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Score 8.5 out of 100
15 Ratings
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Project Estimator

If you are considering purchasing this (very expensive) software, there is a 100% chance you are doing so because you have been awarded a Government contract that dictates you use 4Clicks Project Estimator. There are plenty of easier to use estimating packages out in the world, but you can't use any of them if you have a contract that requires 4Clicks.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected is a great tool for construction managers and general contractors working over a wide area that rely on collecting multiple bids. BuildingConnected does a great job at presenting new contractors that may fit the bill for who you need to look at and price a job. Its simple interface allows you to easily see who the main point of contact is at a company, and place comments for your team to review after corresponding with these companies.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

Project Estimator
5.2
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.8
Takeoff tools
Project Estimator
5.0
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
Job costing
Project Estimator
2.0
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.4
Cost databases
Project Estimator
7.0
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.3
Cost calculator
Project Estimator
6.0
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.4
Bid creation
Project Estimator
6.0
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.4

Construction Project & Field Management

Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.1
Plan distribution & viewing
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.5
Plan markups & sharing
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.6
Issue tracking & punchlists
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.8
Photo documentation
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
Jobsite reports
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Document sharing
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7
RFI tools
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.6
Collaboration & approvals
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
As-built drawings
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.8
Mobile app
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7
Submittal design and management
Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.5

Pros

Project Estimator

  • The estimates it produces are simple and easy to follow. The formatting is good.
  • The tech support provided is very attentive.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • Helps keep track of multiple jobs at once
  • Helps sort your bid invites into won/lost/pending/archived etc.
  • It is a central location where general contractors can put all their updated files and addendum
  • Lets you see which contractors are bidding the same job so you can coordinate your estimating
Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Project Estimator

  • The software feels 20 years old. It has not kept up with modern times, and practically functions like an old DOS program.
  • Clunky interface, arcane commands.
  • Even their training info focuses on hotkeys like this is 1995. Even though I am of an age to remember computers in 1995, the younger generations of managers/estimators are not. It is time to bring the software into the new century!
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • There was a previous glitch where bid forms have been updated by subcontractors that have accessed a former version are not able to access the updated/new bid form.
  • I would like to see the ability for BuildingConnected to automatically send a bid reminder to bidders at a set amount of time prior to the bid date.
Melanie Dodson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Project Estimator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to use.
Diane Coughlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Project Estimator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 8.9
Based on 14 answers
They are constantly reaching out to see if there is anything they can teach us. It can be a bit aggravating when it is constant, but I know that they have our best interest at heart. They also had all of us do multiple Skype meetings with a support rep to make sure we understood the software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Project Estimator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
Diane Coughlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Project Estimator

WinEst uses much the same database (RS Means/Gordion type) and has a similar interface. It is a bit cheaper.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

Have used BlueBook Construction, which has a smooth, quick search for local contractors. Still, they don't allow us the client project creation. I even had issues with them displaying proper project descriptions based upon was receiving inadequate and or erroneous bid proposals, and the engagement manager was not flexible in resolving the problem!
Marcel Cicort | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Project Estimator

  • As stated before, if you are buying this software, it is because you have a contract forcing you to. While it does work, it is clunky, awkward, and very expensive.
  • The price of the software and databases has always been high, but with the fairly recent acquisition of 4Clicks by Gordion (who also bought RS Means for their databases), there is literally no competition. Prices will continue to be very high, with no check on how high they can go.
  • Again, can't fault 4Clicks tech support, as I think it is the best in the industry. They know their product and they respond to issues immediately. Considering what we spend a year for this product, however, you would expect nothing less.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • Allows our company to accurately estimate the cost of a project.
  • Helps us to reach out to qualified subcontractors based on past experience and history with our company.
  • Contains bid leveling capabilities to ensure that all proposals cover a full scope of work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Project Estimator
9.0
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7

Likelihood to Renew

Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.0

Usability

Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0

Support Rating

Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.9

Implementation Rating

Project Estimator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0

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