Constructware (discontinued) vs. Trimble GC WinEst

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Constructware (discontinued)
Score 2.2 out of 10
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Constructware was a SaaS construction project management product provided by Autodesk. The software was discontinued on October 31, 2021.N/A
Trimble GC WinEst
Score 7.0 out of 10
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With thousands of users world-wide, WinEst estimating from Trimble GC is a database-driven construction project management solutions on the market. It looks and feels just like Excel with familiar Windows navigation, including drop-down menus and ribbon bars. Behind the covers is a database with multiple work-breakdown structures (WBS) and filters that can be customized to the user's preferences so that estimating data can be sliced and diced and presented in different ways. WinEst…N/A
Pricing
Constructware (discontinued)Trimble GC WinEst
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Constructware (discontinued)Trimble GC WinEst
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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Top Pros
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Features
Constructware (discontinued)Trimble GC WinEst
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
Trimble GC WinEst
-
Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Constructware (discontinued)
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Ratings
Trimble GC WinEst
8.6
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Constructware (discontinued)Trimble GC WinEst
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Constructware (discontinued)Trimble GC WinEst
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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Trimble
WinEst is truly built for everyone. Their assemblies/database linking is perfect for self perform and subcontractors while their database management and custom reporting is perfect for GCs. While Excel set the bar, WinEst is on another planet. With the immediacy required by today's markets, WinEst allows you to deliver a superior product while being more accurate.
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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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  • It's very flexible when building an estimate and selecting items to include. You can either click your way to the datebase or quickly copy and paste similar items.
  • The numerous ways to view and estimate whether it's by CSI, Uniformat, Master Format, or any view you'd like to see. One of ours is by program area, i.e. Sitework, Tower, Parking Deck, etc. After that, you can sort by Bid Package, CSI, etc. Quick buttons can be created far all the views you'd need which allows changing between views a breeze.
  • The visual interface is pleasing and easy to read.
  • It's easy to create your own database using Excel. Once you tag an item with unit costs, sort codes, etc., Winest will import it. You can also build it manually within the program but Excel was faster.
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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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Trimble
  • At times, WinEst controls feel counter intuitive. Also the tools available for actually developing the database can feel clunky. This means that if you do not take the time to create a robust import file, you will spend a serious amount of time fixing your errors.
  • WinEst is also an object based database which means that it is difficult to do mass dumps of information (mainly takeoff) into the program. While this is great for ensuring that everything is done purposefully, it does lead to extended hours of data entry
  • It takes hours upon hours of use before you begin to realize the true potential. The sheer number of tools is overwhelming and their help resources are very basic and only explain how to correctly enter the data but not the feature's best use cases.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
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Trimble
Doug Quinn was our trainer and travels all over the country. Whenever I have an issue I shoot him an email and he quickly responds as soon as his training gets a break.
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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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Trimble
WinEst simply blows excel and Timberline out of the water. The shear depth of functionality is unparalleled. Not only does WinEst deliver a better product, it also shortens the amount of man hours required for each bid, alternate, pricing exercise, etc. On top of this, it has a number of redundant safeguards for catching errors that the others don't have.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • Saves time.
  • Eases collaboration.
  • Increases accountability.
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Trimble
  • We've not measured the rate of return but WinEst has made us much more efficient and organized.
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