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Likelihood to Recommend

Aconex

[It is] well suited to large scale complex construction projects with many participants. Aconex requires patience and training and, although it's good, it could be better. Short duration, small projects probably aren't a good fit.
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AutoCAD 360

If you work at an architectural firm, engineering firm, contractor, or building materials manufacturer who is not fully BIM integrated or in transition towards more BIM modeling, AutoCAD is an ideal program. Additionally, if you have prior experience or familiarize yourself with the program - AutoCAD interfaces nicely with Adobe Illustrator making it quite useful to easily manipulate or create linework and copy/paste it into Illustrator for lineweights etc.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
AutoCAD 360
7.0
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
8.7
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
6.8
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
5.6
Photo documentation
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
6.3
Jobsite reports
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
4.7
Document sharing
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
8.5
RFI tools
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
7.1
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
6.5
As-built drawings
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
7.6
Mobile app
Aconex
AutoCAD 360
8.5

Pros

  • File Sharing - unlimited storage, version control and access control on a neutral host - Aconex is significantly superior to ftp, SharePoint or a contractor hosted platform in that once onboarded, each user organization has equal privileges and can in turn onboard any number of members within the respective organizations.
  • Process and Workflow Management - while imperfect, Aconex offers the opportunity to customize process control and enforcement. Our team used these processes for RFI preparation and response, submittal tracking and other custom requirements.
  • Neutrality - while mentioned, the neutral host places all project participants on a equal basis. Typically, non-neutral platforms favor in-house participants to the detriment of the project. Until shared, files are 100% private to the respective organizations.
  • Mobile interface - good (not perfect) access to unlimited project file information from a mobile device.
  • Audit trail - no more "I didn't get that document". File sharing and file opening is tracked by user. Transmittals are a matter of record and there's no 'delete' function.
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  • When working with files, implemented shortcuts greatly improve engineering efficiency.
  • Processing Speed - Historically AutoCAD hasn't been processing models as quickly but in recent years you can see a dramatic improvement.
  • Interfacing with Mobile Devices - Great mobile application which makes 3D drawings available to contractors. 2D doesn't tell the full story as would a sophisticated model.
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Cons

  • Interface needs work; graphically inelegant, somewhat non-intuitive.
  • Process controls could be better 'templated' for industry standards.
  • Dashboard/to do for project managers - it's still too hard to see who is slowing the project down.
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  • The autoCAD commands are different on the iPad.
  • The price is high.
  • Does not sync to Windows folders.
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This is so useful so we would like to keep renewing as Autocad 360 does. In fact we are very optimistic about the tools that come in every renewal because we will then have even more features available.
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Alternatives Considered

I am currently using file sharing such as Egnyte and ShareFile which are useful but don't have much of a transmittal or inmail functionality so I can't really speak to other products in the same league as Aconex. I don't typically like proprietary contractor solutions due to their non-neutrality and embedded agendas, which often are not consistent with the owner's interests.
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As far as I know, Solidworks doesn't really have any sort of software like this, and that is pretty much the other industry standard I like to use a lot. So there really isn't any other competition out there competing with AutoCAD 360 which is kind of unfortunate as having similar software for other programs would make life so much simpler
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Return on Investment

  • Reductions in print costs alone (subcontractor bid process) paid completely for the use of the product. Further benefits to all project participants included process streamlining and 100% access to all project documentation (Drawings, Specifications, Contracts, Notices of Change, Change Orders etc.) from any online source including mobile devices. Benefits probably accounted for 150% of product cost.
  • Intangible benefits included reduced exposure to claims as a result of good (and agreed process tracking).
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  • AutoCAD 360 has saved a tremendous amount of time in file sharing and reviewing files. I know I'm getting repetitive, but having such a small convenience like this honestly saves so much time, and makes life so much easier.
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Pricing Details

Aconex

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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AutoCAD 360

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details