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Score 10 out of 100
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Score 8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Benchmark Estimating Software

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.
Brian D. Salmond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pipeline Suite

Pipeline Suite is a very niche product, but for anyone who has ever dealt with the construction bidding process, you can understand the need for it. With Pipeline Suite, it is so easy to request bids, share documents and plans, and coordinate schedules for submittals. We are able to prequalify sub contractors and vendors at a faster pace as well with the product
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
Pipeline Suite
8.5
Mobile app
Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
Pipeline Suite
7.0
Plan distribution & viewing
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Plan markups & sharing
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Photo documentation
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Jobsite reports
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Document sharing
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
9.0
RFI tools
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Collaboration & approvals
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
9.0
As-built drawings
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Submittal design and management
Benchmark Estimating Software
Pipeline Suite
8.0

Estimating

Benchmark Estimating Software
8.6
Pipeline Suite
8.2
Takeoff tools
Benchmark Estimating Software
7.0
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Job costing
Benchmark Estimating Software
7.5
Pipeline Suite
9.0
Cost databases
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Cost calculator
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Pipeline Suite
8.0
Bid creation
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Pipeline Suite
8.0

Pros

Benchmark Estimating Software

  • Progress Claims
  • Standard quotes
Chris van Vuuren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pipeline Suite

  • Sharing documents and plans with project stakeholders is a piece of cake.
  • The product makes tracking the status of bids so much easier.
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Benchmark Estimating Software

  • 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.
Brian D. Salmond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pipeline Suite

  • The onboarding process was difficult for us just because we had some pretty disorganized databases.
  • The product is pricey for small to medium sized firms.
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Benchmark Estimating Software

Benchmark Estimating Software 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The support guys were always helping and sorted out issues we had very quickly.
Chris van Vuuren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pipeline Suite

Pipeline Suite 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I have found that the customer support team has an understanding of the construction bidding process. They have been able to see issues through our eyes, so to speak, not just through the eyes of a software company. They have always been very timely in their responses and seem to go above and beyond to solve issues
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Benchmark Estimating Software

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.
Brian D. Salmond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pipeline Suite

I don't have a lot of personal experience with SmartBid, but from what I hear from other colleagues, Pipeline Suite makes it easier for subcontractors to access documents/plans and to respond to bids. The interface and design of Pipeline Suite is more modern and the user experience is a major upgrade from SmartBid
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Benchmark Estimating Software

  • Benchmark has created standardisation in quotes and tenders.
  • Created standard progress claims.
Chris van Vuuren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pipeline Suite

  • We have been able to respond to more bids using Pipeline Suite.
  • Our proposals are more accurate and organized, which has made our projects come under budget more often.
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Benchmark Estimating Software

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Pipeline Suite

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Benchmark Estimating Software
10.0
Pipeline Suite
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Benchmark Estimating Software
9.0
Pipeline Suite

Support Rating

Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Pipeline Suite
9.0

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