Pipeline Suite Bid Management Software


 

After fifteen years in the industry, Pipeline Suite has established themselves as one of the premier bid solicitation, online plan room, and pre-qualification solutions on the market for small to mid-sized general contractors. The Pipeline Suite solution is a true Software-as-a-Service solution, meaning that data is stored and maintained by the provider. This allows firms to focus more on producing competitive bids and less on maintaining their software. Pipeline Suite automatically updates their product twice a month to keep contractors abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

The bid management application is offered on a best-of-breed basis and allows for a considerable amount of customization of fields. For instance, in keeping track of items that you bid on a project, you are able to customize the CSI codes to your own semantics. This creates greater flexibility in generating bids as you can adapt the codes to your current naming conventions. Certifications are another field that can be customized so you are not limited to a narrow field of certifications. Users tout its speed and ease of use as the system's core advantages; projects can be set up and sent out in a fraction of the time of other methods.

Subcontractors can be invited to view specified projects and are able to access and download plans and bid documents free of charge. This means that you can give the people helping bid and complete projects the capability to access bid information without having to pay more. The pre-qualification module allows contractors to automate their pre-qualification process by allowing their subcontractors to fill out the Prequal form electronically. The same feature can be used to blast out a simpler form that allows subs to update their contact information and trades. 

The ideal construction firm for this product is a commercial general contractor as well as design/build firms, heavy highway, real estate developers or even custom homebuilders. Typically, these contractors will place bids on about 5-20 jobs every month. We find that these companies range from $1 million all the way up to $500 million. This means it’s a suitable solution for small time contractors as well as larger firms that need to operate the software out of several offices.

The system also offers great support. Nine out of ten calls for support are answered right away.

 

Pipeline Suite - Bid Calendar
 
  • Pipeline Suite - Bid Calendar
    Bid Calendar
  • Pipeline Suite - Create or Update Project
    Create or Update Project
  • Pipeline Suite - Select Bidders by CSI Trade
    Select Bidders by CSI Trade
  • Pipeline Suite - Preview/Send Invitation
    Preview/Send Invitation
  • Pipeline Suite - Confirm Bidders
    Confirm Bidders
  • Pipeline Suite - Add Addendum
    Add Addendum
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

11 Reviews of Pipeline Suite

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from Gulf Building, LLC.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Pipeline Suite is easy to learn and great to have

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What I like best about Pipeline Suite is how user friendly and easy to navigate it is.

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What I do not like is that there is no search bar option.

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Take the time to do the online training seminars and get to know the service operators, they are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly.

 

from Albro Construction Services
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Robust, scalable, and highly user friendly. Highly recommended.

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I can't speak highly enough for the Pipeline Suite. It has completely streamlined our invitation process. Within a few short days of implementing the suite I honestly couldn't see doing it any other way. From sending out the invitations, to tracking responses, to sending our supplemental bid information this suite cannot be beat. Very pleased!

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Would like more latitude in the ability to customize the sub lists. And they desperately need a mobile app.

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Buy it, you can't go wrong. We reviewed several different options. From pricing to functionality this was hands down the best option.

 

from Dunhill Development and Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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Pipeline is very easy to use, especially when sending out large files to subcontractors. I especially like that you can go back and check to see if a sub has received the bid invitation, clicked on the link, and downloaded the file. Great for accountability!

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I wish that there was a way to send the bid invitation to yourself so you could see exactly what the invite looks like.

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I would say that Pipeline was exactly what our company was looking for.

 

from Dunhill Development & Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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It's easy to set up and user-friendly.

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There should be an easier way to add vendors to the invite list. Make a search and add function.

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This program has been thoroughly helpful in the process of estimating. However, if it could help provide a transitional process into the project management side, it would provide to be more helpful. Overall, this program has proven to be a useful and valuable resource in our estimating processes.

 

from Sheet Metal Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

I absolutely love this program!

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It took very little time to learn the how to use Pipeline Suite, and the instruction received was very thorough.

