Trimble Accubid Enterprise Mechanical Software


 

Accubid offers cost estimating and digital takeoff in their mechanical software package. The estimating system can be purchased by itself, but the takeoff application must be purchased together with cost estimating. Key features in the estimating software include conceptual estimates, a proposal generator and "what-if" analysis. The takeoff system offers 2D takeoff, automatic scaling and digitizer integration. A new feature offered is their Fabrication Shop Calculator that allows contractors to determine costs of both external and internal fabrication.

Accubid offers several versions of its mechanical estimating system, including one for heavy industrial contractors, two for commercial and light industrial contractors, and one for commercial plumbing contractors. All four are designed for companies generating over $1 million in revenue annually.

Accubid is designed for piping and plumbing contractors. It does not offer templates for sheet metal work and as a result is typically not a fit for HVAC-only contractors.

 

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Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Mike from Mielke Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Best Mechanical Estimating Software out there!

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Pros

Extensive library database, user friendly setups. Various systems you can estimate and multiple reports you can run regarding your takeoff.

Cons

Very Expensive, need to have some computer knowledge to know what how to use the database. Need to train users on how to use the program before using the software.

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Jasem from Marli Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

My Review

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Pros

reports, rapid reports, on screen take offs, ability to preform take offs in multiple layers/systems

Cons

Not easy to use especially data base and creating new material data base, missing lots of assemblies especially for high rise condominiums

 
 

Robert Mattia from The State Group Industrial (USA)
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Accubid

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The program was used for electrical takeoff. It is a good takeoff tool and once you have loaded your rates and variables it does effortless calculations. Entering quantities is easy.

Pros

It is thorough and all encompassing

Cons

It can be a bit overwhelming at first till you get used to it.

 
 

Josh from Anderson-Webb
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

The easiest way to an accurate take-off.

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I endorsed the use of this program to our company and convinced management to purchase it. We had good experiences using the program. It's now in use with our estimator.

Pros

Once its setup its plug and play. Download your files and start using. Master database is excellent. Working with assembles you can easily drop in a vent/drain/header assembly with wasting time on counting again and again. Support is excellent. Anytime you have a problem or issue just call or email and the support team is there.

Cons

The setup can take time. We currently use around 50 different specs. Accubid will create the database specs for a price and once you understand the system you can make your own or modify existing ones.

Advice to Others

Understand how many specs you have or will need. Inquire about cost to purchase the basic ones right away this will get you off your feet much faster. Lastly take the course they provide. It did wonders for being able to use the program to its fullest.

 
 

Greg from Caon Services Inc.
Specialty: Plumbing

August 2016

August 2016

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Likes Best

Trimble has been very good with product support as far as software and training. The staff is generally very knowledgeable and has been quick to assist members of our estimating department in trouble shooting and efficient operation techniques when utilizing the system(s).

Likes Least

Being from Western Canada the Trimble products (and many other estimating software products) lack reliable material pricing support/updates. This issue leaves contractors with very labour intensive manual updating and discount management, not what we are looking for in estimating software. The result is that any time saved in completing take-off is then wasted in pricing updates and material research.

Recommendations

When evaluating any estimating software make sure that the level of technical expertise your company has is able to utilize the features of the software you are purchasing. Most of the individuals that we have dealt with when purchasing or training with estimating software make the use and features appear very easy to learn. As a former full time manual take-off estimator I have found that if you are not utilizing these electronic tools (on screen take-off, assembly creation, etc.) on a daily basis the ease of use becomes increasingly difficult. As an owner now the best candidates for an estimating role that I have found would be the people trying to sell the product.

 
 

Jeff from Ryfan Electric Ltd.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

July 2016

July 2016

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The Customer Service is Excellent but they are very busy and will get back to you in the same day, you can't catch anyone right away.

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- There seems to be little in the database for pre-made electrical Assemblies and Product for what we are paying for.
- System is awkward to work with, seems to be unnecessary steps to items...

- My Mouse keeps disappearing and no one can seem to fix it.

- There are measurements in Junction Boxes and Size Selections that do not pertain to the Product, yet it still shows up as a selection which causes errors, makes no sense.

- There seems to be a lack of continuity or ease of Flow with Accubid Enterprise.

- Run into several Errors where I want an LB Fitting c/w cover and gasket, but I can't seem to get that...I have to create a Spec to allow the Cover and gasket? - Why?

- If you look at the Lighting assemblies in the non-Spec items, some of them do not work and errors show up when Chosen...Don't know why you have it in the system if I have to modify the Non-Spec to a Spec item.

- Just received the LED Lighting update 3 Days ago but I cannot update the assemblies because of losing the present Data on my System and would have to file it into an old file.

