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See How HeavyBid Can Help You Bid Faster

Bid more work in less time by cutting out extra steps and eliminating guesswork.

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Quickly Import DOT Data

Reduce time spent building your estimate by directly importing items from DOT websites.

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Quickly Build an Entire Estimate

Activities and bid items can be built on the fly, copied from any previous estimate, or pulled from a list of standardized activities of work. In this example, see how fast you can build a complete DOT estimate.

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Populate Quote Folders and Analyze Quotes

Quickly pull estimate details into quote folders. Solicit quotes and analyze them against other subcontractors or your own self-performed work then update your estimate with the quotes you’ve selected.

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Copy from Past Estimates

Improve productivity dramatically by copying from previous bids and automatically computing numbers.

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Use Custom Calculation Routines

Build your own repetitive calculations in a library to quickly perform complex calculations. You specify the inputs, compute the outputs, and then map the final output numbers into cells in the estimate.

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Build Elaborate Repetitive Structures with Assemblies

Quickly build multiple items using assemblies which allow you to select items needed for an estimate while saving information in your notes.

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Look at Production History While Estimating

Access your production history to compare your most recent bid to previous bids and actual, completed jobs if you own our HeavyJob software.

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Bi-directional Interface to P6 and MS Project

Easily import from Primavera or Microsoft Project to HeavyBid, where they can be reviewed to meet requirements then re-exported.

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How HeavyBid Fits Into the HCSS Suite

Every job starts with an estimate. We offer a full suite of products that can help you through every stage of a project, from bid to completion. Send your estimate data to HeavyJob to easily build your project and gather real production history for future bids.


HCSS Data Warehouse

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  • Unit price & lump sum bids
  • Rapid estimate creation from:
    • Libraries
    • Past estimates
    • Calculation routines
    • Assemblies
    • DOT imports
    • RSMeans data (option)
    • Richardson data (option)
  • Analysis tools
  • Rapid change tools
  • Comparisons to estimate and actual production history (w HeavyJob)
  • Invitation to bid
  • Quote management
  • Cost spreading routines
  • Multiple pricing options
  • Multiple bid proposal formats
  • Electronic bid submittals
  • Budget export to accounting
  • Budget export to HeavyJob
  • RFIs (2018)
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HCSS Plans

  • Quantity takeoff
  • Annotation capabilities
  • Document control
  • Version control
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HCSS Employee App

  • Quantity takeoff
  • Annotation capabilities
  • Document control
  • Version control


  • Simple & easy interface
  • Diaries
  • Time cards
  • Progress quantities
  • Photos
  • Materials & subs
  • Production analysis
  • Real-time cost feedback
  • Production planner
  • Needs requests
  • Skills & certifications
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HCSS Plans

  • Quantity takeoff
  • Annotation capabilities
  • Annotation capabilities
  • Easy attachment to submittals, etc.
  • Instant field to office communication
  • Responsibility assignments
  • Record “As-Built”
  • Document control
  • Version control

HCSS Safety

  • Meetings
  • Inspections
  • Observations
  • Near misses
  • Incidents
  • JHAs
  • Skills & certifications
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HCSS Employee App

  • Simple interface
  • Clock in/out
  • Payroll hour verification
  • Equipment inspections
  • Safety observations
  • Custom items such as “not injured”
  • Multi-employee time clock kiosk
  • Upcoming schedules (w/ Dispatcher)
  • Cost code hours (2018)
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HCSS Trucking

  • Easy smartphone truck identification
  • Easy recording of loads/dumps
  • Quantity capture
  • Foremen/operators as ticket takers
  • Unattended site logging
  • Internal & external trucks


  • Time card approvals
  • Production reports
  • Change orders
  • T&M billing
  • Forecasting
  • Pay estimates
  • Job cost reports
  • Payroll hour reports
  • Accounting TrueUp (w/ DIS)
  • RFIs (2018)
  • Submittals (2018)
  • Document tracking (2018)
  • HCSS Plans integration

HCSS Dispatcher

  • Electronic “magnet board”
  • Schedule people, equipment, materials, trucks, inventory, and small tools
  • Snapshot of past, present and future
  • True up locations v.s HeavyJob time cards
  • Driver move assignments
  • Rentals
  • Management of future “needs”
  • “Needs” import from HeavyBid
  • Foremen “needs” from HeavyJob
  • Crew export to HeavyJob
  • Dispatching report to HeavyJob
  • Show up instructions to employees

