SmartBid Bid Management Software


 

SmartBid is an online construction bid software designed for general and prime contractors to manage subcontractor data, prequalify subcontractors, share project documents and send invitations to bid. As a web-based system, all communications, files, project and subcontractor data are stored in a secure online portal.

Approved users can access their data at any time, from any location via web browser or the SmartBid mobile app available for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices. SmartBid users can use custom forms or the ConsensusDocs 721 form integration to prequalify subcontractors for projects.

Users can then tap into their private sub database and filter for qualified subs or access the integrated SmartInsight construction network to select the most qualified subs to invite to bid on every project. Digital invitations to bid give subcontractors customized, monitored access to the GCs online SmartBid planroom for centralized document distribution, collaboration and communications.

Shared calendars, communication templates, administrative access controls and customizable reports on all data also facilitate complete process monitoring and feedback. Monthly software updates are shaped by user requests, and a live support team is available to users and their subcontractors.

SmartBid features exclusive integrations with STACK estimating and takeoff, Citrix ShareFile (and other cloud storage solutions), the Virtual Planroom Network of builders exchanges across the U.S., the SmartInsight online construction network and others. 

SmartBid is designed for any small, medium, or large general contractor, prime contractor or design/build firm. The optional Spanish and French subcontractor portals also make SmartBid a preferred product of builders with large numbers of multi-lingual subcontractors.

 

SmartBid Bid Management Software - Dashboard
 
  • SmartBid Bid Management Software - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • SmartBid Bid Management Software - Bid project setup
    Bid project setup
  • SmartBid Bid Management Software - Subcontractor prequalification
    Subcontractor prequalification
  • SmartBid Bid Management Software - Subcontractor database search
    Subcontractor database search
  • SmartBid Bid Management Software - Project reports
    Project reports
  • SmartBid Bid Management Software - Online system login
    Online system login
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Windows 2000

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Robin from Matilsky construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

I loved smartbid and I was sad to say goodbye. It was just too much money for a small company

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Value for Money

We found a more affordable program that is better suited for our small business. But it didn't really compare. It is the closest thing we have found but it's not smartbid! Great job programmers!!

Pros

I can't say enough about the pros. It was truly a wonderful software program I loved it all. So easy

Cons

It was a bit intimidating at first and took some time to learn. But once I did, nothing really compares. Customer service was exceptional except the quality of the call sounded at times like it was a bad connection Like the Audio was in a tunnel. And some customer service reps had very strong accents.

 
 

Larry from Banker Insulation
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Subcontractors side

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N/A
Value for Money

Pros

Communication is the biggest thing for me. Submitting submittals is easier through the website. The cost is really a plus for small business owners.

Cons

None so far. So far I have not any issue that I could not resolve myself. Easy to use and manage. I feel confident that if I need customer service I will not have any problems.

 
 

Josh from WIELAND
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Smartbid Software Review

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I use the software to bid construction projects. It is very easy to use and is a great tool to have when bidding construction projects. Very easy to keep notes within the project. The ability to track whether a subcontractor has viewed, or downloaded the project is very helpful.

 
 

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

February 2017

February 2017

Excellent software for contacts database and bidding invites

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Very complete. It has very nice filters, very good setup. The new interface is definitely better and cleaner. As long as you make it clear with your invitees what are they going to receive and what they need to do, it is a very nice tool to have.

 
 

Roger from Plant Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great software

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N/A
Value for Money

After reviewing and meeting with 8-10 software vendors we chose Smartbid to manage our bidding and buyout process. This software integrated with our current software and allowed the most flexibility for the different platforms we use. Ultimately for the price and features, we believed it was the best product for our company. The only feature I would have liked to see is a regional GC vendor database to pull from.

 
 

Robbie from M.p.s Inc
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Bid calculator

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I really liked it, it helped me to get more precise estimates down to the penny as for how it used to be would vary and sometimes bid would be several thousand dollars off

Pros

The ease of use and how it takes all the data and crunches it all I have to do is key it in

Cons

Nothing

Advice to Others

Try it you'll really like it makes bidding and estimated better and quicker

 
 

jo from integrated benefit designs
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

great!

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Value for Money

would recommend. Great for small businesses. Great for training new hires.

Advice to Others

buy!

 
 

Ajila from TR
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Love it!

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Customer Support

Value for Money

Love this product. Easy to use and worth the money!

 
 

Tibin from Steel corp
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Must have tool

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This is one the best tools I have at work to manage the bids in my company. It is really easy for me and the contractors to communicate .

