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Score 7.1 out of 100
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Score 6.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

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

Construction Project & Field Management

6.8

HCSS

68%
1.0

Trimble Accubid

10%
HCSS ranks higher in 9/15 features

Plan distribution & viewing

6.9
69%
9 Ratings
1.0
10%
2 Ratings

Plan markups & sharing

6.0
60%
6 Ratings
1.0
10%
2 Ratings

Issue tracking & punchlists

9.9
99%
13 Ratings
1.0
10%
2 Ratings

Photo documentation

10.0
100%
25 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Jobsite reports

8.0
80%
30 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Document sharing

7.1
71%
17 Ratings
1.1
11%
2 Ratings

RFI tools

3.0
30%
1 Rating
1.0
10%
2 Ratings

Collaboration & approvals

4.1
41%
19 Ratings
1.1
11%
2 Ratings

Mobile app

6.1
61%
28 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

As-built drawings

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Submittal design and management

N/A
0 Ratings
1.1
11%
2 Ratings

Checklists

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Meeting Minutes

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Specifications

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Change orders

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Estimating

HCSS

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
10.0

Trimble Accubid

100%
Trimble Accubid ranks higher in 5/5 features

Takeoff tools

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Job costing

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Cost databases

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Cost calculator

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Bid creation

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0
100%
4 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • HCSS is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

6.2

HCSS

62%
38 Ratings
6.0

Trimble Accubid

60%
4 Ratings

Usability

7.0

HCSS

70%
2 Ratings

Trimble Accubid

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

HCSS

100%
69 Ratings
7.1

Trimble Accubid

71%
6 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.2

HCSS

82%
64 Ratings

Trimble Accubid

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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Trimble

We use Trimble Accubid to do detailed cost estimates for larger jobs. If a job has a set of blueprints, the software is designed to go through each page systematically to aggregate a bid. Where it is less appropriate are for smaller service jobs. It takes a lot of setup for a new job there are other solutions better suited for service work.
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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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Trimble

  • Depth of customization
  • Intergrations
  • Industry specific
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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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Trimble

  • Needs to update a data base for new emerging markets in energy.
  • Separation of some supporting materials into more relevant categories would eliminate number of required click through actions.
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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

    Trimble Accubid

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Trimble Accubid 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

      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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      Trimble

      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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      Trimble

      Accubid can sometimes fall short when it comes to CS. The correct departments aren't always properly delineated, making it difficult to get ahold of the individual most appropriate for your issue. To that end, it has been outsourced to people with accents sometimes difficult to understand. This is my biggest critique
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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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      Trimble

      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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      Trimble

      I was not involved in the decision-making process to purchase Accubid.
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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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      Trimble

      • reduced estimating cost vs pen and paper
      • because it's a widely used platform it's easy to recruit estimators to the platform
      • works well in a multi estimator environment
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