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 firms. 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

154 Reviews of HCSS HeavyBid

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from Landberg Construction, LLC

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The customer support is second to none. They are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They were instrumental during the first several days of learning how to navigate around HCSS. It is a great system with unlimited potential.

 

from J F White Contracting Company

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We have been using the HeavyBid program since 1990 and have never regretted the decision.

Their dedication to customer support is unmatched by anyone in the estimating software marketplace.

HCSS goes the extra mile for their customers, escpecially in listening to our desires for program enhancements through the annual user's group meeting.

Whenever we are asked by other contractors for our recommendation of an estimating program, our response is always two thumbs up for HCSS and their products.

 

from Silver Star Construction Co., Inc

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We have been using HeavyBid for over 10 years. We average 450 bids per year on heavy highway, heavy commercial, commercial and private excavation, and paving projects. We would not be able to get the accurate bids out the door and maintain our average winning 20% without the use of HeavyBid. One head estimator can review every bid and be assured the details are covered seeing all sub quotes with this system.

 

from Pipeline Utilities, Inc.

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Pipeline Utilities, Inc. is a General Contractor based in Raleigh, NC that specializes in underground utility installation, maintenance, rehabilitation, and repair. We work on a broad spectrum of types of underground utilities; from water & sewer to underground chilled water & steam lines.

Prior to HeavyBid, we were using spreadsheets written in Lotus and converted to Excel. We had used these particular spreadsheets since 1985. We began looking for an estimating software that would help us standardize our process and format while remaining flexible enough to handle the variety of work that we do.

We purchased HeavyBid in February of 2010 and have been using it since June 2010. The training and implementation that we received from HCSS has proved invaluable. We initially trained our two estimators, then six months later, we trained the rest of the project management staff. HeavyBid is easy to use, but it takes a little getting accustomed to. HCSS is a great resource. Their support staff is always available. If you forget how a certain function works, the person that answers the phone will be able to help you remember.

As far as benefits, we have been able to spend less time performing rote data entry and more time actually thinking critically about our estimates. In 2011, we were able to bid four major projects in two months time. Prior to us using HeavyBid, we would have been limited to only bidding one of them. There are many time-saving functions in HeavyBid, from the COPY routine, to the CODEBOOKS, that help Pipeline Utilities produce better, more detailed, estimates that are more quickly analyzed.

 

from Pipeline Utilities, Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great Product - Few Changes

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It's very easy to create, use, and update estimates and change orders for project management. The flow and logic of it is very easy to comprehend.

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I would like to see Save and Undo buttons, so that if mistakes are made (they always are), they can be corrected.

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I have no recommendations for others evaluating software like this.

 

from Pipeline Utilities
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Project manager/Estimator for small utiltiy company

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It's very powerful software that has the capability to do a wide variety of tasks.

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The software is not the easiest to use. Sometimes, it seems too complicated.

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Take some training for the software. It will make your life a lot easier.

 

from Pipeline Utilities, Inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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The dashboard is very simple.

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Some of the individual field customizations can be a little tricky, and the program encounters errors and shuts down sporadically.

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Base the recommendations off of comparable products.

 

from Nelson Lewis, Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Bidding Heavy Civil Construction

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The software logic and flexibility paired with the setup of our crew and equipment configurations make bidding simple and configurable to the specifications and requirements of each job. When we hit the occasional snag, HCSS support provides with quick and effective solutions.

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Some of the calculations happen behind the scenes of the program and are not documented in all of the reporting. This is sometimes confusing for our new estimators, but advanced training and experience often alleviate the issue.

Recommendations

Take advantage of the 101 and 201 training and attend the User Group Meetings.

 

from Mine Service, Ltd.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

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HeavyBid can perform just about any task that construction estimators can dream of when putting together projects. From simple crew formation to integrated takeoff, production calculation routines, extensive quoting, and vendor management tools, it does it all. HCSS support personnel are always just a phone call away.

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Since HeavyBid does have the capability to perform so many different functions, it can be daunting and overwhelming for first time or new users. The complexity of some of the functions takes time to master.

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For new users to HeavyBid, I would suggest investing the cost into additional training on the software offered by HCSS.

 

from SpawGlass Civil Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

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Support for the product is exceptional. The database is consistent and user-friendly. It has the ability to keep cost separated for the different activities needed for Unit Price contracts.

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It needs development on its ability to interface with an Excel file that contains production rates for different activities.

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As with all software, it is all about building a database that keeps your bid process consistent. It's time worth spent on the upfront requirements to use the product

 

from Moser Construction
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

HeavyBid is the best crew-based construction estimating software.

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Once implemented, HeavyBid is very easy to use and quick to setup, format, and complete estimates. However, in addition to being quick to use, one doesn't give up functionality for speed's sake. Any situation in an estimate can be addressed, and if it can't, HCSS will note the issue and work to improve it.

