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Score 7.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Construction Project & Field Management

    BuildTopia

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.8

    HCSS

    68%
    HCSS ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Plan distribution & viewing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    9 Ratings

    Plan markups & sharing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    6 Ratings

    Issue tracking & punchlists

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    13 Ratings

    Photo documentation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    25 Ratings

    Jobsite reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    30 Ratings

    Document sharing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    17 Ratings

    RFI tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Collaboration & approvals

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.1
    41%
    19 Ratings

    Mobile app

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.1
    61%
    28 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • BuildTopia is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    10.0

    BuildTopia

    100%
    1 Rating
    6.2

    HCSS

    62%
    38 Ratings

    Usability

    BuildTopia

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    HCSS

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    BuildTopia

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    HCSS

    100%
    69 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    BuildTopia

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    HCSS

    82%
    64 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

    BuildTopia is ideal for bringing all components of the sales and construction process together for any homebuilder. If you're looking for a platform that also incorporates a robust CRM component, which is key for strong sales efforts, you'll likely need to utilize another platform in conjunction with BT for the best results
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    HCSS

    Our operation uses several pieces of what we call specialty equipment (not used every day on every job). The foreman when finished will give a location of where this equipment is left, this many times can be very vague and lead to a lowboy driver trying to block around to find the piece or driving down a street he cannot get turned around in. With the GPS devices, the driver can pinpoint exactly where the unit is and if he has room to turn around at that location.
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    Pros

    Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

    • BuildTopia excels at contract management. Every part of the contract process is able to be managed electronically from initial signing to closing, and can even handle more special cases like contingencies.
    • BuildTopia manages all of our construction efforts well. All of our floorplans are pre-build in the system, so all we have to do is go in an build out the construction schedule from a pre-made template, and make any alterations from there.
    • The selections process is always a headache, but BuildTopia makes it pretty painless. Everything is loaded right in to the system while making selections with the client, and more detailed things, like non-standard options, are easy to load in and process.
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    HCSS

    • #1 is support! HCSS is by far the best software support of any product we have ever used. Unlike most software companies HCSS utilizes their support calls to help upgrade their software. When you here them tell you that they will write down a particular issue you come across during a support call if they can't help you then and there they will research and get an answer to you extremely fast. If the software will not do it, you can bet there is a good chance it will be on the list of enhancements you will see come out in the near future.
    • Estimating software is very extensive. Their software is capable of handling the smallest estimate all the way to the largest joint venture estimate. It has advanced features that make it extremely useful for analyzing job materials, subcontractors etc.
    • HeavyJob is an extremely useful tool for the field to keep the office up to date with job costs. Everything is at the Foreman's fingertips on Tablets to allow the information from the field to get uploaded to HeavyJob manager which then can export to accounting. We are also able to give our Foreman the ability to deal with the Daily and weekly safety needs (Tailgate Meetings, incident Investigation, observations etc.) right on the Tablets thru HeavyJob.
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    Cons

    Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

    • Requests for platform enhancements, while easy to submit and get approved, are slow to be turned around...often a year or more passes before they're implemented.
    • BuiltTopia, while good for sales and construction, is missing one large thing...a CRM component. The system allows you to manage clients and prospects, but options for email marketing and other CRM-related efforts are lacking.
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    HCSS

    • All their apps are on mobile devices. Although there is not a clear company policy on Android versus iPhone. Updates for features lag behind on Android. Some apps are exclusive to one platform making it hard to fully interconnect all programs.
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    Pricing Details

    BuildTopia

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    BuildTopia editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      HCSS

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      HCSS editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        Required

        Additional Details

        Usability

        Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

        No answers on this topic

        HCSS

        As mentioned, user interface appears messy and complicated at initial onset. Training is necessary but becomes easy to maneuver through after solid daily use.
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        Support Rating

        Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

        No answers on this topic

        HCSS

        I have never had a bad experience or heard of one in 4 years of doing business with HCSS. That is unheard of even with the hurricanes and flooding in Houston area it feels like HCSS was always there and willing to help in every way.
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        Implementation Rating

        Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

        No answers on this topic

        HCSS

        I was not employed with PPI upon implementation. I would prefer to reference my previous statement, that each company needs to evaluate its culture and address your implementation accordingly. The purchasing company should assign an employee as point person and really take charge of not just the technical side of the implementation (HCSS pretty much handles that), but focus on company culture and training.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

        No answers on this topic

        HCSS

        Other estimating products I have used consist of ICE/MC2 and MS Excel. ICE was not a good fit for our company, as they have awful technical support and offer very poor training. MS Excel is great for simple estimates where there is not a lot of data being compiled. However neither hold a candle to the power of HCSS Heavybid
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        Return on Investment

        Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

        • Overall, our company has saved money by being able to shut down all the various platforms we were using for different departments and transition to just BuildTopia.
        • Company efforts are more efficient, with all pertinent information being in one place and able to be viewed by everyone as needed.
        • Efforts of the sales team are better able to be managed and reviewed from afar whereas we only had physical paper trails before.
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        HCSS

        • The biggest ROI for us was the ease of adoption by field personnel.
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