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Score 9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • iTWO costX ranks higher in 1 feature set: Construction Project & Field Management

Construction Project & Field Management

6.8

HCSS

68%
9.0

iTWO costX

90%
HCSS ranks higher in 7/9 features

Plan distribution & viewing

6.9
69%
9 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Plan markups & sharing

6.0
60%
6 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Issue tracking & punchlists

9.9
99%
13 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Photo documentation

10.0
100%
25 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Jobsite reports

8.1
81%
30 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Document sharing

7.1
71%
17 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

RFI tools

3.0
30%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Collaboration & approvals

4.1
41%
19 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile app

6.1
61%
28 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

HCSS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.7

iTWO costX

87%
iTWO costX ranks higher in 3/3 features

Standard reports

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Custom reports

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Data exportability

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Estimating

HCSS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.0

iTWO costX

90%
iTWO costX ranks higher in 4/4 features

Takeoff tools

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Job costing

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Cost calculator

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Bid creation

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • iTWO costX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.2

HCSS

62%
38 Ratings
9.0

iTWO costX

90%
2 Ratings

Usability

7.0

HCSS

70%
2 Ratings

iTWO costX

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

HCSS

100%
69 Ratings

iTWO costX

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

HCSS

82%
64 Ratings

iTWO costX

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

HCSS

Our operation uses several pieces of what we call specialty equipment (not used every day on every job). The foreman when finished will give a location of where this equipment is left, this many times can be very vague and lead to a lowboy driver trying to block around to find the piece or driving down a street he cannot get turned around in. With the GPS devices, the driver can pinpoint exactly where the unit is and if he has room to turn around at that location.
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Exactal

Easy to use, one-stop for all construction-related tasks. The best thing is the split-screen, during the Bill of Quantity verification users can see for what part of the design Bill of Quantity is generated. Auto-updating of Design is another good feature.
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Pros

HCSS

  • #1 is support! HCSS is by far the best software support of any product we have ever used. Unlike most software companies HCSS utilizes their support calls to help upgrade their software. When you here them tell you that they will write down a particular issue you come across during a support call if they can't help you then and there they will research and get an answer to you extremely fast. If the software will not do it, you can bet there is a good chance it will be on the list of enhancements you will see come out in the near future.
  • Estimating software is very extensive. Their software is capable of handling the smallest estimate all the way to the largest joint venture estimate. It has advanced features that make it extremely useful for analyzing job materials, subcontractors etc.
  • HeavyJob is an extremely useful tool for the field to keep the office up to date with job costs. Everything is at the Foreman's fingertips on Tablets to allow the information from the field to get uploaded to HeavyJob manager which then can export to accounting. We are also able to give our Foreman the ability to deal with the Daily and weekly safety needs (Tailgate Meetings, incident Investigation, observations etc.) right on the Tablets thru HeavyJob.
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Exactal

  • Allows multiple users to work on the same estimate at once. This is huge!! Not only can we team up on a project that has a quick deadline but we can also simultaneously collaborate on database updates.
  • Performs your takeoff on CAD drawings or vector PDFs. Your typical takeoff software does takeoff on an unintelligent PDF. I say unintelligent because the process you go through is simply to trace the boundaries of your shape. This is time-consuming and can lead to mistakes. With CostX your cursor will stick to the line lines and takeoff the exact measurement. This has cut our takeoff time by 75%. The best part is that this is done in the same software as your estimating software. There are a few software's that have takeoff and estimating in one but CostX is the only one the provides CAD smart takeoff.
  • CostX is a lot like Excel. You have the flexibility to set up your workbooks the way your project team thinks. For example, ours is set up to evaluate labor in two ways; productivity (man-hours per widget) or crew hours (3 guys for two days for a given activity).
  • Reports are very flexible and the report writers is much easier than Crystal reports.
  • If you subscribe to the full version of CostX this provides the most powerful feature of them all......Auto-Revisioning. This function will compare two sets of drawings, identify the changes on a color coded drawing, ask for you to approve the changes and then update your estimate and takeoff. You can even use this to produce custom print outs for RFI's show your design team what changed.
  • Your estimating workbooks are live-linked to your takeoff. As you make adjustments to your takeoff your estimate updates accordingly. The workbook has color coded text to hep your team understand whats behind your estimate; Black = manually input, Blue = rates linked to database, and Green = quantity linked to take-off.
  • Full integrated subcontractor comparison. We use to do this in excel to compare multiple bidders across every division.
  • This is also color coded for a streamlined review process; green = quote, blue = estimate, purple = plug, and orange = other.
  • Built in error checking notifies you if you forgot to normalize an item on your subcontractor comparison.
  • In the near future the software will be available online allowing you to use remotely.
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Cons

HCSS

  • All their apps are on mobile devices. Although there is not a clear company policy on Android versus iPhone. Updates for features lag behind on Android. Some apps are exclusive to one platform making it hard to fully interconnect all programs.
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Exactal

  • iTwo Costx has 3D features that may require enhancement in terms of Look and feel perspective.
  • The eye Function section view feature may require enhancement. But I am not sure how much more we can bring it to scale
  • Not seen Cloud base service. So that easy to use from any where.
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Pricing Details

HCSS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

HCSS editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Required

    Additional Details

    iTWO costX

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    iTWO costX editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing is determined by a number of factors. For example, would you want to use BIM or just 2D? Do you need estimating spreadsheets and report generation? Would you want to buy 100 copies or just one? If you send in a sales enquiry to sales.int@rib-software.com, we’ll be able to send you through a quote that will meet your requirements.

      Usability

      HCSS

      As mentioned, user interface appears messy and complicated at initial onset. Training is necessary but becomes easy to maneuver through after solid daily use.
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      Exactal

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      HCSS

      I have never had a bad experience or heard of one in 4 years of doing business with HCSS. That is unheard of even with the hurricanes and flooding in Houston area it feels like HCSS was always there and willing to help in every way.
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      Exactal

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      HCSS

      I was not employed with PPI upon implementation. I would prefer to reference my previous statement, that each company needs to evaluate its culture and address your implementation accordingly. The purchasing company should assign an employee as point person and really take charge of not just the technical side of the implementation (HCSS pretty much handles that), but focus on company culture and training.
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      Exactal

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      HCSS

      Other estimating products I have used consist of ICE/MC2 and MS Excel. ICE was not a good fit for our company, as they have awful technical support and offer very poor training. MS Excel is great for simple estimates where there is not a lot of data being compiled. However neither hold a candle to the power of HCSS Heavybid
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      Exactal

      We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
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      Return on Investment

      HCSS

      • The biggest ROI for us was the ease of adoption by field personnel.
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      Exactal

      • Easy to Collaborate Between the Team members. Saves a lot of work
      • Integrate with multiple types of data drawing which saves efforts in converting the design.
      • Bill of Quantity export can be done based on the Design section and can share with contractors for Quotes. Instead of just downloading the whole report and then editing for the required pack.
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