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Aconex

6 Ratings

On-Screen Takeoff

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24 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

On-Screen Takeoff

Top Rated
24 Ratings
Score 8.9 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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On-Screen Takeoff

I think most of the reasoning was just provided on the previous pros and cons questions. On-Screen Takeoff (OST) is well suited for doing either quick takeoffs or getting into an elaborate, detailed takeoff. All though the viewing tools are quick and easy, I would still very much prefer using BlueBeam for looking through an overall set of drawings. With all of the hyperlink and bookmark functions of BlueBeam, OST doesn't compare and I rarely use OST unless I'm actually doing a takeoff.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Photo documentation
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Jobsite reports
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Document sharing
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
RFI tools
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
As-built drawings
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
9.0
Mobile app
Aconex
On-Screen Takeoff
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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  • Very easy to create conditions and to access that condition again and again throughout your project.
  • Navigating the drawings and controls are very easy to use.
  • Copying and pasting of takeoffs is very easy and a function that I use very frequently.
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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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  • Flexibility
  • Price
  • Customer Service
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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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I haven't used any other products other than conventional scaled rulers.
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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 saves a lot of time especially when you need to revisit or redo a take-off.
  • It's faster to upload & perform a take-off in On-Screen versus doing take-offs by hand.
  • Although there is still room for error, there is less error in On-Screen since you set the scale of each sheet and it auto calculates your take-offs as you move along.
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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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On-Screen Takeoff

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