4 Ratings
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Score 2.2 out of 100
9 Ratings
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Score 4.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Constructware (discontinued) and GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel are tied in 1 feature set: Construction Project & Field Management

Construction Project & Field Management

5.0

Constructware (discontinued)

50%
5.0

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

50%
Constructware (discontinued) ranks higher in 8/9 features

Issue tracking & punchlists

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Photo documentation

2.0
20%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Jobsite reports

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Document sharing

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

RFI tools

6.0
60%
1 Rating
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Collaboration & approvals

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

As-built drawings

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Submittal design and management

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Plan markups & sharing

N/A
0 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

1.0

Constructware (discontinued)

10%
1 Rating
7.0

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

70%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Constructware (discontinued)

Constructware is well suited for many different types of projects in both real estate and infrastructure. However, it is now becoming outdated with the introduction of the BIM 360 platform. I think even Autodesk may plan to slowly stop rolling out subscriptions to Cnstructware since most of its functions are now getting added on to BIM 360.
Tanmay Bhalerao | TrustRadius Reviewer

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Constructware (discontinued)

  • Provenance. Keeps track of changes and the people/companies who made those changes.
  • Collaboration.
  • Work [is stored] in the cloud.
Tanmay Bhalerao | TrustRadius Reviewer

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

  • Convenient estimating
  • Streamlines the price quotation process
  • Standard cost application
  • Overhead calculation and pplication
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Constructware (discontinued)

  • UI can be improved, as shown by improvements made in BIM 360.
  • Only works well with Internet Explorer.
  • Steep Learning Curve due to confusing UI.
Tanmay Bhalerao | TrustRadius Reviewer

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

  • Only CSI construction cost database data
  • Only works with Microsoft Office (Excel)
  • The online help system has limited functionality
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Constructware (discontinued)

General

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

Starting Price

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

General

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

Starting Price

Alternatives Considered

Constructware (discontinued)

Better than Unifier:1. Better UI2. Everything else is about the sameBim360 is now the go-to platform for all functions previously provided by Constructware.
Tanmay Bhalerao | TrustRadius Reviewer

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

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.
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Constructware (discontinued)

  • Saves time.
  • Eases collaboration.
  • Increases accountability.
Tanmay Bhalerao | TrustRadius Reviewer

GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel

  • Allows us to quickly bid on small projects
  • Allows us to pay less for accounting / finance professionals
  • Allows us to standardize our cost structure
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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