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Procore logo
 
Procore serves residential and commercial construction firms with their project management solution. Their web-based system includes functionality for contract management, document control, and time sheet tracking.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM logo
 
Microsoft Dynamics is a customer relationship management solution designed to serve businesses of all sizes. The solution is used across various industry verticals such as government, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare,... Read More
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Microsoft Dynamics is a customer relationship management solution designed to serve businesses of all sizes. The solution is used across various industry verticals such as government, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare,... Read More
 
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HCSS has specialized in providing software solutions for heavy civil contractors since 1986. The vendor offers standalone programs for estimating, project management, and dispatch for thousands of dedicated customers.
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HCSS has specialized in providing software solutions for heavy civil contractors since 1986. The vendor offers standalone programs for estimating, project management, and dispatch for thousands of dedicated customers.
 
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PlanSwift offers takeoff and estimating software that supports the unique needs of heavy / highway contractors. Users can take measurements from electronic plans and create material assemblies for road, highway and driveway jobs.
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PlanSwift offers takeoff and estimating software that supports the unique needs of heavy / highway contractors. Users can take measurements from electronic plans and create material assemblies for road, highway and driveway jobs.
 
Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) logo
 
Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Master Builder) is a suitable option for heavy construction firms outgrowing Quickbooks and looking to integrate accounting, job costing, estimating, and project management in a single system.
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Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Master Builder) is a suitable option for heavy construction firms outgrowing Quickbooks and looking to integrate accounting, job costing, estimating, and project management in a single system.

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B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding logo
 
B2W Estimate was featured in the 2013 Construtech Top 50 as a leading heavy construction solution. The system includes crew templates, DOT integration, RFQ management, customizable private bid forms, error check wizard, and more.
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B2W Estimate was featured in the 2013 Construtech Top 50 as a leading heavy construction solution. The system includes crew templates, DOT integration, RFQ management, customizable private bid forms, error check wizard, and more.
 
Vista™ by Viewpoint logo
 
Viewpoint is a strong fit for contractors with intensive equipment costing and asset depreciation needs. Its integrated job costing and project management modules are popular for heavy contractors doing over $10 million per year.
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Viewpoint is a strong fit for contractors with intensive equipment costing and asset depreciation needs. Its integrated job costing and project management modules are popular for heavy contractors doing over $10 million per year.
 
ProContractor™ by Viewpoint logo
 
ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More
 
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Foundation is a popular option among heavy civil contractors with intensive labor costing requirements due to its focus on labor-intensive contractors. Offers support for prevailing wage requirements and certified payroll reports.
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Foundation is a popular option among heavy civil contractors with intensive labor costing requirements due to its focus on labor-intensive contractors. Offers support for prevailing wage requirements and certified payroll reports.

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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
 
Dexter + Chaney Spectrum logo
 
Dexter + Chaney's Spectrum is a popular option for mid-sized to large, equipment-intensive heavy construction contractors due to its integrated accounting, job costing, equipment control, and document management.
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Dexter + Chaney's Spectrum is a popular option for mid-sized to large, equipment-intensive heavy construction contractors due to its integrated accounting, job costing, equipment control, and document management.
 
Microsoft Dynamics SL for Construction logo
 
Microsoft Dynamics SL is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for project-based small and medium-sized businesses. The solution offers industry-specific capabilities for professional services, government contractors,... Read More
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Microsoft Dynamics SL is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for project-based small and medium-sized businesses. The solution offers industry-specific capabilities for professional services, government contractors,... Read More
 
PENTA Construction ERP Software logo
 
PENTA is an enterprise system that manages every aspect of accounting, project management and service for construction, engineering and service firms. Delivered via cloud hosting or on-premise, PENTA provides functionality for construction... Read More
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PENTA is an enterprise system that manages every aspect of accounting, project management and service for construction, engineering and service firms. Delivered via cloud hosting or on-premise, PENTA provides functionality for construction... Read More
 
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More

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SAP Business All-in-One logo
 
SAP Business All-in-One is a modular Enterprise Resource Planning solution that can be implemented quickly, in some cases as little as eight weeks. It integrates easily with existing tools, and is Mac and iPad compatible.
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SAP Business All-in-One is a modular Enterprise Resource Planning solution that can be implemented quickly, in some cases as little as eight weeks. It integrates easily with existing tools, and is Mac and iPad compatible.
 
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B2W Track is a web and mobile-based solution from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) for heavy civil construction field tracking and analysis. Accessible via any web browser, B2W Track allows immediate capture and communication of field... Read More
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B2W Track is a web and mobile-based solution from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) for heavy civil construction field tracking and analysis. Accessible via any web browser, B2W Track allows immediate capture and communication of field... Read More
 
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Aconex is a SaaS and mobile platform for managing information and processes between companies on complex construction and engineering projects. Several functions include document management, workflow automation, bid management, issue... Read More
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Aconex is a SaaS and mobile platform for managing information and processes between companies on complex construction and engineering projects. Several functions include document management, workflow automation, bid management, issue... Read More
 
Oracle Financials ERP Cloud logo
 
Oracle Financials ERP Cloud is a cloud-based, end-to-end business management solution designed for midsized to enterprise-level customers. It offers a suite of applications including material planning, financial accounting, and business... Read More
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Oracle Financials ERP Cloud is a cloud-based, end-to-end business management solution designed for midsized to enterprise-level customers. It offers a suite of applications including material planning, financial accounting, and business... Read More
 
SharpeSoft Estimator logo
 
SharpeSoft Estimator is an on-premise cost estimating software for contractors and sub-contractors in the construction industry. Offered on a best-of-breed basis, SharpeSoft provides integrated tools for labor and equipment costing,... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: May 25, 2017


Heavy construction software is designed to meet the unique needs of contractors in the road, highway, infrastructure and civil construction industries. This includes site work, roads, highways, bridges, dams, tunnels and utilities, as well as materials suppliers, quarries and pits.

