HCSS HeavyBid Estimating Software


 

HCSS HeavyBid estimating and bidding software is built specifically for the construction industry. Used by more than 50,000 estimators, HeavyBid helps users build estimates and manage daily bids. 

The software helps automate repetitive tasks based on tracking data from multiple sources; such as 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. With HeavyBid, users can break down complex work into more manageable pieces, and organize estimates to fit the organization’s needs. Users can also analyze subcontractor and supplier quotes.

HeavyBid is suitable for construction companies of all sizes in transportation, utility, power, oil and gas, and heavy civil industries HCSS also offers 24/7 instant customer service via phone and email.

 

HCSS HeavyBid - Estimates spreadsheet
 
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Estimates spreadsheet
    Estimates spreadsheet
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Bid pricing
    Bid pricing
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Copy items
    Copy items
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Item details
    Item details
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Quote summary
    Quote summary
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Assembly details
    Assembly details
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Corey from Geneva Rock Products, Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Easy to use program with lots of customizability

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Value for Money

Pros

I like how easy it is to use. With master estimates, it is easy to customize the software to industry needs.

Cons

The reports are a bit complicated for first time users. Not all of them are used either but it just takes practice to know what is needed.

 
 

Josh from Geneva Rock Products/CCI
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

HCSS is the bomb.com

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Value for Money

Pros

Allows you to customize your bids to your liking. Bids can be streamlined for customers and/or you can copy what the owner has set up.

Cons

THE SELECT BID ITEMS FEATURE NEVER WORKS. EVERY TIME I TRY TO ADD BID ITEMS THROUGH THE SELECT BID ITEMS IT DOESN'T WORK!

 
 

Adam from Clyde Companies Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

HCSS works great

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Went to the training/convention for the first time this February. thought it was great. thanks!

Pros

I like the quote class system. It's handy to input info as it comes in and compare with others. handy.

Cons

On occasion as I pull items from my codebook in the select bidtiem screen, the description comes across but my activities do not. if I tab through all the cells it seems to work.

 
 

John from Total Quality Contracting, LLC
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Excellent package.

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Value for Money

HCSS is an excellent, expandable, construction software package.

Pros

Very expandable. Excellent Customer Service.

Cons

Pricing is on the higher end, but is commensurate with the quality of the package.

Advice to Others

Strongly consider this package if you are a larger construction company that wants a fully integrated program.

 
 

Jonathan from BD Hall Constructors Corp.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

HCSS Heavy Bid - Top of the Line Bidding Software

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HCSS Heavy Bid has numerous essential features that other bidding software just do not have. They improve the ease of use and efficiency of almost every part of the process. They also allow for easy integration into their HCSS Heavy Job software, if you win the bid. After having used multiple bidding software, this one stands out as the best.

Pros

- Ease of use for adding custom items and making changes after the fact
- Well laid out and easy to navigate menus
- Ability to have multiple tabs open

Cons

- None

Advice to Others

Use this software and do the training modules with HCSS.

 
 

Jose A. from AMEC Construction LLC
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Very robust and capable group of software

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We use Heavy Bid, Heavy Job, Trux, and Dispatcher. The correct use of these 4 programs is very powerful. The capabilities for analysis, control, and general resources management is made easy and centralized. It definitely is a little uphill to correctly setup all programs and you start using them right (Training needed), but once they were up and running the return was without precedent.

Pros

Very Robust, very complete, very good communication between programs.

Advice to Others

It is somehow overwhelming at first sight because of all the options and things you can do. But once you pass that stage it is all good.

 
 

Aaron from The Beaver Excavating Company
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Construction Bidding Software

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Great software to bid construction projects. Gives you the ability to have multiple items, activities, and crews.
Many ways to present your bid and adjust costs. Very valuable tool for our project management and estimating staff.

 
 

Isabel from AMEC, LLC
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Heavybid - Construction company

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I have used heavybid for more than 2 years. I used it for estimating for about 1.5 years and have used it to understand and keep track of cost codes for 6 months. For estimating I think it is a great tool that will help you accomplish about anything that you can think of. Adding labor, equipment, creating master estimates, copying bid items or replacing them, etc. Integration with a heavy job is smooth and it becomes a great tool for project management to create change orders and look at resources estimated.

Pros

A number of features that are so helpful to estimate and record estimating process. Being able to attach documents to estimates as well as notes.

