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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

  • Trimble GC WinEst ranks higher in 1 feature set: Estimating

Human Resource Management

8.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

80%

Trimble GC WinEst

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product ranks higher in 1/1 features

Job profiles and administration

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

7.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

70%

Trimble GC WinEst

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product ranks higher in 3/3 features

Standard reports

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Custom reports

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Data exportability

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Construction Project & Field Management

7.7

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

77%

Trimble GC WinEst

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product ranks higher in 15/15 features

Plan distribution & viewing

8.0
80%
13 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Plan markups & sharing

8.0
80%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Issue tracking & punchlists

8.0
80%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Photo documentation

7.0
70%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Jobsite reports

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Document sharing

8.1
81%
14 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

RFI tools

7.0
70%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Collaboration & approvals

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

As-built drawings

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile app

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Submittal design and management

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Checklists

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Meeting Minutes

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Specifications

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Change orders

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Estimating

8.5

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

85%
8.6

Trimble GC WinEst

86%
Trimble GC WinEst ranks higher in 4/5 features

Takeoff tools

8.9
89%
3 Ratings
3.0
30%
1 Rating

Job costing

8.9
89%
5 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Cost databases

7.6
76%
3 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Cost calculator

9.3
93%
4 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Bid creation

8.0
80%
11 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Trimble GC WinEst is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

81%
14 Ratings
10.0

Trimble GC WinEst

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

90%
1 Rating

Trimble GC WinEst

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

100%
1 Rating

Trimble GC WinEst

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.9

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

89%
14 Ratings
10.0

Trimble GC WinEst

100%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

100%
2 Ratings

Trimble GC WinEst

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

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.
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Trimble

WinEst is truly built for everyone. Their assemblies/database linking is perfect for self perform and subcontractors while their database management and custom reporting is perfect for GCs. While Excel set the bar, WinEst is on another planet. With the immediacy required by today's markets, WinEst allows you to deliver a superior product while being more accurate.
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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

  • It's very flexible when building an estimate and selecting items to include. You can either click your way to the datebase or quickly copy and paste similar items.
  • The numerous ways to view and estimate whether it's by CSI, Uniformat, Master Format, or any view you'd like to see. One of ours is by program area, i.e. Sitework, Tower, Parking Deck, etc. After that, you can sort by Bid Package, CSI, etc. Quick buttons can be created far all the views you'd need which allows changing between views a breeze.
  • The visual interface is pleasing and easy to read.
  • It's easy to create your own database using Excel. Once you tag an item with unit costs, sort codes, etc., Winest will import it. You can also build it manually within the program but Excel was faster.
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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

  • At times, WinEst controls feel counter intuitive. Also the tools available for actually developing the database can feel clunky. This means that if you do not take the time to create a robust import file, you will spend a serious amount of time fixing your errors.
  • WinEst is also an object based database which means that it is difficult to do mass dumps of information (mainly takeoff) into the program. While this is great for ensuring that everything is done purposefully, it does lead to extended hours of data entry
  • It takes hours upon hours of use before you begin to realize the true potential. The sheer number of tools is overwhelming and their help resources are very basic and only explain how to correctly enter the data but not the feature's best use cases.
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Pricing Details

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Trimble GC WinEst

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Trimble GC WinEst editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      Autodesk

      Very easy to use.
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      Trimble

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Autodesk

      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.
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      Trimble

      Doug Quinn was our trainer and travels all over the country. Whenever I have an issue I shoot him an email and he quickly responds as soon as his training gets a break.
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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

      WinEst simply blows excel and Timberline out of the water. The shear depth of functionality is unparalleled. Not only does WinEst deliver a better product, it also shortens the amount of man hours required for each bid, alternate, pricing exercise, etc. On top of this, it has a number of redundant safeguards for catching errors that the others don't have.
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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

      • We've not measured the rate of return but WinEst has made us much more efficient and organized.
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