Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal Software


 

For Sheet Metal and HVAC/Ductwork contractors that do any combination of commercial, industrial and institutional work, Trimble® AutoBid® SheetMetal is designed specifically for the unique needs of the industry, providing estimates to determine labor and material costs. Using the solution's patented Automatic Fitting Generation, estimators can create takeoffs while keeping an eye on the bottom line.

Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal can be utilized by both fabricators and install-only shops and suits companies in commercial industries, including design and build firms, piping, HVAC and ductwork.

Takeoff is streamlined and improved with Automatic Fitting Generation, in which Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal automatically inserts the correct fitting and hanger as the pipe is routed, saving time and reducing omissions and mistakes. The system eliminates the need for a digitizer, allowing users to import drawings, display them on screen and then perform takeoff with a mouse. There is also a graphical audit trail that provides a real-time view of edits and with Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal’s Box-In tool, users can select a specific area of the drawing, make changes or copy one part of the drawing to another, repeating the takeoff in the destination drawing.

The solution includes a full sheet metal database with multiple construction standards, as well as user-friendly Excel-based reports that allow users to manipulate the data into a format that meets the company needs. The estimating data can be exported directly into a number of leading project management, scheduling and accounting systems.

 

Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal - Edit
 
  • Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal - Edit
    Edit
  • Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal - Labor book
    Labor book
  • Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal - Project data
    Project data
  • Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal - Drawing
    Drawing
  • Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal - Reports
    Reports
  • Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal - Systems
    Systems
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000

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Martha from Martin Petersen Company
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Ease of Sheetmetal Estimating

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Ability to customize for our company needs, flexibility in making changes, and speed and accuracy in takeoffs

Cons

I wish it had the ability to collapse crystal reporting more so report didn't have to printout so many pages.

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Michael from JW Danforth
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Estimator

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Easy to use and setup
Pivot tables make transferring info to Project Management faster and easier
OSV take off is the way to go

Cons

Global data should be in the main program not a spate launch
OSV pdf viewing doesn't always work 100% of the time

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Jason from Lawson Mechanical Contractors
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Using AutoBid SheetMeatl for 10 years

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

We have used Trimble Autobid Sheetmetal and it's predecessor, Quickpen for over 20 years. During this time we have considered other estimating systems and have always stayed with Autobid due to the improvements constantly being made and their great customer service.

Pros

Easy to use
Great layout of the tools
The database is easy to manage
Customer service is timely and reliable
Reliable software - We have minimal downtime with the software

Cons

- Integration between the estimating software and the CAD software is cumbersome.
- Generating and modifying the final Rapid Reports is difficult. This is not an issue as we export to our own spreadsheets

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