About Trimble AutoBid Mechanical

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 cont...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 10

16 Reviews of Trimble AutoBid Mechanical

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.31 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

3.5

Value for money

3.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

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March 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

March 2018

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

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.

October 2017

Charles from Construction

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Construction

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

October 2017

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

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.

February 2017

Rob from Lawrence Plumbing

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Construction

Time Used: More than 2 years


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2017

My Review

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.

May 2019

Brian from Air Systems

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Construction

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

May 2019

Not what it used to be

Recent tech support does not have field experience. They tend to just delete problems and not actually fix WHY a problem has occurred. Had I not asked a few questions regarding the latest version (2018v2) I would not have known it was NOT the actual version I was running even though it clearly showed the version number. An all new stand alone install had to be done, sending me back to square one with the program as if new out of box.

Pros

Pro:The ability to set up joints to pick up the transition parts such as going from CS to copper, (like a weld-o-let die-electric nipple and copper adapter). Importing direst from Trimble's Trade Service is great. Cons (continued) I have been using onscreen takeoff programs for about 15 years. This is an old program that requires way to many mouse clicks. No usable hot keys.

Cons

Set up of the program takes a LOT of time and tends to be an ongoing project as you add items. Updates are few and far between. The updates are often are buggy leaving you with unexplained errors. Version 2017 had enough issues that the new 2018v2 version is a stand alone version requiring you to start all over. Supplied spread sheets can not be customized any more.

October 2017

Jim from Goyette Mechanical

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Construction

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2017

AutoBid Mechanical

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.