About HeavyBid

HeavyBid is a powerful bidding and estimating tool that enables construction companies in the transportation, oil & gas, power, industrial, and telecom industries, among others, to build accurate, flexible estimates.

Users can import items, use standardized libraries, and create custom calculations and assemblies to automate much of the estimating process. Flexible work breakdown structures in the crew-based software help users to organize estimates based on what they need to see. Customizable cost types let users track subcontractor, labor, equipment, materials and other costs, to get the most accurate and competitive bid. On bid days, HeavyBid can import, analyze and compare subcontractor and supplier quotes, as well as conduct subcontractor versus self-perform analysis.

HeavyBid interfaces with accounting and project management systems, as well as with other HCSS products to eliminate double data entry.

As a scalable solution, HeavyBid is designed to grow with companies. It is used by more than 50,000 estimators, from small, regional subcontractors to 48 of the ENR Top 50 heavy civil contractors.


Key benefits of HeavyBid

  • Estimates can be built, reviewed and edited quickly in HeavyBid.

  • HeavyBid can identify potential estimating errors and direct users to these for correction.

  • Users can create professional, attractive bid forms with customizable bid proposals in a variety of formats, including MS Word & Excel.

  • Large, complex work can be separated into smaller, detailed pieces with HeavyBid's multi-level breakdowns.

  • HeavyBid integrates with existing accounting systems, so bids can be sent straight to accounting for budget creation.

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    Dan
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 51–200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    HeavyBid

    Reviewed on 25/04/2022

    I love using HeavyBid. I use it daily and have no complaints about the software.

    I love using HeavyBid. I use it daily and have no complaints about the software.

    Pros

    The ease of setting up your crews/equipment/materials is very beneficial in creating estimates. It is very easy to use and pick up on if new.

    Cons

    I'm honestly having a difficult time trying to think of a negative about HeavyBid.

    Marshall
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    Reviewed on 06/05/2013

    Pipeline Utilities, Inc. is a General Contractor based in Raleigh, NC that specializes in undergroun...

    Pipeline Utilities, Inc. is a General Contractor based in Raleigh, NC that specializes in underground utility installation, maintenance, rehabilitation, and repair. We work on a broad spectrum of types of underground utilities; from water & sewer to underground chilled water & steam lines.

    Prior to HeavyBid, we were using spreadsheets written in Lotus and converted to Excel. We had used these particular spreadsheets since 1985. We began looking for an estimating software that would help us standardize our process and format while remaining flexible enough to handle the variety of work that we do.

    We purchased HeavyBid in February of 2010 and have been using it since June 2010. The training and implementation that we received from HCSS has proved invaluable. We initially trained our two estimators, then six months later, we trained the rest of the project management staff. HeavyBid is easy to use, but it takes a little getting accustomed to. HCSS is a great resource. Their support staff is always available. If you forget how a certain function works, the person that answers the phone will be able to help you remember.

    As far as benefits, we have been able to spend less time performing rote data entry and more time actually thinking critically about our estimates. In 2011, we were able to bid four major projects in two months time. Prior to us using HeavyBid, we would have been limited to only bidding one of them. There are many time-saving functions in HeavyBid, from the COPY routine, to the CODEBOOKS, that help Pipeline Utilities produce better, more detailed, estimates that are more quickly analyzed.

    Rudy
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 51–200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

    Updates Needed

    Reviewed on 24/08/2022

    Pros

    Support is excellent when using any HCSS software.

    Cons

    This software needs a total overhaul of its GUI. Why do I feel like I'm using Windows NT or 2000 in the year 2022??? It's unfathomable that this is the best product HCSS can put out. This isn't a free software. And don't get me started on how any time you hit the ESC key on your keyboard trying to close out of a cell (like in Excel) the window you are working on closes without warning thus deleting any unsaved progress - in windows you need to click save as opposed to other windows where it saves automatically as you tab throug...what's that about? Once you know how to navigate the program, it's fairly easy, but that doesn't negate the fact that the software is/feels archaic.

    Adam
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    HCSS works great

    Reviewed on 11/05/2017

    Went to the training/convention for the first time this February. thought it was great. thanks!

    Went to the training/convention for the first time this February. thought it was great. thanks!

    Pros

    I like the quote class system. It's handy to input info as it comes in and compare with others. handy.

    Cons

    On occasion as I pull items from my codebook in the select bidtiem screen, the description comes across but my activities do not. if I tab through all the cells it seems to work.

    Mark
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    Good Bye Spreadsheets, Hello Heavy Bid

    Reviewed on 17/02/2016

    Pros

    I like the ease of use with Heavy Bid. An estimator can be as detailed or as generic as he wants to be. You have the ability to breakdown multiple activities and phases within one bid item. The audit checks help identify mistakes. The ease of changing mass amounts of data within the estimate is easy. From tracking DBE dollars to comparing subcontractor and supplier quotes, everything is a the tip of your fingers. You can get a report for just about anything in the estimate. The ability to build in automation is a huge time saver and maintains consistency within your organization

    Cons

    Hard question to answer. Once you buy the product, HCSS is on your team. Their support group is fantastic. I don't have any dislikes

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    HeavyBid offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$5,900.00/one-time
    • Free Trial: Not Available

    Contact HeavyBid for information on their Basic, Advanced & Comprehensive software packages.

    HeavyBid has the following typical customers:

    2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

    HeavyBid supports the following languages:

    English

    HeavyBid supports the following devices:

    iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    HeavyBid integrates with the following applications:

    Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project

    HeavyBid offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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