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.

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

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  • Verified Reviewer

    March 2018

    Its so nice to see this kind of software product when a difficult in handling the complex designs.

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    We got a very nice experience in handling the multiple clients projects at one go. I will definitetly recommend to my healthy customers to use.

    Pros

    Very much user friendly and simple to set-up. As a customer we can do so many projects at one go without any difficulty in handing the clients requirement. One go many projects can run.

    Cons

    Cost of product can be minimised based on the number of users in the company. Little bit of training is do required while you are using for the first time.

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  • Russell from Rusty Pipe Mechanical

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2017

    I love how fast you can do a take off

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    I love the product and speed. I have issues with the handling of the discounts and my pricing services.

    Pros

    I love how fast you can do a take off. This software allows you to do the take off in a fraction of time. You did when I had to do it by hand.

    Cons

    The set up as daunting as a plumber from the field. I’m fine getting the discount in Somewhat of a problem Living in Canada I find there’s issues with the pricing service I have to use.

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  • Charles from Construction

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    October 2017

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

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    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.

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  • Burton from HSI Mechanical

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    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.

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  • Mike from Mielke Mechanical

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    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.

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  • Jim from Goyette Mechanical

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    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.

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  • David from Botto Mechanical Corp.

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    October 2017

    AutoBid works for me

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    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

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  • Shawn from Lee's Sheet Metal 2007 Ltd.

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    October 2017

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

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    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.

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  • Matthew from Mark III Construction, Inc.

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    October 2017

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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.

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  • Rob from Lawrence Plumbing

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    February 2017

    My Review

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    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.

  • David from BYU-Idaho

    Specialty: Architect

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    January 2017

    Improve accuracy and efficiency

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    Trimble's on screen view and specification based approach to setting up and estimate make preparing an estimate more thorough and efficient. The audit trail is excellent and allows for effective double checking.

  • Keith from Schadsons Corporation

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    November 2014

    I been using AutoBid since 1996

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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

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

  • Alex from Front Range Construction

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    November 2014

    This is my first year using the software

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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

  • Scott from QuesTec Mechanical

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    November 2014

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

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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

  • Andrew from QuesTec Mechanical

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    November 2014

    Best Product for Plumbing Takeoff

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    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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