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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

iSqFt

iSqFt is very helpful for both contractors and subcontractors. You are able to easily access the project information such as plans and specifications. We are a specialty subcontractor and we like that we are able to access what electricians are interested in the project so we know who to send our bids to.
Tammy Gutierrez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

CostWorks
7.8
iSqFt
10.0
Takeoff tools
CostWorks
6.0
iSqFt
10.0
Job costing
CostWorks
9.0
iSqFt
10.0
Cost databases
CostWorks
9.0
iSqFt
10.0
Cost calculator
CostWorks
8.0
iSqFt
10.0
Bid creation
CostWorks
7.0
iSqFt
10.0

Construction Project & Field Management

CostWorks
iSqFt
7.4
Plan distribution & viewing
CostWorks
iSqFt
7.8
Plan markups & sharing
CostWorks
iSqFt
8.6
Issue tracking & punchlists
CostWorks
iSqFt
7.3
Photo documentation
CostWorks
iSqFt
7.7
Jobsite reports
CostWorks
iSqFt
9.7
Document sharing
CostWorks
iSqFt
8.6
RFI tools
CostWorks
iSqFt
7.6
Collaboration & approvals
CostWorks
iSqFt
7.6
As-built drawings
CostWorks
iSqFt
7.7
Mobile app
CostWorks
iSqFt
1.0
Submittal design and management
CostWorks
iSqFt
7.6

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

iSqFt

  • Addendum Notifications
  • Project Details (Address, GC, Owner, Architect)
Anonymous | 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

iSqFt

  • The formatting and sizing of the font can be a little clunky at times. The main tabs at the top (Home, Projects, Prequalification, Administration) are rather large while the tabs within the project (Dashboard, Details, Bidder/Packages, etc..) are a little small. For those engineers who spend all day looking at computers and have failing eyesight, this can get to be a pain since the format is also spread out while being small font. If you zoom in to read, it cuts out a lot of the other sections you'd like to see.
  • Things are only updated on the project details if they are manually entered. If the company that enters the project into the system only fills out the minimum amount of detail, some of the function of the detail tab is rendered useless. Some of these inputs include value range, number of building, number of stories, total area, etc. which is used by some subcontractors for budget purposes and internal statistics on jobs that are bidding. So what you get out of this section is all that the owner of the projects wants to put in.
  • There is a button to submit an RFQ or general question but you must be a subscriber to the software to enter a question. Otherwise it's a long process of going up the chain of command to submit. This makes it confusing for the team fielding the questions since they are coming from different chains of communication. I've had jobs where my questions were completely missed because of this.
Anonymous | 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

iSqFt

iSqFt 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I rarely have to call support, but when I do, they are great! Very knowledgeable and friendly!
Tammy Gutierrez | 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

iSqFt

iSqFt is the better choice over Procore, iSqFt is a lot better than Procore all the way around even with its slow download speed.
Steve Cole | 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

iSqFt

  • More Opportunities
  • Better Organization
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CostWorks

General

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

iSqFt

General

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

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