ConEst Software Systems

IntelliBid

4.5 / 5 18 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Electrical Industry, Estimation Software Buyers, Construction Business Growth Drivers, Professional Estimating Tool Professionals, Electrical and Data Contractors, Users of Symbol Recognition Software


Average Ratings

18 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • ConEst Software Systems
  • www.conest.com
  • Founded 1989
  • United States

About IntelliBid

IntelliBid is electrical estimating software designed to help contractors produce estimates faster with the detail and accuracy you need to meet the demands of price breakouts, alternate prices and accountability to project management. This estimating software is available in four editions: Lite, Plus, Pro and Design Build.


IntelliBid Features

  • Accounting Integration
  • Audit Trail
  • Customizable Templates
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • What-if Analysis
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Commercial / Industrial
  • Contract Management
  • Customer Database
  • Electronic Signature
  • Mobile Access
  • Quotes / Estimates
  • Scheduling
  • Time Tracking
  • Work Order Management

IntelliBid Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Quality for all size projects

Jan 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Started using ConEst directly from ESTMAT 2000. Since I developed a database for Est2000 it was very easy for me to make the transition to ConEst. Great experience especially for all size projects.

Pros: The flexibility to create assemblies catered to the way I estimate is the best feature for my method developed over the last 50+ years. Adding items to the database is a feature I appreciate and it appears there might be an unlimited amount of data that could be added.

Cons: I am a little piqued about the support charges also. Maybe there could be an adjustment since it appears several users are upset about the charges where it seems to be more economical to purchase the system again instead of paying for the support over several years time. However, due to the intricacies of the system the, maybe once the user gets it setup to suit their requirements there would be no need to update unless there is a failure in the operating system.

Recommendations to other buyers: Start with the best you can afford or build the components as required. The basic system works for me for all size projects 16mil is the largest this one guy has put thru ConEst. Very pleased.

GREEDY!

Nov 02, 2016
1/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This company is the poster child of the lackluster customer service that exists with many software companies that exploit a revenue with perpetuity business model. They want to sell you the software to install locally on your computer, then they want to sell you a subscription based "support and upgrades" package for each 12 month period following. If you let the subscription lapse and then intend to renew, they will not adjust the end date on the support... instead they expect you to pay full price for less than a year's worth of support. Nevermind the fact that you received absolutely no benefits during the lapsed period, they will constantly remind you that their software team didn't stop working during that lapse period, as well as how unfair any concessions might be to other customers that pay the same price with no lapsed periods. They clearly don't understand the notion of overhead or their own ability to build in average lapsed periods into their support pricing. They are greedy, greedy people, whose only goal is to sell you on the software upfront. Once you are a customer, you can forget about ever being treated with value and respect again.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't purchase.

One of the top 3 programs in the Country

Jul 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Overall my choice as the best program available.

Pros: The auto labor feature taking into consideration many aspects of the installation...

Cons: The amount of yearly fees are an issue. Trying to get Support on weekends is tough and we work a lot of weekends.

Very satisfied with the program

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Up to date program and easy to navigate after a few lessons. Makes the quoting easier and more professional

Cons: Adding additional licences is expensive , would like to have the ability to have the database shared remotely

Has good and bad points

Dec 22, 2014
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: It has additional software you can add for many functions. Customer service has always been quick and knowledgeable.

Cons: You must keep an annual contract or they will not support your software. If you cancel and do not take support and want to join and upgrade the software, they make you buy every year you did not pay for the support. I did not understand this at all when I purchased the software. For the costs for three licenses, it's just not worth the price. You also do not get very accurate pricing. Some items are extremely high and others low. If you want this software assemblies to be material that most contractors use, you have to completely rebuild every assembly in the software. I have not found one single assembly that you can purchase the material straight from the list of parts it puts in for estimating.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at the starting price, and ask about updates and annual fees. This has a large learning curve for all the functions. We have went back to only using the software for quick estimates and generating material list. We no longer are using the many functions, because they are just too time consuming and the material costs and labor times are not accurate enough for us to use.

Very Good Tech Support to work with

Apr 16, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The tech support is among the best of all the different technology companies I work with.

Cons: I'm the IT Guy who supports the product, so I have very little experience with the actual utilization of the product and no real comment.

Recommendations to other buyers: Call their support team - they are very easy to work with and pleasant.

Great software, easy to learn.

Dec 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Overall, very positive experience.

Pros: Very intuitive. I had no previous estimating experience with software like this and while the learning curve has been steep, it has gone very smoothly. From first trial runs with the software to submitting complete bids within just a few short weeks.

Cons: Expensive. Could include more than just a few hours of training when paying this much for software. Only 4 hours of training included with the main software program.

Jul 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: N/A

Pros: The use of the product. The use of the product is pretty self explanatory. It is a good product to have.

Cons: Sometimes get stuck on certain pages. The employess within the office sem to like the product. We have been using it for quite some time.

Sep 05, 2012
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used ConEst IntelliBid for over sixteen years and continue to be amazed of the constant upgrades that keep this software at the top. From its smart substitution to the link with SureCount onscreen take off, this company continues to provide great innovation and support. The program has the flexibility for a small contractors to perform simple estimates for small projects, but the power for large contractors to perform detailed large estimates requiring labor adjustments based on schedule, building height, or other logistics. No matter how difficult the assembly, you can create it in Intellibid. Online and live training classes are available and will get you up and running.

Electrical Estimating Software

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The software works very well and has the Industrial data base I was looking for!

Pros: The commercial data base i'm used to from other software witht he addition of the industrial components.

Cons: I will have a small learning curve with the new software.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get it a try. Awesome product.

ConEst IntelliBid

Nov 02, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Been using the software for 10 years now, and couldn't be happier.

Pros: Easy to use for all types of projects and items can be modified very easy to fit the application.

Cons: SureCount could be changed

Jan 16, 2013
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: There is so much I can say about ConEst IntelliBid and so much more to learn. I find that it saves time and money. Like most, in the beginning it was just paper and pencil, but now just a click and it's done. I have worked in the field for twenty plus years and knew nothing about computers. I have had one tranning class on the progam, and I learn new things all the time. I have yet to land a project, but I feel that I'm not far off. Again, I could say more, but work must be done and I believe it is a good program.

Sep 15, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: ConEst is as close to my way of estimating as I could find, with much more information. I have been estimating for myself and others for over 32 years, and just purchased ConEst this year. The first test run compared my old spread sheet to ConEst's, and the amount of information was less than a 2% difference. I can't say enough about these guys, from purchase to support.

Excellent Software

Oct 07, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
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Pros: The program is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. ConEst has an exceptional customer service program.

Cons: It took a while to figure out how to add an item to the library.

Recommendations to other buyers: There are so many layers to this program; make sure they are all explored.

Great Product

Sep 11, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: This product was easy to learn, and the vendor offered plenty of support.

Cons: I can't find anything at this time that I don't like.

Recommendations to other buyers: Great software. I don't have any recommendations at this time.

Overall a great product.

Oct 14, 2014
5/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The vendor is very helpful, and the product is intuitive.

Cons: No complaints. Both ConEst and Software Advice were very helpful.

Recommendations to other buyers: Check them all out.

Fantastic

Jun 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: They are always reminding me that I have training hours. I can't find the time to sit down and take the training, but I will soon

Great product for my work

Nov 02, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I really like this product, really comes handy when working on my projects. Really like the auto labor factoring feature.

Pros: Easy to use