What users are saying about

Aconex

6 Ratings

Bim360

16 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

Bim360

16 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

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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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Bim360

Good for
  • Viewing drawings and BIM models on the field across all shareholders
  • Systematic QA/QC and safety checklists
  • Auto-generating reports for better improvement
  • Reducing paperwork
It is not suitable for tender, though.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
Bim360
7.3
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
Bim360
6.7
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
Bim360
7.5
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
Bim360
8.7
Photo documentation
Aconex
Bim360
8.4
Jobsite reports
Aconex
Bim360
6.7
Document sharing
Aconex
Bim360
7.2
RFI tools
Aconex
Bim360
6.7
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
Bim360
6.7
As-built drawings
Aconex
Bim360
4.8
Mobile app
Aconex
Bim360
8.8
Submittal design and management
Aconex
Bim360
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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  • Well-integrated with BIM softwares from Autodesk, keeps the BIM workflow run well from design to construction on site
  • A lot of great features and functions as per each Bim360 software
  • Ability to customize for our own format on checklist, drawings, etc.
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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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  • Need more link-able options between all softwares in Bim360
  • Need to improve performance with huge data models on mobile devices
  • Need the ability to share licenses between all softwares in Bim360
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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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BIM360 compared to Prolog is comparing apples and oranges. We used these programs to do things the other could not. We used Prolog to handle bids, budget and change orders. While BIM360 we thought was not set up to easily do those options so we used BIM for drawings, communication with details and scheduling.BIM360 compared to Procore is no match. We use Procore for all documents and even though we do not use Procore for bids or budget. We do utilize it to organize COs, PCOs where bids are at in progression and comparing budget reports. Otherwise the two programs are very similar. Procore's interface has more going on and more options for submittals RFIs and drawings. Once understood how you want Procore to work on your job its a better program just more intense.
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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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  • Positively we use for all safety items, so its potential to save money is really something cannot be quantified. It has helped document trends, big items leading trends and odd ball cases which overall helps perfecting process to eliminate those trends and save time.
  • Negative impact is we need to pay for another program to handle budget, submittals and bidding so we are paying for two systems and paying for all employees to learn each system and possible make errors since there are differences in the systems.
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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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Bim360

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