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

273 Reviews of HCSS HeavyBid

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from AMEC Construction LLC
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

Very Robust and trustworthy software group.

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It is a very comprehensive software group that will meet all your needs for a sub-contractor. From bidding, scheduling, COST TRACKING, statistics, equipment maintenance and fuel, and more. It really have all we needed. And the customer service is amazingly good.

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There is no undo button (Which it is understandable for record keeping purposes). But, in HeavyBid and some instances of Heavy Job, it is a hard pill to swallow. Also, in Heavy Job, COs, POs, could be better handled.
Also, Field users do not need to be computer experts, but they do need to be comfortable with computers and software (which it is not always the case).

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It is a very complete and robust software package. You can buy the part that you need separately, which is a great advantage. Check what are your needs, and select the parts that you need, and then keep adding as you keep growing. Make sure you have the right people to implement and use the software at the office and field.

 

from Musselman and Hall Contractors
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

I have used it for 9 months it is great!

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I like this product because it helps me every day at my job. It helps me to produce more bids in a faster way and on time.

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I really have nothing to say bad about the product. If I find something down the road I will let you know.

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I would recommend to them that they buy this product and use it in there job. I think they will be very happy!

 

from Russell Standard
Specialty: Paving
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

I like it!!!

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the ease of use. I like the clearness of info regarding markup % and the ease of adjusting pricing by up or % on each line item.

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There isnt a whole lot that I dont like about heavy bid. The intial user training I got left a lot of questions unanswered about operation but that was conducted internally and was not done by hcss.

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Be sure that you feel comfortable in training new hires in the basisc of use. Especially time saving features that are available.

 

from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

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Heavy bid is a software system that is really great for our business. Very easy to use once you get acclimated to it.

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There are no dislikes. Everything we use is just what we need. Makes bidding projects very simple.

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So much imformation to use as far as bidding all stages of work, from driveways to highways.

 

from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

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the heavy bid system allows us bid more projects in less time, more efficiently.
Our win loss percentage has increased due to consistant estimates and data.

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our company IT department has us locked down & we can not download the updates ourselves.

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take the product for a test drive, and have HCSS trainers assist in initial setup.
It is well worth the $.

 

from PGE
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

HeavyBid for owners

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Vendor support is excellent. They answer the phone in 3 rings or less, and you always get a live person who answers

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We have been able to configure the software to complete owner estimates, but because of our unique estimating needs it took a lot of upfront prep and thinking to configure it properly

Recommendations

Go with a company you feel comfortable with and one that has delievered in the past. HCSS has a solid track record and delievers

 

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

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Imports DOT Bid items and being able to create an estimate with out a lot of data entry.

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There can be a large learning curve for new employees.

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Have the companies your are evaluating use your company data so you can see if it works fort you

 

from Boh Bros. Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

ggreat product

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The software is very easy to use and customize and the vendor is open to feedback and very helpful with any issues.

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The product is somewhat difficult to learn on your own. You really need someone showing you how to get around beforehand to really get the hang of it.

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Definitely get tips from someone else before you try using this on your own. You can definitely figure it out on your own, but it'll go much faster and save you a lot of headache if you have someone show you first.

 

from Boh Bros
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

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Easy to use and intuitive. Makes completing owner bid forms easy. Customer service is top tier.

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Sometimes problems occur with the quote folders. Problems also occur when copying activities from different estimates.

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This product streamlines the estimating and importingn process for awarded projects. The output dump directly into accouting systems.

 

from Granite Industrial
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

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Heavy bid can store standard crews and activities and that helps automate the estimating process. They have been at this a long time and do a good job of building estimates

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Its not that easy to make a proposal directly from heavy bid without post processing. that could be better. Lots of screens with lots of ways to do the same thing is sometimes good and sometimes not so good.

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The big user base makes is likely to find employees who are familiar with Heavy bid and makes your employees more likely to want to learn Heavy bid.