 
 

justin from easy way
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Awesome

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Most definitely worth it Easy to use easy to understand get it while it's hot

Pros

Easy to understand easy to use get it asap it's most definitely worth it

Cons

None

 
 

Saadi from Remodelingsquad
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

It was great experience. I found what I needed in this software

Pros

Easy to navigate

Cons

Little knowledge needed from the end user

Advice to Others

Please, take advantage of this software. It is incredible

 
 

Joe from Gulf Coast Professional Billing
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

October 2016

October 2016

SOFTWARE REVIEW

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N/A

Website easy to navigate. The app for Android or IOS seems easy to use.

 
 

Chris from Wieland
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great Bid Software for GC's

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

SmartBid is a great resource especially for contractors that bid in multiple markets. Our sub database on SmartBid consists of thousands of subcontractors that work with our six regional offices across the US. Our primary precon department is located at our headquarters in Michigan, and often have to support our other offices with estimation. The software makes it easy to find qualified subs with an almost limitless amount of ways to set up a work area in the location of the project. It is full of features that we could make use of with more training. So of the simpler features are the activity report, allowing us to see whether a sub has viewed the project or downloaded the files, and a feature where you can see the browser and IP address of a sub that is viewing projects, to find out if they are forwarding your invitations to others.

Pros

Very easy to pick up the basics, and a very powerful database tool.

Cons

Some of the more in depth features could be very powerful but it would require having more time or assistants to setup for each project.

Advice to Others

Our company utilizes another very powerful and expensive PM suite, but our estimating department uses SmartBid because it is leaps and bounds above the other systems precon system.

 
 

Jose A. from AMEC Construction LLC
Specialty: Construction manager

June 2016

June 2016

Powerful Bidding software

Ease-of-use

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Customer Support

Likes Best

It helps a lot with the bidding and quoting process, keep track of what is happening, and definitely helps you keep contacts updated.

Likes Least

The emails, generally looked like spam. thus, most of the time, the supplier need to be previously contacted and put up to speed of what is happening. Also, It is difficult to send a quick email, e.g. there is a lot of setup to do before shooting a re-bid to a selected group or particular package.

Recommendations

Check if you need to send massive emails (large documents and lots of recipients), if so, this is for you. I think that it is a very goo

 
 

Seth from Stiles Construction
Specialty: General contractor

April 2015

April 2015

Efficient and organized bid management system

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Customer Support

Likes Best

The product is organized in a functional manner and offers great flexibility for the reality that every project is a little different and needs to be handled slightly differently.

Likes Least

Since it is web-based, I can utilize the software anywhere, even from a tablet. The only wish I have for this product is future development of the mobile app. That said, the app still does offer some useful functionality.

Recommendations

I recommend for people evaluating bid management software to consider the overall workflow. The organization of the steps in the system is one of the easiest to learn to use. The simplicity of the steps after that also make using the software easy to gain adoption from other users.

 
 

Cade from Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Specialty: Construction manager

November 2014

November 2014

Best software I've seen

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

It's easy to customize to your liking. The best feature is the capability to create notes for each contractor contacted, and keep track of their bidding status throughout the bid timeline.

Likes Least

It would be nice to have the capability to solicit contractors that you currently don't have contact information for. For instance, if you were doing a project in a new location, to get a list of contractors who specialize in the bid categories you are looking for.

Recommendations

After shopping around the market (Gradebeam, BlueBook, ISQFT, etc), this program was by far the best for our needs.

 
 

Joe from Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Specialty: Engineer

October 2014

October 2014

I organize and manage my company's projects that are out to bid

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Likes Best

There are lots of options.

Likes Least

There are almost too many options. It's hard to find how to do certain things, but I am getting used to it.

Recommendations

This software allows you to fully customize your project that is out to bid.

 
 

Troy from Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Specialty: Construction manager

September 2014

September 2014

One month into use - so far so good!

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Functionality

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Likes Best

The vast majority of the work we do is public work, and the goal is to reach as many companies as possible. Other software systems required subcontractors to create accounts.

Likes Least

The pricing was a bit higher than we are used to. We have users that only need it for a month or two a year, which doesn't justify creating additional accounts.

Recommendations

If you need software for public bidding opportunities, this is a great place to start (private works as well)!

 
 

Ben from Ascent Construction

January 2013

Date: January 2013

 

Donny from Alfred Palma, LLC

November 2011

Date: November 2011

 
 
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