Trimble AutoBid Mechanical Software


 

Trimble AutoBid Mechanical is a labor and material estimating solution that was designed for mechanical, piping and plumbing contractors who specialize in commercial work. Autobid Mechanical allows contractors to create accurate bids; it offers customized takeoff tools, automatic fitting generation and labor books.

The GTO (graphical takeoff) provides a detailed summary with an audit trail of connected items. The real-time reporting and analytics offer capabilities to substitute materials and specs, so users are able to compare materials and prepare engineering scenarios that provide the most value to the client.

Trimble AutoBid Mechanical's customized TakeOff tools provide automatic pricing updates on over 50,000 different items, and labor books contain both MCAA and PHCC labor units.

The reporting module exports reports to different predefined formats or users custom Excel-based reports. Pivot tables are available with AutoBid Mechanical’s Rapid Reports feature. This can be pulled into a third party software to a polished final estimate.

Trimble AutoBid Mechanical suits small to midsize contractors specializing in mechanical HVAC and plumbing.

 

Trimble AutoBid Mechanical  - Drawing
 
  • Trimble AutoBid Mechanical  - Drawing
    Drawing
  • Trimble AutoBid Mechanical  - Drawing
    Drawing
  • Trimble AutoBid Mechanical  - Reports
    Reports
  • Trimble AutoBid Mechanical  - AutoBid viewer
    AutoBid viewer
  • Trimble AutoBid Mechanical  - Edit bid
    Edit bid
  • Trimble AutoBid Mechanical  - Menus
    Menus
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Charles from Construction
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Hands down the fastest, most accurate, customizeable Mechanical Estimating Software available.

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Value for Money

Pros

Speed of takeoff and ease of everyday use!
Mostly because of automatic fitting generation. You click at a 90 degree angle and you get a 90. Click perpendicular to the pipe and you get a tee or reducing tee. If the reducing tee is not manufactured, the software figures out how to make the reductions by selecting fittings that a available. If the main material (ie steel) and the branch material are different (ie copper) the software know how to handle the transition (dielectric fitting and adapters). When your not wasting time counting up 1/2" 90's etc. you can spend your time focused on the big items like value engineered alternates, shopping equipment and subs, and ways to out smart your competition.
No other mechanical estimating product (and I've looked at them all) are even close when it comes to speed, accuracy and ease of use.

Cons

On-screen pdf files may not import cleanly. Something they need to work on. Some of the underlining data tables can be intimidating at first.

 
 

Burton from HSI Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

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good program if you don't use the refrigeration part for piping. Programmers might want to get with refrigeration manufacturers to get the common pipe sizes required for their systems and include it in the program to eliminate errors that are quite common.

Pros

easy to use and get material totals in a customized order. you also can get cost of materials or quote if so choose. Its easy as you can also include elevation changes by just clicking in tools.

Cons

For refrigeration I get a lot of errors in the pipe sizing and need to size pipe up to normal size. Due to this I do not use program when I do VRF systems.

 
 

Mike from Mielke Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Mechanical Estimating Software

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Pros

Simple setup, can estimate multiple different systems and products very easily. There are many reports you can run to make it easy for the pre-construction and operation teams.

Cons

It is a very expensive program to have. It will be nice if they can lower the price so companies can have more seats than trying to minimize the number of seats they have.

 
 

Jim from Goyette Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

AutoBid Mechanical

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I hoped Tra-Ser would make adding new products to the system easier but from what I saw at Converge it's not. I have been using HPH since the beginning.

Pros

I have used ABM since 1985. I like how easy it is to use. I like the way we can breakdown our estimates.

Cons

My biggest complaint is when I add a new product. It's a long process. I also wish it was easier to customize the reports.

 
 

David from Botto Mechanical Corp.
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

AutoBid works for me

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

i am able to create accurate proposals
responsive tech support
detailed report sheets
interface with trade service

Cons

the errors are sometimes difficult to fix. Some of the systems that I use everyday didn't come out of the box and it's not that easy to make new systems

 
 

Shawn from Lee's Sheet Metal 2007 Ltd.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

AutoBid has helped with time management in cutting down estimating times.

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Canadian material pricing.

Pros

AutoBid has great functionality and has been easy to implement. Ease of reporting at great level has also been an asset to track and cost control.

Cons

Exiting out of the take off to get other options, like reporting. Also some of the terminology on fittings is outdated for Canadian user like myself.

 
 

Matthew from Mark III Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Estimator

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Pros

On screen takeoff tools, reporting and ease of manipulation of take-off (box-in, copy, remove and replace).

Cons

Difficult to understand database, cant talk to other Trimble products like Accubid, Sheetmetal, they dont look and feel the same. Design build jobs are clunky and cant transfer to precon easily. Need to make notes and comments.

 
 

Rob from Lawrence Plumbing
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

My Review

Ease-of-use

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Value for Money

Very detailed oriented. Being able to virtually customize it is almost worth the price. It has all the bells and whistles you want, and others you haven't thought of but they did. More geared to the mechanical contractor than the plumbing contractor but that being said, it more than handles any and all plumbing projects with ease.

Pros

Will do anything and everything you want after set up, from taking off, to sending out for quotes, to pricing.

Cons

The time that is required to fully understand it, and use it with a secure comfort level will differ, depending on the user and his familiarity with estimating programs, but it will take a while till you're able to do a quote fast and efficiently.

Advice to Others

If you're doing large projects, hospitals, industrial projects, large office buildings it will greatly reduce your estimating time and give you reliable numbers.
But like just about everything else it's only as good as what has loaded into it and knowledge of the estimator.

 
 

Keith from Schadsons Corporation
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

November 2014

November 2014

I been using AutoBid since 1996

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Likes Best

At the conference, you get to meet peers and share your ideas and experiences. I also enjoyed walking the product show to see what new technologies will be coming to our offices and project sites.

Likes Least

We had to be bused off site to go to a computer labs. This wastes time and takes away from classes.

Recommendations

Compare takeoffs and how each takeoff is completed. This provides an environment to teach takeoff inefficiencies.

 
 

Alex from Front Range Construction
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

November 2014

November 2014

This is my first year using the software

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Likes Best

Our rep tells us what is being considered for the next version of AutoBid and breaks down the features in a way that helps me apply features to a job I would other wise not have.

Likes Least

I don't like going off site and how the timing was set up. I would also would like to see the lesson screen caps and available, if only for a month.

Recommendations

Get mentoring from a other non-competing company who know the software is a great motivator for improving.

 
 

Scott from QuesTec Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

November 2014

November 2014

I bought and implemented Autobid in my company 17 years ago.

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Likes Best

I've really liked the support over many years. These people have become my friends. They always listen to what is going on with us. When we have issues, they make them go away.

Likes Least

Trimble has this huge conference and we end up not talking to anybody and not networking except in our classes. The huge group is so diverse you don't connect with anybody because you don't want to end up talking to some stranger in a way different industry at the conference for a completely different purpose.

Recommendations

It is the best for commercial construction. When I implemented the software, it made us more accurate and four times faster.

 
 

Andrew from QuesTec Mechanical
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

November 2014

November 2014

Best Product for Plumbing Takeoff

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

I like the freedom to customize the systems and the smart board feature is fantastic.

Likes Least

Autobid Mechanical has occasional glitches, which are sometimes difficult to resolve without calling Tech support.

Recommendations

Take the time to attend the 3-day training course from Trimble. The session will get you off and running very quickly and will give you many opportunities to bring up specific learning questions.