Cons

Difficult to learn everything it offers

 
 

Travis from Geneva Rock
Specialty: Paving
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Heavy Bid

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I have used HCSS for 18 years. I have been able to train dozens of other estimators easily

Pros

I like the intuitive nature of the software

Cons

There are so many areas of the software to learn that sometimes I can't learn all that I need to

Advice to Others

If you are involved in site work, paving or highways I would purchase this software

 
 

Abhi from Ziontech solutions
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Good to use this product

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The software is very easy to use. Nice GUI and great customer support. Very reliable software and supportive company.

Pros

HCSS offers very good 24-hour support. The program is very adaptable to all levels of construction estimating/bidding and can speak to most well-known accounting software.

Cons

I can't say much here maybe because in my experience I have yet to walk away with a negative feeling towards the product or vendor.

Advice to Others

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

 
 

Ariam from Blackstone Construction
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Heavy Bid

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Great Software. Real good configuration, and organization of different functionalities and crew assemblies, Equipment, and Materials breakdown. Allows you to manage subcontractors and assign Markup.

Pros

Real good configuration, and organization of different functionalities and crew assemblies, Equipment, and Materials breakdown. Allows you to manage subcontractors and assign Markup.

Cons

Too expensive. Not enough versions of the software priced for different user needs.

Advice to Others

If you have the money to afford it, its worth it, but be advise its expensive, when you add all the Maintenance cost that come with it.

 
 

Justin from Coastline Construction Corp.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

The BEST Estimating Software

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I have been a HeavyBid Advanced user for over 14 years now and its amazing to see how far this small company from Texas has come. I still remember when we ordered the software and a representative from the company came to our main office in CT and over the course of 2 days went over everything from setting up labor, benefits, burden, equipment, crews, bid items (manual entry and DOT import), etc. to showing us how to enter activities into bid items and actually creating an estimate. Such a great overall experience from the early stages of implementation to the countless support center calls at all hours of the day and night before a bid (which were always answered) up to the present day where all of the above is still true today.

Pros

Unmatched customer support, ease of use and the ecosystem of programs/applications on multiple platforms that integrate perfectly with each other and will only grow with your company.

Cons

Recently I purchased an iPad Pro 12.9" pretty much for the sole purpose of using a handfull of apps such as Projectwise, Bluebeam Revu and HeavyBid Mobile. Well, after emailing HCSS Support I find out that HeavyBid Mobile is no longer supported. I was looking forward to trying something different with HeavyBid on the go, even if it wasn't the full blown version.

Advice to Others

If you've been searching for an all inclusive estimating software then look no further. The amount of time you will save bidding on projects alone is worth the investment, not to mention the addition of mobile apps such as HeavyJob which ties into HeavyBid so you can export your entire estimate, crews, material, subs, etc into HeavyJob and use it as a complete job reporting application.

 
 

Jordan from Great Lakes Environmental & Infrastructure, LLC.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

September 2016

September 2016

Heavy Bid is the best

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Likes Best

Heavy Bid is great not only does it provide you a tool to input cost, data, and vendor information but it seamlessly allows you to transition that information into Heavy Job once a project is awarded, saving time and hassle for the project startup. HCSS has been great with their customer service, any time we run into an issue their customer support is always there to assist.

Likes Least

I can't say much here maybe because in my experience I have yet to walk away with a negative feeling towards the product or vendor.

Recommendations

Try it and do a fair side by side assessment of whatever tools your company is currently utilizing with Heavy Bid, I think it will be hard to not choose this product as a result.

 
 

Mike from Beaver Excavating
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

September 2016

September 2016

Great experience

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Likes Best

The versatility and capabilities that HCSS offers. Being able to utilize both Heavy Bid & Heavy Job make my day-to-day tasks easy. I'm able to extract the information easily and turn it our the our field quickly.

Likes Least

Haven't found anything I don't like about this product

Recommendations

Be open to trying this software, it can make your job easier

 
 

LUCAS from PG&E
Specialty: Utility contractor

September 2016

September 2016

Heavy Job-- one stop ship for tracking project costs

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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Customer Support

Likes Best

I like having all project cost available to me through various reports, as well at HCSS willingness to listen and implement suggestions to improve the software

Likes Least

I have found inconsistencies in some of the data provided by various reports.

