Bentley ProjectWise vs. On-Screen Takeoff

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ProjectWise
Score 9.3 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
On-Screen Takeoff
Score 7.4 out of 10
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On-Screen Takeoff is a construction takeoff and estimating solution. It is intended to streamline takeoff, RFI, and bidding processes.N/A
Pricing
Bentley ProjectWiseOn-Screen Takeoff
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ProjectWiseOn-Screen Takeoff
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
Bentley ProjectWiseOn-Screen Takeoff
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Bentley ProjectWiseOn-Screen Takeoff
Small Businesses
Revit
Revit
Score 8.9 out of 10
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Revit
Revit
Score 8.9 out of 10
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
Revit
Revit
Score 8.9 out of 10
Bluebeam
Bluebeam
Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Bentley ProjectWiseOn-Screen Takeoff
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(2 ratings)
9.0
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bentley ProjectWiseOn-Screen Takeoff
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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ConstructConnect
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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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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ConstructConnect
  • The biggest thing for me is that it is so easy to use, which allows it to be used widely throughout our organization without a lot of intense training.
  • Another great thing is that it does not matter how big or little the scope of the take off may be, it works just as well for a whole 12 story building take off as it does for a stretch of sidewalk.
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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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ConstructConnect
  • It would be nice if you could select an object that occurs on multiple sheets, copy, and paste it into change orders or alternates.
  • If you could search for where a certain condition is being used (which sheet) and go directly to that page or pages, that would be cool.
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Likelihood to Renew
Bentley Systems
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ConstructConnect
It provides invaluable communication, organization, and flexibility to generate a project overview both visually and by the numbers. In addition to the overview it makes getting into the project details easy and quick, so our takeoff is accurate and correct every time
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Usability
Bentley Systems
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ConstructConnect
On Screen Takeoff is a valuable tool for what it does. Across the board it can keep track of the critical data and corresponding values without extra legwork. While powerful, it is prone to user error, and the problem can compound quickly if not realized up front. Overall a great project tool, but not without limitations
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Support Rating
Bentley Systems
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ConstructConnect
I have had very few issues with the software which is probably the first sign that there is a good customer support team, since I am sure they are working and fixing problems for everyone when they get a report from somewhere. The few times I have had to reach out to support they have been knowledgeable and on top of helping me quickly get my issues resolved.
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Implementation Rating
Bentley Systems
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ConstructConnect
Implementation was as simple as setting up the program and creating databases. Everything else was already in use and this was a supplement to the final organization of the system
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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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ConstructConnect
Being able to train individuals in a single afternoon on the program and trusting them to get you something usable as soon as possible is quite invaluable. It is also something that I feel is unique to this program. It is just easier.
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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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ConstructConnect
  • The software has more than paid for itself because the company has been able to save lots of money when awarding to subs since it is easy to verify quantities to qualify their bids.
  • Less of a chance of under-ordering products since the visible audit trail improves accuracy. Also you spend less since you aren't ordering more than you should be.
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