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 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: More than 100 users Portfolio size: More than 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.

 

from Beaver Excavating
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Key to Bidding in Construction

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The customer service and how they can alter it towards your company's needs.

Likes Least

It's a lot at first for a first time user. An easy how to guide or shortcuts would be helpful.

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Having an easy how-to guide for first time users would be helpful.

 

from Stacy and Witbeck
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Fast and efficient

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Great customer support and great estimating software.

Likes Least

Software has a lot of features and can take a while to get the hang of using.

Recommendations

Give the software time and get training to take full advantage of HeavyBid.

 

from C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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It's designed for our field of work and is user-friendly. They have friendly and knowledgeable tech support.

Likes Least

Some screen or views don't show all the information that is needed or desired. You must look in multiple locations for the information desired.

Recommendations

It may be more expensive than other similar software, but you get what you pay for in this case.

 

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

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This product is a excellent way to estimate bids. I started out using Excel spreadsheets and was hesitant on switching to a computer-based system. That hesitation did not last long. Once I found the advantages and the speed with which I could estimate jobs, I would never switch back.

Likes Least

Once you have finished the bid, you constantly have to keep updating the equipment analysis and escalation if you make any changes.

Recommendations

Take time to learn all the items and tools. There are still a lot of tools that I don't take advantage of.

 

from Glenn O. Hawbaker
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Great product

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I like HCSS' ease of use.

Likes Least

What i like least about this program is its speed when working in large files.

Recommendations

My recommendation for others evaluating this software is to use the activity codebook.

 

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

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It's very user-friendly. It's very reliable, and we receive great support from the company.

Likes Least

Sometimes, it's overcomplicated. There are too many ways to do the same thing.

Recommendations

Read the reviews, determine its dependability, and ask actual users about their experience.

 

from DiFazio Industries
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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It's a great product. It saves a lot of time in getting all information and reports for specific items.

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Nothing. I get what I need from the product, and it satisfies my requirements.

Recommendations

Look into it and start using it. It is a great product to save time.

 

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

My Review of HeavyBid

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The product is very user-friendly, and the vendor is always there to lend a helping hand. It's also saved us a lot of time and headaches compared to our old estimating software.

Likes Least

Honestly, there's not much. It's a really good product. I really don't have much negative to say about it.

Recommendations

Ask lots of questions! It seems a little overwhelming at first, but it's really easy to use once you get the hang of it!

 

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

Use for Estimating & Bidding Civil Work

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I like the customer support from the vendor and how well tailored to our work the software is.

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There is really nothing I do not like. It functions as needed.

Recommendations

Make sure it fits the style of work you do. This works well for a civil contractor.

 

from Glenn O Hawbaker
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Use as a bidding tool

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I like the ability to run multiple reports and import existing files. I also like its capability to build databases with prevailing wage rates and equipment material rates.

Likes Least

The search on View Current Bids goes back to the beginning instead of starting where you left off.

Recommendations

Spend as much time in the software before reviewing.

 

from Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Good product

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It's a well-organized program.

Likes Least

I have not dealt with the vendor directly, so I have no complaints.

Recommendations

Look at all the options that the software offers and make sure it covers your needs.

 

from Glenn O. Hawbaker
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Once you get into it, it's great

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The vendor is good, but we need more direct support when things get messed up in the system.

Likes Least

It requires too many clicks to achieve one task. The vendor needs to be more customer-friendly.

Recommendations

Get the most information you can before buying. Test drive all of them.

 

from Nutter Corp
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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Easy to learn and use. The estimate is in a good format that is easy to explain to owners.

Likes Least

There are still a few glitches. It doesn't forward crew data throughout the estimate when changing from the default crew.

Recommendations

Try it. It seems as good or better than the competition.

 

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

Estimator/Project Manager

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Likes Best

It's easy to use. It's fast when you set it up with crews and productions tied to the activities that are repetitive, like silt fence, etc.

Likes Least

Some of the updates slow it down. It seems like sometimes the updates don't do anything we need but slow the program down.

Recommendations

Setting the resources up right can really make it easy. Simple is better.

 

from Everest Excavating
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great product

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I like the ease with bidding and field management. We are able to take jobs from estimate to job management to accounting with ease.

Likes Least

Sometimes, it doesn't fit what we're trying to accomplish, and we need to be able to customize reports.

Recommendations

Take the time to do a detailed review of this software; nothing will compare in our industry to the product and support.

 
 
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