 

from reece albert, inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Heavy Job Exprience

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the product is very user friendly, offers multiple options to make almost all aspects of your easier. the tech support is second to none and answers questions quickly and accurately.

Likes Least

i have very few complaints, but if i have to come up wit a downfall it is HCSS's willingness to listen and try to implement too many requests. these requests sometimes burden the system.

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the implementation team and developers are incredibly knowledgeable in constuction and willing to help. take advantage of them and ask lots of questions.

 

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

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Flexibility and ability to work with diverse accounting systems. The BIG THING is the product support which is available 24/7 and in English. What's more the problem is resolved in a timely manner.

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Some times it is a bit overwhelming. But usually I can work through with support to understand and apply. There are many features that the software can do but sometimes it's had to actually use them all.

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The only way is to try it. The User Group meetings are always good to compare with other estimators.

 

from Proform Concrete Services Inc.
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Bidding with Confidence on Leaner Timees

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I like that you have a great control over all the costs involved with entering all aspects of your bid, and consolidate source quotations plus revise quickly critical mark-up, schedulling and productivity scenarios to bid confidently based on your entries.

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It's a bit of a steep learn curve at the very beginning, it's very dependent on a good network connection in order to process quickly, sometimes can be affected by overall bandwidth available from corporate server during peak times, I can only see a passive filtered generated list of multiple bids to review their current status, closing dates, missing steps or things that would assist to coordinate a prioritiezed sequence to close these bids.

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It is worth to assist a one on one course or an Annual UGM in Houston to shorten your learning curves times.

 

from Webber, LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

The product is very useful and the company is always making it better

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The product is easy to navigate. Technical Service has always performed at the highest level.

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I don't have any complaints about the product or vendor.

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Play around with the features and go through the help videos.

 

from A.E. Stone
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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customer support, constantly evolving, expanding software, this is a company and product that lives and dies by the success of it's users. They have thrived, I have thrived, and the companies I have worked for have thrived using HCSS.

Likes Least

there are not more companies using the software. they will not make an accounting software

Recommendations

there are a few great options for bidding software but Heavybid customer support and implementation of user suggestions.

 

from Foremost Paving, Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Great product with world class support

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Very flexible and user friendly.
This is software designed to be used how the Contractor needs, not how some software designer thinks.

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Sometimes having to filter through level one support to get to someone who can help.
Getting muted out of the conversation between the level one and level two support techs.

Recommendations

Take the time to look carefully.
Don't skimp on up front training.

 

from Teichert
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Great product to get your estimate done quickly and effeciently

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HCSS has a very comprehensive program and support staff. It will make your estimates more accurate, timely, and effecient.

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There is not a whole lot to say in this regard. They try in every way to make sure you are satisfied as a customer.

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Review them all diligently and you will come to see that Heavy Bid is the best product out there.

 

from Ferguson Trenching Company, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Learning experience but can't imagine estimating without it

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Customer support is 2nd to none. Phone calls answered in quickly and responses have always been correct. Techs are knowlegable and personable and will explain what was wrong and what had to be done to correct the problem(s) which are typically a user problem not a software problem.

Likes Least

That I don't know how to use everything that it offers nor would I need to. What I least like about HCSS is that it's not closer to home (Maryland).

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To learn as much as you can about the software and speak with all personell from sales to engineers to customer support

 

from Midland Asphalt Materials, Inc.
Specialty: Government - federal
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Life made easy

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very user friendly easy to navigate, would love an undo option, the calculating tools are a plus. HCSS has thought of almost everthing and continues to improve their product and really listerns to their customers. The user conferance is a definate plus, must go!

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nothing much to say here just an undo button would be great

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Try it, I have used other estimating software and this is definately a plus. the training is excellent, the employees are friendly, helpfull and never make you feel in adequate.

 

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

1 year ago could not open a lap top, after 1 time here last year, now

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very easy and staff very helpful has made my job very easy

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a lotb of hidden stuff but learning to find all the hidden stuff. other than than exellent product

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they will like it just get started any body getting started in the bidding bpart of construction, you need this item and support

 
 
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