BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product vs. GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Score 6.4 out of 10
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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
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Score 5.4 out of 10
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GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is a construction and estimation software offering from CPR, Inc.N/A
Pricing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Top Pros

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Features
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
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
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
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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
2.5
3 Ratings
104% below category average
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
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Ratings
Dashboards2.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability2.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
4.6
16 Ratings
47% below category average
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
5.0
1 Ratings
39% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing3.815 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing3.511 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation7.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing3.516 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools2.88 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals3.26 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings2.66 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app1.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management3.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications8.92 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders6.92 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
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
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Ratings
Takeoff tools2.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing7.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases6.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation8.912 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Likelihood to Recommend
3.5
(16 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
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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CPR, Inc.
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is well suited include:
  • Small to medium sized contractor who typically works on small to medium sized projects with limited complexity
  • Contractors who value low prices over full functionality (this software application is very affordably priced)
  • A new contractor or new contracting accounting / finance professional who would appreciate the specific limitations imposed by the software
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is not well suited include:
  • Larger contractors who think about and price projects in line with typical commercial design and construction
  • Residential projects (the software is much better suited for commercial lease buildouts, for instance)
  • A contractor whose finance department already uses full-suite accounting software
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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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CPR, Inc.
  • Convenient estimating
  • Streamlines the price quotation process
  • Standard cost application
  • Overhead calculation and pplication
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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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CPR, Inc.
  • Only CSI construction cost database data
  • Only works with Microsoft Office (Excel)
  • The online help system has limited functionality
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Usability
Autodesk
Very easy to use.
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CPR, Inc.
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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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CPR, Inc.
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Implementation Rating
Autodesk
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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CPR, Inc.
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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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CPR, Inc.
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is cheaper, easier to use, more streamlined and is easily installed and up and running. The flip side to the ease of use is the limited functionality, somewhat outdated cost bucketing profile and general lack of sophistication. The add-in also does not talk with full suite accounting software which requires additional reconciliations if used within a large organization.
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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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CPR, Inc.
  • Allows us to quickly bid on small projects
  • Allows us to pay less for accounting / finance professionals
  • Allows us to standardize our cost structure
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