ADVANTAGE vs. Benchmark Estimating Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ADVANTAGE
Score 4.1 out of 10
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ADVANTAGE is a construction and estimation software offering from HomeTech Information Systems.N/A
Benchmark Estimating Software
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Benchmark Estimating in Redfern offers an Estimating Software package that aims to streamline and simplify estimating processes, and improve the consistency and accuracy of pricing. It is used globally for project types including Asphalt, Civil Construction, Construction, Facilities Maintenance, Landscaping, Manufacturing, Mining, Road, Water & Sewer, by private enterprise, public authorities and small to medium businesses.N/A
Pricing
ADVANTAGEBenchmark Estimating Software
Editions & Modules
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Pricing Offerings
ADVANTAGEBenchmark Estimating Software
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Top Pros
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Features
ADVANTAGEBenchmark Estimating Software
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.0
1 Ratings
15% above category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
8.0
1 Ratings
6% above category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
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Pay calculation10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.5
1 Ratings
16% above category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
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Dashboards10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
8.9
2 Ratings
18% above category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
2 Ratings
13% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app10.01 Ratings6.52 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.6
2 Ratings
16% above category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
8.6
2 Ratings
5% above category average
Takeoff tools10.02 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Job costing10.02 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Cost databases10.02 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Cost calculator9.02 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Bid creation9.02 Ratings9.52 Ratings
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User Ratings
ADVANTAGEBenchmark Estimating Software
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
ADVANTAGEBenchmark Estimating Software
Likelihood to Recommend
HomeTech Information Systems
Any integrated agency (more than just a single-discipline agency) that's looking for a one-stop shop to manage all aspects of running the business would do well to consider Advantage as the single-source tool to do it all. Single-discipline agencies could probably find a less robust tool that's equally as effective for tracking and reporting.
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
I have used it for bulk earthworks, for roadworks, stormwater drainage, sewer reticulation, water reticulation, and associated works. It's easy to use a process called subcontractor manager to get multiple sub-contractor prices into your estimate for quick comparison, then pick the one that you really want to use in the estimate. It also has a process called auto allocation which can almost fully automate your estimating process, bringing in Items from the library that match the items in your bid. Haven't found a scenario that it's less appropriate, it all comes down to how detailed you set up your initial item library and resource library.
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Pros
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Information from site visits is easily accessible.
  • Workflow is easy to use
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • Progress Claims
  • Standard quotes
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Cons
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Advantage is hugely cumbersome. There are hundreds of functions I will never use, and that I'm not sure anyone else in the organization uses.
  • The user interface could be better. Every time there's an update, there's a small but definitive learning curve.
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • I haven't found anything yet. Benchmark is constantly evolving and adding new processes, I believe it keeps up to date with what it's users want.
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Support Rating
HomeTech Information Systems
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
The support guys were always helping and sorted out issues we had very quickly.
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Alternatives Considered
HomeTech Information Systems
We have also used BidClips. I find that Advantage gave us more flexibility with custom estimates & report tracking.
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
I have always found that Benchmark allows for a more rapid compilation of the estimate through the library system. It can also allow for easy duplication of an estimate for a second stage etc, using the original rates in the resources, or at a click of a button, reverting to updated resources from the library. I have found that other systems rely on a great number of spreadsheet type operations that can easily be changed in the estimate and can lead to errors if copied to another estimate.
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Return on Investment
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Advantage has everything to do with our company's ability to run an effective back office.
  • When you have a company that does a wide variety of concurrent projects, you need a great tool to manage it all. Advantage does that for us.
  • As I am unfamiliar with the pricing model (I'm not a member of the team that negotiates this particular product), I can't provide any true ROI from an overall business perspective.
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • Benchmark has created standardisation in quotes and tenders.
  • Created standard progress claims.
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ScreenShots

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