The Best
November 13, 2018

The Best

Aaron Graves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with WinEst

We use WinEst as our estimate software across the company. The majority of users are in PreCon but as operations comes in, they learn the system. We chose WinEst for:
1) Its stable background. No more worrying about how markups, escalation, GCs are being calculated. You also remove the common occurrence of breaking excel formulas
2) Ability for uniform reports - takes your deliverables to the next level.
3) Highly dynamic yet organized content manager.
  • WinEst allows for uniformity and clarity. Having the ability to mange your views, reports, assignments etc. allows for bid teams to put together a highly detailed estimate quickly and efficiently.
  • Being able to develop database items ensures that every bid you produce will have the same look and feel - important for repeat clients.
  • Winest also allows for simple importing of takeoff from programs like OST. WinEst's feature that allows for multiple users to edit the estimate at the same time is unbelievably useful.
  • WinEst allows for a huge amount of flexibility. The built in functionality and reporting preferences allows you to create any sort of reporting format you can imagine.
  • At times, WinEst controls feel counter intuitive. Also the tools available for actually developing the database can feel clunky. This means that if you do not take the time to create a robust import file, you will spend a serious amount of time fixing your errors.
  • WinEst is also an object based database which means that it is difficult to do mass dumps of information (mainly takeoff) into the program. While this is great for ensuring that everything is done purposefully, it does lead to extended hours of data entry
  • It takes hours upon hours of use before you begin to realize the true potential. The sheer number of tools is overwhelming and their help resources are very basic and only explain how to correctly enter the data but not the feature's best use cases.
  • WinEst has created a simple path for delivering clean estimates time and time again no matter what the user is
  • WinEst has allowed us to analyze data on a level previously unattainable
WinEst simply blows excel and Timberline out of the water. The shear depth of functionality is unparalleled. Not only does WinEst deliver a better product, it also shortens the amount of man hours required for each bid, alternate, pricing exercise, etc. On top of this, it has a number of redundant safeguards for catching errors that the others don't have.
WinEst is truly built for everyone. Their assemblies/database linking is perfect for self perform and subcontractors while their database management and custom reporting is perfect for GCs. While Excel set the bar, WinEst is on another planet. With the immediacy required by today's markets, WinEst allows you to deliver a superior product while being more accurate.

Trimble GC WinEst Feature Ratings

Takeoff tools
Job costing
Cost databases
Cost calculator
Bid creation