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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

Viewpoint Spectrum

Viewpoint Spectrum is well suited for accounting, job costing, project management, service department. It is less appropriate for estimating, payroll on-boarding, time collection in the field for construction jobs and document imaging for the entire company. The scenarios where Viewpoint Spectrum is not appropriate for what we are trying to accomplish, we outsource and import into our Viewpoint Spectrum software
Paula (Queenbee) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Estimating

CostWorks
7.8
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.2
Takeoff tools
CostWorks
6.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.5
Job costing
CostWorks
9.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.8
Cost databases
CostWorks
9.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.2
Cost calculator
CostWorks
8.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.0
Bid creation
CostWorks
7.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4

Construction Project & Field Management

CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4
Plan distribution & viewing
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4
Plan markups & sharing
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.2
Photo documentation
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.9
Jobsite reports
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.9
Document sharing
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.3
RFI tools
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.3
Collaboration & approvals
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.1
As-built drawings
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4
Mobile app
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.1
Submittal design and management
CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.1

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

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • Great software for analyzing data and trends while still being pretty easy to use.
  • The ability to create a custom info link reports enable you to create virtually any report using the data you have in Spectrum that will auto-refresh with just one click of a button.
  • They have a fantastic support network and I the few times I have had to contact support, I was directed to someone very knowledgeable that was able to find a solution.
Marjie Maguire | 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

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • It's sometimes hard to control the document imaging window. It doesn't stop when you release the cursor. Have to go to top of screen and click in one of the bars to lock it in place.
  • In AP invoice entry, you have to slow down when entering job and phase number. Doesn't keep up with the speed of the person entering.
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

Viewpoint Spectrum

Viewpoint Spectrum 6.4
Based on 26 answers
Support has not been great since merging with Viewpoint. I've sent several letters up the chain about this. It has made me want to leave the software altogether on more than one occasion. I spend a lot of time on hold, and on numerous occasions now we've sat around for days waiting for a response only to be told the person on the phone never actually made a ticket for that, or that the online system didn't alert them of our case. We used to be able to call and get someone immediately and have the problem solved by a knowledgeable person. Now it's hit or miss and you could be on hold forever. The online training academy is nice but it's still not in-depth enough for me to not have to sit and babysit someone through a training period.
Margaret Reams | 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

Viewpoint Spectrum

I have previously used Sage Masterbuilder, another construction industry software. This has been a number of years ago. The company I am working for already had Spectrum and have been using it for as long as it has been around when it was known as Forefront. Based on conversations I've had with the personnel that were here at the time of purchase, Spectrum clicked off all the boxes they were looking for.
Anonymous | 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

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • We do not use Viewpoint Spectrum for estimating or project tracking. There has not been any incentive to do so. The results achieved using the methods already in place are at a level that it was deemed unnecessary to invest the time and money required to change.
  • We do not use the Human Resources module. It is not necessary for only around 45 permanent employees. The functionality of just the payroll module covers the data we want to capture electronically. The other 400 - 500 employees we have each year are non-permanent union workers that come and go and are also sufficiently recorded and tracked with the payroll module.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CostWorks

General

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

Viewpoint Spectrum

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CostWorks
9.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

CostWorks
Viewpoint Spectrum
10.0

Support Rating

CostWorks
5.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4

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