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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.
Olaf Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

HCSS
7.3
iTWO costX
Plan distribution & viewing
HCSS
6.9
iTWO costX
Plan markups & sharing
HCSS
6.0
iTWO costX
Issue tracking & punchlists
HCSS
9.9
iTWO costX
Photo documentation
HCSS
10.0
iTWO costX
Jobsite reports
HCSS
9.0
iTWO costX
Document sharing
HCSS
7.1
iTWO costX
RFI tools
HCSS
3.0
iTWO costX
Collaboration & approvals
HCSS
6.2
iTWO costX
Mobile app
HCSS
8.1
iTWO costX

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.
Mike DeRousse | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • 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.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
James Duncan | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • Display your cost element summary(labor, material, sub, equipment, other) before you get to reporting.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

HCSS

HCSS 7.0
Based on 2 answers
As mentioned, user interface appears messy and complicated at initial onset. Training is necessary but becomes easy to maneuver through after solid daily use.
Angelique Hamm | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

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Support Rating

HCSS

HCSS 10.0
Based on 36 answers
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.
Doyle Potts | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

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Implementation Rating

HCSS

HCSS 8.1
Based on 33 answers
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.
Julia Salgueiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

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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
Michael Daughters | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

HCSS

  • The biggest ROI for us was the ease of adoption by field personnel.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • The software is a better value compared to Timberline & On-Screen Take-off combined. We are calculating a 6 year ROI.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

HCSS

General

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

iTWO costX

General

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

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