Trimble Accubid Classic Reviews & Product Details

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What is Trimble Accubid Classic?

For electrical contractors who need to quickly assemble and manage bids, Trimble Accubid Classic improves bid accuracy and increases takeoff speed. Trimble Accubid Classic includes a comprehensive material and labor database of over 40,000 items, multi-level breakdown functionality, a live bi-directional integrational link to Trimble LiveCount for graphical takeoff and up-to-date, accurate pricing data with access to TRA-SER and Supplier Xchange.

Trimble Accubid Classic Details
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Product Description

Designed specifically for electrical contractors, Trimble® Accubid® Classic facilitates the complete construction workflow—from estimating to purchasing, project management and billing.


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Seller
Trimble
Ownership
NASDAQ:TRMB
Company Website
Year Founded
1978
HQ Location
Sunnyvale, CA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$3,264
Twitter
@TrimbleCorpNews
9,401 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
6,440 employees on LinkedIn®

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UC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Very user friendly. More like excel than a database. Easy and quick to change input (most estimating programs require corrections to be made by taking items out and then entering them again rather than just changing them).

Training from Accubid is excellent and is a must as it will open doors to understanding the program that are not obvious. For example, unit pricing is excellent but it is unlikely you will find it on your own.

Call in Support from Accubid is also excellent. They really know what they are doing and answer your questions quickly and knowledgeably.

Power substitution is very powerful and allows end-users to more efficiently modify entered data and perform what-if scenarios.

Ability to quickly and easily copy or extract data to excel is very powerful and useful.

Interface with LiveCount (online takeoff) is also powerful and allows for linked data between PDF's and Smartbid. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Out of the box database is limited but usable. Once you understand the program well plan to spend extra time creating assemblies.

Software updates are not as user friendly as they could be.

Program requires USB key to be inserted in the computer for the program to work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Bottom line, great product for electrical estimating. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reduces time to estimate projects. Allows for quick value engineering studies to be done during or after estimate completion. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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VP Estimating
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Of all the estimating systems I have used in 40 years, Accubid Classic is by far the best. It is very easy to add items and assemblies that fit our needs. I have been adding to and modifying our database for 18 years and I am still not using 50% of its capacity. I also like the integration with Livecount which has allowed my estimating department to go completely paperless. No more plans cluttering up the workspace. Of all the systems I have used Accubid is the easiest for me to train other on how to use. I can have a new estimator up an running with Accubid in just a few days. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see at least one more breakdown added to the takeoff screen. GC's and owners are asking for more and more breakouts and sometimes it can be difficult with the five that are available. (Drawing, Area, Phase, System and Bid Item) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest benefit for us is that by using Livecount along with Accubid we have eliminated the cost associated with producing paper plans for takeoff. It also saves time by automatically inputting the takeoff into Accubid when you use Livecount. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Trimble calculates all fields accurately. Input is simple.

With multi-user and multi-branch support, several users have access to the same project without restrictions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Least helpful about Accubid is it needs more breakouts to choose from. Also training is absolutely needed. Excel may be an easier solution but we haven't figured a way to transfer to the data base. There is room for improvement on a few things that will hopefully be fixed over time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Trimble is the choice whether you have a small or large project. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Trimble has given me more time to focus on my projects. It helps track our budgets and costs for large, multimillion dollar projects. Of all the estimating systems we have used, Accubid is by far the best. It is very easy to add items and assemblies that fit our needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Construction
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

There is a lot of flexibility and power behind the software. In many ways, you can customize it to be what you need it to be, as far as the data/values/areas/breakdowns are concerned. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The user interface and can be unforgiving. Many features could be entirely unknown without extraordinary training. Discoverability and features need a great overhaul to meet the standards that a ginger, more tech savvy generation has come to expect. The complement program, Database Manager, also lacks usability for scaling large imports of new database entries. It’s often quicker to make the new items/assemblies in Excel, so if there was a way to translate the assemblies/items from Excel to the Database Manager, it would make life easier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a real thorough try and see what’s possible before making a final decision. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps track our budgets and costs for large, multimillion dollar projects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Accubid Classic reduces takeoff time and improves accuracy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When copying and pasting a feeder take off and changing the number of runs, the wire runs do not change to match it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Utilize Traser and Supplier Exchange. Your commodity pricing will always be up to date. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Accubid Classic's multiple takeoff and extension breakouts gave us the accuracy in setting up project budgets. We have integrated our accounting cost & labor codes with Classic. This provides a smooth and accurate transition from an estimate to project construction. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The ease you can move around in the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not much, it takes a little time to figure it all out. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I cant do a screen shot Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time savers and accuracy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Estimator
Construction
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ability use common assemblies and also create new ones. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The difficulty of breaking out u it pricing for GCs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Not the best software if you want to break out your estimate by phase Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time optimization, ease to use, amount of database, pricing update constantly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Estimator
Construction
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that pretty much whatever I can dream up for an assembly I can create. The assemblies can be very powerful in Accubid Enterprise and some represent hundreds, if not thousands of assembly combinations. It is now very easy to create alternates and value engineering ideas. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The product out of the box is not great. If you want the end product to be great you will have to put in a massive amount of effort. I don't think most companies have the time, nor the resources for this and will likely never realize the full potential of the product. Accubid Enterprise is still relatively new and there are some quirky things that will hopefully be fixed over time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You need to know what you are getting yourself into if you go with Accubid Enterprise. In order to develop a powerful product you will need to have someone that has years of estimating experience and is also familiar with writing excel formulas. If you can find the right person and devote the resources to making it happen you can create an estimating database that powerful, accurate, and dynamic. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It easily allows us to create value engineering options. Since most of the work we do is design build and most jobs have budget issues, the ability to quickly create accurate value engineering options is key. Since the assemblies are now formula-based we have been able to create more complete and accurate assemblies, which will lead to field labor tracking that is more in line with our estimate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is easy to collaborate and see other projects being done Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When there is a resolve issue, it is unclear at times how to fix it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this for estimating. It makes it less time consuming to get together pricing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Our estimates use Accubid every day, and have nothing but good things to say regarding the software and its help in our bidding process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Initial setup was a little cumbersome from an IT perspective as we looked to deploy it across multiple machines. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

None to note at this time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streamline of the bidding process for our estimators. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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