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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Foundation Software

We have been able to use Foundation Software in almost every construction accounting situation. You can tell it was designed for the intricacies of construction accounting. While we have not explored it lately, the project management module was not ideal. Foundation Software knows accounting and is strong in that field. I think they would be best suited to stay within the accounting realm and focus their resources on that arena.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

RSMeans data, from Gordian (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

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Foundation Software
5.8
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Employee demographic data
Foundation Software
7.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Employment history
Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Job profiles and administration
Foundation Software
4.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Foundation Software
7.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Foundation Software
3.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Payroll Management

Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Pay calculation
Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Benefit plan administration
Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Direct deposit files
Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Salary revision and increment management
Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Reimbursement management
Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Reporting & Analytics

Foundation Software
7.3
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Dashboards
Foundation Software
7.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Standard reports
Foundation Software
7.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Custom reports
Foundation Software
7.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Data exportability
Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Estimating

Foundation Software
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
7.8
Takeoff tools
Foundation Software
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
6.0
Job costing
Foundation Software
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
9.0
Cost databases
Foundation Software
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
9.0
Cost calculator
Foundation Software
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
8.0
Bid creation
Foundation Software
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
7.0

Pros

Foundation Software

  • Time saver.
  • Web-based.
  • Work from anywhere.
Erica Weiner | TrustRadius Reviewer

RSMeans data, from Gordian (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

Cons

Foundation Software

  • Not truly cloud based
  • Remote access is tedious
  • "Customization" is limited
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

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

Usability

Foundation Software

Foundation Software 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Foundation Software makes setup and data entry clean and straightforward. Even without prompts, a user would be able to navigate around the basic functions of the software. With a little training and the help manual they provide, a user can learn the system very easily. For those wanting to get deeper into things like queries and dashboards, they offer trainings and conferences that are helpful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Foundation Software

Foundation Software 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I have used Foundation Software support many times over the last ten years. I have never had an issue they were unable or unwilling to address. Even oddities are handled quickly and resolved efficiently. I have also had customization done and was very happy with the customer support they offered in developing a query and report that would met our unique need.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks) 5.0
Based on 2 answers
I've never had the need to discuss CostWorks with a vendor.
Robert Bass | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Foundation Software

Personally,
I did not have a hand in deciding the software, but for our company is has not
led to increased productivity or made things easier. It has been more difficult
for payroll to be inputted correctly and the payroll reports for certified
payroll often come out incorrect and we need to manually figure out how to correct
the issues and get them in correctly
Erica Weiner | TrustRadius Reviewer

RSMeans data, from Gordian (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

Return on Investment

Foundation Software

  • Double input for payroll.
  • Certified payroll reports lacking.
  • Takes more time.
Erica Weiner | TrustRadius Reviewer

RSMeans data, from Gordian (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

Pricing Details

Foundation Software

General

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

RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Foundation Software
8.7
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
9.0

Usability

Foundation Software
8.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Support Rating

Foundation Software
9.0
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
5.0

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