HCSS HeavyBid estimating and bidding software is built specifically for the construction industry. Used by more than 50,000 estimators, HeavyBid helps users build estimates and manage daily bids. 

The software helps automate repetitive tasks based on tracking data from multiple sources; such as past estimates, standardized libraries, historical costs, performance data, and integrated RSMeans. Users can build, review and edit estimates quickly, and automatically run price calculations to identify errors. With HeavyBid, users can break down complex work into more manageable pieces, and organize estimates to fit the organization’s needs. Users can also analyze subcontractor and supplier quotes.

HeavyBid is suitable for construction companies of all sizes in transportation, utility, power, oil and gas, and heavy civil industries HCSS also offers 24/7 instant customer service via phone and email.

Estimates spreadsheet
Estimates spreadsheet

Estimates spreadsheet

Bid pricing

Bid pricing

Copy items

Copy items

Item details

Item details

Quote summary

Quote summary

Assembly details

Assembly details

Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10



485 Reviews of HCSS HeavyBid

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J. Mickey from Underpinning and Foundation Skanska

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

Ease-of-use

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November 2018

Used daily, Powerful tool

This is an absolute gift of a service provided by HCSS. Overall, I've yet to see a product that equates to HeavyBid.

Pros

The ability to organize your bid into as much detail as your can support. The software allows you to update a cost / historic cost database to be used in future bids.

Cons

Much like my complaints about HeavyJob, the software itself has a pretty poor user interface. If you spend enough time knowing where to look you'll understand the software but I do with it was easier to navigate and customizable.

Review Source: Capterra

Richard from Cititel Technologies Incorporated

Industry / Trade:  Engineer

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

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November 2018

highly recommended!!!

Pros

I highly recommend its effectiveness for estimating unit price contracts. and it surely gives you anything you need

Cons

I notice that sometimes there is a glitch on reports that it crashes, other than that, I have no complaints.

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Jonathan from BD Hall Constructors Corp.

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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November 2018

The Best Estimating Software on the Market

Pros

- Has a plethora of features which create an easy bidding process
- Can setup local or global resource libraries to allow a job-specific library with our general materials
- Easy to run all reports of all different kinds and easy to read

Cons

- Can be a bit buggy when within an activity, which may force it to crash. This is primarily because of user error though and you learn ways to stop this from happening.

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Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2018

Limited Fields are Biggest Negative

It's great for most estimating functions and it is super easy to copy files. However, the limited description is such a drawback it would probably preclude me from actully recommedning it to others in my field who would invariably run into the same issue.

Pros

It offers lots of options for how to enter bid items. The modules talk to each other well so information does not have to be entered numerous times.

Cons

The character limit in the description field is the most aggravating quality. I enter descriptions that are sometimes three lines long and they don't fit. I have to make up absurd abbreviations because my estimators don't like the Alternate Description feature as they have to toggel between them.

Review Source: Capterra

Erik from Frattalone Companies

Industry / Trade:  Utility contractor

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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August 2018

I have not had an opportunity to find this much detail in any estimating platform in over 20 years of estimating.

I would highly recommend this to any business that is into production estimating. Once you are set up, and ready to go you can estimate a lot of work using the stored information quickly.

Pros

The ability for me to create an estimate that can be handed off to a project manager that doesn't have him asking me 100 questions. It is all there for them and helps them get the project started off right.

Cons

There is a fair amount of learning that goes into it, and if you are not careful about the set up you can really have problems that multiply through the estimate.

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justin from civil solutions associates

Industry / Trade:  Engineer

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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August 2018

Excellent software for estimators and construction managers

Pros

Insanely powerful program. The cost database from previous jobs make estimating far easier when old numbers are at your fingertips. Great customer service.

Cons

Takes a while to understand program and use features effectively. Once the ins and outs are learned, the program becomes intuitive.

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doug from Archer Construction

Industry / Trade:  Earthwork/excavating

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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July 2018

Heavy Bid is great

Pros

Very functional. Can modify bids very easily and create and remove bid files very quickly. Customer service is great.

Cons

The quote form (I believe Crystal reports) loads and closes very slowly. Calculation routines are complicated

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

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June 2018

A functional software for mid size GCs or sub-contractors.

Pros

Very functional for companies who bid similar project and can get advantage of the recording system of the software. Plus the ability of identifying the calendar per item is very useful.

Cons

When the size of the project is big, it doesn't work properly. You have to be careful about your initial coding system. if you decide to change in the middle of the bid, that would create a nightmare. There are a lot of reporting systems, but it depends on all child and parent item. for a simple report if you have many child (level 4,5,6) items, you are not able to see them in the report and you need to transfer everything into excel and using functions and prepare it for the closing.

Review Source: Capterra

John from Ferma Corporation

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May 2018

This software gets the job done. With good planning you can have a smooth rollout!!

Pros

Dispatcher is invaluable for us. Heavyjobs also does a great job of tracking hours. Both save us time and money!

Cons

We wish it would work seamlessly with our financial management program. Right now, we are manually entering the information.

