BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product vs. Benchmark Estimating Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
BuildingConnected is an online preconstruction platform supporting communication and collaboration with contractors, subcontractors, and real estate owners. The platform supports bid management with cost tracking and analytics, relationship tracking, alerting, and unlimited bid invitations. BuildingConnected was acquired by Autodesk in 2018.N/A
Benchmark Estimating Software
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
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
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productBenchmark Estimating Software
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productBenchmark 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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Community Pulse
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productBenchmark Estimating Software
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productBenchmark Estimating Software
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.0
1 Ratings
3% above category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
-
Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
2.7
3 Ratings
100% below category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
-
Ratings
Dashboards2.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports2.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports2.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
4.8
16 Ratings
43% below category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
2 Ratings
13% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing4.215 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing3.911 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation7.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing3.916 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools3.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals3.56 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings2.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app1.03 Ratings6.52 Ratings
Submittal design and management3.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists2.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications8.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders6.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
6.5
13 Ratings
23% below category average
Benchmark Estimating Software
8.6
2 Ratings
5% above category average
Takeoff tools2.85 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Job costing7.06 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Cost databases6.04 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Cost calculator8.05 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Bid creation8.812 Ratings9.52 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productBenchmark Estimating Software
Likelihood to Recommend
3.9
(16 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(7 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productBenchmark Estimating Software
Likelihood to Recommend
Autodesk
When receiving RFQ's from companies within a manageable distant from our location, it has been very helpfull. Receiving RFQ's for projects outside of our work area, it is just a waste of time. The projects available are well organized and give date due of proposal.
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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
Autodesk
  • 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
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • Progress Claims
  • Standard quotes
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Cons
Autodesk
  • 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.
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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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Usability
Autodesk
Very easy to use.
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
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Support Rating
Autodesk
Though I haven't had to utilize any live support at BuildingConnected, I know others at my company have and have had good success with them. They seem to be very responsive and since the software is so simple, there are not that many pitfalls or hurdles that you need to work through to accomplish your task.
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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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Implementation Rating
Autodesk
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
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Alternatives Considered
Autodesk
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!
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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
Autodesk
  • 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.
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Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • Benchmark has created standardisation in quotes and tenders.
  • Created standard progress claims.
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