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Aconex

6 Ratings

PlanGrid

Top Rated
108 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

PlanGrid

Top Rated
108 Ratings
Score 8.5 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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PlanGrid

Plangrid is great for the field. It works well on iPads and the like and is fantastic to have while walking a job site, running crews, or coordinating trades. Having all project documents at the ready while walking with designers, owners, inspectors, etc. saves significant and prevents costly errors in construction. Plangrid really excels in the field. It is not particularly well suited to estimating, take offs, complex drawing notations, etc.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
PlanGrid
8.0
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
PlanGrid
8.5
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
PlanGrid
8.1
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
PlanGrid
8.5
Photo documentation
Aconex
PlanGrid
8.4
Jobsite reports
Aconex
PlanGrid
7.2
Document sharing
Aconex
PlanGrid
8.0
RFI tools
Aconex
PlanGrid
7.6
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
PlanGrid
7.3
As-built drawings
Aconex
PlanGrid
7.7
Mobile app
Aconex
PlanGrid
8.4

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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  • PlanGrid gives us the ability to maintain the most current set of drawings for a project. When plans change the user still has the ability to review the old version to determine where and why something has changed.
  • PlanGrid lets the user include PDF documents for the project without using up the number of sheets in the subsctiption. This allows us to provide the field staff with specifications, addendum write-ups, and other internal documents our company uses to make sure things are done correctly the first time.
  • PlanGrid allows our users in the field to submit RFI's, document issues, scale drawings, and provide daily markups of the work completed. This keeps our office staff informed of what is going on in the field and make adjustments to increase productivity and profitability.
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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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  • PlanGrid lacks in the scaling/measuring of plans. We would like to see an improvement in setting up the scale for a sheet and make it easier to measure in ways other than a straight line.
  • I would like to see PlanGrids sheet recognition improve when uploading plan sheets. Sometimes it picks up the plan number and title, but not consistently.
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Usability

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PlanGrid8.2
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Very well thought app, easy to use and provides fast access to the project's plans (your own and your team's), improvements in the annotation posibilities and on-site report generator will be appreciatted. The punch-list report generator and the current/previous plan version compare tools works flawlessly. Haven't used the RFI's nor field report options yet
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Support

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PlanGrid8.7
Based on 37 answers
We have not had many issues with the online or mobile app versions of PlanGrid, but when we have had to make a call for help we have never been let down. The customer service staff at PlanGrid is always pleasant, helpful, and informative. They have even shown us better ways to use certain functions of the app to make it more user friendly
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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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Haven't actually used anything else like PlanGrid. I studied Procore but have never gotten a chance to use it in practice.
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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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  • I always consider Plangrid a good investment. I'm sure there are other products out there, but nothing that's free so I don't mind paying for PlanGrid at all. I feel its easily justifiable to a client in terms of cost vs. value.
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Pricing Details

Aconex

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Aconex Editions & Modules
Aconex
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PlanGrid

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
PlanGrid Editions & Modules
PlanGrid
Edition
Nailgun
$391
Dozer
$591
Crane
$1191
1. user per month
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