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Score 9.5 out of 100
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Score 10 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

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.
Brian D. Salmond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.1
Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
Plan distribution & viewing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.4
Benchmark Estimating Software
Plan markups & sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.5
Benchmark Estimating Software
Issue tracking & punchlists
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
Benchmark Estimating Software
Photo documentation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
Benchmark Estimating Software
Jobsite reports
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Benchmark Estimating Software
Document sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.6
Benchmark Estimating Software
RFI tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.4
Benchmark Estimating Software
Collaboration & approvals
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Benchmark Estimating Software
As-built drawings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.8
Benchmark Estimating Software
Mobile app
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
Submittal design and management
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.6
Benchmark Estimating Software

Estimating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.8
Benchmark Estimating Software
8.6
Takeoff tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
Benchmark Estimating Software
7.0
Job costing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
Benchmark Estimating Software
7.5
Cost databases
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.0
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Cost calculator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Bid creation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.5
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5

Pros

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

  • Progress Claims
  • Standard quotes
Chris van Vuuren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

  • 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.
Brian D. Salmond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

Benchmark Estimating Software 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The support guys were always helping and sorted out issues we had very quickly.
Chris van Vuuren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

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.
Brian D. Salmond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

  • Benchmark has created standardisation in quotes and tenders.
  • Created standard progress claims.
Chris van Vuuren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

General

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

Benchmark Estimating Software

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7
Benchmark Estimating Software
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.0
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.0

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Benchmark Estimating Software

Support Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.9
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5

Implementation Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Benchmark Estimating Software

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