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Likelihood to Recommend

CMiC Construction Platform

Whether it's in the field, or in the office, the CMiC Construction Platform is well suited for daily project management of construction projects. From a project inception, to project closeout, the tools and modules available will help keep your project running smoothly. All aspects of the construction process can be tracked and accessed for real time information. CMiC is a very robust program and we haven't explored all of the modules that are available to us at this point
Caloub Huttash | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Olaf Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
HCSS
Employee demographic data
CMiC Construction Platform
7.0
HCSS
Employment history
CMiC Construction Platform
7.2
HCSS
Job profiles and administration
CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
HCSS
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
CMiC Construction Platform
6.0
HCSS
Organizational charting
CMiC Construction Platform
6.3
HCSS
Organization and location management
CMiC Construction Platform
5.6
HCSS
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
CMiC Construction Platform
4.9
HCSS

Payroll Management

CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
HCSS
Pay calculation
CMiC Construction Platform
6.4
HCSS
Support for external payroll vendors
CMiC Construction Platform
4.5
HCSS
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
HCSS
Benefit plan administration
CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
HCSS
Direct deposit files
CMiC Construction Platform
7.3
HCSS
Salary revision and increment management
CMiC Construction Platform
6.1
HCSS
Reimbursement management
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
HCSS

Asset Management

CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
HCSS
Tracking of all physical assets
CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
HCSS

Reporting & Analytics

CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
HCSS
Dashboards
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
HCSS
Standard reports
CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
HCSS
Custom reports
CMiC Construction Platform
6.8
HCSS
Data exportability
CMiC Construction Platform
6.9
HCSS

Construction Project & Field Management

CMiC Construction Platform
6.0
HCSS
8.0
Plan distribution & viewing
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
HCSS
6.8
Plan markups & sharing
CMiC Construction Platform
4.7
HCSS
6.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
HCSS
9.5
Photo documentation
CMiC Construction Platform
5.8
HCSS
10.0
Jobsite reports
CMiC Construction Platform
6.4
HCSS
9.8
Document sharing
CMiC Construction Platform
6.5
HCSS
7.1
RFI tools
CMiC Construction Platform
6.9
HCSS
3.0
Collaboration & approvals
CMiC Construction Platform
6.5
HCSS
9.8
As-built drawings
CMiC Construction Platform
5.8
HCSS
Mobile app
CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
HCSS
10.0
Submittal design and management
CMiC Construction Platform
6.3
HCSS
Meeting Minutes
CMiC Construction Platform
5.8
HCSS
Specifications
CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
HCSS
Change orders
CMiC Construction Platform
7.0
HCSS

Estimating

CMiC Construction Platform
6.6
HCSS
Takeoff tools
CMiC Construction Platform
5.5
HCSS
Job costing
CMiC Construction Platform
7.0
HCSS
Cost databases
CMiC Construction Platform
7.1
HCSS
Cost calculator
CMiC Construction Platform
6.8
HCSS
Bid creation
CMiC Construction Platform
6.3
HCSS

Pros

CMiC Construction Platform

  • It integrates many aspects of project management into one location.
  • It produces easy to understand reports that incorporate financial aspects of the project so that costs and profit can be calculated in real-time rather than as a lagging indicator.
  • Document management is housed within the project, reducing the number of locations and the need for additional cloud storage to maintain project documentation.
  • CMiC customer assistance is prompt and helpful.
Amanda Leffler | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Mike DeRousse | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CMiC Construction Platform

  • Missing functionality on the drawing management side. See previous question.
  • Submittal module changes in R12 took away key functionality from the user. Specifically the Fabrication and Delivery fields. CMiC promises to bring this back but the process is too slow. Users have waited months to bring back functionality that was taken away.
  • Submittal module interface via collaborator and I/O email is not updating status correctly.
  • The mobile app does not allow users to change auto-generated checklist names. We have a checklist that is supposed to be used per room but the program auto-generates list names as ###-001, ###-002, etc. In the mobile app, there is no way to see a unique identifier in the list view so users have to open and close each record to find unique identifiers. There is a workaround with the web client but our field employees say its too cumbersome. They are abandoning using the web client checklists and going back to paper copies.
  • Specification extraction does not work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
James Duncan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I like the functionality of CMiC; however, there are always going to be "opportunities" that we encounter to get corrected
Laurie Smithson | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCSS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Great for the system with a little difficulty with security
Laurie Smithson | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCSS

HCSS 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Service after the sale, quality updates on a regular basis, listening to customers issues.
Casey Dillon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 6.2
Based on 79 answers
It's a cumbersome platform that doesn't support plans and specs in a way utilized by most construction companies. There is no way to download a specific set (or specifically selected number) of individual drawings sheets, it doesn't package drawings in sets, the Specs function (at least as far as we've been set up for) isn't a function as much as it is a documents folder, uploading is a tedious process that gains no benefit.
Marie Roscoe | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCSS

HCSS 10.0
Based on 34 answers
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.
Doyle Potts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Lots of confusion between sales and implementation regarding what was included and not included...the security encountered a "bug" and made it extremely difficult to set up roles and individual responsibilities
Laurie Smithson | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCSS

HCSS 8.2
Based on 32 answers
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.
Julia Salgueiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC was the software currently in use when I joined Pence. I've used Prolog, Constructware, and Procore. All seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. If CMiC was able to mirror the user interface of Procore then this software could be amazing. A program should be very intuitive. CMiC has improved greatly over the years from the last time I used it but it's still very esoteric.
Tony Ricca | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Michael Daughters | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CMiC Construction Platform

  • Better project visibility, surely. I can step into a former project and see how well/poorly it was run.
  • Forecasting underway - nearly complete with year 2.
  • Cost status tracking - this has been valuable, especially when figuring out how much of a liquid budget is left over.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCSS

  • The biggest ROI for us was the ease of adoption by field personnel.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

CMiC Construction Platform

General

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

HCSS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CMiC Construction Platform
6.5
HCSS
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

CMiC Construction Platform
8.0
HCSS

Usability

CMiC Construction Platform
8.0
HCSS
9.1

Support Rating

CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
HCSS
10.0

Implementation Rating

CMiC Construction Platform
6.0
HCSS
8.2

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