Bimx vs. PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bimx
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
BIMx is a mobile app for Building Information Modeling, provided by GRAPHISOFT. It aims to bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site, by providing integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation with data access from any device.N/A
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
PlanSwift is a quantity takeoff software for construction estimating. It features a drag-and-drop interface and automatically calculates material and labor estimations in exportable formats. PlanSwift was acquired by ConstructConnect in the middle of 2018.
$1,595
per installation
Pricing
BimxPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Standard
$1,595
per installation
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BimxPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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
BimxPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Top Pros
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Features
BimxPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Bimx
8.7
1 Ratings
12% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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Ratings
Employee demographic data9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Bimx
8.7
1 Ratings
14% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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Ratings
Pay calculation9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Bimx
9.3
1 Ratings
14% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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Dashboards9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Bimx
8.5
2 Ratings
13% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Bimx
9.0
1 Ratings
9% above category average
PlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
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Ratings
Takeoff tools8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
BimxPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
9.9
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BimxPlanSwift, by ConstructConnect
Likelihood to Recommend
Graphisoft
As an ARCHICAD user, this is almost a no-brainer. BIMx is included (although there are some paying options) and works well out-of-the-box. There is little to setup from the ARCHICAD side. You prepare a set of layouts/views and can publish the model on Ine go. The free version focuses on the 3D-model viewer. You publish an interactive model and can walk through it. With the PRO version, you also can publish the "Hyper-Model" - an integration of 2D and 3D views. If you are looking at tuning your own interactivity, e.g. in precisely defining what can happen and what information to show, you cannot customize BIMx that way. You have to look at alternatives, such as game engines or other 3D visualization software.
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ConstructConnect
I use PlanSwift for all my projects - it has just cut my time by a major percentage when it comes to quantifying a blueprint. At times there are funky areas, which are just hard to calculate on paper. It also has a great tool for scaling according to the dimensions, so if a drawing is missing a scale, you can always allot a scale by giving directions and then marking the points. I use this tool to check the scale as well - sometimes the drawings say something but the scale if off and you are left with an incorrect take-off. The dimension tool is a good way to check that. We don't use it much for pricing purposes though, we have found other software which are more robust when it comes to estimation, but we can see using PlanSwift for pricing sometime in the future.
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Pros
Graphisoft
  • Mix functions together
  • calculate the impact of variables
  • advanced log book
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ConstructConnect
  • Easy to use and intuitive.
  • Accurate data to use for projects, allowing for a central hub for all teams to work from.
  • It's a central stop from take off and plan review all the way to plugging numbers into our estimating.
  • The ability to link through SharePoint, which always access from any user and location.
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Cons
Graphisoft
  • It is an out-of-the-box solution for end-users. There is almost no customization possible (e.g. API for developers)
  • Pricing is a bit confusing with two options for in-app purchase (PRO and Share a Model) and the separate Desktop Viewer
  • Android version takes a long time to get updated to iOS version
  • Only for ARCHICAD users. No other software is supported.
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ConstructConnect
  • Submittals are not user friendly in PlanGrid. In fact, this is the one feature we would like to see improved.
  • Billing is based on how many users you have. It would be very nice if they would do it based on revenue or other factors such as other programs do.
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Likelihood to Renew
Graphisoft
Most people using it are thrilled about it. But our use of ARCHICAD in projects is (alas) a bit limited, especially compared with the attention for Revit with our clients. And as an ARCHICAD teacher, I have to remember to keep introducing it as it is accepted well with most users.
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ConstructConnect
It's become the go to program for our takeoffs. We have tried others but this is the simplest.
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Usability
Graphisoft
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
Plan Swift is a user friendly program that makes takeoffs easy to perform. Not a whole lot of knowledge or skill is required.
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Reliability and Availability
Graphisoft
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
Never had an issue
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Performance
Graphisoft
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
Plan Swift is only as fast as your computer system and internet
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Support Rating
Graphisoft
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
I have called once needing support. I was asking about the "compare" tool to compare different versions. They told be about their desktop app and I downloaded. They answered quickly, you could understand them, and they took care of my question
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Implementation Rating
Graphisoft
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
just know what use you want to get out of it. In our case it was just to do area take offs.
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Alternatives Considered
Graphisoft
Direct publishing to a 3D model can be done with a few other tools, but if (and only if) you are using ARCHICAD, it is the easiest to use. For Revit users, there is more choice, including Revit Live or some online model-viewers and publishers. For full custom interactivity, you have to look at e.g. Unity3D or Unreal where you can include and extend endlessly, but you will lack the ease of BIMx. You'd also have to look for good similar navigation. Especially the link between 2D views and 3D model sections is hard to beat. But in that context, if you want to e.g. allow users to choose design alternatives, select another material or include animations and sound, this is not possible in BIMx.
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ConstructConnect
Bluebeam is amazing and can accomplish any take-off needs, but you will spend much more time creating your conditions and take off items. It is not as user-friendly as PlanSwift. OST (On screen takeoff). This product is by far better than PlanSwift, as it is amazingly easy to use. However, it is much more expensive. Cloud-based takeoff software -- this kind of software is difficult for me to use because of how slow the pages load and navigate. It's hard to beat that from PlanSwift or OST.
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Scalability
Graphisoft
No answers on this topic
ConstructConnect
Several of our departments can use the take off feature to assist them in their job responsibilities.
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Return on Investment
Graphisoft
  • increased the efficiency in project management
  • collaboration was improved
  • risk estimation is better viewed
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ConstructConnect
  • The estimators' productivity is greatly increased, I do takeoffs in less than half the time with more accuracy and detail captured.
  • Easy sharing of what was taken off, I'm able to ensure everything is captured.
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