Bentley Navigator vs. GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bentley Navigator
Score 7.0 out of 10
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Bentley Navigator is a BIM model review and collaboration software for managing the project lifecycle of construction/design projects. In addition to accessing drawings, documents, and 3D models, Navigator allows users to create visual reports, query model information, resolve issues and conduct coordination reviews. It connects to ProjectWise (also from Bentley systems) and other document repositories. A mobile app version of Navigator is also available.N/A
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Score 5.4 out of 10
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GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is a construction and estimation software offering from CPR, Inc.N/A
Pricing
Bentley NavigatorGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
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Bentley NavigatorGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
Bentley NavigatorGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley Navigator
8.2
1 Ratings
10% above category average
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
5.0
1 Ratings
39% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing7.01 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools8.01 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Bentley NavigatorGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bentley NavigatorGeneralCOST Estimator for Excel
Likelihood to Recommend
Bentley Systems
I think the complexity and cost of the program make it particularly useful, in situations where: the project is relatively large, with a wide variety of specialties that interact and depend on one another, and with specialists who are not physically together and whose communication and understanding is vital for the proper development of the project. If the project does not meet these characteristics, it is preferable to use less complex tools, cheaper, and that require less effort training the staff to use the software in question.
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CPR, Inc.
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is well suited include:
  • Small to medium sized contractor who typically works on small to medium sized projects with limited complexity
  • Contractors who value low prices over full functionality (this software application is very affordably priced)
  • A new contractor or new contracting accounting / finance professional who would appreciate the specific limitations imposed by the software
Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is not well suited include:
  • Larger contractors who think about and price projects in line with typical commercial design and construction
  • Residential projects (the software is much better suited for commercial lease buildouts, for instance)
  • A contractor whose finance department already uses full-suite accounting software
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Pros
Bentley Systems
  • It allows the different specialists or users, to make virtual and quick analyzes that have been translated into the rapid resolution of problems.
  • Bentley Navigator allowed me to incorporate and manage important amounts of information that were key in the design phase, and that being inputs for different areas could be a source of conflict. The conflicts that have been generated are much smaller than those seen in similar projects previously carried out without the help of this tool.
  • Allowing the visualization of the information in 3D models, added to its capacity to export 3D models as PD files, has allowed to increase the fluidity and communication of information with the client, which has translated into a reduction of the hours invested by the technical manager in that activity.
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CPR, Inc.
  • Convenient estimating
  • Streamlines the price quotation process
  • Standard cost application
  • Overhead calculation and pplication
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Cons
Bentley Systems
  • It could give alert messages warning that the information that is of shared use, has the latest version, with all the updated modifications.
  • The information contained in the visual reports currently generated by the software could be expanded.
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CPR, Inc.
  • Only CSI construction cost database data
  • Only works with Microsoft Office (Excel)
  • The online help system has limited functionality
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Alternatives Considered
Bentley Systems
The tools and functionalities that have been used previously, are not commercial software, they have been software developed internally, of course much simpler and less functional than commercial software such as Bentley and its competition. This fact clearly obeyed a guideline of the organization that aimed to minimize the costs associated with the acquisition of software such as the Bentley.
As you learn from the experience and mistakes, once you lost a lot of time and money because you did not have the necessary tools to guarantee the timely flow of information, between personnel who were physically distant from each other but who needed of a very high technical interaction. As a result of this fact, the use of tools such as this was proposed as a test, in order to evaluate its real usefulness over time.
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CPR, Inc.
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is cheaper, easier to use, more streamlined and is easily installed and up and running. The flip side to the ease of use is the limited functionality, somewhat outdated cost bucketing profile and general lack of sophistication. The add-in also does not talk with full suite accounting software which requires additional reconciliations if used within a large organization.
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Return on Investment
Bentley Systems
  • The frequency and quality of information flow between field and office staff has improved.
  • The costs for cellular use concepts associated with the sharing of information associated with the projects where the software has been used have been reduced compared to projects where more traditional control tools have been used.
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CPR, Inc.
  • Allows us to quickly bid on small projects
  • Allows us to pay less for accounting / finance professionals
  • Allows us to standardize our cost structure
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