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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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CoConstruct

CoConstruct allows users to work with ease regarding project estimates, specifications, selections, bids, change orders, budgets, etc. with no double entry. A subscription includes the fully integrated financial system for streamlining scheduling, communication, client and subcontractor portals, files, photos, to-dos, time clock, job log, warranty, and more. The construction industry requires detailed attention to both the office and job-site. Users can easily schedule, organize and maintain information throughout the construction process. Subcontractors may require some training or orientation if they are not familiar with the software.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
CoConstruct
9.5
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
CoConstruct
9.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
Photo documentation
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
Jobsite reports
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
Document sharing
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
RFI tools
Aconex
CoConstruct
9.0
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
As-built drawings
Aconex
CoConstruct
8.0
Mobile app
Aconex
CoConstruct
9.0
Submittal design and management
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0

Estimating

Aconex
CoConstruct
9.4
Takeoff tools
Aconex
CoConstruct
8.0
Job costing
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
Cost databases
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
Cost calculator
Aconex
CoConstruct
10.0
Bid creation
Aconex
CoConstruct
9.0

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 BEST customer service.
  • Master for communication and organization, i.e. schedules, timelines, pictures, plans, you name it.
  • Assists with transparency for the owner, it's easy to understand as well.
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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 mobile app could use some further development.
  • Flexible software, therefore it requires time to set up the project how you desire.
  • The integration with Quickbooks is limited.
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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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CoConstruct is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once, and have that data flow directly from the estimate, specifications, selections, bids, change orders, budgets, and to and from QuickBooks with no double entry! It also has various other capabilities as well, such as scheduling, communication, portals, files, photos, to-dos, time clock, job log, warranty and more - making it a total stand out from the competition!
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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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  • Helps to keep the schedule on track.
  • Allows for ease of communication, eliminating open ends within the project team.
  • One time entry with information carrying though different aspects of the project, saving time and money!
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Pricing Details

Aconex

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

CoConstruct

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
CoConstruct pricing is based on active job sites that have client access online, which means it is adaptable to builders & remodelers businesses. This means that there are an unlimited amount of projects available for estimates and proposals, so that customers only pay when they win a contract. Also built into the pricing are a myriad of services: a dedicated implementation coach, free estimate & scheduling templates based on industry best practices from successful builders and the NAHB, unlimited storage and users, software branded with the customer's logo, unlimited amount of warranty projects, and unlimited phone & email support. The vendor offers a money-back guarantee that is good for the first 90 days of service.