HeavyBid Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

HeavyBid

Estimating software for the construction industry

4.6/5 (497 reviews)

HeavyBid overview

What is HeavyBid?

HeavyBid is a powerful bidding and estimating tool that enables construction companies in the transportation, oil & gas, power, industrial, and telecom industries, among others, to build accurate, flexible estimates.

Users can import items, use standardized libraries, and create custom calculations and assemblies to automate much of the estimating process. Flexible work breakdown structures in the crew-based software help users to organize estimates based on what they need to see. Customizable cost types let users track subcontractor, labor, equipment, materials and other costs, to get the most accurate and competitive bid. On bid days, HeavyBid can import, analyze and compare subcontractor and supplier quotes, as well as conduct subcontractor versus self-perform analysis.

HeavyBid interfaces with accounting and project management systems, as well as with other HCSS products to eliminate double data entry.

As a scalable solution, HeavyBid is designed to grow with companies. It is used by more than 50,000 estimators, from small, regional subcontractors to 48 of the ENR Top 50 heavy civil contractors.
www.hcss.com

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Markets

United States, Canada

Supported languages

English
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HeavyBid reviews

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Chris Drenner

Best estimating software I’ve used

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-20
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Honestly i cant say there is anything i did not like about this software. Makes your life a whole lot easier and helps you dial in your profit on projects and you get things set up and get some history in the system.

Cons
I can’t really think of anything i didn’t like. Great product.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Frank Chandler

The Best Estimating Software in the World!

Reviewed 2014-07-17
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
Product: This is a very fast, user-friendly, automated estimating and bidding system that is particularly effective for Unit-Price contracts. It allows quick creation of accurate estimates, accommodates variations in quantities, allows risk evaluation on an item-by-item basis, and provides the means to price individual bid items so that they reflect the bidder's assessments of quantity, value, and risk for each item. Vendor: HCSS sets the standard for customer support. There is no software company anywhere, of any type, with whom I have had contact that comes even close to the responsiveness and excellence of HCSS' technical support. It is extremely rare that a call is not answered before the third ring by a human who understands the problem (no matter how arcane) and who has the right answer, without sending me to a second- or third-level technician. The professionalism and expertise of the Technical Support team are near-perfect. I tell people whom I am training that if they get stuck on a problem for more than three minutes, they should call Tech Support. The person who answers will have the problem solved, and the estimator will be back in production nearly instantaneously.

Cons
There is little to dislike in a system that works so well and with a technical support team that is so knowledgeable. HCSS takes suggestions from its users and implements them in new releases of the software so that the system is always cutting-edge and fulfills its users' expectations. The system seems expensive to purchase and maintain, at least to the non-using evaluator, but the confidence in the accuracy of the estimate, the outstanding technical support, and the continuous improvement of the software will provide confidence that offsets cost. One caught and corrected mistake that that would have gone unnoticed without HeavyBid's analysis tools, could pay for a dozen licenses for years.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Joy Homan

Timecard, material and equipment tracking

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-15
Review Source: Capterra

With heavy job, we were able to transition our export files to a new payroll system when we made a change. Customer service was excellent at guiding us through the process.

Pros
This software is so easy to set-up, from adding employees, job classifications, to merging employees into the job, to exporting timecards. The setup flow just make sense. Works great for those who have crews out in the field, foremen can use their tablets to record time, material and equipment used on the job and submit. No more paper time cards to do manual entry with.

Cons
This software has "user licenses" you have to buy, so at times they may all be used by other users in the company. It does allow you to "boot" them off, but you better make sure they are not in the middle of something if you do or they will lose the information. A quick phone call to ask if they can log out is best.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

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

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-26
Review Source: Capterra

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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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Justin Lorenz

The BEST Estimating Software

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-10-28
Review Source: Software Advice

I have been a HeavyBid Advanced user for over 14 years now and its amazing to see how far this small company from Texas has come. I still remember when we ordered the software and a representative from the company came to our main office in CT and over the course of 2 days went over everything from setting up labor, benefits, burden, equipment, crews, bid items (manual entry and DOT import), etc. to showing us how to enter activities into bid items and actually creating an estimate. Such a great overall experience from the early stages of implementation to the countless support center calls at all hours of the day and night before a bid (which were always answered) up to the present day where all of the above is still true today.

Pros
Unmatched customer support, ease of use and the ecosystem of programs/applications on multiple platforms that integrate perfectly with each other and will only grow with your company.

Cons
Recently I purchased an iPad Pro 12.9" pretty much for the sole purpose of using a handfull of apps such as Projectwise, Bluebeam Revu and HeavyBid Mobile. Well, after emailing HCSS Support I find out that HeavyBid Mobile is no longer supported. I was looking forward to trying something different with HeavyBid on the go, even if it wasn't the full blown version.

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HeavyBid pricing

Pricing options
One time license
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HeavyBid features

Change Order Management
Data Import/Export
Estimating
Project Estimating

API (37 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (48 other apps)
Activity Tracking (45 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (36 other apps)
Bid Management (43 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (49 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (36 other apps)
Document Management (46 other apps)
Document Storage (42 other apps)
Job Costing (37 other apps)
Project Management (60 other apps)
Project Tracking (41 other apps)
Projections (97 other apps)
Real Time Updates (35 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (40 other apps)
Subcontractor Management (40 other apps)

Additional information for HeavyBid

Key features of HeavyBid

  • Scheduling
  • Calculators
  • Multi-level breakdowns
  • Accounting integration
  • Change orders
  • DOT import
  • Estimating
  • Multiple user accounts
  • Proposal creation
  • Third party integration
  • Cost tracking
  • Price data / price books
  • Built-in cost database
  • Cost estimating
  • Project estimating
  • Scheduling
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Benefits

Estimates can be built, reviewed and edited quickly in HeavyBid.

HeavyBid can identify potential estimating errors and direct users to these for correction.

Users can create professional, attractive bid forms with customizable bid proposals in a variety of formats, including MS Word & Excel.

Large, complex work can be separated into smaller, detailed pieces with HeavyBid's multi-level breakdowns.

HeavyBid integrates with existing accounting systems, so bids can be sent straight to accounting for budget creation.