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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

Revit

Revit is well suited for creating collaborative projects that are fully integrated into the design and construction document process. We work a lot with engineering firms who also use Revit and the program allows us to fully integrate and coordinate our models together to make sure that everything is correct. I can see where my electrical engineer has placed lighting into the model and same with my mechanical engineer and their HVAC equipment
Taylor Carter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

HCSS
8.1
Revit
8.2
Plan distribution & viewing
HCSS
6.9
Revit
8.3
Plan markups & sharing
HCSS
6.0
Revit
8.1
Issue tracking & punchlists
HCSS
9.8
Revit
8.0
Photo documentation
HCSS
10.0
Revit
7.8
Jobsite reports
HCSS
9.9
Revit
8.3
Document sharing
HCSS
7.1
Revit
7.2
RFI tools
HCSS
3.0
Revit
7.9
Collaboration & approvals
HCSS
9.9
Revit
8.2
Mobile app
HCSS
10.0
Revit
8.3
As-built drawings
HCSS
Revit
9.0
Submittal design and management
HCSS
Revit
9.5

Estimating

HCSS
Revit
8.3
Takeoff tools
HCSS
Revit
7.7
Job costing
HCSS
Revit
8.2
Cost databases
HCSS
Revit
8.7
Cost calculator
HCSS
Revit
7.9
Bid creation
HCSS
Revit
9.1

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

Revit

  • 3D Models - It's kind of a no brainer, but the key benefit of Revit is its ability to model in 3D. It's a somewhat complex modeling environment, however, it's not impossible to learn and I have seen users from a range of abilities to effectively model content in Revit.
  • Schedules - 3D is great, but the ability to quantify your geometry is contains valuable data if modeled correctly. If you model how you will build it, Revit has the ability to give very accurate schedules which includes quantities, and any data you would like to incorporate into your model.
  • Industry Standard - Revit is the industry standard. With that being said, it really help to use software that is compatible with other agencies for collaborative model review.
Forrest Huff | 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

Revit

  • There are often several ways to draw certain things, but the object will have different capabilities based on the way it is drawn. This can be confusing when trying to use the object.
  • The way objects are drawn is not always user-friendly. This program would be difficult for someone to figure out on their own without having any Autodesk background.
  • There should be a better way to track changes in the model. Often times the architect will not share a model during construction to avoid sending changes that aren't finalized or complete.
Teresa Fechtel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

HCSS

HCSS 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Service after the sale, quality updates on a regular basis, listening to customers issues.
Casey Dillon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Revit

Revit 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a professional environment, but far from easy and overly complex in many places. The system is often too deep in settings and overrides (see Visibility/Graphics in combination with linked files, filters, color overrides and view templates).I don't really like the dialog-in-dialog interface and its spartan looks. But it works well overall if you know what you are doing.
Stefan Boeykens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

HCSS

HCSS 10.0
Based on 35 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

Revit

Revit 7.7
Based on 12 answers
Autodesk has always had a good support system in place. There is a massive user base for Revit, and there are thousands of forum threads and other discussions online about any and every problem that you could ever run into. For being such a large program with so many different options, there aren't many roadblocks or pitfalls that users can fall into.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Revit

No score
No answers yet
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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

Revit

Revit like AutoCAD can produce both a 3d model & 2 dimensional drawings such as plans, elevations & sections which are required for any design project to be communicated on paper for construction. But unlike AutoCAD, Revit's focus is to build a 3d model that contain smart information for construction. So for Revit the 2 dimensional drawings becomes a byproduct. In addition to the required drawings needed on paper to communicate the design, Revit offers so much more information in the model for all engineering disciplines.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

HCSS

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

Revit

  • It's positive. It saves quite a bit of field time when used correctly, and lets us make sure we have proper room for all equipment and ductwork.
  • Helping minimize field 'thinking' time is an immediate add to the bottom line. 1 guy designing on the front side saves down time of 5-10 guys waiting in the field. Cost savings on labor is apparent.
  • Coordination time is also cut down, saving on office time. It's easy to spell out what your plan of attack is. All these savings directly add to bottom line profit by not expending labor.
Mike Petrich | 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

HCSS Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Revit

General

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

Revit Editions & Modules

Edition
Monthly$3051
1-Year$2,4252
3-Year$6,5503
  1. per month
  2. per year
  3. per 3 years
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing available for monthly, annual, or 3-year subscriptions. Longer subscriptions offer greater discounts.

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