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Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

CMiC Project Management

7 Ratings
Score 6.1 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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CMiC Project Management

I came from using Prolog and this software is so much better. The tabs are similar to any Microsoft program so it's user friendly. I cannot ever imagine going back to Prolog. It's sort of like a cassette tape vs. CD. The only thing I can think of where it's not as user friendly is its Daily Reports. We have superintendents that like to talk into a program and have it integrated. With CMIC PM you have to have another program like NoteVault or Hammertech that will load it into CMIC PM.
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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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  • It does contracts really well. You upload your templates once and then you fill in the information that is job specific.
  • The change order process is easy with CMIC PM. We keep track in the PCI (potential change item) module. You can assign it any letter/number combo.
  • You can add attachments to the PCI, so you can keep all your documentation in CMIC PM.
  • We also use it for managing our drawing list. It has a great feature to update drawings where you just click a box next to the ones you want to mark as revised.
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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 cumbersome and not intuitive to new users.
  • Reasons for contracts or reports not compiling can be ambiguous and difficult to rectify.
  • The ability to copy and paste text from Word documents can be improved to have better formatting and legibility.
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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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Timberline is the closest product used similar to CMiC. I believe CMiC is better than Timberline with regards to project interface and capabilities. However, there is still much room for improvement when customizing the product to suit the needs of your company or project. Overall, I would test other similar products before using CMiC again.
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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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  • Issuing contracts can be done efficiently and correctly, while being reviewed in a timely manner.
  • Interface can be improved for customer use.
  • Can slow down the contract process when performing new or infrequent tasks.
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Aconex

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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CMiC Project Management

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