BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product vs. Trimble Accubid

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
Trimble Accubid
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
Trimble Accubid Classic is an electrical estimating solution for construction, that facilitates the construction workflow from estimating to purchasing, project management, and billing. The more recently released Trimble Accubid Anywhere provides estimating, change management, and pricing in a cloud service subscription.N/A
Pricing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble Accubid
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble Accubid
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 productTrimble Accubid
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble Accubid
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
Trimble Accubid
-
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
106% below category average
Trimble Accubid
-
Ratings
Dashboards2.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability2.53 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
Trimble Accubid
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing3.915 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing3.611 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation7.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing3.616 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools2.98 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals3.36 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings2.66 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app1.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management3.35 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
Trimble Accubid
-
Ratings
Takeoff tools2.75 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 productTrimble Accubid
Likelihood to Recommend
3.6
(16 ratings)
6.0
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(7 ratings)
7.1
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble Accubid
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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Trimble
We use Trimble Accubid to do detailed cost estimates for larger jobs. If a job has a set of blueprints, the software is designed to go through each page systematically to aggregate a bid. Where it is less appropriate are for smaller service jobs. It takes a lot of setup for a new job there are other solutions better suited for service work.
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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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Trimble
  • Depth of customization
  • Intergrations
  • Industry specific
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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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Trimble
  • Needs to update a data base for new emerging markets in energy.
  • Separation of some supporting materials into more relevant categories would eliminate number of required click through actions.
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Usability
Autodesk
Very easy to use.
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Trimble
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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Trimble
Accubid can sometimes fall short when it comes to CS. The correct departments aren't always properly delineated, making it difficult to get ahold of the individual most appropriate for your issue. To that end, it has been outsourced to people with accents sometimes difficult to understand. This is my biggest critique
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Implementation Rating
Autodesk
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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Trimble
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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Trimble
I was not involved in the decision-making process to purchase Accubid.
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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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Trimble
  • reduced estimating cost vs pen and paper
  • because it's a widely used platform it's easy to recruit estimators to the platform
  • works well in a multi estimator environment
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