HCSS HeavyBid Estimating Software


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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Mac OS , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 2000 , Windows 8 , Windows 10

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  • Erik from Frattalone Companies

    Specialty: Utility contractor

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

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

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    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

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Excellent software for estimators and construction managers

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    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

    Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Heavy Bid is great

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    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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  • Verified Reviewer

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

    June 2018

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

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    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • John from Ferma Corporation

    May 2018

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

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    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • dan from ncm

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    May 2018

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

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    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

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    March 2018

    Works Good but Could Use Some Improvements

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    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.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Allison from JB James Construction

    Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    March 2018

    Great Estimating Software for Heavy Civil Bidding

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    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

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    February 2018

    Excellent product for Civil Construction Projects

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    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.

    Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    December 2017

    HeavyBid

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    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

    Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2017

    HCSS Heavybid is the best product on the market.

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    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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  • Verified Reviewer

    November 2017

    We use heavybid since 10 years and are very satisfied

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    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

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Tara from Bond

    September 2017

    Great product

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    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jay from Bond Brothers, Inc.

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    September 2017

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

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Derek from Tiger Construction, LTd.

    August 2017

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

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Dustin from Hubbard Construction Company

    Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2017

    HCSS Heavy Bid is the Heavy Lifter for Highway Construction

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    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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  • George from RCNW

    Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2017

    Great time at the Seattle Heavy Bid 101

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    Pros

    The functionality is superb and lets you save time by utilizing labor rates, crews, bid items etc. from common taks/jobs as templates. Powerful tool

    Cons

    Steep learning curve and non-intuitive interface. It could be much more clear and have a better dashboard. Other than that, pretty stellar.

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  • Riccardo from SITE

    August 2017

    Great program for bidding

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    Pros

    This is a great program for bidding minor and major projects, it does it with ease and is very easy to work with.

    Cons

    It cannot get too granular as some bidding softwares can get...as such, you may have to use subsequent excel sheets to keep track of bidding.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Travis from Geneva Rock

    Specialty: Construction manager

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

    July 2017

    HCSS heavy bid is the best estimating software I've used in 22 years.

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    I would and have recommended this software to others.

    Pros

    Customer support is amazing. There is always someone there to receive my calls at any time and on any day.

    Cons

    So expansive it's hard to learn all the tricks. It's hard to transfer all the tricks I've learned to coworkers but we have weekly trainings to share information.

  • Corey from Geneva Rock Products, Inc

    Specialty: General contractor

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

    May 2017

    Easy to use program with lots of customizability

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    Pros

    I like how easy it is to use. With master estimates, it is easy to customize the software to industry needs.

    Cons

    The reports are a bit complicated for first time users. Not all of them are used either but it just takes practice to know what is needed.

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