Recommendations

I have been very pleased with the suite of software programs HCSS offers particularly Heavy Job for tracking project costs.

 
 

Josh from The Beaver Excavating
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

September 2016

September 2016

Great product for tracking time, materials, subs, costs!

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Likes Best

The ease of use for the tablet users like my foreman or superintendents. This product is a great way to track my crews time, costs of labor and equipment, materials deliveries, subcontractors costs, and progress of the project. With this product I can quickly review my job cost to date on a whole or by an activity level.
In addition there is always tech support available for any an all questions.

Likes Least

This product doesn't have many flaws. They have really worked hard on getting this system down for the construction industry. The only complaint I have is the integration between the office to cloud and cloud to tablet is sometimes sluggish.

Recommendations

There are some bugs in regards to the credentials website for use between the tablet and office software.

 
 

Matthew from Catworks Construction LLC
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

September 2016

September 2016

Must have in your estimating arsenal!

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Likes Best

Always pleased with HCSS updates to their program. I love that they don't sit around, they are always making their program the best it can be. They are second to none!

Likes Least

Not as easy for the new people to learn and understand.

Recommendations

Must have if you are bidding anything of size. Its worth paying the extra to get Heavybid Advanced! Lots of extras

 
 

Wes from CCESI
Specialty: Design/build firm

September 2016

September 2016

Probably the industry standard for construction estimating software

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Likes Best

HCSS offers very good 24 hour support. The program is very adaptable to all levels of construction estimating/bidding and can speak to most well known accounting software. Several levels of the software provide more or less detailed options, depending on your requirements

Likes Least

Extremely structured and difficult to set up database initially. Upkeep is fairly easy, if your initial setup was performed with some aforethought.

Recommendations

This should be one of the two or three estimating software that you review for purchase. Take some time to get into the database setup. It's going to take about 120 hours to put a good database together and consists of using an excel spreadsheet and a good amount of logic to set up the system. I've done it several times. I know now what to do.

 
 

David from Kissick Construction
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

September 2016

September 2016

The Best Estimating Software I've Ever Used

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Likes Best

I love how you can preload your labor and equipment cost into the system and only allow certain people to adjust them as union wages go up or inflation hits. This adds to the accuracy of your estimates. I also like how you can pull in quotes from subcontractors and these are stored on the system. The integration to HeavyJob is seamless. This makes bidding the job and managing the budget simple and efficient. The customer support line is extremely useful.

Likes Least

It's very expensive and it takes a little while to get set up and can be a little frustrating at first. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes a lot easier and much more efficient and accurate than an Excel sheet.

Recommendations

You need to make sure you have the right labor costs and equipment costs. These bits of information are crucial in having an accurate estimate. HeavyBid doesn't do this for you, so make sure your information is accurate before putting it into the system.

 
 

Tamela from Gleis
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

September 2016

September 2016

Project Controls Manager

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Likes Best

This product is easy to use and provides many different reports for the flexibility to see project numbers in many ways

Likes Least

Some of the ways to get around in the software seems archaic

Recommendations

Make sure you have all of the principles of estimating before dabbling

 
 
 
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edward from leon e wintermyer inc
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

great software

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use it every day. dont know where i would be without it. even when the rare issue arises, support is always avaialbe and very professional. anyone looking to keep their estimating at top notch needs this program.

Pros

ease of use and its overall functionality

Cons

almost too indepth

Source: Capterra
 

Douglas from Mosser Construction Inc.
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

HeavyBid: the best estimating software on the market.

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Great product with even better support. This is the best software we use. We have been using this product for over 20 years. HCSS consults with its clients to improve the product. They also have an annual user group meeting that is one of the best educational events in construction to attend.

Pros

It is adaptable to use for any-kind of Construction Estimating.

Cons

Does not provide any take-off products.

Advice to Others

If you buy it, plan to spend time on development right up-front. Utilize HCSS's people to help with the implementation. This will save you many hours of overhead in the future.

Source: Capterra
 

Ernst from Bucotech Construction

December 2016

December 2016

Heavy construction transportation

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As a student in project management, that product help me to do better in the construction market. The estimating is an important part of the construction industry, with the "Capterra" that can bring new procedures in the heavy construction especially in transportation infrastructures. The software permit the contractor and subcontractor to work without difficulty. My experience with that software, I can, at this time, integer the construction market.

