Benchmark Estimating Software vs. Bluebeam

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Benchmark Estimating Software
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Benchmark Estimating in Redfern offers an Estimating Software package that aims to streamline and simplify estimating processes, and improve the consistency and accuracy of pricing. It is used globally for project types including Asphalt, Civil Construction, Construction, Facilities Maintenance, Landscaping, Manufacturing, Mining, Road, Water & Sewer, by private enterprise, public authorities and small to medium businesses.N/A
Bluebeam
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Bluebeam Revu is a PDF management, control, and editing tool. It enables collaboration and markup within shared documents across projects’ life cycles and has takeoff and bid creation capabilities.
$240
per year per user
Pricing
Benchmark Estimating SoftwareBluebeam
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Revu Standard
$349
per seat
Revu CAD
$449
per seat
Revu eXtreme
$599
per seat
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Benchmark Estimating SoftwareBluebeam
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Benchmark Estimating SoftwareBluebeam
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Benchmark Estimating SoftwareBluebeam
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
2 Ratings
13% below category average
Bluebeam
8.8
50 Ratings
17% above category average
Mobile app6.52 Ratings7.827 Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings9.048 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings9.150 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings9.033 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings9.028 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings9.044 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings8.932 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings9.139 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings9.042 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings8.918 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Change orders00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Benchmark Estimating Software
8.6
2 Ratings
5% above category average
Bluebeam
8.9
27 Ratings
8% above category average
Takeoff tools7.01 Ratings7.025 Ratings
Job costing7.52 Ratings8.45 Ratings
Cost databases9.52 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost calculator9.52 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Bid creation9.52 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Benchmark Estimating Software
-
Ratings
Bluebeam
8.7
1 Ratings
8% above category average
Standard reports00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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Benchmark Estimating SoftwareBluebeam
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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 8.9 out of 10
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Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.9 out of 10
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Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Benchmark Estimating SoftwareBluebeam
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(2 ratings)
4.2
(62 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.5
(2 ratings)
1.0
(11 ratings)
User Testimonials
Benchmark Estimating SoftwareBluebeam
Likelihood to Recommend
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
I have used it for bulk earthworks, for roadworks, stormwater drainage, sewer reticulation, water reticulation, and associated works. It's easy to use a process called subcontractor manager to get multiple sub-contractor prices into your estimate for quick comparison, then pick the one that you really want to use in the estimate. It also has a process called auto allocation which can almost fully automate your estimating process, bringing in Items from the library that match the items in your bid. Haven't found a scenario that it's less appropriate, it all comes down to how detailed you set up your initial item library and resource library.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
The program is great for editing construction drawings, stamping/approving official documents and overlaying revised documents to see design changes. You can use it as an estimating takeoff tool, estimating database, document control, cloud document storage, the list goes on! Bluebeam poses many applications for the user to utilize for the desired needs. There may be some other software that has one specific function that can perform the specific task better, but Bluebeam is a holistic program with many tools for use.
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Pros
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • Progress Claims
  • Standard quotes
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Bluebeam, Inc.
  • Once you set Bluebeam Revu as your default PDF handler, it launches immediately when clicking a PDF to open. The speed with which it opens documents is impressive.
  • Creating PDF's out of other documents, such as Word, Excel, JPG's, etc. is simple.
  • Digitally signing documents is a simple, secure process. You can keep your signature password-protected, yet still access it quickly.
  • The Bluebeam Revu mobile application ( I use the iOS version on an iPad Pro), is awesome. Not only does it handle PDF's like you would expect it to, it allows for effortless digital signing of documents on the fly. Nice to be able to quickly sign a document and email right back out from the tablet no matter where I am.
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Cons
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • I haven't found anything yet. Benchmark is constantly evolving and adding new processes, I believe it keeps up to date with what it's users want.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
  • If you have several tabs open and you try to drag one out for a side by side view then you do not have all the modification options and you have to combine them back together.
  • There is a lag time when hitting the print option.
  • There is also a lag time when opening files, sometimes I think the window is frozen.
  • I wish the basic version also had basic file editing, as in editing a document as Adobe does.
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Likelihood to Renew
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
No answers on this topic
Bluebeam, Inc.
Bluebeam is a powerful PDF viewer and mark-up tool. We are more familiar with it than Adobe Acrobat Pro or other viewers, and it has more features geared towards construction document managers than Acrobat Pro does.
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Usability
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
No answers on this topic
Bluebeam, Inc.
I'm constantly finding that Bluebeam Revu does more than I knew it could. And when I find something that it can't do, I've found that Bluebeam truly listens to its user base and will work to incorporate any good suggestion when feasible.
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Support Rating
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
The support guys were always helping and sorted out issues we had very quickly.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
Its hard for me to give a rating on this one as we rarely have to use the support feature for Bluebeam. However, when we have used it, they have been ultra supportive in helping us get exactly what we needed. I know another engineer was trying to figure out a feature and the rep gave a detailed tutorial on how to complete the task
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Alternatives Considered
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
I have always found that Benchmark allows for a more rapid compilation of the estimate through the library system. It can also allow for easy duplication of an estimate for a second stage etc, using the original rates in the resources, or at a click of a button, reverting to updated resources from the library. I have found that other systems rely on a great number of spreadsheet type operations that can easily be changed in the estimate and can lead to errors if copied to another estimate.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
We feel there is not another program out there that would compare to Bluebeam at this current time. Some of the other programs out there do not include studio or the overlaying process which is one of our main uses. The ease of hyperlinking makes this product stand out the most.
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Return on Investment
Benchmark Global Pty Ltd
  • Benchmark has created standardisation in quotes and tenders.
  • Created standard progress claims.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
  • A major positive aspect is being able to take your computer home without taking the entire set of paper drawings. They have made it so easy to navigate a set of drawings that I can work at home using only the digital drawings.
  • Collaboration with owners and architects has been a great feature. Setting up a Bluebeam studio and having everyone get in and mark things up, then having the architect be able to go in and see what markups have been added, has made the constructability review process much much better.
  • Even when not working on drawings, Bluebeam is a very good tool for working with standard PDF documents. The markup tools are very easy to use.
  • The negative aspect is the takeoff function because some people would like estimators to use the Bluebeam takeoff because it would make their job easier down the road; however, the actual act of doing a full scale takeoff in Bluebeam would require much more time.
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ScreenShots

Benchmark Estimating Software Screenshots

Screenshot of Marketing DashboardScreenshot of Project BrowserScreenshot of Takeoff Sheet Template

Bluebeam Screenshots

Screenshot of Bluebeam Cloud with Markup ListScreenshot of Bluebeam Cloud with Tool ChestScreenshot of Bluebeam Revu MarkupScreenshot of Bluebeam Revu Studio Session