Bentley ProjectWise vs. Newforma Project Center

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ProjectWise
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Bentley Systems offers ProjectWise, a construction management software for keeping construction project personnel and engineers up-to-date with most recent progress information, with daily logs and punchlists, risk item lifecycle management through identification, creation, tracking and resolution, RFI management, and document storage with automated sharing.N/A
Newforma Project Center
Score 7.1 out of 10
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Newforma Project Center is web-based construction project information management software for collaboration. Users can access a drag and drop interface, relate emails to documents, markup and review designs, track meeting minutes and action items, and search across projects. It has mobile accessibility.N/A
Pricing
Bentley ProjectWiseNewforma Project Center
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ProjectWiseNewforma Project Center
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Bentley ProjectWiseNewforma Project Center
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
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Ratings
Newforma Project Center
6.0
1 Ratings
19% below category average
Employment history00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Newforma Project Center
6.0
1 Ratings
21% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Newforma Project Center
7.5
1 Ratings
9% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Newforma Project Center
7.8
5 Ratings
3% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings6.03 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Newforma Project Center
8.0
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Job costing00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Bentley ProjectWiseNewforma Project Center
Likelihood to Recommend
6.3
(2 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bentley ProjectWiseNewforma Project Center
Likelihood to Recommend
Bentley Systems
ProjectWise is good for really large projects with many team members. I would not recommend it for small projects or those with a small team of people working on them. It is best for technical people and those who plan to use it daily. There are better FTP options out there if you just want to use them for file sharing.
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Newforma, Inc.
Newforma is a great tool to collaborate with large teams and between firms. It allows for great documentation of transfers, activities, and other procedural aspects of projects that require collaboration between disciplines, for example, MEP, electrical, architectural and technology. For internal use, Newforma has been great for communications tracking and archival, as well as for record-keeping of all the users in a team or number of teams. Many great options are features are unused due to a lack of training or exposure to them, for example, the graphical viewers that can preview CAD, Revit, and other formats, or the markup tool available with the desktop client.
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Pros
Bentley Systems
  • It works for collaboration
  • The backend is customisable to do work that other document management systems just cannot do.
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Newforma, Inc.
  • Newforma sits on top of our previous filing system (Windows Explorer). This was very important to us because we didn't have to change the project numbering system in order to fit Newforma's design. Also, if we were to decide we didn't like it, we could easily revert back to our previous methods.
  • Newforma does a great job of indexing information, making searches much easier by being able to use keywords instead of knowing the exact file location. No more traversing through countless folders before finding what you need.
  • Newforma keeps a read receipt for everything that you submit through it for issue tracking, and keeps an easy to read record of your workflow.
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Cons
Bentley Systems
  • many users cannot be in the same file at the same time
  • files are not automatically freed upon closure
  • copying files to another ProjectWise folder is complicated. There is an option to copy, another to copy to, etc.
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Newforma, Inc.
  • I have found it difficult to locate audits.
  • Some users have issues while uploading project data.
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Support Rating
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Newforma, Inc.
While I have never asked for support myself, a Newforma representative has been in the office annually to give training seminars and info sessions on how to fully use the product. I find this essential to keep the product relevant and make sure everyone knows its full capabilities and an important part of customer support.
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Alternatives Considered
Bentley Systems
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.
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Newforma, Inc.
A good competitor against other similar solutions and support is excellent.
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Return on Investment
Bentley Systems
  • It has saved us time in archiving and versioning documents
  • It has saved us effort in backing up files and restoring them when mistakes are made
  • It has had an overall positive impact on our bottom line by helping with file sharing and collaboration
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Newforma, Inc.
  • Newforma makes it easy to transfer, share, archive, and search extensive data sets in a single GUI
  • For it to be effective, all users in a team must receive a basic training and use it consistently
  • Adoption in the industry is good (A/E); many teams use it consistently. Learning to use it once produces time-saving in subsequent projects
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