HCSS Safety

  • Inspections, near misses, incidents
  • Free safety observations for all employees
  • Leading indicator analysis from field data
  • Closed-loop follow-up process for issues
  • 1,000 standard meetings, inspections, JSAs
  • Meetings, inspections, & JSAs are customizable
  • Critical meeting topics can be pushed to field
  • OSHA reporting
  • Skills and certifications
  • Quality reports (2018)

HCSS Inspections

  • Equipment Inspections
  • Field equipment inspection data
  • Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports
  • Pre and post-trip inspections
  • Customized inspections
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HCSS Forms

  • Free with HeavyJob or Safety
  • Customizable mobile forms
  • PDF fillable forms
  • Autofill from time cards (w/ HeavyJob)
  • Data mining of form data (2018)
  • Workflow & approvals (2018)

Equipment Maintenance

  • Preventive maintenance
  • Work orders
  • Work order assignment/scheduling
  • Mobile mechanic app
  • Equipment repair history
  • Equipment inspections
  • Field equipment inspection data
  • Field maintenance requests
  • Automated meter readings (w/ GPS)
  • Telematics data reporting (w/ GPS)
  • Warranty tracking
  • Inventory/parts management
  • Utilization reporting
  • Idle time reporting
  • Replace or repair dashboard

Fuel Tracking

  • Mobile phone app
  • Fuel & fluid tracking
  • For fuel truck drivers, foremen, lowboy drivers, etc.
  • Transactions to/from trucks/tanks
  • Third-party fuel card interfaces
  • Fuel charged to equipment/jobs
  • Fuel analysis report


  • Mixed fleet data in one location
  • HCSS GPS hardware
  • OEM GPS data integration
  • Aggregated HCSS + OEM GPS data
  • Interface to other HCSS Software
  • Location, meter, idle time, fuel level, fault codes
  • Stolen equipment alerts
  • Geofence entry/exit logs
  • Mobile geofence reporting
  • Cycle time reporting
  • Equipment utilization reporting
  • Customized alerts:Speeding, hard braking, etc.
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  • Automation of truck tickets
  • Simple & accurate verification of loads
  • Quantity capture
  • Fewer payment conflicts & discrepancies
  • Possible elimination of ticket takers
  • Unattended site logging
  • Internal & external trucks
  • Integration with HeavyJob
  • Broker portal with real-time reporting
  • More (2018)

HCSS eLogs

  • Driver Hours of Service (HOS) logs
  • Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs)
  • ELD mandate compliance
  • IFTA reporting
  • Driver & vehicle history
  • Pre- and post-trip inspections
  • Same hardware as HCSS GPS
  • Nearly all state DOTs
  • Download of bid items
  • Download of average bid prices
  • Upload of bid prices
  • Some cities & counties
  • Private services such as Amtek
  • Spreadsheets
  • Budget export from HeavyBid
  • Pay item export from HeavyBid
  • Vendors & subs from HeavyBid
  • Labor & equipment hours from HeavyJob
  • Quantities from HeavyJob
  • Jobs, equipment, employees, & cost codes to HeavyJob

Used to Bid Work for Some of the Top Construction Companies

Our software is scalable to fit your company’s needs. Whether your projects are worth $10,000 or $1 billion, HeavyBid helps streamline your entire estimating process, so you can get accurate bids out the door quickly and keep your guys working – regardless of your company’s size.
HCSS Customer - Granite
HCSS Customer - Skanska
HeavyJob Customer - Fluor
HCSS Customer - Lane
Heavybid Customer - Oldcastle
HeavyBid Customer - Walsh Construction
HCSS Customer - Walbec Group
HCSS Customer - Allan Myers
HCSS Customer - Knife River Corporation
HeavyJob Customer - Colas Construction
HeavyJob Customer - Middlesex

Companies of All Sizes Trust HCSS

HeavyBid fits a wide range of company sizes and is designed to grow with your business.
We’re used by more than 50,000 estimators across 4,000 companies, including 48 of the ENR Top 50 Heavy Civil Contractors.

Projects Won with HeavyBid

HeavyBid is designed to bid work across all civil industries including earthwork, underground, highway, pipeline, mining, plants, and other heavy construction.

