Customer Support

In the last 15 years, the few issues that we have had were resolved professionally and in a timely manner by HCSS support staff. We even had HCSS prepare a unit price report defining a breakout of labor and material for bid submission, which is now one of their customized crystal reports.

Likes Best

The product is versatile in assembling large to small projects; it's easy to use and has great support. The ease of providing and submitting an estimate is contributed to a large and manageable company database for labor, equipment, material, and subcontract. Subcontracting quote selection at the last minute before bid submission is a timesaver.

Likes Least

There's nothing that I like least.

Recommendations

We compared the program to others 15 years ago and are 100% completely satisfied we made the right decision. It was at a time when DOS operating systems were switching to Windows systems. We weren't looking to stay with DOS, and unless you keep up with technology, you'll be left behind. HCSS' desire to provide cutting edge software has kept us competing at a higher level.

 

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

Customer-friendly software !

Ease-of-use

This software is very easy to use. It has the typical menu structure.

Functionality

Very well. It breaks the cost down into the various components and gives us totals.

Product Quality

The software performs very well with minor adjustments.

Customer Support

Customer support with this company is one of its strong points. I've never had another company beat this one when it comes to support.

Likes Best

I like the ease of use and the help desk support.

Likes Least

That's a tough question because it does pretty much everything you need in and estimating software.

Recommendations

It's well worth the cost of buying this software. We've been using it since the DOS version.

 
 
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