Contractor Foreman vs. FastPIPE

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Contractor Foreman
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
Contractor Foreman is an online construction management software for contractors and boasts users among contractors in more than 75 countries.
$588
per year
FastPIPE
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
FastPIPE is a construction and estimation software offering from FastEST, Inc.N/A
Pricing
Contractor ForemanFastPIPE
Editions & Modules
Basic
$588
per year
Standard
$948
per year
Plus
$1,497
per year
Pro
$1,990
per year
Unlimited
$2,988
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Contractor ForemanFastPIPE
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPlans are based on features and licenses needed. Plus, Pro, and Unlimited plans include a 100-day money back guarantee.
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Community Pulse
Contractor ForemanFastPIPE
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Contractor ForemanFastPIPE
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.7
16 Ratings
0% below category average
FastPIPE
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data7.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history7.712 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.916 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)6.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
6.7
4 Ratings
12% below category average
FastPIPE
-
Ratings
Pay calculation6.33 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment4.51 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.7
2 Ratings
1% above category average
FastPIPE
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.72 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
8.7
22 Ratings
8% above category average
FastPIPE
-
Ratings
Dashboards8.921 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports8.721 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.519 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability8.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
8.7
22 Ratings
16% above category average
FastPIPE
8.5
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing7.15 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.913 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.520 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation9.322 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.816 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing8.919 Ratings8.01 Ratings
RFI tools8.814 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals8.817 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app8.722 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.511 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes8.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications7.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
9.1
21 Ratings
11% above category average
FastPIPE
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Takeoff tools7.72 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Job costing9.420 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost databases9.316 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost calculator9.617 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation9.618 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Contractor ForemanFastPIPE
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(25 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Contractor ForemanFastPIPE
Likelihood to Recommend
Contractor Foreman
In this case, CF is the best of the 'OK so far' category in my mind. NONE of the software available today gets close to a truly effective, user friendly GUI and functionality set. I have used 7 different systems over the years, with the top 4 big names having the largest hours operating. Most have less functionality, others are severely overpriced and under featured. Still others are so complicated you need an entire IT department to implement them. Contractor Foreman does much of what it does the absolute best for the money, meaning this is probably the best value for construction management software I'm aware of. I believe I can say with confidence, that if CF does it, it strives to do it well, and continues to strive to get it better. Picking a feature or two that excels is rather pointless in a company with that outlook. THAT is a company I can get behind...
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FastEST, Inc.
It's absolutely well suited to anyone needing accurate piping takeoff and laboring estimates, with great reporting and up to date pricing. I love that I didn't need to spend time trying to update the price logs. It's easy to learn, and works well in a large or small environment, and lends itself to more than just estimating, but becomes a good project management tool as well. Fantastic software.
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Pros
Contractor Foreman
  • Estimates
  • Project management
  • Lead management - tracking where they are in the funnel and having web lead automatically pull into the system.
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FastEST, Inc.
  • FastPIPE was very fast to learn, very straight forward and user-friendly. It's easy to use and teach new interns and project engineers how to quickly takeoff sections to backup change orders or assist in heavy bid load.
  • It's fantastic at keeping up to date on price changes. I'd get updates often, and they were usually within 2-3% of our discount prices with local vendors. In the few instances it wasn't, FastPIPE was very easy to adjust or factor for project costs.
  • Is great at being able to pull up reports and graphs and track different materials and labor costs for factoring. We bid on a lot of high rise residential buildings, so we do takeoff by floor. It would give detailed reports per page as opposed to just a lump sum. Very detailed so it was easy to adjust per our project approach.
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Cons
Contractor Foreman
  • Some of the modules like checklists and forms are confusing and hard to use
  • some of the training videos or versions of an old outdated version of the software
  • Would like to see a more efficent way of creating a submittal log generated from a specification book
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FastEST, Inc.
  • It was a trick or two learning how to upload prints correctly, I think that interface could be a bit easier, but it's already better than most of the competition.
  • Might be nice to have easier labor factoring, in case we want to pre-load our own instead of MCA time factors for piping labor
  • It would auto update upon opening occasionally. It's fairly fast, but I prefer to OK that in case I just need to come up with something quickly and don't want to wait.
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Likelihood to Renew
Contractor Foreman
Eliminated the need for our team to log into multiple systems to do their jobs which aligns to our Lean approach
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FastEST, Inc.
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Support Rating
Contractor Foreman
I rarely give anyone a 9 or 10 rating for service. The main reason for this rating is Contractor Foreman's dedication to improvement. To be completely frank, CF has fallen down on their tech help with me several times, but I am an exceptionally difficult user to service as I tend to use a product up to it's limits and want more. CF has actually addressed these wants several times (after waits that seemed interminable, but were actually pretty damn fast in the reality of software development)
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FastEST, Inc.
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Alternatives Considered
Contractor Foreman
I've used Buildertrend and Conconstruct near daily for a little over 10 years. They were both pretty solid. But the price kept going up without much value being added to the software. As they grew, they didn't upgrade with the growth, so the sites became slower. Contractor Forman has all the functionality of the others, and several other tools that they don't. There are several tools our company doesn't even use yet that look great. It's not perfect, and the learning curve due to its increased capability is a bit of a challenge. But overall, it is superior in every way that mattered to us, and more affordable.
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FastEST, Inc.
I've used the quote soft piping takeoff as well, and it's just not as easy to use or update. Basic methodology and interaface is similar, but it's more 'clunky' to use, is harder to keep updated and to upload PDF's for takeoff, and it's just not as streamlined or user friendly. Akin to comparing driving a truck to a sports car. The Fast Pipe is really smooth and easy to function in.
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Return on Investment
Contractor Foreman
  • We don't have to double enter our job information anymore (estimates, bills, labor hours) to show employees what they need to see. Specific access within Contractor Foreman does that for us.
  • It's taken us longer to learn how Contractor Foreman works within itself than we thought it would, so implementation is taking a little longer than ideal. However, we have been learning a lot along the way about the easiest ways to use the workflow that Contractor Foreman has.
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FastEST, Inc.
  • Best impact is time saved. It's so much faster to do bid takeoff and hit the ground running
  • Being able to 'draw in' on design-build and being able to print my takeoff has been helpful when turning the job over so the field install understands the approach taken to get the job.
  • Ease of use and learning has made it much more cost effective to bring new people up to speed.
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ScreenShots

Contractor Foreman Screenshots

Screenshot of The client portal that lets customers to stay in the loop and know what is going on during all phases of the project.Screenshot of The custom dashboard which allows users to see the data that matters most to them.Screenshot of Stats that keep users informed to help them make use of data.Screenshot of The lead manager, that helps close deals without letting leads fall through the cracks.Screenshot of the Files & Photos screen, where making up plans can be done with Contractor Foreman.Screenshot of Time Cards, that display who is where and what they are doing.