Benchmark Estimating Review
January 08, 2020
Benchmark Estimating Review
Score 10 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Benchmark Estimating Software
Benchmark Estimating Software is exactly as the name implies, it's my staple goto for estimating purposes for my clients. I am a sole trader with my own estimating company, I used it in a large organization, with 8 other estimators, I now use it on my own. Benchmark is extremely efficient and keeps your rates and workups available for all users, thus keeping a uniform approach across all.
- Logical set-out of resources inside standard items in an Item library.
- Up to date resource rates in an easy to use resource library.
- I haven't found anything yet. Benchmark is constantly evolving and adding new processes, I believe it keeps up to date with what it's users want.
- Quickly producing an accurate estimate that's easy to follow and review.
- Easy to use - Easy to change productions or numbers of machines/resources required in an item.
- Expert Estimation and Candy
I have always found that Benchmark allows for a more rapid compilation of the estimate through the library system. It can also allow for easy duplication of an estimate for a second stage etc, using the original rates in the resources, or at a click of a button, reverting to updated resources from the library. I have found that other systems rely on a great number of spreadsheet type operations that can easily be changed in the estimate and can lead to errors if copied to another estimate.
The support staff are friendly and usually get back with an answer to any problems within a day, and problems that can be sorted by a quick phone call are easily dealt with. Customisation to an extent is also a feature of the support structure. Screenshots and an email usually are the quickest way to detail what's needed.
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I have used it for bulk earthworks, for roadworks, stormwater drainage, sewer reticulation, water reticulation, and associated works. It's easy to use a process called subcontractor manager to get multiple sub-contractor prices into your estimate for quick comparison, then pick the one that you really want to use in the estimate. It also has a process called auto allocation which can almost fully automate your estimating process, bringing in Items from the library that match the items in your bid. Haven't found a scenario that it's less appropriate, it all comes down to how detailed you set up your initial item library and resource library.