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CoConstruct is a project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once, and have that data... Read more
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B2W Estimate from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) is an application for heavy civil construction estimating and bidding. The system offers the ability to create and pre-populate detailed databases with costs, including default templates... Read more
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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... Read more
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PipelineSuite is a cloud-based bid invitation software solution with an integrated online plan room and optional prequalification module for general contractors. The solution allows general contractors to email bid invitations and... Read more
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With iSqFt, contractors of any size can streamline their entire pre-construction process and bid effectively. Designed to address the unique challenges of general contractors, design-build firms, and construction managers, iSqFt's... Read more
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SmartBid is an online construction bid software designed for general and prime contractors to manage subcontractor data, prequalify subcontractors, share project documents and send invitations to bid. As a web-based system, all communications,... Read more
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e-Builder is a cloud-based construction program management solution for capital projects that provides performance data across the project lifecycle. Facility owners can track business processes with centralized project information,... Read more
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McCormick Plumbing & Mechanical Estimating software was developed specifically to handle the needs of construction firms that operate in the plumbing and mechanical piping trades. The software’s strength lies in the estimating, takeoff,... Read more
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Adoddle by Asite is a cloud-based project management solution that offers team communication, document management, project portfolio management, construction management, cost management and supply chain management within a suite. The... Read more
Relatics is a cloud-based platform used in the civil, infrastructure and construction engineering industries for systems engineering, requirements management and project management. Relatics allows users to manage contracts and change... Read more
In addition to project management, HeadsUp offers a standalone application for overseeing bidding activities. The web-based application enables users to eliminate the faxes, emails, and paperwork associated with solicitations. Read more
Pantera Tools Integrated Plan Room by Pantera Global Technology is a cloud-based bid management solution that caters to general contractors, subcontractors, retailers, and suppliers. The solution helps users to streamline their bid... Read more
Roof Wizard from AppliCad is an estimating and takeoff application that serves the needs of roofing, siding contractors, and estimators. The solution prepares roofing and cladding proposals, generate cutting lists, supplier orders,... Read more
BidOrganizer by Textura Corporation is a Web-based bid management system that allows users to track, manage and prioritize construction bids. It is used by a wide assortment of general contractors, firm owners and subcontractors across... Read more
Bidtracer is a web-based bid management and estimating tool for specialty commercial contractors including electrical, mechanical and plumbing. It features an internal email engine to contact subcontractors and vendors for bids. Read more
Created by Autodesk, Buzzsaw is a cloud-based system that enables building information modeling (BIM) workflows. The solution is suitable for architecture, construction, transportation, automotive, building products, equipment and... Read more
SEC Solutions’ Electrical Estimating software provides electrical and plumbing contractors with a set of project estimating tools. This solution is suitable for businesses of all size and both single user and multi-user network platforms. key... Read more
Deployed in the Amazon Cloud BuildLinks BL1 features include bidding and contracting applications, take-offs, budgets, schedules, purchase orders, plan libraries, punch-lists and more. SaaS model makes BuildLinks very scalable. Read more
Sage Bid Management is a cloud-based solution that automates and manages the bid management process. It helps estimators, subcontractors, material suppliers and bid coordinators to collaborate and control the preconstruction phase... Read more
BHOOMI is a cloud-based and on-premise construction and inventory management solution for midsize residential and commercial construction companies. Primary features include project planning and management, contractor management, purchasing... Read more
Soliciting bids from contractors and suppliers is a function as old as the commercial construction industry. Over time, many building industry technology developers have emerged to automate the bid solicitation process. Those responsible for the procurement function now have a choice of many best-of-breed bid solicitation systems, as well as specialty modules offered within existing construction suites. We wrote this guide to help buyers understand their bid invitation software options.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
In most construction organizations, bid solicitation is a largely manual process that involves email, spreadsheets, faxes and phone calls. There is little automation outside of Microsoft Outlook or similar personal productivity tools. This specialized technology streamlines the bidding process with tools for managing contact, requesting proposals, purchasing and managing and organizing contracts.
A full-featured bid management system will typically include the following features:
|Contact management||Enables the tracking of all contacts and communications between organizations and contractors and suppliers.|
|Custom form builder||Allows users to build custom bid forms.|
|Project calendar||Enables the tracking of all of an organization's past, present and future projects.|
|Subcontractor portal||Enables subcontractors to view upcoming projects, view information about project insurance and more.|
|Communication template library||Allows users to customize emails and other forms of communication between the organization and contractors and suppliers.|
Other features can include:
Bidding programs for construction are available as both on-premises and SaaS solutions, although the general trends seems to be toward SaaS systems.
Before you dive into the details of various bidding oversight and productivity systems, you will want to identify yourself with one of the buyer types we’ve detailed below.
Procurement buyer. This category of buyer is highly specialized in procurement processes and demands sophisticated functionality. Their firm prioritizes cost control and efficient procurement processes, and is therefore focused intently on sophisticated functionality. These buyers will typically seek top best-of-breed construction bid management software systems.
Project manager. This type of buyer works at a firm where procurement is managed from within the project managing function. These project managers are responsible for selecting suppliers and subcontractors and it therefore makes sense to use bidding technology modules offered within the firm’s project system, rather than implement a separate bidding manager system.
General estimator. This buyer works in the estimating function at a firm that places procurement responsibility within the estimating department. The estimator is primarily focused on getting high-level pricing from subs, and then comparing those bids. As such, these buyers prefer to use the basic solicitation tracking and management functionality available within commercial estimating systems.
Integrated suite buyer. This type of buyer values integration of data and processes across the firm, even if it means forgoing some specialized procurement functionality. This buyer is more likely to make use of the procurement modules available within their accounting or enterprise resource planning system.
The bidding technology vendor landscape is less complex than many other construction markets. Best-of-breed products include eBid eXchange, SmartBidNet, and Pipeline Suite. Some project management software companies, such as Procore, Prolog and HeadsUp, also offer feature-rich bidding applications that can be purchased on a standalone basis. Finally, construction estimating and accounting suites will offer procurement functionality to varying degrees.
Here are some of the benefits realized from successfully adopting modern, top-rated construction technology solutions. The best bidding software construction companies can implement will yield all of the below benefits.
Improved efficiency. Traditional bid-solicitation processes are fraught with error and require substantial time and expense to execute. By automating the process with project managing technology, there can be a substantial reduction in errors, printing costs and labor.
Better estimates and visibility. Bid builder software can produce more effective procurement processes and in turn, provide a company with better data as they develop estimates for their clients. Moreover, they will gain better visibility into costs throughout the project by holding suppliers accountable to their bids.
Lower costs. The best bidding system will establish highly effective procurement processes that lower costs substantially. By soliciting more bids and creating a more professional, competitive process, buyers will lower their cost of materials and subcontractors.
Perhaps the biggest challenge with these kind of implementations is adoption. Even if internal users adopt the invitation to bid software, it can be difficult to get suppliers to respond to the new model of submitting their bids or RFP responses. Overcoming these issues may require mandating use of the system. Contractors should consider whether they have enough leverage with subcontractors and suppliers to make such a mandate. Properly implemented, these solutions can be the best project bidding tool money can buy. But shoppers should checkout bid software reviews, demos and pricing before making any final decisions.