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Score 9.4 out of 100
61 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

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
Paula (Queenbee) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.1
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.3
Plan distribution & viewing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
Plan markups & sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.5
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
Issue tracking & punchlists
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.8
Photo documentation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.6
Jobsite reports
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.9
Document sharing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.3
RFI tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.4
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
Collaboration & approvals
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
As-built drawings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.9
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.8
Mobile app
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.9
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.8
Submittal design and management
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.0

Estimating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.8
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.0
Takeoff tools
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.7
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.5
Job costing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.8
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.8
Cost databases
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
7.9
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.8
Cost calculator
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.3
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.5
Bid creation
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.5
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4

Pros

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • 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
Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • 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.
Marjie Maguire | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • 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.
Melanie Dodson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to use.
Diane Coughlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 8.9
Based on 14 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

Viewpoint Spectrum 7.1
Based on 48 answers
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.
Margaret Reams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
Diane Coughlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

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!
Marcel Cicort | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • We do not use Viewpoint Spectrum for estimating or project tracking. There has not been any incentive to do so. The results achieved using the methods already in place are at a level that it was deemed unnecessary to invest the time and money required to change.
  • We do not use the Human Resources module. It is not necessary for only around 45 permanent employees. The functionality of just the payroll module covers the data we want to capture electronically. The other 400 - 500 employees we have each year are non-permanent union workers that come and go and are also sufficiently recorded and tracked with the payroll module.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Viewpoint Spectrum

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.7
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
9.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
10.0

Usability

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Support Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.9
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.1

Implementation Rating

BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

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