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.

 

HCSS HeavyBid - Estimates spreadsheet
 
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Estimates spreadsheet
    Estimates spreadsheet
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Bid pricing
    Bid pricing
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Copy items
    Copy items
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Item details
    Item details
  • HCSS HeavyBid - Quote summary
    Quote summary
  • HCSS HeavyBid - 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

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Dustin from Hubbard Construction Company
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Gets the job done correctly

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Value for Money

Pros

Heavy Bid gives you a lot of flexibility for determining where to put costs and revenue. Overruns/Underruns are handled with ease.

Cons

This is a steep learning curve for heavybid however, their support is world class. No waiting and instant help.

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Joseph from Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Construction Engineer using HCSS HeavyBid Occasionally

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I like the reports the most about this product. As an project specific engineer i run Heavybid reports to understand how estimators bid the project.

Cons

One con to the software is it can be difficult to use if adequate training isn't provided unless ample time is allowed to self-teach.

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James from DMCI Homes
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2018

November 2018

HCSS HeavyBid great estimating software!

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This software help me to bid faster it reduces my time estimating, very accurate and efficient i love this construction software!

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Upon using this product for more than a week i don't have any issue it runs smooth and fast good job to the developer who made this incredible software!

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Simon from Nickel Keynesbury
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Best Estimation Software

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I really like the software, you can customize it to your suit perferance
It really help me to do contract estimation within the shorters possible time and get access to it anytime anywhere.

Cons

It problematic when using it to do estimate for big projects project.
I think it should be improve to meet all our (contractors) estimation needs.

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Grace from DMCI Homes
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2018

November 2018

HCSS HeavyBid. Your Fuel Manager

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Pros

Takes the difficulty out of calculating fuel for our business operations. You can gather all data from different systems and have it delivered in a very easy to use format. Recommended.

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This is a simple application to use and download and has shown no operating issues or problems. Use HCSS to your advantage.

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Richard from Cititel Technologies Incorporated
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2018

November 2018

highly recommended!!!

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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.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2018

November 2018

The Best Estimating Software on the Market

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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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Erik from Frattalone Companies
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

August 2018

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 Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2018

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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2018

July 2018

Heavy Bid is great

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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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Allison from JB James Construction
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Great Estimating Software for Heavy Civil Bidding

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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 Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2018

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 Employees number: 201-500 employees

December 2017

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 Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

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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Dustin from Hubbard Construction Company
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

August 2017

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 Employees number: 51-200 employees

August 2017

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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Travis from Geneva Rock
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

July 2017

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 Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Easy to use program with lots of customizability

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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.

 
 

Josh from Geneva Rock Products/CCI
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

HCSS is the bomb.com

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Pros

Allows you to customize your bids to your liking. Bids can be streamlined for customers and/or you can copy what the owner has set up.

Cons

THE SELECT BID ITEMS FEATURE NEVER WORKS. EVERY TIME I TRY TO ADD BID ITEMS THROUGH THE SELECT BID ITEMS IT DOESN'T WORK!

 
 

Adam from Clyde Companies Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

May 2017

May 2017

HCSS works great

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Went to the training/convention for the first time this February. thought it was great. thanks!

Pros

I like the quote class system. It's handy to input info as it comes in and compare with others. handy.

Cons

On occasion as I pull items from my codebook in the select bidtiem screen, the description comes across but my activities do not. if I tab through all the cells it seems to work.

 
 
 
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November 2018

November 2018

The best option.

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Love it. Great customer service. It can be customized to integrate with all your other software.

Pros

HCSS's support is the best I have ever delt with. Not only do they offer custom programming to taylor the users tools and reports, but they always answer the phone right away. No machines you the first person that picks up the phone can usually help you with whatever issue or question you have.

Cons

Clunky reporting with the mobile app. The only thing that is kind of frustrating is the reporting capabilities from and administrative side, but whatever reports you are unable to generate as a customer, they will be able to generate for you on their end.

Review Source: Capterra
 

J. Mickey from Underpinning and Foundation Skanska
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2018

November 2018

Used daily, Powerful tool

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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
 


October 2018

October 2018

Limited Fields are Biggest Negative

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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
 


June 2018

June 2018

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

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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

May 2018

May 2018

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

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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 Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

May 2018

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

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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
 


March 2018

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


November 2017

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

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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

September 2017

September 2017

Great product

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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 Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

September 2017

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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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.

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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.

August 2017

August 2017

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

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

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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
 

Riccardo from SITE

August 2017

August 2017

Great program for bidding

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

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

edward from leon e wintermyer inc
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

great software

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use it every day. dont know where i would be without it. even when the rare issue arises, support is always avaialbe and very professional. anyone looking to keep their estimating at top notch needs this program.

Pros

ease of use and its overall functionality

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almost too indepth

Review Source: Capterra
 

Douglas from Mosser Construction Inc.
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

HeavyBid: the best estimating software on the market.

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Great product with even better support. This is the best software we use. We have been using this product for over 20 years. HCSS consults with its clients to improve the product. They also have an annual user group meeting that is one of the best educational events in construction to attend.

Pros

It is adaptable to use for any-kind of Construction Estimating.

Cons

Does not provide any take-off products.

Advice to Others

If you buy it, plan to spend time on development right up-front. Utilize HCSS's people to help with the implementation. This will save you many hours of overhead in the future.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ernst from Bucotech Construction

December 2016

December 2016

Heavy construction transportation

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As a student in project management, that product help me to do better in the construction market. The estimating is an important part of the construction industry, with the "Capterra" that can bring new procedures in the heavy construction especially in transportation infrastructures. The software permit the contractor and subcontractor to work without difficulty. My experience with that software, I can, at this time, integer the construction market.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Nida from Pacific Gas & Electric

February 2016

February 2016

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Pro: so informative with various features to apply to how your company estimates. I like the different options for reports and the ability to easily see how numbers are calculated.
Cons: still some glitches at times, and not so user friendly.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Claude from Weeks Marine Inc

February 2016

February 2016

New with the software

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The pass 2 days showed me the complexity of the software and in the same time the friendly user it could be.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Joshua from Michels Corp

February 2016

February 2016

SSomewhat new to this software

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Found the class I attended very helpfull and the instructors were very helpfull

Review Source: Capterra
 

Glauce from Bergeron Land Development

February 2016

February 2016

HEAVYBID NICE

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Heavybid is a nice software to work with. After you learn how to use you have so many features and opportunities to improve your bid.
The support from HCSS is awsome, they are always available and have knowledge to help.
The con that I see on Heavybid is that because it has so many features you can make mistakes if you do not know what you are doing.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Hugh from SMFI

February 2016

February 2016

eexcellent would recomended it

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User Friendly detailed and excllent intergration with other software used in construction Primavera etc.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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