BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product vs. Trimble GC WinEst

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Score 6.4 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 GC WinEst
Score 7.0 out of 10
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With thousands of users world-wide, WinEst estimating from Trimble GC is a database-driven construction project management solutions on the market. It looks and feels just like Excel with familiar Windows navigation, including drop-down menus and ribbon bars. Behind the covers is a database with multiple work-breakdown structures (WBS) and filters that can be customized to the user's preferences so that estimating data can be sliced and diced and presented in different ways. WinEst…N/A
Pricing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble GC WinEst
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble GC WinEst
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble GC WinEst
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 GC WinEst
-
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
104% below category average
Trimble GC WinEst
-
Ratings
Dashboards2.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports2.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability2.43 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 GC WinEst
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing3.815 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing3.511 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation7.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing3.516 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools2.98 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals3.26 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings2.66 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app1.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management3.25 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 GC WinEst
8.6
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Takeoff tools2.65 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Job costing7.06 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost databases6.04 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost calculator8.05 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Bid creation8.912 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble GC WinEst
Likelihood to Recommend
3.5
(16 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(7 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productTrimble GC WinEst
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
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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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
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
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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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