BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product vs. Viewpoint ProContractor

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Score 6.9 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
ProContractor
Score 4.9 out of 10
N/A
ProContractor is a Cloud-Based Solution for Estimating, Project Management, and Accounting. Designed to improve visibility and profitability across construction businesses, ProContractor™ by Viewpoint is a cloud-based software solution for estimating, project management, and accounting. The user can manage the entire project lifecycle from bid to cash in a single solution. Built to be flexible and scalable, ProContractor allows users to go all-in-one, or build a complete solution…N/A
Pricing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint ProContractor
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productProContractor
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
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Top Pros
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Features
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint ProContractor
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
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.6
4 Ratings
11% above category average
Job profiles and administration8.01 Ratings8.33 Ratings
Employee demographic data00 Ratings9.13 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings9.13 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.93 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
3.1
3 Ratings
90% below category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.5
4 Ratings
4% above category average
Dashboards2.72 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Standard reports3.33 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Custom reports3.33 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Data exportability3.03 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
5.1
16 Ratings
37% below category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.9
5 Ratings
6% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing4.915 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing4.511 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.06 Ratings7.95 Ratings
Photo documentation7.08 Ratings7.95 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.23 Ratings7.34 Ratings
Document sharing4.516 Ratings7.55 Ratings
RFI tools3.68 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals4.16 Ratings7.54 Ratings
As-built drawings3.36 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Mobile app1.03 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Submittal design and management4.15 Ratings9.13 Ratings
Checklists3.33 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Meeting Minutes6.02 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Specifications8.82 Ratings9.12 Ratings
Change orders6.82 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
6.6
13 Ratings
21% below category average
Viewpoint ProContractor
8.6
5 Ratings
5% above category average
Takeoff tools3.25 Ratings7.33 Ratings
Job costing7.06 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Cost databases6.04 Ratings8.54 Ratings
Cost calculator8.05 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Bid creation8.812 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
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Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.7
4 Ratings
2% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings9.14 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings6.82 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings7.93 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings7.33 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint ProContractor
7.1
4 Ratings
7% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.14 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint ProContractor
Likelihood to Recommend
4.5
(16 ratings)
1.1
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.8
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(7 ratings)
5.9
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint ProContractor
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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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
ProContractor is a great fit if you are looking to make the jump to an ERP (accounting) system that offers a higher level of complexity and controls than what QuickBooks or Xero have to offer. However, some of those increased features of accounting controls, vendor compliance management, project contracting and documentation, come at the cost of lost integrations. ProContractor is completely siloed and does not openly communicate with other platforms (project management, bank accounts, etc).
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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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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • Procontractor is great with direct imports from CAD files.
  • It is great with balancing sites or specific areas on site.
  • Procontractor has multiple views and reports that help you to view the dirt movement on the site (grid, profile, 3D).
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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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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • We just changed over to the cloud based system. In my opinion, it a disaster- It does not work
  • Program is not responding- complete company shutdown
  • Tech support is not responding
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Usability
Autodesk
Very easy to use.
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
I give Viewpoint ProContractor a 10 out of 10. This system is user friendly to help keep me organized on a daily basis. I can find everything I need daily with this system. I am able to look up our subcontactors, vendors and clients I need to find quickly. I am able to see bills that I need to pay as well as invoices that I need to send out.
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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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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
When something isn't working, you can contact support who will gladly remote into your system and try and work out a solution. Though several of the issues we encountered, they were not able to fix and had to submit for further review. While some were eventually rectified in updates, it takes time for these to be addressed and implemented.
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Implementation Rating
Autodesk
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
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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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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
Procore beats Viewpoint hands down but can integrate well with Viewpoint Vista accounting software. I think that if the Viewpoint software was more flexible if they were more interested in patches, updates, and hearing customer feedback in the way the Procore does, that they would actually have the opportunity to corner the market.
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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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Viewpoint, a Trimble company
  • The program has helped us grow in finance and accounting measures. We were limited with more basic accounting software.
  • The program has limited our ability to integrate various aspects of our business to avoid dual entry.
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