- Just wanted a Breakout done, in other Estimating Systems I have used, I choose Breakout Highlight the area I want to have and it will provide a separate item for it...The Breakout that was described to be in my help today seemed to be a lot of Steps and the Tech support lost me in the 1st 3 Minutes and did not explain what seemed like 3 Steps to just get a break-out.

- When I modify a Recap Sheet for a specific Job, it seems to save it for all Jobs in the future, why is there no flexibility with modifying a size or areas to a sheet then having it save specific for that job? Why does it save it for all future Jobs?

- When I create an item in my take-off sheet, why can I not just highlight this and then have it into an assembly? Other Estimating Software Systems do this?

Overall it seems to not be a very great system and I have worked very hard on this system to learn it...It seems that I have to take an extensive training course to learn the ins and outs and the Special things I have to do to make something work. I do not like the fact that I have to create so many personal assemblies for my System because there is such a limited Selection.
Even looking for Low Voltage Switching devices is not easy and that is with using the search engine. There is a lot of Assemblies, but they are basically a lot of repetition of the same items.

I am no Rookie when it comes to Estimating Software but It seem to me that we will have to pay a lot of Money in going to Accubid training sessions to understand the system, that should not be the case. I worked with other Estimating Software for 12yrs and needed to take one basic training course and that was only for upgrades and I learned the system very well.

Issues:
Run Into problem – Picking a Strip Fixture assembly: Sizes(4" X 4100k) for item "Lamp T8 7x CRI TCLP - Fluorescent" not found within the database's Item Sizes table.
“Available Sizes: 24" X 3000K | 24" X 3500K | 24" X 4100K | 36" X 3000K | 36" X 3500K | 36" X 4100K | 48" X 3000K | 48" X 3500K | 48" X 3500K | 48" X 5000K | 4100K X 5000K | 48" X 6500K |
Resolution Details:
Striplight Direct Mount w/ T8 7x CRI TCLP Lamps - Starter Toggle Bolt No Connection Lamp T8 7x CRI TCLP – Fluorescent”
Note: There is just sizing shown – Nothing indicating to Change the Colour of the lamp.
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I decide to choose a Strip Light Assembly Toggle Bolt Row Mount and this appears:
“Formula "[Wire Size]" within assembly "Striplight Direct Mount w/ T8 7x CRI TCLP Lamps - Row Toggle Bolt" is invalid.” – It did not even ask for a wire size in the Entry.
The Same Applies to all Fixture Choices only the Industrial Indirect Mount works and can only Choose Starter not Row on that selection of assemblies.

Why there are only single face Exits on the Assemblies and why is there not an assembly for a T-Bar Installation?

- Why is there in Floor Boxes selection for Flush Floor Outlets and Recessed Floor Outlets – Is this not the same?
Accubid’s will confirm with the developers and trainers if this is the correct behavior in LiveCount and will get back to me.
Accubid just confirmed with another LiveCount Support rep that continuing a measurement on another page does not merge the counts for AutoCount items.
As Trimble suspected, the AutoCounts for the search pattern “Tel/Data-Drop Drop (Eng, Psyc, and Informative)” was created as separate searches.


- No assembly for a 4 Gang with Dimmer combinations to Empty Assembly for Boxes for 2, 3 & 4 Gang Devices…Had to create my Own to get a basic assembly

- Lost my Link to LiveCount as an Error appeared on my Profile, this is not a User issue.

- I also am having an issue where now when I enter an Item into my take-off is does not appear, when I choose another item then the previous items appears on the take-off screen and this is a step behind for all items I am attempting to Enter.


- Attempted to Choose a 4” Emt Connector, in the Global Items list, the Selection shows up as an error…(See attached e-mail notes below) Why would the Customer “the Customer “me”” have to Manually add an item to an Assembly that was already created by the Designer???

Called about another Issue June 27, 2016 on the Final Pricing Item, the Total Pricing Recap – total Pricing Changes when I modify the Material Overhead Mark-up, but it does not change when I modify the Labour Overhead…

June 27th, just fixed my LiveCount issues this morning with Logging on but now I have lost access again at 1:32PM… to see if there is anything he can do. Managed to get it working again and we discovered that when I chose the View to go onto Ribbon, the System would not work.

June 27th…Called again regarding the Close out and Final pricing when we pinned the Total Overhead Line item 25 at 10% we could change the Material Overhead, but not the Labour Overhead. When I removed the pin, it worked on both…Adam from Accubid is going to look into this as he said it is not supposed to do this and he figures it is some type of bug.

