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HeavyBid Estimating Software Allows Estimators to Build DOT Bids in Minutes

June 11, 2014

As the sole estimator at LHC, Inc. in Kalispell, Montana, Dave Steely is able to bid between $150-$200million per year. How does he bid this volume of work alone? Time saving features in HCSS’s estimating software HeavyBid make it easy to build DOT estimates in just minutes.

As a user of HeavyBid for over 13 years, Steely knows the features that make his job as estimator fast and easy. “I recently set up a bid item codebook to tie into our DOT projects,” said Steely. “With a combination of the bid item code book and library estimates, I was able to have it so when I pull in a DOT job, it builds 90% of the estimate. I don’t have to go into each activity and create each line. It’s a huge time saver.”


H&S Contracting Uses HeavyBid Estimating Software to Become a Feared Competitor

May 29, 2014

H&S Contracting, Inc. located in Moorhead, MN, was looking for an estimating software to take their company to the next level. Their previous system using ledger sheets and Excel documents created in house was outdated and as Brent Syster, Estimator and Project Manager with H&S points out, “it seemed to work well, until you change.”

They needed an estimating software that allowed them to manage multiple bids on the same bid date as well as better manage subcontracting work. They were also looking to effectively manage last minute quotes and cuts on the 11th hour in order to close bids with confidence that every item was covered.


Quick Tip from the Class "Concepts Chief Estimators Need to Know"

May 21, 2014

Sometimes it’s the little things you learn at the annual HCSS User’s Group Meeting that makes your job that much easier.

Bobby Hamilton, Project Manager at Jim Smith Contracting and user of HeavyBid learned about handling material waste in the class Concepts Chief Estimators Need to Know. It was something simple to use but he just didn’t know it was there. “This allows me to input waste on the fly without going to the calculator and entering manually. It also adjusts automatically if the activity quantity changes,” said Hamilton.


Results Are In: 2014 Heavy Civil/Infrastructure Estimating Survey

May 20, 2014

The results are in for HCSS’s 2nd annual estimating survey. We had 360 companies participate from across the U.S. and Canada.  Here are a few highlights of the results:

Business is picking up - 76% of the companies surveyed made a profit last year, and 85% expect to do that well in 2014.  50% reported that their total volume of bids in dollars was higher or significantly higher than the previous year and only 17% noted a decline.

Private work is growing - Twice as many companies (43% vs. 20%) noted that their bidding for private work had increased over the previous year as compared to public work.

Workforces expanding - 48% of the companies plan to expand their workforce this year.  52% gave raises to their estimators last year and 67% gave raises to field employees.


E&B Paving Wins Largest Bid Ever Shortly After Installing Estimating Software

May 1, 2014

E&B Paving won their largest bid in the companies 46 year history of $141 million by a slim .5% only six months after using HCSS’s estimating software, HeavyBid.

The company had 3 weeks to bid the estimate which had multiple alternates that needed to be broken down. "Our previous system was an in house developed Excel spreadsheet,” said Mark Jones, Area Manager for E&B Paving. “This project was a base bid with two alternate bids. Our existing system would have required three Excel files, one for each bid. This project exceeded the capabilities of our old system."


RSMeans Comes to HeavyBid

August 15, 2013



HeavyBid customers can now purchase standardize industry cost databases from RS Means and access them directly in HeavyBid. You can purchase one, several, or all of the 14 cost databases depending on your needs.