Source: Capterra
 

Nida from Pacific Gas & Electric

February 2016

February 2016

Construction estimating

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Pro: so informative with various features to apply to how your company estimates. I like the different options for reports and the ability to easily see how numbers are calculated.
Cons: still some glitches at times, and not so user friendly.

Source: Capterra
 

Claude from Weeks Marine Inc

February 2016

February 2016

New with the software

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The pass 2 days showed me the complexity of the software and in the same time the friendly user it could be.

Source: Capterra
 

Joshua from Michels Corp

February 2016

February 2016

SSomewhat new to this software

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Found the class I attended very helpfull and the instructors were very helpfull

Source: Capterra
 

Glauce from Bergeron Land Development

February 2016

February 2016

HEAVYBID NICE

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Heavybid is a nice software to work with. After you learn how to use you have so many features and opportunities to improve your bid.
The support from HCSS is awsome, they are always available and have knowledge to help.
The con that I see on Heavybid is that because it has so many features you can make mistakes if you do not know what you are doing.

Source: Capterra
 

Hugh from SMFI

February 2016

February 2016

eexcellent would recomended it

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User Friendly detailed and excllent intergration with other software used in construction Primavera etc.

Source: Capterra
 

Jay from New Enterprise Stone & LIme Co. Inc.

February 2016

February 2016

Very powerful and efficient.

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I've not used any other estimating software, but I don't anticipate needing to. The flexibility and ease of use on the fundamental bid functions are great. Great tool!
the only criticism (not sure if i would call it that) I find that the latest and greatest versions have so many advanced functions that aren't really applicable to my specific work area.

Source: Capterra
 

Greg from Summers-Taylor, Inc

February 2016

February 2016

powerful program

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wonderful how our whole team can work on the same estimate

Source: Capterra
 

greg from Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc

February 2016

February 2016

good tool

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easy to come back to releative to operations to estimating dept.

Source: Capterra
 

Buddy from Kelley Construction

February 2016

February 2016

kelly construction

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Used HB in past job. We were changing to new estimating system. HB was my only choice. The system can be as basic or detailed as you wish. Flexible . I do not believe I will ever out grow the system. Tech support is absolutely the best in the world 24 7 and always helpfull

Source: Capterra
 

peter from everest excavating

February 2016

February 2016

HeavyBid

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product is great for building estimates for our earthwork and site utility projects. It is a very powerful tool for bidding and tracking our projects, and does a great job with reporting and manipulation of cost impacts

Source: Capterra
 

Derek from Granite

February 2016

February 2016

Estimating persuits with Granite Construction

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Helps us submit accurate concise proposals to the owner. I having been using the software for 4 years and it becomes more user friendly each year.

Source: Capterra
 

Glenn from Boh Bros. Construction Co., L.L.C.

February 2016

February 2016

Estimated multiple projects ranging in value from $60k to $380M

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Very easy to use and customize. Production data is very visible and easy to tweak once activities are created.

Source: Capterra
 

Morgan from Weaver Bailey Contractors

February 2016

February 2016

Bidding Heavy Highway Project in Arkansas

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We have had success in establishing production rates to form more accurate bids and schedules to keep a project on track.

Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Granite Construction

February 2016

February 2016

Very many features and extremely versatile. Very powerful tool for our business.

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I have only good comments regarding the product and I am glad our company has embraced it.

Source: Capterra
 

Jon from New Enterprise Stone & Lime

February 2016

February 2016

Does what you need it to do, but sometimes requires additional clicks

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Pros:
More accurate and practical than spreadsheets
Saves tremendous amount of time.

Cons:
Requires multiple clicks to add simple costs
some menus are difficult to find.

Source: Capterra
 

Ted from Ahtna Cnstruction

February 2016

February 2016

Best Estimsting software

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Great for multiple estimate management, cross states and under several estimators. Love it.

Source: Capterra
 

Michael from Stacy and Witbeck

February 2016

February 2016

Heavy civil estimating on large $50mil-$1billion projects

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Great software, very functional.
But seriously, how long before we can get an Undo button?! Just for the last operation, shouldn't be too much to ask for.
When changing values in a cell, there needs to be a way to "cancel" or escape out of the cell without making the changes. 'Escape' clears you out of the window and sometimes causes a whole bunch of error issues.

Source: Capterra
 
 
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