Case Studies

Watch videos or read articles about how HeavyBid has impacted companies nationwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some key questions you may have regarding HeavyBid or HCSS.

HeavyBid is HCSS’s estimating and bidding software and a 10-time winner of Roads and Bridges Gold Medal for Estimating Software. It is particularly suitable for Heavy, Civil, and Utility projects including highways, dams, bridges, tunnels, utilities, pipelines, water treatment plants, etc. Most customers use crews with production rates to make their estimates and use a significant amount of equipment. HeavyBid handles both lump sum and unit-price bids and is extremely efficient for Department of Transportation work.

Probably. HeavyBid exports budgets to most accounting systems without any customized work and for no additional cost. The most common interfaces are with ViewPoint, Dexter & Chaney, Sage Timberline, Quickbooks, and Foundation. JD Edwards usually requires some custom work.

HeavyBid offers Network, HCSS Cloud-hosted, Enterprise, and Standalone options.

With our Network option, your company can host HeavyBid licenses and data on your own server or cloud, allowing for multiple users in the system with access to the same data at one time. The HCSS Cloud allows for the same access and usability, but with HCSS handling the IT side of your software by hosting your data and licenses. Large companies may want our Enterprise option, which allows multiple divisions of the company to share software licenses while maintaining completely separate data sets. And small companies that want to use one licenses for one or several users will benefit from the Standalone option, where data is stored only on your device and accessible via your unique credentials.

HeavyBid has three different versions—Basic, Advanced, and Comprehensive—to match your company’s size and the complexity of your bidding requirements.

HeavyBid Basic is a full-featured estimating system designed for companies with annual revenue of $10 million or less. Our basic version provides all the features you need to help standardize your estimating and increase bid output.

HeavyBid Advanced includes plus advanced functionality for companies with an annual revenue of $10-$100 million. The Advanced version includes the ability to subdivide bid items into individual pieces for more accurate pricing, and it allows the estimator to analyze costs differences between subcontracted and self-performed work.

HeavyBid Advanced’s complex work breakdown structure and management of indirect costs allows you to get the most accurate and advantageous quote possible to get your job’s started on the right foot. HeavyBid Advanced also includes bi-directional integration with your company’s scheduling software, including Primavera P3 and P6 and Microsoft Project.

Created for companies with an annual revenue of $100 million or more, HeavyBid Comprehensive is our complete estimating solution for organizations with complex bids such as joint ventures or design-build projects. Companies that deal with union labor work may also need the comprehensive version.

HeavyBid Comprehensive features an audit trail function and complex markup capabilities, including enhanced cost distribution. The comprehensive version also allows you to set user administration rights to enhance network security for your estimating system.

HeavyBid licenses are designed to be used mainly by your company’s estimators. However, owners, executives, and project managers may also access HeavyBid at times. HCSS suggests purchasing one license for each user who needs to access the system at the same time. A typical purchase for HeavyBid Basic or Advanced might be one license for every three users.

HeavyBid Comprehensive users, however, may consider purchasing a license for every user, or one to share between two users. HeavyBid licenses are shared and can be used concurrently. The number of licenses purchased represents the maximum number of people that can be in the system at the same time.

Except for very large companies with many locations, most HeavyBid Implementations occur at your office with 2-4 days of consulting/training from one of our experienced estimators. These are professional estimators who are capable of understanding how you presently estimate and how HeavyBid can be used to significantly improve your estimating productivity. to significantly improve your estimating productivity.

HeavyBid goes beyond estimating by interfacing with other HCSS software, including HeavyJob, HCSS Dispatcher, and HCSS Safety.

Your estimator can send all of your estimated activities, material, and labor to HeavyJob so that your project manager can easily track production and time against the budget. HeavyBid can receive actual production and cost data from HeavyJob to improve the accuracy of future estimates.

HeavyBid also allows the estimator to submit project schedules and crew and equipment needs requests directly to HCSS Dispatcher, making resource scheduling easier and alerting your dispatcher to future scheduling needs.

Your estimator can tie safety documents such as meetings, inspections, and job hazard analyses directly to your activity codebooks to take into account any extra time or money that needs to be added to the bid. Those documents will also go directly to the corresponding cost codes in HeavyJob so that your field workers are aware of any special precautions that must be taken once they’re on the job.