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Score 9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

CostWorks

Well Suited:Construction cost estimates for new larger projects where the construction will start within the next 6-9 months. Budgetary estimates for future buildings through its square foot models. Not Well Suited:Not accurate enough on small projects where labor, travel to sites, and OH&P are a higher percentage of unit costs than on larger projects where these costs are spread out across more units.
Robert Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer

Fieldwire

Fieldwire is excellent for anyone who needs to view and consult drawings as part of their job. Anyone on a construction site can benefit from using Fieldwire.
Jessica Rondash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

CostWorks
7.8
Fieldwire
7.0
Takeoff tools
CostWorks
6.0
Fieldwire
5.0
Job costing
CostWorks
9.0
Fieldwire
7.0
Cost databases
CostWorks
9.0
Fieldwire
9.0
Cost calculator
CostWorks
8.0
Fieldwire
7.0
Bid creation
CostWorks
7.0
Fieldwire
7.0

Construction Project & Field Management

CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.6
Plan distribution & viewing
CostWorks
Fieldwire
9.8
Plan markups & sharing
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.3
Photo documentation
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.5
Jobsite reports
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.5
Document sharing
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.5
RFI tools
CostWorks
Fieldwire
9.0
Collaboration & approvals
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.3
As-built drawings
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.8
Mobile app
CostWorks
Fieldwire
8.8
Submittal design and management
CostWorks
Fieldwire
7.8

Pros

CostWorks

  • CostWorks is very good at generating quick and valid estimates for standardized facilities such as office buildings, schools, etc. It allows you to validate other cost estimates at the UniFormat level when doing an estimate validation.
  • CostWorks' database of detailed line-items is a very resourceful asset when it comes to finding a very specific line-item. Sometimes, when using Success or MII, I will have CostWorks open on the other screen so I can find an item that the other softwares just don't have and build it into the other software from the CostWorks entry.
  • CostWorks does a very good job of generating reports that are both well-developed and have enough detail at the summary level to be able to sit with a client or a project manager and have them follow along and understand without being overwhelmed with detail and numbers.
Bryan T. Piper, CCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Fieldwire

  • Communicating RFI and RFC requests from crew to management.
  • Easy to use mobile format for crew.
Mark Higgason | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CostWorks

  • small project costs where labor is a bigger portion than materials on cost
  • markup factors on governmental projects
Robert Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer

Fieldwire

  • The software is geared toward general contractors. We are actively providing feedback to gear it toward engineers, architects, and design professionals.
  • I would like to see more options for mark-ups.
Kylie Schalz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CostWorks

CostWorks 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had the need to discuss CostWorks with a vendor.
Robert Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer

Fieldwire

Fieldwire 9.0
Based on 4 answers
As we have reached out to support regarding several issues with Fieldwire over the years, it can be a hit or miss depending on the issue. Most issues are solved right away and with an easy fix - it's usually something we overlooked or didn't know about. I wouldn't hesitate to contact the FW support if or when I have issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CostWorks

CostWorks is a unique software for estimating as compared to the other softwares I have listed above. PACES is mostly used for federal modeling and really cannot be compared to Costworks. It has its own developed modeling database and has its own quirkiness and issues.MII has been developed for the USACE and utilized a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. I use CostWorks along side this software to find line-items that are not in the MII RS Means Database.Success has been developed for NAVFAC and again, utilizes a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. When I use this software, I ALWAYS have CostWorks open on the other screen as Success' RS Means database is extremely lacking when it comes to the number of detail line-items.Timberline is by SAGE and I use it mostly for DOS and FAA work. Of the 3 RS Means Database softwares, this one has the most detailed database for reference, however, there are times when I do have to look up an item that Timberline does not have and the first software I open is CostWorks.
Bryan T. Piper, CCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Fieldwire

Fieldwire is much more cost-effective for the same features as PlanGrid.
Jessica Rondash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CostWorks

  • I don't really see any "negative" impacts on my business or my ROI by purchasing CostWorks. It's a valuable tool that we use, however, some of my colleagues do not use it or use it very infrequently.
  • I find it well worth the cost even though we don't develop complete estimates in CostWorks due to client dictated softwares.
  • It has provided very quickly-built estimating models that let our team and project managers know that the RFP or the task that they are contemplating bidding on or starting to work on is actually feasible to construction given the budget and directive.
Bryan T. Piper, CCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Fieldwire

  • We have grown in size.
  • We spend fewer man hours traveling from site to site to monitor progress.
Mark Higgason | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CostWorks

General

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

CostWorks Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Fieldwire

General

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

Fieldwire Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$291
Business$391
EnterpriseVariable2
  1. per user
  2. per project, company wide
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CostWorks
9.0
Fieldwire
9.5

Support Rating

CostWorks
5.0
Fieldwire
9.0

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