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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8 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

Pipeline Suite

Pipeline Suite is a very niche product, but for anyone who has ever dealt with the construction bidding process, you can understand the need for it. With Pipeline Suite, it is so easy to request bids, share documents and plans, and coordinate schedules for submittals. We are able to prequalify sub contractors and vendors at a faster pace as well with the product
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

Project Estimator
5.2
Pipeline Suite
8.2
Takeoff tools
Project Estimator
5.0
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Job costing
Project Estimator
2.0
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Cost databases
Project Estimator
7.0
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Cost calculator
Project Estimator
6.0
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Bid creation
Project Estimator
6.0
Pipeline Suite
8.0

Construction Project & Field Management

Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
8.5
Plan distribution & viewing
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Plan markups & sharing
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Photo documentation
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Jobsite reports
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Document sharing
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
9.0
RFI tools
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Collaboration & approvals
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
9.0
As-built drawings
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Mobile app
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
7.0
Submittal design and management
Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
8.0

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

Pipeline Suite

  • Sharing documents and plans with project stakeholders is a piece of cake.
  • The product makes tracking the status of bids so much easier.
Jenna Montgomery | 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

Pipeline Suite

  • The onboarding process was difficult for us just because we had some pretty disorganized databases.
  • The product is pricey for small to medium sized firms.
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Project Estimator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pipeline Suite

Pipeline Suite 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I have found that the customer support team has an understanding of the construction bidding process. They have been able to see issues through our eyes, so to speak, not just through the eyes of a software company. They have always been very timely in their responses and seem to go above and beyond to solve issues
Jenna Montgomery | 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

Pipeline Suite

I don't have a lot of personal experience with SmartBid, but from what I hear from other colleagues, Pipeline Suite makes it easier for subcontractors to access documents/plans and to respond to bids. The interface and design of Pipeline Suite is more modern and the user experience is a major upgrade from SmartBid
Jenna Montgomery | 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

Pipeline Suite

  • We have been able to respond to more bids using Pipeline Suite.
  • Our proposals are more accurate and organized, which has made our projects come under budget more often.
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Project Estimator

General

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

Pipeline Suite

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
Pipeline Suite
8.0

Support Rating

Project Estimator
Pipeline Suite
9.0

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