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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 10 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cosential

Great for medium and large construction companies that have a specific salesforce.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

FastPIPE

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.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Cosential
8.7
FastPIPE
Customer data management / contact management
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
Workflow management
Cosential
6.0
FastPIPE
Territory management
Cosential
9.0
FastPIPE
Opportunity management
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
Interaction tracking
Cosential
9.0
FastPIPE
Channel / partner relationship management
Cosential
7.0
FastPIPE

Marketing Automation

Cosential
7.5
FastPIPE
Lead management
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
Email marketing
Cosential
5.0
FastPIPE

CRM Project Management

Cosential
8.0
FastPIPE
Task management
Cosential
7.0
FastPIPE
Reporting
Cosential
9.0
FastPIPE

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Cosential
8.7
FastPIPE
Forecasting
Cosential
6.0
FastPIPE
Pipeline visualization
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
Customizable reports
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE

Customization

Cosential
7.5
FastPIPE
Custom fields
Cosential
9.0
FastPIPE
Custom objects
Cosential
6.0
FastPIPE

Security

Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
Single sign-on capability
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
Role-based user permissions
Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE

Social CRM

Cosential
5.0
FastPIPE
Social data
Cosential
5.0
FastPIPE
Social engagement
Cosential
5.0
FastPIPE

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Cosential
5.0
FastPIPE
Marketing automation
Cosential
5.0
FastPIPE

Platform

Cosential
7.0
FastPIPE
Mobile access
Cosential
7.0
FastPIPE

Construction Project & Field Management

Cosential
FastPIPE
8.5
Plan distribution & viewing
Cosential
FastPIPE
8.0
Plan markups & sharing
Cosential
FastPIPE
10.0
Document sharing
Cosential
FastPIPE
8.0
RFI tools
Cosential
FastPIPE
8.0

Estimating

Cosential
FastPIPE
10.0
Takeoff tools
Cosential
FastPIPE
10.0
Job costing
Cosential
FastPIPE
10.0
Cost databases
Cosential
FastPIPE
10.0

Pros

Cosential

  • Inputting of companies and leads who may become prospects.
  • Creating specific opportunities for construction projects.
  • Tracking opportunities through the entire sales cycle.
  • Inputting detailed notes and activity by the Sales team.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

FastPIPE

  • 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.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cosential

  • The open software is somewhat difficult to master as an administrator.
  • Report writing could be more intuitive.
  • The company seems to cater to larger users.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

FastPIPE

  • 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.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Cosential is very intuitive for the AEC industry and has the ability to be customized for your specific needs. The reports are especially helpful, with good visual dashboards.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

FastPIPE

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
My original trainer / implementation specialist was fantastic. That relationship has continued, even though I have been officially handed off to the customer service side. The customer service side seems to have higher turnover than normal, but in general they are also very supportive, although not as responsive as I might like.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

FastPIPE

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cosential

Cosential is specific to the A/E industry and is the most intuitive software we found for construction.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

FastPIPE

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.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cosential

  • Allowed for common tracking by business developers in different regions.
  • Helped us quantify effort.
  • Provides great reports for management.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

FastPIPE

  • 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.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cosential

General

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

FastPIPE

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cosential
10.0
FastPIPE
10.0

Usability

Cosential
8.0
FastPIPE

Support Rating

Cosential
8.0
FastPIPE

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