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Score 7.2 out of 100
37 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • On-Screen Takeoff ranks higher in 1 feature set: Construction Project & Field Management

Construction Project & Field Management

6.8

HCSS

68%
7.1

On-Screen Takeoff

71%
On-Screen Takeoff ranks higher in 6/10 features

Plan distribution & viewing

6.9
69%
9 Ratings
9.1
91%
8 Ratings

Plan markups & sharing

6.0
60%
6 Ratings
6.1
61%
10 Ratings

Issue tracking & punchlists

9.9
99%
13 Ratings
5.2
52%
2 Ratings

Photo documentation

10.0
100%
25 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Jobsite reports

8.1
81%
30 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Document sharing

7.1
71%
17 Ratings
5.1
51%
7 Ratings

RFI tools

3.0
30%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Collaboration & approvals

4.1
41%
19 Ratings
4.0
40%
4 Ratings

Mobile app

6.1
61%
28 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

As-built drawings

N/A
0 Ratings
5.2
52%
5 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

HCSS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.7

On-Screen Takeoff

77%
On-Screen Takeoff ranks higher in 3/3 features

Standard reports

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Custom reports

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Data exportability

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Estimating

HCSS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
6.0

On-Screen Takeoff

60%
On-Screen Takeoff ranks higher in 5/5 features

Takeoff tools

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5
95%
10 Ratings

Job costing

N/A
0 Ratings
6.1
61%
8 Ratings

Cost databases

N/A
0 Ratings
3.2
32%
7 Ratings

Cost calculator

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
7 Ratings

Bid creation

N/A
0 Ratings
3.1
31%
6 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • HCSS is rated higher in 3 areas: Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • On-Screen Takeoff is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.2

HCSS

62%
38 Ratings
9.0

On-Screen Takeoff

90%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

HCSS

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

On-Screen Takeoff

100%
1 Rating

Usability

7.0

HCSS

70%
2 Ratings
6.0

On-Screen Takeoff

60%
1 Rating

Support Rating

10.0

HCSS

100%
69 Ratings
8.2

On-Screen Takeoff

82%
10 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

HCSS

82%
64 Ratings
7.0

On-Screen Takeoff

70%
1 Rating

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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ConstructConnect

I think most of the reasoning was just provided on the previous pros and cons questions. On-Screen Takeoff (OST) is well suited for doing either quick takeoffs or getting into an elaborate, detailed takeoff. All though the viewing tools are quick and easy, I would still very much prefer using BlueBeam for looking through an overall set of drawings. With all of the hyperlink and bookmark functions of BlueBeam, OST doesn't compare and I rarely use OST unless I'm actually doing a takeoff.
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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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ConstructConnect

  • The biggest thing for me is that it is so easy to use, which allows it to be used widely throughout our organization without a lot of intense training.
  • Another great thing is that it does not matter how big or little the scope of the take off may be, it works just as well for a whole 12 story building take off as it does for a stretch of sidewalk.
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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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ConstructConnect

  • It would be nice if you could select an object that occurs on multiple sheets, copy, and paste it into change orders or alternates.
  • If you could search for where a certain condition is being used (which sheet) and go directly to that page or pages, that would be cool.
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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

    On-Screen Takeoff

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    On-Screen Takeoff 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

      Likelihood to Renew

      HCSS

      No answers on this topic

      ConstructConnect

      It provides invaluable communication, organization, and flexibility to generate a project overview both visually and by the numbers. In addition to the overview it makes getting into the project details easy and quick, so our takeoff is accurate and correct every time
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      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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      ConstructConnect

      On Screen Takeoff is a valuable tool for what it does. Across the board it can keep track of the critical data and corresponding values without extra legwork. While powerful, it is prone to user error, and the problem can compound quickly if not realized up front. Overall a great project tool, but not without limitations
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      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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      ConstructConnect

      I have had very few issues with the software which is probably the first sign that there is a good customer support team, since I am sure they are working and fixing problems for everyone when they get a report from somewhere. The few times I have had to reach out to support they have been knowledgeable and on top of helping me quickly get my issues resolved.
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      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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      ConstructConnect

      Implementation was as simple as setting up the program and creating databases. Everything else was already in use and this was a supplement to the final organization of the system
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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
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      ConstructConnect

      Being able to train individuals in a single afternoon on the program and trusting them to get you something usable as soon as possible is quite invaluable. It is also something that I feel is unique to this program. It is just easier.
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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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      ConstructConnect

      • The software has more than paid for itself because the company has been able to save lots of money when awarding to subs since it is easy to verify quantities to qualify their bids.
      • Less of a chance of under-ordering products since the visible audit trail improves accuracy. Also you spend less since you aren't ordering more than you should be.
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