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

147 Reviews of HCSS 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

Satisfaction Guarenteed

Ease-of-use

There are easy and understandable labels to each input category.

Functionality

Originally designed for Heavy Highway & Site Contract work, this software fits most all our needs.

Product Quality

It has top of the line quality based on other software advertisements I've seen.

Customer Support

They offer super customer support in everything from help topics and support, to customized reports for individual contractors.

Likes Best

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

Estimator / Project Manager

Ease-of-use

Just like any new software, it takes time to learn. Getting the activity code book set up is a pain, but once you have your items set up, it is easy.

Functionality

Based on what we use it for, it meets all of our needs.

Product Quality

The quality is great. However, I have never used another system to compare it to other than spreadsheet estimating.

Customer Support

We use HeavyBid and HeavyJob, and the customer support is great. Every time there is an issue, there's always somebody to talk to on the phone.

Likes Best

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

Ease-of-use

I would say the easiest thing about this software is the logical step-by-step process.

Functionality

The product meets our functionality very well and helps us get the job done.

Product Quality

The overall quality of the product meets all of our needs.

Customer Support

Tech support is available 24/7. No matter what we need, they can always help.

Likes Best

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

Outstanding

Ease-of-use

It's very easy to use and navigate. It's very user-friendly and well-thought-out.

Functionality

It does everthing we ask and then some. It's tailored to the industry.

Product Quality

It's a very dependable, reliable product. It has no issues I am aware of that haven't been quickly resolved.

Customer Support

They have exceptional customer support and a "Stand behind the product" attitude.

Likes Best

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

HeavyBid Review

Ease-of-use

It's is user-friendly. I haven't had any problems using it or with it satisfying my needs.

Functionality

I can get all the information and reports I need from the product.

Product Quality

It's great quality and a timesaver. It's satisfying all of our bidding needs for any project.

Customer Support

They need customer comments to enhance any deficiency and to make the product more useful to bidders.

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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

Ease-of-use

The product is very easy to use. The layout is very user-friendly and makes sense to the user.

Functionality

It serves as the only software we need to bid work. We bid upwards of 100 projects a year. It's something we could never do without. It's really good software.

Product Quality

The quality is top-notch. I really don't know what else to say.

Customer Support

There is always somebody to answer any questions around the clock. Also, if they don't know the answer to your question (which is rare), they take the time to figure it out and get back with you.

Likes Best

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

Ease-of-use

It works like you would build an estimate and is organized well.

Functionality

It fits the type of work we do and works in a way that fits our estimating method.

Product Quality

It works very well! We really never have any quality issues.

Customer Support

You always get a real person who sticks with you until the issue is resolved.

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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

Ease-of-use

Searching for existing bids is time consuming and tedious when you are trying to look up old bids to refer to.

Functionality

It gives us the capability to bid multiple different type of jobs in a timely manner by being able to pull from recent bids.

Product Quality

The software is one that is standard in our industry and has a well-thought-out interface.

Customer Support

The support is readily available, and the training they provide is helpful.

Likes Best

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

Ease-of-use

The product is very easy to use and makes my job easy.

Functionality

For the work that I do, this product is very handy in creating jobs.

Product Quality

The quality is very good on this product. It makes my job easy.

Customer Support

I have not dealt with this vendor's customer support directly but have not heard of any problems with it.

Likes Best

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

Ease-of-use

It's confusing. It needs to be simplified in order to perform multiple tasks.

Functionality

It meets all of our bidding needs, but it needs to have less steps involved.

Product Quality

It does work well once you get up to speed, but it takes too long to set up and run.

Customer Support

They're not that great. It seems like when we need information the most, not one person can answer our questions.

Likes Best

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

HCSS review

Ease-of-use

Learning the program is fairly easy. It has mainly been a learn as you go process.

Functionality

It does a good job of covering our estimating needs.

Product Quality

Quality seems good. It would be nice if it was more flexible in adding specialized equipment to the crews.

Customer Support

I have not had to contact customer service, but our IT people seem to get their problems handled okay.

Likes Best

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

Ease-of-use

The crew set up and the activities we have set up make it easy. Our crews are set up with productions in some simple activities.

Functionality

It's pretty much all we need. I'm sure we don't even use it to its full capability.

Product Quality

The only issue is the updates that slow it down when opening, closing, or moving to a different estimate.

Customer Support

Our IT guy handles that, but seems fine. I haven't heard him say anything bad about it.

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

Ease-of-use

It's easy to use, but you need experience to really use it to the fullest extent.

Functionality

I would like to see more ease in customizing quote requests.

Product Quality

It's a very great product to get the KOB done and meet our company's needs.

Customer Support

Every time I call for support, someone is always there and willing to work to fix my problems.

Likes Best

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.

 

from Foshee Construction Co., Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Great Product!

Ease-of-use

Various section are easy to navigate through, and I love the autosave feature.

Functionality

All needs are being met by our estimating staff, and we have no problems with the interface.

Product Quality

It is well-designed by a team that surely knows site development or heavy highway applications.

Customer Support

Every time we have used tech support, they have been very knowledgable and very helpful.

Likes Best

It's very user-friendly, and they have a great support team. I'm very happy with this product!

Likes Least

Not much. It has about everything I can think of included.

Recommendations

Do a trial run and compare. This product far out weighs the competition!

 

from C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Everyday Tool

Ease-of-use

As I mentioned previously, getting to know the software is a challenge.

Functionality

I find myself using HeavyBid on a daily basis. We'll incorporate it on any size project.

Product Quality

HeavyBid is a well-thought-through program. The level of detail makes it a top-notch heavy highway estimating program.

Customer Support

Getting to know the software is a challenge. Fortunately, HCSS customer support makes this learning process as seamless as possible.

