BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product vs. SharpeSoft Estimator

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Score 6.5 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
SharpeSoft Estimator
Score 5.1 out of 10
N/A
SharpeSoftEstimator is a construction and estimation software offering from SharpeSoft.N/A
Pricing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productSharpeSoft Estimator
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productSharpeSoft Estimator
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 productSharpeSoft Estimator
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productSharpeSoft Estimator
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
SharpeSoft Estimator
-
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
2.6
3 Ratings
102% below category average
SharpeSoft Estimator
7.5
1 Ratings
7% below category average
Dashboards2.42 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports2.83 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Custom reports2.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability2.63 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
4.7
16 Ratings
45% below category average
SharpeSoft Estimator
1.0
1 Ratings
153% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing4.115 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing3.811 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation7.08 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing3.816 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools3.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals3.46 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings2.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app1.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management3.45 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
SharpeSoft Estimator
8.8
1 Ratings
7% above category average
Takeoff tools2.85 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing7.06 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Cost databases6.04 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Cost calculator8.05 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Bid creation8.812 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productSharpeSoft Estimator
Likelihood to Recommend
3.8
(16 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(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 productSharpeSoft Estimator
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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SharpeSoft
SharpeSoft [is] designed to be a day-to-day hard-bid estimating program. It is easy to learn and use, yet very powerful. I would not recommend this product to hourly service providers.
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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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SharpeSoft
  • Handles complex bid formats and bid submittal structures such as using bid alternates and non-tax bid schedules.
  • This software is one of the easiest programs to learn and effectively use.
  • This software is reasonably priced, but very powerful.
  • Project support is timely, intimate, local and professional.
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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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SharpeSoft
  • They need to put a search bar in the item master list so you can easily find work items.
  • They could make the alternate package easier to use.
  • The should find a way to allow the user to define at least one cost type in the program.
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Usability
Autodesk
Very easy to use.
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SharpeSoft
No answers on this topic
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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SharpeSoft
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Implementation Rating
Autodesk
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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SharpeSoft
No answers on this topic
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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SharpeSoft
I think SharpeSoft is the best estimating product on the market for our type of work. It is reasonably priced and is very reliable. We have had very few problems with the software and the upgrades and support staff and reliable.
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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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SharpeSoft
  • Using SharpeSoft has grown our business by allowing us to accurately bid more projects.
  • The ease of use allows estimators of all ages to quickly become skilled at consistently bidding work
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