Trimble AutoBid Mechanical

  • Overview
    • Trimble® AutoBid® Mechanical is the go-to estimating software, ideal for commercial mechanical, piping, and plumbing contractors. Providing you with on-screen takeoff and customized graphical tools, automatic fitting generation, prebuilt assemblies, multiple industry labor books and versatile reporting. You’ve never imagined a more efficient, accurate and easy to use estimating tool.

      As a piping and plumbing estimator, you know what a challenge it can be to deliver accurate estimates in a timely manner.

      The Trimble® AutoBid® Mechanical solution speeds up takeoff and bid prep time, driving productivity and efficiency. Generate precise results you can trust—and have the time to fine-tune your proposal. Reduce the chance of errors by taking advantage of automatic fitting generation or even adjust for elevation changes. 

      The easy-to-use features let you instantly make changes, correct errors, process addenda, and create change orders. Want to compare materials or produce value engineering scenarios?  The tool's advanced analysis software lets you substitute materials and specs to prepare what-if scenarios and value engineer the optimal solution for you and your client.

      Also, take advantage of Trimble AutoBid Mechanical's customized TakeOff tools, automatic price updates on more than 50,000 different items, patented on-the-fly fitting algorithm, and labor books containing MCAA and PHCC labor units—just a few of the many powerful features designed to help you develop competitive piping and plumbing bids.

      An estimate is only as good as the data in your estimating system, working with material pricing from Trade Service or other pricing services, Trimble AutoBid Mechanical ensures you have the most up to date pricing from today’s manufacturers—giving you confidence in your numbers.

      The power of a good estimate—and estimating system—goes beyond the proposal. That’s why Trimble AutoBid Mechanical software includes a powerful data export wizard and seamless integration with Trimble's 3D CAD software.


      Specification Driven

      Specifications are the heartbeat of AutoBid Mechanical. Items listed in the audit trail are generic in nature until the specification you’ve chosen is applied. This technique allows changes such as addendums or value engineering to be accomplished extremely fast! AutoBid Mechanical ships complete with the most commonly used specifications.

      Automatic On-the-Fly Fitting Generation

      As you take off a pipe using On-Screen View, AutoBid® Mechanical automatically inserts the correct fittings and hangers per your specifications - no wrong fittings, no omissions, no mistakes.

      On-Screen View (OSV) Takeoff

      Harness all the power of On-Screen View. Import electronic drawings directly into AutoBid Mechanical to display them on-screen to perform takeoff, while creating an audit trail of connected items. The electronic workflow emulates marking up your paper drawings with highlighter and pen. No more bulky paper drawings or digitizer tables needed!

      Short Interval Planning (SIP)

      Labor is the largest risk on the project. The Short Interval Planning feature helps you control that risk. Box in an area on the On-Screen View to produce a listing of the associated material and labor hours. This popular feature will allow you to very quickly produce daily work packages with all the associated costs. Your project manager will love this feature!

      Rapid Reports

      The innovative Rapid Reports pivot table allows you to view your estimate by more than 10 categories, allowing for up to 1,320 different data combinations. You can export from AutoBid to third party software via Microsoft® Excel®.

      Value Engineering

      Do you have the need to offer alternate installations to save your client project costs? AutoBid's Value Engineering allows you to do just that! Quickly compare different installation costs by changing specifications to analyze the savings. This popular feature could be yet another tool in your tool chest to gain you a competitive advantage. Without a competitive advantage, you end up just another bidder.


  • Technical Specifications
    • Workstation


      2.8 GHZ Intel compatible processor
      4 GB RAM or greater
      20 GB free disk space
      DVD-RW drive

      Operating System*

      Windows® 8.1 Professional
      Windows® 8 Professional
      Windows® 7 Professional


      Microsoft® Excel® Professional 2007 or newer
      Trimble® Quick Link (included with the AutoBid software)

      Monitor †

      1280 X 1024 resolution
      Windows Custom DPI Setting of 96 pixels (Windows default)


      Smart Menu™ by GTCO (optional)



      2.6 GHZ Intel compatible processor
      8 GB RAM or greater
      20 GB free disk space
      DVD-ROM drive

      Operating Systems*

      Windows Server 2012 R2
      Windows Server 2012
      Windows Server 2008 R2 (Service Pack 2)


      Wide Area Network

      1.5 Mbps or higher
      3.0 Mbps or higher when using VoIP§

      * AutoBid runs on 64-bit systems, but does not provide native 64-bit support.

      † Non Standard resolutions (for example, some laptops) are not supported.

      § At least 50% of bandwidth must be dedicated to data.

      Hardware is constantly changing and improving, causing older technology to become obsolete. An investment in newer, more efficient technology will yield improved performance results.

      If your system does not meet the recommended specifications, you may experience considerably slower processing when working in the application.

      Systems that exceed the recommended specifications will provide better handling of database files and faster processing time, thereby increasing your productivity.

      For additional information, contact Trimble MEP Technical Support at (800)234-3758.

      Click Here to Download a PDF copy of the Trimble AutoBid Mechanical System Specifications.