19 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
64 Ratings
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Score 5.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product ranks higher in 1 feature set: Reporting & Analytics

Human Resource Management

8.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

80%

Viewpoint Spectrum

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%
1.0

Viewpoint Spectrum

10%
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product ranks higher in 3/4 features

Standard reports

8.0
80%
1 Rating
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Custom reports

8.0
80%
1 Rating
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Data exportability

5.0
50%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Dashboards

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Construction Project & Field Management

7.7

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

77%

Viewpoint Spectrum

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

Plan distribution & viewing

8.1
81%
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

7.1
71%
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%

Viewpoint Spectrum

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product ranks higher in 5/5 features

Takeoff tools

8.9
89%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job costing

8.9
89%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Cost databases

7.6
76%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Cost calculator

9.3
93%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Bid creation

8.1
81%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Payroll Management

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
1.0

Viewpoint Spectrum

10%
Viewpoint Spectrum ranks higher in 4/4 features

Pay calculation

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Direct deposit files

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Salary revision and increment management

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Reimbursement management

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Viewpoint Spectrum is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

81%
14 Ratings
2.0

Viewpoint Spectrum

20%
41 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

90%
1 Rating
10.0

Viewpoint Spectrum

100%
1 Rating

Usability

10.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

100%
1 Rating

Viewpoint Spectrum

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.9

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

89%
14 Ratings
1.2

Viewpoint Spectrum

12%
49 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

100%
2 Ratings

Viewpoint Spectrum

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

N/A
0 Ratings
6.6

Viewpoint Spectrum

66%
40 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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Viewpoint, a Trimble company

Viewpoint Spectrum is well suited for accounting, job costing, project management, service department. It is less appropriate for estimating, payroll on-boarding, time collection in the field for construction jobs and document imaging for the entire company. The scenarios where Viewpoint Spectrum is not appropriate for what we are trying to accomplish, we outsource and import into our Viewpoint Spectrum software
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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

  • Great software for analyzing data and trends while still being pretty easy to use.
  • The ability to create a custom info link reports enable you to create virtually any report using the data you have in Spectrum that will auto-refresh with just one click of a button.
  • They have a fantastic support network and I the few times I have had to contact support, I was directed to someone very knowledgeable that was able to find a solution.
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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

  • It's sometimes hard to control the document imaging window. It doesn't stop when you release the cursor. Have to go to top of screen and click in one of the bars to lock it in place.
  • In AP invoice entry, you have to slow down when entering job and phase number. Doesn't keep up with the speed of the person entering.
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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

    Viewpoint Spectrum

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Viewpoint Spectrum 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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      Viewpoint, a Trimble company

      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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      Viewpoint, a Trimble company

      Support has not been great since merging with Viewpoint. I've sent several letters up the chain about this. It has made me want to leave the software altogether on more than one occasion. I spend a lot of time on hold, and on numerous occasions now we've sat around for days waiting for a response only to be told the person on the phone never actually made a ticket for that, or that the online system didn't alert them of our case. We used to be able to call and get someone immediately and have the problem solved by a knowledgeable person. Now it's hit or miss and you could be on hold forever. The online training academy is nice but it's still not in-depth enough for me to not have to sit and babysit someone through a training period.
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      Implementation Rating

      Autodesk

      Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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      Viewpoint, a Trimble company

      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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      Viewpoint, a Trimble company

      I have previously used Sage Masterbuilder, another construction industry software. This has been a number of years ago. The company I am working for already had Spectrum and have been using it for as long as it has been around when it was known as Forefront. Based on conversations I've had with the personnel that were here at the time of purchase, Spectrum clicked off all the boxes they were looking for.
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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

      • [In my opinion,] it takes at LEAST twice as long to do our jobs now.
      • [I feel like] we are paranoid about something not being printed correctly because of [what I believe are] buggy text fields.
      • [In my experience,] we still have to refer to a physical file cabinet with paper, even though a main point of switching was to go paperless.
      • [In our experience,] screens can now be "locked", so we can't see something if our coworker is also looking at it.
      • [I believe that] the financial hit our company took from this switch was astronomical. [In my opinion:] Beware!
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