Regardless of project type, there are three main software applications heavy construction companies will use:

  • Cost estimating and takeoff
  • Project management
  • Accounting

Below we dig into some of the capabilities that differentiate top-rated heavy construction-specific systems from those systems designed for general construction other industries.

Estimating and Takeoff Requirements

Estimating and takeoff for heavy projects is unique and requires a specialized set of functionality, including the following.

3D takeoff Heavy contractors require special takeoff capabilities that will allow them to visualize the topography of their job. The system should have earth measurement capabilities to determine cuts and fills, as well as provide plan views, profiles views and section views. 3D visualization plays an important role in these tools.
Heavy-specific item database Heavy estimators will require a cost item database that is specific to their work. They need to determine costs of materials, equipment and labor like any contractor, but they will benefit from systems with pre-built templates that match operators to equipment, calculate fuel costs and have a library of common items.
Fuel costing Fuel is a major component of heavy jobs, so heavy contractors will benefit from a system designed to track and estimate their fuel costs in great detail. These systems will keep fuel cost estimates up-to-date and attach them to specific pieces of equipment so that you have have different rates for equipment based on fuel costs.
DOT databases Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements vary by state. A heavy estimating tool should offer pre-built cost databases that contain the various items required by each state’s DOT. Estimators can then use this information to ensure their bids include all DOT-required items and that cost information for these items is up to date.
Crew templates Heavy estimating will be vastly simplified if the estimator can simply drag reusable crew templates into a bid rather than build each crew from scratch for each bid. Crew templates combine employees and equipment into crews that can be reused across bids.

Project Management Requirements

Unitary billing and costing Unit-billing is central to heavy construction, so heavy contractors require a system designed to bill based on units completed. Both the job costing and billing components of the system should offer unit-based capabilities, as well as track progress/percent complete.
Timecard tracking Heavy contractors need to carefully monitor their crews in the field and make sure the right employees are on the right job at the right time. Heavy project management applications should include field time card tracking to manage employees.
Resource scheduling Heavy contractors need to schedule employees and equipment to the right job at the right time. A heavy project management system should enable contractors to schedule crews, in addition to individuals. That means pairing the right equipment with the right operator.
Dispatching White boards don’t cut it when it comes to dispatching crews and equipment. There is too much room for error. The best dispatching system will track (even with GPS) the location of every piece of equipment and employee.
Fuel tracking With fuel becoming such a large component of heavy project costs, a heavy project management system should track fuel costs and related fluids, like lubricants and coolants. It should track these fluids from suppliers to stationary tank to mobile fueling tanks, whether contractor-owned or third-party.
Mobile capabilities Mobile capabilities are especially important for heavy work. While all contractors work in the field, the location of heavy work shifts as the job progresses, so mobile support is critical for keeping field staff online and in touch.

Accounting Requirements

Specialized pricing A top heavy accounting system needs to support the specialized pricing models for heavy work. This will typically require unit-based pricing, progress billing, work-in-progress (WIP) billing, fixed-bid billing and cost-plus billing. It should also handle requirements for DOT and municipal billing requirements.
Equipment management With a wide range of equipment, heavy contractors’ profitability is dependent on keeping theses machines in great operating condition. Equipment management capabilities will track maintenance—preventative or unplanned. They also track the depreciation of the asset. More advanced systems will offer GPS tracking and electronic monitoring of equipment use and health.
Materials management Heavy contractors must ensure that the right materials arrive on time for jobs. Material cost tracking capabilities support this function for heavy contractors and materials producers by tracking the details of materials required for each job, including materials ordered, materials received, materials outstanding and scheduled time of arrival.
Scale integration Heavy contractors operating their own material sales, plants, quarries and pits will need to integrate their accounting system to their scales to reduce errors and improve efficiency. A heavy-specific accounting system should import weight tickets directly into the system.
Regulatory reporting Heavy contractors face a range of regulatory compliance requirements, such as employment fairness requirements (EEO), DOT requirements, certified payroll and prevailing wages and of course OSHA. A heavy accounting system should mange these requirements and produce the appropriate reports to demonstrate compliance.
Multi-company management Since many heavy companies are part of parent organizations with multiple subsidiaries, heavy accounting systems should provide multi-company consolidation capabilities. They should also manage inter-company payments—transactions between the affiliated entities.
Inventory management Heavy contractors need their accounting system to track inventory across multiple locations—job sites, warehouses, plants. Moreover, they need to understand what’s on-order, what is currently on-hand and what is already allocated to a specific job. The system should also manage discounts and mark-ups of inventory.

 

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