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145 Ratings
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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Bentley ProjectWise ranks higher in 1 feature set: Construction Project & Field Management

Human Resource Management

9.0

ProjectWise

90%

PlanGrid

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Bentley ProjectWise ranks higher in 1/1 features

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

9.8

ProjectWise

98%

PlanGrid

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Bentley ProjectWise ranks higher in 4/4 features

Dashboards

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Standard reports

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Custom reports

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Data exportability

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Construction Project & Field Management

8.5

ProjectWise

85%
7.9

PlanGrid

79%
Bentley ProjectWise ranks higher in 11/15 features

Plan distribution & viewing

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.6
86%
56 Ratings

Plan markups & sharing

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.6
86%
56 Ratings

Issue tracking & punchlists

7.0
70%
1 Rating
7.5
75%
51 Ratings

Photo documentation

7.0
70%
1 Rating
7.0
70%
48 Ratings

Jobsite reports

8.0
80%
1 Rating
6.7
67%
36 Ratings

Document sharing

7.9
79%
2 Ratings
7.6
76%
55 Ratings

RFI tools

7.0
70%
1 Rating
8.3
83%
38 Ratings

Collaboration & approvals

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.1
71%
42 Ratings

As-built drawings

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.4
84%
42 Ratings

Submittal design and management

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Checklists

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Meeting Minutes

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Specifications

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Change orders

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile app

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4
94%
54 Ratings

Estimating

8.5

ProjectWise

85%

PlanGrid

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Bentley ProjectWise ranks higher in 2/2 features

Job costing

8.0
80%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Cost calculator

9.0
90%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Bentley ProjectWise is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

5.1

ProjectWise

51%
2 Ratings
4.9

PlanGrid

49%
69 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

ProjectWise

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

PlanGrid

100%
1 Rating

Usability

ProjectWise

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

PlanGrid

82%
1 Rating

Support Rating

ProjectWise

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

PlanGrid

90%
104 Ratings

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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PlanGrid

PlanGrid performs really well in all aspects of construction from the general to the sub/trade. The platform distributes and communicates project documentation in an extremely user-friendly manner. As with most software, it is cheaper the larger the scale of the project. In situations where the project is relatively small, and the trade contracts are also of relatively low dollar value, the product can be cost-prohibitive.
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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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PlanGrid

  • Plangrid is the best SaaS I have seen for ease of uploading construction plans and automated organization of those plans.
  • For companies that are not using other products for mobile access, the Plangrid mobile apps are perfect to allow people on and off site to share and collaborate in many phases of construction project documentation.
  • Plangrid has a very responsive technical support team (although it is pretty much email only).
  • Plangrid's website layout is easy to use and understand and allows new users to jump right in and do basic to moderate tasks without little training.
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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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PlanGrid

  • The photo attachment process is a bit complicated. In ProCore (another similar software I've used), you can upload photos directly into RFIs for your reference, or into e-mails. For PlanGrid, you have to first upload the photo into the documents tab, then link them into the RFI. It's not intuitive and can add confusion to the documents tab.
  • Photos can't be directly uploaded. Between different devices and colleagues, it's possible you'll get an important photo outside of the PlanGrid photo capture feature within its app. Again, it's complicated for users to use.
  • In their new drawings viewer, the icons for actions do not have icons available. I had to use them all in order to understand what they meant, and I'm fairly tech savvy. I'm not sure if a new person to PlanGrid will pick up on each icon's abilities very easily.
  • There's no all-in-one solution in CM, but PlanGrid is fairly barebones, and I don't believe it has any ability to connect to other software. There's no ability to take meeting munites; you can hack the field reports feature to accomplish this, but it's clear that was not the intent of the designers.
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Pricing Details

ProjectWise

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

ProjectWise editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    PlanGrid

    Starting Price

    $39 user per month

    Editions & Modules

    PlanGrid editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Nailgun391
    Dozer592
    Crane1393

    Footnotes

    1. user per month
    2. user per month
    3. user per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Bentley Systems

    No answers on this topic

    PlanGrid

    We are at the point where we have shown our teams what is possible with this software. We cannot take it away and go back to the way we used to do things. I think that they would push back on us to give them access to something electronic. It is a good program that we will continue to use
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    Usability

    Bentley Systems

    No answers on this topic

    PlanGrid

    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 Rating

    Bentley Systems

    No answers on this topic

    PlanGrid

    Online chat during business hours is extremely helpful. The Plangrid staff has gone above and beyond many times to help us. One time they even offered to completely rebuild our 900+ sheet project so I could slip sheet a few old drawing revisions! This undoubtedly would have taken hours on Plangrid's end. They are always responsive and are continually improving, listening to user feedback.
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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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    PlanGrid

    Plangrid, while not serving the external document distribution function, is unrivaled for internal document distribution and sharing in the construction industry. The speed at which documents are navigatable, the ability to download your projects for viewing without an internet connection, and the document mark-up and photo tools place it head and shoulders above the competition.
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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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    PlanGrid

    • It helped us "wow" a joint commission survey in 2016 and have a successful survey because he loved how we could access plans on an iPad, check suite sizes, and didn't have to carry around huge, heavy sets of life safety plans.
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