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I get error messages every time I upload, even when the upload was successful.

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It serves its purpose to complete the tasks needed in my job. They allow their users to make suggestions to the programmers.

 

from Loverde Builders
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Well-organized bidding tool

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Our favorite feature of Pipeline is its ability to track subcontractor activity without requiring a complicated login process. That feature saves us many follow up calls to check on progress while at the same time allowing us not to overburden subs to be part of the program.

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The addition of a new vendor after the request has been sent out is a little cumbersome.

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Understand what your needs are in the bidding process. If you need software that is as easy to use as an FTP site but also tracks subcontractor activity, this is the perfect product.

 

from Yeargin Potter Shackelford
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Best ITB Software out there.

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Pipeline does just what we need and all their demo promised. We are able to prepare an ITB in minutes instead of hours. The learning curve was non-existent. We were able to load our vendor database and be up and running almost immediately. Our vendors tell us it is the best they see, and they see a lot of different invitations. Our logo is front and center and easy to recognize. We are in control of our database, and it is not shared with our competitors. Selecting vendors is quick and easy and can be duplicated for similar projects, which saves time and effort. We compared four software solutions and chose Pipeline. I'm glad we did.

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The hardest thing was to prepare our database for uploading. Pipeline was a great help in making this as easy as it could be.

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From the first invitation issued, we have received great bid response, which means winning more jobs, which is the goal. The cost is very competitive. It requires minimal time and effort to issue requests and maintain the database. The ability for vendors to download plans and addenda easily means we receive more bids.

 

from HSI

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We are a SDVOSB General Contractor and had been using a fax-based program for bid invites. After much research, I found Pipeline Suite, did the FREE demo, and I'm sold! A few of the highlights are that we don't have duplicates anymore, the cost is much more effective, bidders have the ease of responding online as well as updating their information saving us a lot of time on the admin side of things. Our sales rep Rick has been amazing and is always just a quick email away if we have questions. He responds immediately and has always solved any problems we had. I highly recommend Pipeline Suite.

 

from Burke Construction

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Pipeline Suite is a powerful application that maintains an updatable database, and mates it with tools to efficiently broadcast and track bids from beginning to end. This has helped our company expand its ability to bid more with less during these difficult economic times. It is easy to learn and simple to use, and, best of all, it is constantly evolving so that we can stay out front in a very competitive environment.

I rate it "Five Stars" across the board!

 

from Eastern Building & Restoration

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We are a General Contractor and rely heavily on Pipeline to get information on jobs we are bidding out to the subs from which we want quotes. We have used Pipeline since 2005 and couldn't be happier.

I have never experienced customer service like I have with Pipeline. Every question - forget waiting 24-48hrs for a response, they answer almost immediately, certainly within 10-15 minutes. They always have an answer to my problem (and it's typically me that's causing the problem).

I can't think of one thing we'd change and I tell everyone in our industry Pipeline is the best software package we've utilized in years! I don't know how we'd get along without it.

Setting up the job info - choosing the suppliers/subcontracts, uploading the Specs, Drawings & Addenda and sending out the invitations is easy and works great! There is a link so those invited can go online and actually access the info uploaded for their use. It has made an amazing difference in time management and getting the quotes we need, when we need them.

I would highly recommend Pipeline to anyone who wants a Class A rated experience with a software package that works as promised.

 

from Interstate Construction Group Inc.

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As a commercial general contractor bidding projects across the country, it is extremely important that our bid invitations have a professional appearance and are delivered in a timely manner.

We have been using Pipeline Suite since 2006 with complete satisfaction. Pipeline Suite has always been open to improvement suggestions and provides frequent system upgrades to the benefit of all users. We especially like the response tracking capabilities available. Pipeline Suite is very user-friendly and was easily implemented by our team.

On those occasions when we needed help with an issue, Pipeline's customer support was very responsive in getting the issue resolved.

 
 
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