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Aconex

6 Ratings

Bluebeam Revu

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132 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

Bluebeam Revu

Top Rated
132 Ratings
Score 9.2 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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Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam works perfect in the field for review of drawings, RFIs and multiple other construction documents. Without Bluebeam's scaling abilities we may have to wait weeks if not months for simple dimensions to be confirmed or responded to. I have not encountered a situation where Bluebeam is not appropriate.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
8.3
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
9.3
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
9.5
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
8.1
Photo documentation
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
7.6
Jobsite reports
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
7.3
Document sharing
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
8.8
RFI tools
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
8.3
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
8.5
As-built drawings
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
9.1
Mobile app
Aconex
Bluebeam Revu
7.0

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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  • A host of batch processes offer a huge time savings over the manual alternatives
  • Powerful cloud-based collaboration via Bluebeam Studio
  • Easy and intuitive markup tools
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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 interface is overwhelming.
  • Bluebeam Studio sometimes runs slow.
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Usability

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Bluebeam Revu8.0
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I'm constantly finding that Bluebeam Revu does more than I knew it could. And when I find something that it can't do, I've found that Bluebeam truly listens to its user base and will work to incorporate any good suggestion when feasible.
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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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If Bluebeam can be compared to any other PDF editing software, the closest competitor would be Adobe Acrobat. Unfortunately, this really isn't a fair comparison because to tools available (and user interface) in Bluebeam FAR outweigh the ones available in Adobe Acrobat. This extra functionality in Bluebeam probably comes at an increase in software price... but I assure you that if you are doing anything more than simply opening and viewing PDFs, the extra cost of Bluebeam is well worth it.
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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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  • Bluebeam saves time on plan distributions and updating, freeing management time for more attention to managing the project.
  • Bluebeam saves us money as it can do the jobs that normally would require multiple programs to complete the various tasks.
  • Bluebeam allows for better coordination between individuals in the office unifying our company.
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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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Bluebeam Revu

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