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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

  • Autodesk Bim 360 ranks higher in 1 feature set: Estimating

Reporting & Analytics

8.4

Autodesk Bim 360

84%

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Autodesk Bim 360 ranks higher in 4/4 features

Dashboards

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Standard reports

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Custom reports

8.0
80%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Data exportability

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Construction Project & Field Management

8.4

Autodesk Bim 360

84%

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Autodesk Bim 360 ranks higher in 15/15 features

Plan distribution & viewing

8.0
80%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Plan markups & sharing

8.5
85%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Issue tracking & punchlists

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Photo documentation

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Jobsite reports

8.0
80%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Document sharing

8.5
85%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

RFI tools

9.0
90%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Collaboration & approvals

9.0
90%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

As-built drawings

8.5
85%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile app

7.0
70%
10 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Submittal design and management

8.0
80%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Checklists

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Meeting Minutes

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Specifications

8.5
85%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Change orders

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Estimating

8.0

Autodesk Bim 360

80%
7.8

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

78%
Autodesk Bim 360 ranks higher in 3/5 features

Takeoff tools

8.0
80%
1 Rating
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Job costing

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cost databases

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cost calculator

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Bid creation

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Autodesk Bim 360 is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Autodesk Bim 360

80%
11 Ratings
9.0

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

6.9

Autodesk Bim 360

69%
4 Ratings
5.0

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

50%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

Autodesk Bim 360 is well suited to the majority of construction projects in my opinion. On the construction side I could see how the straightforward nature of the platform would be well liked. The new update with the widgets is a great touch and allows for ease of site visits by showcasing good to know info like project location on a map and the local weather. You can also customize the "widgets" as you see fit to add more information if necessary to the home screen. From my experience as a LEED consultant, Bim 360 does not differ much from other platforms used for submittal review like Procore. It is easy enough to search for what you want but searches do take a while and you need to move the cursor over every time you search and do not find what you're looking for, which seems very unnecessary. Overall it is fine for reviewing documentation but isn't anything extraordinary.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.

Well Suited: Construction cost estimates for new larger projects where the construction will start within the next 6-9 months. Budgetary estimates for future buildings through its square foot models. Not Well Suited: Not accurate enough on small projects where labor, travel to sites, and OH&P are a higher percentage of unit costs than on larger projects where these costs are spread out across more units.
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Pros

Autodesk

  • Live updates between design teams. This keeps the team up to date for quicker design and frees up personnel from having to do file transfers.
  • The cloud-based platform gives your company a little bit of a break on computer requirements.
  • Allows multiple offices and/or cloud-based consultants to collaborate on a design as if they are one office or one company.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.

  • CostWorks is very good at generating quick and valid estimates for standardized facilities such as office buildings, schools, etc. It allows you to validate other cost estimates at the UniFormat level when doing an estimate validation.
  • CostWorks' database of detailed line-items is a very resourceful asset when it comes to finding a very specific line-item. Sometimes, when using Success or MII, I will have CostWorks open on the other screen so I can find an item that the other softwares just don't have and build it into the other software from the CostWorks entry.
  • CostWorks does a very good job of generating reports that are both well-developed and have enough detail at the summary level to be able to sit with a client or a project manager and have them follow along and understand without being overwhelmed with detail and numbers.
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Cons

Autodesk

  • Bim360 is extremely unintuitive and frequently confusing to end users.
  • There are multiple avenues of sharing and collaboration for models and information. The advantages/disadvantages of each and how to perform even the most basic of tasks requires extensive training and mentoring for even the most advanced of users.
  • There are many enormous limitations and constraints to BIM 360 that are not immediately obvious and even contrary to published marketing materials and even product naming.
  • Development cycles of the product are seemingly monthly, but incredibly minor. This makes the desperately-needed and glaringly obvious massive usability, capability, and performance improvements into deal-breakers and hair pulling events. Change cannot come fast enough.
  • There are no integrations into Microsoft's Azure AD SSO or other 3rd party SSOs available for SMBs. This makes the provided MFA a huge headache for all SMBs.
  • There are no integrations into the Microsoft 365 ecosystem for SharePoint/OneDrive or Outlook. This is desperately needed for most organizations using Bim360.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.

  • small project costs where labor is a bigger portion than materials on cost
  • markup factors on governmental projects
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Pricing Details

Autodesk Bim 360

Starting Price

$480 per user/per year

Editions & Modules

Autodesk Bim 360 editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Autodesk Bim 360$480.001

Footnotes

  1. per user/per year

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks) editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Support Rating

    Autodesk

    AutoDesk support is slow and if you are not an enterprise customer they will likely tell you to go to forums and post for help pushing the support on the high-level end-users (some of which are AutoDesk employees). I haven't actually had issues requiring support with docs altough there are some features I wish it had
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    The Gordian Group, Inc.

    I've never had the need to discuss CostWorks with a vendor.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Autodesk

    The saving in reduced field changes/mistakes quickly paid for the license plus some. The software allows for easy data collection, especially at project completion for field software by checklist creation. Furthermore, the internal punch-list tracking, tracking completion lists and punch lists created for us by others is optimal compared to the competition. We chose Bim360 over other options due to its ability to import out of other software programs directly into the system, adding reports in one location and then distributing it to subcontractors and internally from there to fix deficiencies. It does the tracking, importing, markups of pictures and document viewing well and fulfills our needs.
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    The Gordian Group, Inc.

    CostWorks is a unique software for estimating as compared to the other softwares I have listed above. PACES is mostly used for federal modeling and really cannot be compared to Costworks. It has its own developed modeling database and has its own quirkiness and issues. MII has been developed for the USACE and utilized a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. I use CostWorks along side this software to find line-items that are not in the MII RS Means Database. Success has been developed for NAVFAC and again, utilizes a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. When I use this software, I ALWAYS have CostWorks open on the other screen as Success' RS Means database is extremely lacking when it comes to the number of detail line-items. Timberline is by SAGE and I use it mostly for DOS and FAA work. Of the 3 RS Means Database softwares, this one has the most detailed database for reference, however, there are times when I do have to look up an item that Timberline does not have and the first software I open is CostWorks.
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    Return on Investment

    Autodesk

    • Positively we use for all safety items, so its potential to save money is really something cannot be quantified. It has helped document trends, big items leading trends and odd ball cases which overall helps perfecting process to eliminate those trends and save time.
    • Negative impact is we need to pay for another program to handle budget, submittals and bidding so we are paying for two systems and paying for all employees to learn each system and possible make errors since there are differences in the systems.
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    The Gordian Group, Inc.

    • I don't really see any "negative" impacts on my business or my ROI by purchasing CostWorks. It's a valuable tool that we use, however, some of my colleagues do not use it or use it very infrequently.
    • I find it well worth the cost even though we don't develop complete estimates in CostWorks due to client dictated softwares.
    • It has provided very quickly-built estimating models that let our team and project managers know that the RFP or the task that they are contemplating bidding on or starting to work on is actually feasible to construction given the budget and directive.
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