What users are saying about

Aconex

6 Ratings

SafetyNet

1 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

SafetyNet

1 Ratings
Score 7 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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SafetyNet

SafeyNet is well suited for tracking safety on construction projects. It is intuitive to use and can compile reports on users and reports, as well as, subcontractors. The reports are helpful for deciding if any risks are posed on a future project with certain contractors. Overall, I would recommend using SafetNet for tracking safety on construction projects.
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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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  • The interface is easy to use on a phone or iPad.
  • Can be done in real time when on site.
  • The construction tasks to report on are organized and comprehensive.
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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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  • Maybe an automated safety report can be implemented based on pictures and videos of construction.
  • The interface could use shortcuts to tasks that are being tracked more often.
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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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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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  • Compiled reports showed which jobs were participating in safety reports more actively than others.
  • Information can be analyzed for future project consideration.
  • Promotes a safe job site when actively done.
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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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SafetyNet

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