Likes Best

I love that HCSS as a company stands behind their products 100%.

Likes Least

HeavyBid is a very detailed and extensive program. Getting to know the software is a challenge.

Recommendations

HeavyBid is one of those programs that is an essential tool in heavy highway estimating. I find myself using it on a daily basis.

 

from The Mosser Group
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Great product support for a new user!

Ease-of-use

If I have any questions, I just call the support number and they walk me through step by step.

Functionality

It easily transfers a bid and all unit prices to the Ohio department of transportation's online bidding system.

Product Quality

When a software update comes out, it is correct the first time.

Customer Support

I call quite a bit as I discover all the things that it is capable of.

Likes Best

It's a very complex program, but is easy to use. They are very friendly too.

Likes Least

I don't like that their only major conference is in Texas. More people from my company could go if there was another one closer.

Recommendations

Just by looking at the vast number of sucessful contractors that use the program, the choice to purchase the software should be easy.

 

from Preston Pipelines, Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

HCSS is an excellent construction software suite

Ease-of-use

Because it is robust, there is a learning curve. There are many options and ways to set up different bids based on the desired end result.

Functionality

Yes it does meet our needs! HeavyBid's integration with HeavyJob was a main selling point for us in our effort to progress our job tracking efforts.

Product Quality

The quality is very good. HeavyBid is stable and pretty fast in the network environment, which is helpful to an estimator like myself.

Customer Support

Their customer support is very good. They take a lot of pride in their customer support (from the CEO down) and it shows.

Likes Best

HCSS is an integrated, robust heavy civil construction software suite which is very effective. Their customer service is top-notch. We have used other packages in the past, and this is our favorite.

Likes Least

Cost was the main negative for us, though you pay for quality.

Recommendations

Go to ConExpo and see for yourself. See all the software booths and then ask why HCSS enjoys such a massive market share. Most packages don't have nearly the support staff to assist in staying on the bleeding edge. HCSS is always innovating. UGM is a perfect example of this.

 

from Preston Pipelines
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: Single user Portfolio size: Single user

HeavyBid for Project Management

Ease-of-use

There are so many options, it can be overwhelming. Once you have figured out how to use a core set of features, the system works for you!

Functionality

The system is very useful for organizing the really complex projects with multiple phasing, an, it is useful for the easier, quick turn-around pricing for extra work quotes. Closing bids is another aspect of the system that I have found to be very helpful and user-friendly.

Product Quality

I really like this system. The interface is user-friendly. Once you get practice with all of the bells and whistles, the system will really save you time and resources.

Customer Support

Most of the techs are knowledgeable, and if they cannot help you, they will track down someone who can. I have called many times, and I have only had one negative experience where the tech was supposed to look into something and contact me, but he never did. Other than that instance, I have had nothing but positive experiences with customer support.

Likes Best

Currently, I utilize HeavyBid to price out change orders for RFQs and RFI responses for the ongoing project that I am working on. The system allows me to build in my contractual extra work markups as well as set up bid items that can be turned on or turned off depending on the application to the project. The quick estimate that I can produce allows for me to get a ROM or a quote provided to the owner in a timely manor without taking too much of my time away from managing the daily goings-on at the jobsite.

Likes Least

It has been difficult to conform the estimates to upload them to our accounting system. This may have to do with the many different systems that HCSS has had to modify the HeavyBid program to talk to, but it really is the biggest pain, and I wish there was an easier way.

Recommendations

Use the 1-800 help line. Most of the techs are knowledgeable, and if they cannot help you, they will track down someone who can. Also, invest in training. I do not think that sending all of your employees to the User Group Meeting in Houston is the right way to go though. Send a few champions who can bring it back. Form a committee and agree on how your company wants to implement the system and how it will be used in your company. Then put together written procedures and hold training, then train, and offer more training.

 

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

The Premier Estimating Software for Heavy/Highway Work

Ease-of-use

There is a learning curve to using the software, but after you have used it a while, the ease of use would be rated at a ten.

Functionality

For Heavy/Highway type projects, functionality is rated at ten, but it's not quite as well suited for straight Building type projects.

Product Quality

The quality is excellent and HCSS constantly improves its software based upon customer feedback.

Customer Support

The customer support is exceptional. We are always available to speak to a live person 24/7. Most issues can be resolved within about 15 minutes on the phone or having their support reps remotely login to your computer.

Likes Best

HeavyBid is very comprehensive and can be customized to meet needs of all different types of contractors. The customer service is exceptional and available 24/7. The software is constantly being upgraded based upon customer feedback.

Likes Least

The main item that I like least about HeavyBid is that is does not have an undo button. Also, sometimes the software updates remove functions that I liked. I then have to make a request to get those functions added back in on the next update.

Recommendations

This is the premier estimating software for heavy/highway type projects. It really streamlines the process and reduces simple mistakes. There is a learning curve to using the software, but it is worth it and HCSS really helps with hands-on training to get you setup.

 

from DiFazio Industries
Specialty: Engineer
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Estimation Software

Ease-of-use

The use is easy. I was able to put jobs together and quickly using the included tutorial and with some guide from veteran users.

Functionality

This software fits our needs perfectly, as we can estimate the cost of a job while having the same database for equipment, labor, and even fuel.

Product Quality

The software is very well-built. I have logged many hours with this software on different devices, and it has functioned as expected.

Customer Support

I can not really comment on the customer support, as our IT engineer manages all issues that would come up.

Likes Best

The learning curve is amazingly simple compared to other software I have used in my previous job.

Likes Least

I'm still learning how to fully use this software. However, I do not see a downside yet.

Recommendations

The program is useful in the long run. Once databases are set up and crews are defined, the workflow is quick.

 
 
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