SmartBid vs. Trimble SysQue

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SmartBid
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
SmartBid is a construction bid management software for general contractors. SmartBid provides a web-based and mobile platform to streamline their bid project data, documents, and subcontractor communications. It also supports user permissions control for data security.N/A
Trimble SysQue
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Trimble SysQue is a software design software which enables designers and contractors to design in Autodesk Revit with real-world, manufacturing-specific MEP content that is ready for fabrication.N/A
Pricing
SmartBidTrimble SysQue
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SmartBidTrimble SysQue
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAs a cloud-based solution, our clients can scale their access annually depending on the number of users. Subcontractors invited to bid or prequalify in the system receive access at no cost.
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Features
SmartBidTrimble SysQue
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
7.6
4 Ratings
2% above category average
Trimble SysQue
9.4
3 Ratings
23% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing7.04 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Document sharing8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals7.02 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Mobile app10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings9.73 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Trimble SysQue
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Data exportability00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Trimble SysQue
9.3
3 Ratings
13% above category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
SmartBidTrimble SysQue
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(6 ratings)
7.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
9.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SmartBidTrimble SysQue
Likelihood to Recommend
ConstructConnect
SmartBid is also very useful for conducting sub-contracting analysis and management simulations in the didactic field. The procedures for sharing documents are helpful, but the graphic can be improved. Many forms can be pre-filled. This helps a lot in saving time and money! SmartBid is great for exporting and/or sending single or mass emails. However, as mentioned, it would be useful to simplify some pre-construction processes and improve the overall communication
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Trimble
For drawing plumbing where you are usually not needing any kind of taps it does really well. Once you become familiar with it, you can draw underground really quickly. Their water closet carrier families are great! Being able to draw a restroom skid with such a high level of detail is a definite plus. Also, being able to create point files easily since their hangers, floor drains, and cleanouts have the points embedded in them. For a small BIM department I think Trimble SysQue is a good option. They manage the database and you can send a request in for more content if it is needed. For larger BIM departments or people that are doing cloud spooling with Stratus or MSuite it becomes more problematic especially on the mechanical side with needing to use taps and the functionality of them being less than stellar. Larger BIM departments are usually able to have a person manage their database internally and that helps keep the content parameters consistent. Most MEP Fabrication content that I have used does very well with taps and the piping is able to be run quickly and does not need to be processed.
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Pros
ConstructConnect
  • It's very easy to set up a job and manage who receives solicitations. You can also keep detailed notes on who've you contacted and see if they're actually downloading and reviewing the documents.
  • You can add a confidentiality agreement clause which they must accept before accessing the documents. It then stores this information if it ever needs to be accessed. This is much cleaner and easier then sending out a NDA form and having the subcontractor return it before actually sending drawings/docs.
  • You can send Invitations to Bid and set it up to continue sending these ITB's until the subcontractor responds. However, this can also be a negative point because once you set up a delayed ITB, it doesn't update as the subcontractors view and respond to the ITB's. So if a sub is "Not Responded" and you set up a delayed ITB to fire off every day for 5 days, and the sub responds after day 2, that sub will continue to receive ITB's for all 5 days.
  • Uploading drawings is quick and easy. It's especially convenient if you link to one of your cloud services such as Egnyte, Google Drive, etc.
  • The search tools are quick and easy and often very accessible from any page.
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Trimble
  • It allows Contractors to use Revit with Spooling functions.
  • The database of millions of native Revit Families.
  • Excellent support from Trimble.
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Cons
ConstructConnect
  • We have seen intermittent problems with notes disappearing.
  • Ability to have more than one project bidding open at the same time/on multiple windows.
  • Mobile apps.
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Trimble
  • The ability to erase points that have been written to a TFL file would be a great addition.
  • Fitting to fitting placement can act up from time to time.
  • I think that the spooling can continue to improve.
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Support Rating
ConstructConnect
SmartBid has an excellent support team that is always at your service. Any problem I've had (when I've even had them) has been resolved almost immediately, along with tips on how to avoid them in the future. If you're looking for a program with excellent customer service, look no further than SmartBid.
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Trimble
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Alternatives Considered
ConstructConnect
SmartBid is used by more of the contractors that we happen to do lots of work with. It has basically the same features. However, SmartBid will let subcontractors view all the jobs a general contractor is bidding, even ones we were never invited to. So it has the potential to bring more opportunities.
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Trimble
Benchmark Fabrication MEP
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Return on Investment
ConstructConnect
  • It is a big time saver compared to sending out individual emails.
  • It saves time in having multiple individual databases for company contact info.
  • It ensures that everyone is getting the same information.
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Trimble
  • It has allowed us to produce high level detailed models
  • It gives us the ability to produce point files that aid in a speedier layout process for the field.
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