Review Source: Capterra

dan from ncm

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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May 2018

I used Heavy Bid regularly for almost 6 years and it was great.

i makes bids more accurate and consistent

Pros

It was the first bidding software that I ever used and it seemed very intimidating at first but it was very simple to get the hang of after a very short period of time. Their live help line is amazing and they are so good at helping an new and seasoned user.

Cons

You can only have so many administrators and i worked in a very large office so if something needed changed as far as rates or crews it wasn't always convenient to get it changed

Review Source: Capterra
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March 2018

Works Good but Could Use Some Improvements

our bids seem to be tighter and its a good tool to be able to track price escalations throughout the years.

Pros

Setting up a bid is intuitive and I like that the different components 'talk' to each other. Copying estimates and deleting information are also easy.

Cons

some of the character limitations are ridiculous and entering bid prices for comparison is not as intuitive as it could be.

Review Source: Capterra

Allison from JB James Construction

Industry / Trade:  Heavy/highway contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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March 2018

Great Estimating Software for Heavy Civil Bidding

Pros

The software is easy to use once you get familiar with the system. The integration with Vista by Viewpoint is extremely helpful, as that is the Construction Software we use. Great reports to get data that you need. Reports help with the buyout process as well. Considering implementing HCSS Heavy Job at our company for tracking in the field. I love that you can get production requirements from direct cost report to the guys in the field.

Cons

Takes a little time to get familiar, but then very easy to use. It seems a little overwhelming at first.

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Riccardo from SITE

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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February 2018

Excellent product for Civil Construction Projects

Pros

It's like a giant spreadsheet and helps you to manage several parts of your project
Really great auditing features

Cons

Program is still based on an old and archaic data structure that sometimes requires maintenance
Not very good for complex mechanical projects

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Kyle from Fiore and Sons inc.

Industry / Trade:  Earthwork/excavating

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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December 2017

HeavyBid

Like any software it isn't what you are used to, but, once you understand HCSS software (HeavyBid & HeavyJob) it is extremely helpful to managing work both prior during bids, during, and after as a resource for labor rates etc.

Pros

Great for CIVIL work. Lots of helpful shortcuts, like the fact it automatically pins most recent jobs to the main screen (you can also pin bids manually to always be on that screen). HCSS doesn't just hire techs to go around and tech the software they hire real construction professionals that have experience in both the software and industry which is very helpful.

Cons

Worst part about the software is the error sounds it makes when you forget to fill out a field and try to move onto a new task (that can be shut off). Great for both new bids and pricing COR work and managing budgets (with the help of HeavyJob in the field)

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ERIK from TEK Construction, Inc

Industry / Trade:  Heavy/highway contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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December 2017

HCSS Heavybid is the best product on the market.

Look no further, write the check.

Pros

The power of the system, the ability to manipulate and quickly adjust pricing. Customer support is un-stumpable. The ability to import data from previous bids makes the estimating process fast and accurate.

Cons

As with anything this powerful, you must dedicate the time to learn the system. The ideal program is to bring in a trainer once a month for 6 months to grow and groom the new user.

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November 2017

We use heavybid since 10 years and are very satisfied

Very useful, save us a lot of time in our estimating process

Pros

Service and formation are great, software is improved every year, it saves us a huge amount of time in our estimating process

Cons

From Texas in english only, although we are working in french in Quebec, some features need to be purchased at an higher price and implementation in a company may be long

Review Source: Capterra

Tara from Bond

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September 2017

Great product

Pros

Great features. HCSS offers wonderful classes at the UGM each year to make using products easier. Great for use on projects of any size.

Cons

Start up can be slow. It takes some time to use the product to its potential and integrate all the software together.

Review Source: Capterra

Jay from Bond Brothers, Inc.

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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September 2017

A few months a year i go into our companie's estimating department, and this is a key tool.

Pros

I like that as i am gathering information and bids from contractors/subcontractors, i can enter them in as soon as i get them and it is automatically stored like a cloud feature. i am also able to create my own plugs, etc. this program makes breaking down and keeping track of a bid a wiz.

Cons

the only complaint that i have about this software is that it isn't exactly user friendly it took me a decent amount of time to learn how to use and operate this software.

Review Source: Capterra

Derek from Tiger Construction, LTd.

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August 2017

Using project to estimate large heavy civil jobs 100 Million +. Multiple team members.

Pros

Multiple team members can work on the project. Good databasing. Ease in transition to accounting software.

Cons

The biggest issue I have is that it is very slow on our platform. I'm not certain if this is an HCSS issue or an us issue.

Review Source: Capterra

Dustin from Hubbard Construction Company

Industry / Trade:  Heavy/highway contractor

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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August 2017

HCSS Heavy Bid is the Heavy Lifter for Highway Construction

HCSS Heavy Bid is one of the most widely used estimating software for heavy-civil construction.

Pros

The advance calculation routines and checks allow me to have confidence in my costing and pricing. The escalation features is time saver, especially at bid time when final scheduling is provided.

HCSS customer service is the best. Never been on hold or transferred. Immediate connection to a friendly person who can help.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve, however, they host user group meeting that can bring beginners up to speed quickly.

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