Recommendations

Definitely look around at all Estimating software systems, the Customer Service is going to assist me on these issues, but this is not an easy flowing program to work with.

 
 
 
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Cramer from Eldeco
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Accubid was so much better than Enterprise! unless you like a million tiny triangles!!!

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Nothing, it might be better for a kid just out of college, but older users will not like it!!! Maybe it will be better after Seven years or so of daily practice,including weekends and holidays.

Cons

Even setting up a job was a nightmare!!! And the Resolves were ridiculous:

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jeff from Faith Technologies
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Field Electrician for 15 years. Estimator for 10 years. Expeditor for 2 years.

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Ability to quick change conduit & cable sizes, quantities & types.

Pros

Substituting material, changing conduit & cable sizes & types. This software has great potential, but in my opinion is still a work in progress.

Cons

Resolving issues. For someone who doesn't use the software everyday, it can be a challenge. I sit down with our superintendents, who have gone through the class, and reteach them how to put together an estimate. Glad to do it, but that was not the case with Accubid Pro. But my biggest complaint about Enterprise is not being able to see Material & Labor $ after each line of take-off without having to calculate labor & material values. There has to be away this can be automatically calculated without bogging the system down. It worked in Accubid Pro. Most of my projects are not "cookie cutters". I need to know those values immediately after take-off. Highlighting and clicking on "calculate labor & material values" after every take-off is a pain. Something else that could be made easier is setting up projects in "Change Management". Way too many steps. I have done it several time over the past two years and still need to refer to the tutorial one of our administrators put together. Glad he did. Like I stated in the Pros, this software has great potential, but in my opinion is still a work in progress.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Robert from Faith Technologies, Inc.
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Great software, more advanced features.

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Ability to share resources in a multi user platform.

Pros

Multiuser environment is the number one feature we love the most. We have had 12 estimators from multiple office locations all in the same estimate at the same time(Live).

Cons

As we add users to the program, degradation of the software is becoming more apparent. We have over 300 users located in 20 offices across the United States.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Charles from Eldeco

October 2017

October 2017

Electrical estimating company we have been using AccuBid and Enterprise since 2006.

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We have four offices across the southeast.
able to maintain one database while allowing each office to have their own assemblies and pads.
We have estimated projects with 157 breakdowns with no problem using AccuBid Enterprise.
Being able to do Unit prices with ease.

Cons

The reporting is to complicated to get a hard report if you need one.
when doing project breakdowns do not have a way to see percentages material and labor the way we use to be able to see it in AccuBid.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Rodney from Enerfab

October 2017

October 2017

We are excited to be using this powerful software for both our mechanical & electrical estimatin g.

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The seamless integration of construction estimating disciplines. The export capabilities of the estimate data.

Cons

The learning curve seems to be longer than other estimating programs we have used. The lack of information in the Enterprise Estimating Manager Handbook.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ryan from Willmar Electric Service
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

I use Enterprise on a Daily Basis for Electrical Estimating.

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Completing Accurate, quick estimates with very little effort needed into data entry.

Pros

The Design and Ease of use with the database and the customization ability of assemblies and takeoff pads makes doing takeoffs a breeze. Very little drill downs to find parts or piece you need. Build takeoff pads per system and that is almost all you need to get all your parts and pieces.

Review Source: Capterra
 

janiece from CUPERTINO ELECTRIC INC
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

I have used for several years.

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I like that the program has so many options. It was put together well. It makes take off a lot easier on the estimator side of the program.

Cons

Takes too long to connect and set-up a job. PM's did not like it for the quick budget estimates. Ended up going back to accubid because it was too cumbersome for the pm's.

Review Source: Capterra
 

barbara from CEI

October 2017

October 2017

Good experience with Accubid. There are a few things that could make things go more quickly.

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It appears to be robust. It's well organized and offers a lot of options for adjusting items after takeoff entry.

Cons

Doesn't Auto save as much as I like, can't insert rows on takeoff screen, notes screen doesn't maintain blank lines when printing, should be able to hit enter a couple of times when inside a takeoff and finish the take off (currently ,if you keep hitting enter, it takes you back into the takeoff instead of finishing it)

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2017

October 2017

Great experience, useful tool.

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great features and functionality. pulling up jobs and navigating is easy and calculations are spot on.

Cons

there are some problems when building and looking at assemblies and what goes into an equipment. customization.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chris from Enerpipe/Enerfab Great Lakes Divison
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Frustrating, it's hard to remember if you double/single click, on a tab or a description.

