Likelihood to Recommend Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is well suited include: Small to medium sized contractor who typically works on small to medium sized projects with limited complexity Contractors who value low prices over full functionality (this software application is very affordably priced) A new contractor or new contracting accounting / finance professional who would appreciate the specific limitations imposed by the software Specific scenarios where GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is not well suited include: Larger contractors who think about and price projects in line with typical commercial design and construction Residential projects (the software is much better suited for commercial lease buildouts, for instance) A contractor whose finance department already uses full-suite accounting software Read full review
Navisworks is a key tool if doing any 3D model coordination with other trades. It will allow you to view your model content with others to know for certain that your design is accurate and can be assembled. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make this process easy.
Read full review Pros Convenient estimating Streamlines the price quotation process Standard cost application Overhead calculation and pplication Read full review Model Viewing, the navigation tools are really easy to use for walking through the model, especially if viewpoints are set up for key locations. The take-offs work really well and can be very quick and easy if the model was built right. Read full review Cons Only CSI construction cost database data Only works with Microsoft Office (Excel) The online help system has limited functionality Read full review A link to BIM 360 Model Coordination is a serious shortcoming. It used to be easy to link to models loaded to BIM 360 Glue for more in depth clash detection. I would have liked the ability to export a simulation created in Navisworks to 3DS Max for a more immersive animation with decent material mapping and better animation tools. I would like to be able to view/create BIM 306 Docs/Field issues directly in Navisworks. In the current workflow we have to use other file formats to work within BIM 360. It would be more productive to be able to navigate the model through Navisworks and to create viewpoints and issues from within Navisworks. Read full review Support Rating
Autodesk owns Navisworks, and it seems to have a pretty good support network. A lot of the troubleshooting or support information is provided through an online database, so you most likely would not be getting any personal attention with your issues. Since there are so many users for Navisworks, there is a lot of information on the web.
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GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is cheaper, easier to use, more streamlined and is easily installed and up and running. The flip side to the ease of use is the limited functionality, somewhat outdated cost bucketing profile and general lack of sophistication. The add-in also does not talk with full suite accounting software which requires additional reconciliations if used within a large organization.
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Navisworks is a master tool if we want to do any 3D model coordination with any trade of a building. It allows us to view our model content with all elements to visualize and understand for certain where our design stands in terms of accuracy and how all things can be assembled on site. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make BIM process easy.
Read full review Return on Investment Allows us to quickly bid on small projects Allows us to pay less for accounting / finance professionals Allows us to standardize our cost structure Read full review It helps in coordination on BIM projects. We have had major project coordination saving millions on jobs. Helps us win more projects as we can coordinate them Used to use the animation tools for site logistics. Now we use game engines. Lennart Andersson
Director of Virtual Design & Construction, Senior Associate Vice President
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