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Likelihood to Recommend

ProjectWise

If you need something more than just a file server, my advice: try it, if you like it use it, if you find it is slowing you down try ANY of the many other products out there.

It is capable, it is highly developed, it is better than a file server, but it is not streamlined and is in need of a major overhaul for an acceptable 21st century user experience. I personally have threatened to quit my job if we changed from our current document management system to ProjectWise, this is not because ProjectWise is not a good product, it is because I just want to be able to do my job without wasting time fighting the system.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

ProjectWise
7.4
iTWO costX
Plan distribution & viewing
ProjectWise
8.0
iTWO costX
Plan markups & sharing
ProjectWise
8.0
iTWO costX
Issue tracking & punchlists
ProjectWise
7.0
iTWO costX
Photo documentation
ProjectWise
7.0
iTWO costX
Jobsite reports
ProjectWise
7.0
iTWO costX
Document sharing
ProjectWise
5.2
iTWO costX
RFI tools
ProjectWise
9.0
iTWO costX
Collaboration & approvals
ProjectWise
8.0
iTWO costX
As-built drawings
ProjectWise
7.0
iTWO costX
Submittal design and management
ProjectWise
8.0
iTWO costX

Estimating

ProjectWise
7.6
iTWO costX
Takeoff tools
ProjectWise
8.0
iTWO costX
Job costing
ProjectWise
7.0
iTWO costX
Cost databases
ProjectWise
8.0
iTWO costX
Cost calculator
ProjectWise
7.0
iTWO costX
Bid creation
ProjectWise
8.0
iTWO costX

Pros

ProjectWise

  • Enables file sharing
  • Version control of design documents
  • Collaboration between teams around thew globe
Arun Antony | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • Allows multiple users to work on the same estimate at once. This is huge!! Not only can we team up on a project that has a quick deadline but we can also simultaneously collaborate on database updates.
  • Performs your takeoff on CAD drawings or vector PDFs. Your typical takeoff software does takeoff on an unintelligent PDF. I say unintelligent because the process you go through is simply to trace the boundaries of your shape. This is time-consuming and can lead to mistakes. With CostX your cursor will stick to the line lines and takeoff the exact measurement. This has cut our takeoff time by 75%. The best part is that this is done in the same software as your estimating software. There are a few software's that have takeoff and estimating in one but CostX is the only one the provides CAD smart takeoff.
  • CostX is a lot like Excel. You have the flexibility to set up your workbooks the way your project team thinks. For example, ours is set up to evaluate labor in two ways; productivity (man-hours per widget) or crew hours (3 guys for two days for a given activity).
  • Reports are very flexible and the report writers is much easier than Crystal reports.
  • If you subscribe to the full version of CostX this provides the most powerful feature of them all......Auto-Revisioning. This function will compare two sets of drawings, identify the changes on a color coded drawing, ask for you to approve the changes and then update your estimate and takeoff. You can even use this to produce custom print outs for RFI's show your design team what changed.
  • Your estimating workbooks are live-linked to your takeoff. As you make adjustments to your takeoff your estimate updates accordingly. The workbook has color coded text to hep your team understand whats behind your estimate; Black = manually input, Blue = rates linked to database, and Green = quantity linked to take-off.
  • Full integrated subcontractor comparison. We use to do this in excel to compare multiple bidders across every division.
  • This is also color coded for a streamlined review process; green = quote, blue = estimate, purple = plug, and orange = other.
  • Built in error checking notifies you if you forgot to normalize an item on your subcontractor comparison.
  • In the near future the software will be available online allowing you to use remotely.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ProjectWise

  • It's worse than a virus, it WILL get into every part of your system, with the only way to get rid of it is to do a full system format.
  • Integration is dependent on if Bentley wishes to support your software.
  • DMS system, it just makes it incompatible with native programs unless you have integration, which is at Bentley's discretion for support, exporting to your system is a work around, though this takes significant time to export and to re-teach PW linked file locations when you reimport it.
  • Clunky user interface, if you want to work on more than 1 file at a time expect to be at least 50-80% slower.
  • a Labyrinth of forms that are prone to user error.
  • Interface straight out of Windows 2000, and that's generous.
  • Inability to delete or even "Recycle bin" files, this is more an admin issue but most PW instance lock out deleting files, which makes it impractical for general use.
  • Encourages unnecessary and convoluted workflows, This comes down to the Pro of "The backend is customisable," it may be customisable but this encourages system admins to write convoluted and time consuming workflows just because they can.
  • Seems to require an IT team to manage it - this probably relates to the highly customisable component.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • Display your cost element summary(labor, material, sub, equipment, other) before you get to reporting.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ProjectWise

Bentley ProjectWise from a user perspective just does not stack up to even something as simple as Dropbox. ProjectWise is powerful, it is capable, it has a ton of features. The best implementation I have seen from Projectwise is where the admins unlocked everything and let the users do as they please defeating everything it stood for and using it as a big Dropbox account, though even then the user interface couldn't be improved still causing significant workflow delays. I would reluctantly leave a good company if they implement ProjectWise, I respect that it's powerful for system admins but it sucks for users. This means 2-10% of what it is used for is well designed while the other 98-90% of its functions are just bogged down by a lack of development in its user interface and I say this as someone who has periodically used it over the last 10 years and seen no effective improvement in usability. Bentley ProjectWise was one of the first I believe to do this type of system, but as is common with being the first is you don't keep up with the times and bring a lot of baggage with you.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ProjectWise

  • Positive ROI because of this best in market document sharing tool
  • All design teams in my organisation use this
  • Recommended by most of our project coordinators
Arun Antony | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • The software is a better value compared to Timberline & On-Screen Take-off combined. We are calculating a 6 year ROI.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ProjectWise

General

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

iTWO costX

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ProjectWise
1.4
iTWO costX
10.0

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