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Honestly, I have not had ample opportunity to use this product. I'm so busy doing estimates, I don't have a half a day 3 times a week to just sit and "test drive" it. I barley have time to fill out this survey. I wish there was a place I could go and do a complicated proposal, start to finish, and have someone guide me through it as I go. I'm not a tech savvy person, I was a construction sheet metal worker for 25 years, moved into an estimating role. Details are very important, and putting together a proposal with several different materials and paint systems, along with specialty items seems very difficult. But I have not, and will not give up, I need a tutor.

Pros

I like most the fact that when I watch other people, that know how to use the software, use it. it does everything it's supposed to and then some. It gives me hope that some day I too will be able to confidently use it.

Cons

I do a lot of custom pipe fabrication, what I like least is trying to put material into the specifications, and customizing the takeoff pad. I really need to sit and go through a bid start to finish with an administrator, but it's so expensive to have one for a few days.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Dan from Egan Company

October 2017

October 2017

I am a DB Manager and very experienced formula writer. Ken Brooks and I share techniques regularly.

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The time frame to train new employees in Accubid Enterprise is drastically reduced from the previous Accubid Classic. True Multi-User mode within an estimate is a great advantage too, I can problem solve remotely, without a streaming interface. The instant availability of price updates and assembly changes is also a huge help. There's no more after-hours updates, only to have one person not log out and waste my efforts.

Pros

My favorite part about Accubid Enterprise is the extreme customization. I can tailor the user experience to the specific needs of my colleagues. The flexible way that assemblies can be built allows me to future-proof my work so that one seemingly minor request doesn't balloon into two 40hr weeks of copy/paste/rename.

Cons

Despite the flexibility in customizing the user experience, there are quite a few instances where a feature seems like it wasn't properly beta-tested. For example, there is no such thing as a template estimate. There are estimates we call "Template", however there is no functional difference between and Estimate and a Template Estimate. I have to leave my "Template" vulnerable to someone changing something in it, in order for it to be copied from. Another example is; Specifications reside in jobs and cannot "Retain Database Version". If I make a change to an assembly that requires a corresponding Specification change, I have to do a whole host of things to prevent existing jobs from breaking. This creates instability for your clients, particularly newer clients with limited overall database experience.

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2017

October 2017

frustrating

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takeoff pad is very interactive, more than one estimator able to work at the same time is a great feature. Designation and lighting pad are very nice features

Cons

Can't be creative with the software you have to take what is given in the assemblies. It is a very very slow program. Hard to find the simple everyday items that are used frequently in a takeoff

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2017

October 2017

Too many features that a person can get into trouble with and very cumbersome.

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none!

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The fact that we were sold on this program by a salesman that could sell an ice cream cone to an eskimo, and we are still using it on the same server environment and have not moved to the cloud. The system is way too smart for what an Estimator needs to put together any type of estimate. We don't care what color a device is, but apparently Enterprise does and will fail the takeoff if you have the wrong color picked. I don't feel like I need to bash this program anymore, you will see from the other responses, its pretty much the same across the board. Our estimating times and stress levels have gone up for no apparent gain what so ever. If anyone says the opposite, they haven't been here long enough to see the con's from Pro. I was a tester for the Cloud environment built by Trimble to see why our system is so slow, and don't know why again we haven't moved to that direction. I think everyone's frustration is more of the slowness of it, on our side at our company. I am being honest about this and would also love some feed back on some of the other issues that you will see from the surveys. To go long with that, actual movement forward on making this program faster and easier to use if we have to continue utilizing this software.

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2017

October 2017

This product drove me to find another profession outside of estimating

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It did have some good features. Being able to work in the job live is nice. The other screens are the same as Accubid 12

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I hate anything to do with the spec driven take off. Not being able to easily see anything that is in the audit trail without having to drill into the levels. Extremely slow operation. To many to list.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chase from Faith Technologies

October 2017

October 2017

Program runs extremely slow

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This program is not user friendly and runs extremely slow. I could see it as a useful tool to someone with min. to no experience.

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This program is not user friendly and runs extremely slow. I would like to use a program I could manipulate without seeing errors. There has been a quite a few times where I have noticed the software changing things I haven't asked it to change. (Has a mind of its own) Its very hard to trust this Enterprise

Review Source: Capterra
 

Erika from Faith Technologies
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Overall I am satisfied; it works well for Commercial new construction.

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Speed and accuracy- I feel my takeoff is done faster with less chance for error using this software.

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I like the spec driven aspect; keeps me from having to constantly pay attention to the assemblies I am using.

Cons

The lack ability to takeoff two different spec driven items in one line of takeoff. For instance; if I can take off an equipment termination (Flexible conduit -motor) and then also do the branch/feeder for it (EMT)- that would be helpful.

Review Source: Capterra