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Aconex

6 Ratings

BuilderTrend

3 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

BuilderTrend

3 Ratings
Score 9.9 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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BuilderTrend

I believe for anyone with residential remodeling or new home construction projects, BuilderTrend is the best software application I've found that keeps customers and subcontractors informed and keeps almost all of your project information organized in one location
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
BuilderTrend
9.0
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
BuilderTrend
10.0
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
BuilderTrend
9.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
BuilderTrend
7.5
Photo documentation
Aconex
BuilderTrend
10.0
Jobsite reports
Aconex
BuilderTrend
9.0
Document sharing
Aconex
BuilderTrend
9.0
RFI tools
Aconex
BuilderTrend
10.0
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
BuilderTrend
8.0
As-built drawings
Aconex
BuilderTrend
8.0
Mobile app
Aconex
BuilderTrend
8.0
Submittal design and management
Aconex
BuilderTrend
10.0

Estimating

Aconex
BuilderTrend
6.8
Takeoff tools
Aconex
BuilderTrend
10.0
Job costing
Aconex
BuilderTrend
6.0
Cost databases
Aconex
BuilderTrend
6.0
Cost calculator
Aconex
BuilderTrend
6.0
Bid creation
Aconex
BuilderTrend
6.0

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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  • The subcontractor PO management area makes managing the scope of work and payments for each subcontractor extremely easy and is well organized.
  • The material selections section also greatly simplifies and organizes a somewhat challenging aspect of remodeling.
  • The ability for customers to view the total project cost and make payments online is a major time saver and improves our cashflow.
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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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  • I think that the CRM component could use some development.
  • I think that tracking "tasks" or "to do's" could use some development.
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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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BuilderTrend allows me to see a full view of all my jobs in one place. I picked it for this reason. I wanted a solution that subcontractors would be able to use without having to do anything except open their email to get the information they needed to get the job done on time. I've made it so simple that everyone I work with wants to use BuilderTrend. In fact, most of the subcontractors I work with have implemented BuilderTrend because they saw how easy my day to day operations are.
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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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  • It's been well worth the money and probably saves me at least one full-time person in the office every year.
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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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BuilderTrend

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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