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Score 9.1 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

Raken

Easy sub-contractor management ability, time tracking, resource planning and the easy tracking of project equipment using Raken is even enjoyable. Team coordination and project comments and recording sharing among the team members, this is a great tool for that.
James Gilmour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
Raken
8.2
Mobile app
Benchmark Estimating Software
6.5
Raken
10.0
Plan distribution & viewing
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
7.6
Plan markups & sharing
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
5.4
Issue tracking & punchlists
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Photo documentation
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
9.7
Jobsite reports
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
10.0
Document sharing
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.6
RFI tools
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Collaboration & approvals
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
6.7
As-built drawings
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Submittal design and management
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Checklists
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Meeting Minutes
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Specifications
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Change orders
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2

Estimating

Benchmark Estimating Software
8.6
Raken
7.1
Takeoff tools
Benchmark Estimating Software
7.0
Raken
8.2
Job costing
Benchmark Estimating Software
7.5
Raken
6.6
Cost databases
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Raken
6.6
Cost calculator
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Raken
6.2
Bid creation
Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Raken
8.2

Human Resource Management

Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.1
Employee demographic data
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
7.3
Employment history
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Job profiles and administration
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Organizational charting
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Organization and location management
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2

Payroll Management

Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Pay calculation
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Support for external payroll vendors
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Benefit plan administration
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Direct deposit files
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Reimbursement management
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2

Asset Management

Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Tracking of all physical assets
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2

Reporting & Analytics

Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.4
Dashboards
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Standard reports
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2
Custom reports
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
9.1
Data exportability
Benchmark Estimating Software
Raken
8.2

Pros

Benchmark Estimating Software

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

Raken

  • Great iPhone application - The application makes reporting and adding photos very easy.
  • It's easy to navigate different days and reports. Or to find keywords or subcontractors and when they performed work.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

  • Sometimes the app will run slow or crash on the guys in the field. It doesn't happen too often though.
  • An easier way to download all project Daily Reports at one time.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

Raken 8.8
Based on 8 answers
Raken has an excellent support team. Raken are pretty prompt with getting back to you. Raken also has a convenient chat feature on their website. All their support members are friendly and are good at helping you understand and resolve your issues.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

Vista is TTI's accounting software program. It is extremely well suited for the construction projects.Team, which is similar to Raken, is more advance however the program is also more expensive.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

  • Less need to travel to each job site.
  • Automated emailed reports to clients reduces the number of meetings/conversations about what is happening on the project.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

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
Raken
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Benchmark Estimating Software
9.0
Raken

Support Rating

Benchmark Estimating Software
9.5
Raken
8.8

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