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Comprehensive setup can take a while to complete. One might argue that the codebooks are never perfect.

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Get the recommended training before passing judgement. There is a tremendous value in the training services HCSS provides.

 

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

Excellent Estimating Tool

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I like the ease of use.

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I have not been invited to any of the training courses, or they do not have videos posted online to show us how to use all of the tools this powerful program has. I would like to get more invitations to get better at it. I think I know at least 60% of everything, but it’s got so much awesome stuff that I could be wrong and only know 10% of all its tools.

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It’s a very powerful tool, so get some training to get 100% of the usage.

 

from APAC-Texas. Inc
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

I have been using HCSS for 14 years.

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The product is easy to use and can be configured to handle different types of work. A company can be up and running with this software in two days. It is powerful enough that hundred million dollar plus jobs can be estimated and bid with it using multiple estimators in multiple locations and even multiple countries if needed.

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At this time, there is nothing I really don't like about the product. They update it every year based on suggestions from all the users, so at this point, it does everything I want it to.

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There are other products similar to this on the market. Our company has some divisions that use other products because they were using them when we acquired those companies. The other products try to be like HCSS but are not nearly as powerful and diverse as HCSS.

 

from James Construction Group LLC
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

HeavyBid is a great tool for estimating

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HeavyBid is built for the unit price estimating arena. It makes everything involved with doing estimates easier, from setting up to closing an estimate, as well as updating codebooks. HCSS does a great job of not only standing behind their software, but the customers as well.

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There's no Undo button. I know why there is no Undo button and know it will never have an Undo button, but that is the best I can come up with for "like least."

As for HCSS, it's hard to think of a meaningful complaint about the company or the quality employees.

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Don't just focus on how well HeavyBid works in the estimating process; look at how it is set up to handle repetitive tasks and update data that is constantly changing. Also, look at how much time and effort HCSS puts into updating the software with input from the customers.

 

from Illinois Constructors Corporation
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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The product support has been very good. The product is fairly easy to train others on.

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We never hear from our sales person, but that might actually be a good thing. Setting up the software to our needs has been difficult.

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Be patient. Set it up correctly to fit your company.

 

from MH Holding Company
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

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They are quick to respond. It's a powerful program.

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The platform is getting old with numerous workarounds or patches.

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Consider the cost versus the benefit.

 

from Balfour Beatty Rail
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Lead Estimator - 3 year user

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The phone support is excellent. The product is high quality.

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There should be more training options. It can be difficult to learn the aspects of the program specific to our industry.

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The advanced features are very nice but difficult to employ over a range of proficiency levels.

 

from Fann Contracting
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Excellent company, excellent software

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The product is constantly improved and refined, based on customer input. The vendor is very customer service oriented, and responds immediately to any questions or problems. Their user group meetings are extremely helpful and educational.

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There is nothing we don't like about this product or vendor

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This software can easily interface with many construction accounting software programs. This is important if you want job cost information to flow back to your estimating department in a useful way.

 

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

The best tool in the business!

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I like the ease of data entry and the ability to translate that data into other work items and activities. Also, the ability to use normal reports with the options of customizing each report for each bid saves time and is advantageous in the competitive highway construction hard bid sector. The customer service is very quick and willing to assist with my needs and to get me answers.

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You have to take an extra step when adding resources to an activity. You forget sometimes and try to enter equipment and labor, and it kicks you out to another step that I feel is really more of a hassle than help, especially when making last minute adjustments. Sometimes, customer service has no idea what you're talking about, and this is their system!

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Don't let the initial setup of the database scare you. Once you set the system up, you create a tool that saves costs and will ensure that you produce the best possible bid for your project. Take the time to learn the system and tools, as the reports will be vital in evaluating your bid for overages or underutilization of equipment and labor. The vendor section is amazing and has allowed me to eliminate having someone send out requests for proposal because the vendor section can do this in a few small steps. I am a former Hard Dollar user and was happy with that system. But now, I feel like I have gone from a 1970 Ford Pinto to a 2015 Corvette by using HCSS.

 

from Talus Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

6 yrs of experience using HeavyBid as our main estimating software

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I like the fact that when it comes to keying an estimate in this program, you can really keep it as simple you want or really test the program and get very in-depth with the features. Additionally, HCSS has incredible customer support that is always available to walk you through a process, even if you are burning the midnight oil.

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There really is not much to dislike about this product. It is easy to pick up and is fully customizable to suit your crew and material needs.

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The best advice I would give is to put the time in upfront to properly set up your crews and different activities that you regularly perform. Once these are set up, the speed at which you will be keying your estimates will greatly improve.

 
 
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