15 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9.5 out of 100
7 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8 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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.1
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
5.0
Plan distribution & viewing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.4
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Plan markups & sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.5
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
5.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Photo documentation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Jobsite reports
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Document sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.6
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
RFI tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.4
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
5.0
Collaboration & approvals
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
As-built drawings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.8
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Mobile app
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Submittal design and management
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.6
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Estimating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.8
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Takeoff tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Job costing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Cost databases
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.0
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Cost calculator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Bid creation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.5
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

  • Convenient estimating
  • Streamlines the price quotation process
  • Standard cost application
  • Overhead calculation and pplication
Jeff Looby, CPA | 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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

  • Only CSI construction cost database data
  • Only works with Microsoft Office (Excel)
  • The online help system has limited functionality
Jeff Looby, CPA | 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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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.
Jeff Looby, CPA | 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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

  • Allows us to quickly bid on small projects
  • Allows us to pay less for accounting / finance professionals
  • Allows us to standardize our cost structure
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

General

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

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.0
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Support Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.9
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Implementation Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Add comparison