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Score 9.5 out of 100
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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

SmartBid

As mentioned before in some of the previous questions, the confidentiality agreement feature is extremely helpful. I have worked on several projects where it's so early in the design phase that the documents are considered confidential and we are required to get a signed NDA from every person who sees the documents. This feature makes it extremely painless. SmartBidNet is less appropriate if you're just doing a quick cost exercise where you might not need to contact several subs. It's easier to just use email and a cloud sharing program like Box or Egnyte.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.1
SmartBid
9.8
Plan distribution & viewing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.4
SmartBid
9.5
Plan markups & sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.5
SmartBid
Issue tracking & punchlists
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
SmartBid
Photo documentation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
SmartBid
Jobsite reports
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
SmartBid
Document sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.6
SmartBid
9.5
RFI tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.4
SmartBid
10.0
Collaboration & approvals
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
SmartBid
10.0
As-built drawings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.8
SmartBid
Mobile app
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
SmartBid
10.0
Submittal design and management
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.6
SmartBid

Estimating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.8
SmartBid
Takeoff tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
SmartBid
Job costing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
SmartBid
Cost databases
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.0
SmartBid
Cost calculator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
SmartBid
Bid creation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.5
SmartBid

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

SmartBid

  • Extremely User-Friendly
  • Constant Reminders
Anonymous | 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

SmartBid

  • Ability to download all without having to be a zip file.
  • Provide a submittal board for questions and answers.
Matthew Smith | 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

SmartBid

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

SmartBid

SmartBid 9.5
Based on 4 answers
SmartBid has an excellent support team that is always at your service. Any problem I've had (when I've even had them) has been resolved almost immediately, along with tips on how to avoid them in the future. If you're looking for a program with excellent customer service, look no further than SmartBid.
Anonymous | 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

SmartBid

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

SmartBid

  • Better ability for subcontractors to respond via program.
  • Simpler interface.
  • Easier note tracking.
Anonymous | 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

SmartBid

  • It is a big time saver compared to sending out individual emails.
  • It saves time in having multiple individual databases for company contact info.
  • It ensures that everyone is getting the same information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

Pricing Details

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

General

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

SmartBid

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7
SmartBid
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.0
SmartBid

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
SmartBid

Support Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.9
SmartBid
9.5

Implementation Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
SmartBid

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