Constructware (discontinued) vs. HCSS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Constructware (discontinued)
Score 2.2 out of 10
N/A
Constructware was a SaaS construction project management product provided by Autodesk. The software was discontinued on October 31, 2021.N/A
HCSS
Score 8.8 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
HCSS is a construction software suite. It includes functionality for bidding, time card and project management, safety, planning, scheduling, equipment management, and data warehousing and reporting. Each module can be purchased separately. The suite can be hosted in the cloud.N/A
Pricing
Constructware (discontinued)HCSS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Constructware (discontinued)HCSS
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Constructware (discontinued)HCSS
Top Pros
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Features
Constructware (discontinued)HCSS
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Constructware (discontinued)
5.0
1 Ratings
39% below category average
HCSS
6.8
33 Ratings
9% below category average
Issue tracking & punchlists2.01 Ratings9.913 Ratings
Photo documentation2.01 Ratings10.025 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.01 Ratings8.030 Ratings
Document sharing6.01 Ratings7.117 Ratings
RFI tools6.01 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals6.01 Ratings4.019 Ratings
As-built drawings6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings6.99 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings6.06 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings6.128 Ratings
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User Ratings
Constructware (discontinued)HCSS
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(1 ratings)
6.1
(38 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(35 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(32 ratings)
User Testimonials
Constructware (discontinued)HCSS
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
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 However, it is now becoming outdated with the introduction of the BIM 360 platform.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.
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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
Discontinued Products
  • Provenance. Keeps track of changes and the people/companies who made those changes.
  • Collaboration.
  • Work [is stored] in the cloud.
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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
Discontinued Products
  • 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.
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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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Usability
Discontinued Products
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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
Discontinued Products
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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
Discontinued Products
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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
Discontinued Products
Better than Unifier: 1. Better UI 2. Everything else is about the same Bim360 is now the go-to platform for all functions previously provided by Constructware.
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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
Discontinued Products
  • Saves time.
  • Eases collaboration.
  • Increases accountability.
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HCSS
  • The biggest ROI for us was the ease of adoption by field personnel.
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ScreenShots

HCSS Screenshots

Screenshot of HeavyBid - build the structure of your estimateScreenshot of HeavyBid - manage sub and material quotesScreenshot of HeavyBid - create professional bid proposalsScreenshot of HeavyJob - manage your job site from your mobile deviceScreenshot of HeavyJob - capture job site photos from any deviceScreenshot of HeavyJob - review, edit, and approve time cards from a mobile device