CMiC Construction Platform vs. RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CMiC Construction Platform
Score 7.8 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
CMiC Project Management is a construction project collaboration and management solution. It centralizes project-related communications and documents onto one platform, and connects the job site with the back-end office.N/A
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Score 10.0 out of 10
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RSMeans data, from Gordian (formerly Costworks) is a construction and estimation software offering acquired by the Gordian Group in 2014. It includes cost books and construction project estimating software tools.N/A
Pricing
CMiC Construction PlatformRSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CMiC Construction PlatformRSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
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
CMiC Construction PlatformRSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
CMiC Construction PlatformRSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
CMiC Construction Platform
6.1
29 Ratings
24% below category average
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
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Ratings
Employee demographic data5.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history6.723 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.219 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.6.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting5.513 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management6.913 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)4.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
CMiC Construction Platform
6.3
23 Ratings
18% below category average
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
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Ratings
Pay calculation6.723 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors4.914 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment7.514 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration6.216 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files7.120 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.919 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management4.814 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
CMiC Construction Platform
4.6
18 Ratings
49% below category average
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
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Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets4.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
CMiC Construction Platform
7.3
55 Ratings
11% below category average
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
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Dashboards7.642 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports6.654 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports6.945 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability8.152 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
CMiC Construction Platform
6.4
105 Ratings
15% below category average
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
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Plan distribution & viewing6.066 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing5.262 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists5.680 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation5.776 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports5.987 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing5.988 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools7.789 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals7.294 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings5.453 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app7.563 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management7.384 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists5.746 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes6.750 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications5.938 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders8.059 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
55 Ratings
27% below category average
RSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
7.8
1 Ratings
5% below category average
Takeoff tools4.320 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Job costing7.751 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Cost databases8.042 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Cost calculator7.129 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Bid creation3.728 Ratings7.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
CMiC Construction PlatformRSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(114 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.6
(7 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
6.3
(6 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Performance
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
4.9
(96 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
In-Person Training
7.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.5
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CMiC Construction PlatformRSMeans data, from Gordian (Costworks)
Likelihood to Recommend
CMiC
CMiC is a robust platform best suited for large companies with resources for implementation and management of the program. One analogy is CMiC is like a droid phone where the user must decide how to use all the features of the program (as opposed to an iPhone where most configuration decisions are made for the user). Smaller companies with limited resources can struggle with CMiC both with the expense and configuration.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
Well Suited: Construction cost estimates for new larger projects where the construction will start within the next 6-9 months. Budgetary estimates for future buildings through its square foot models. Not Well Suited: Not accurate enough on small projects where labor, travel to sites, and OH&P are a higher percentage of unit costs than on larger projects where these costs are spread out across more units.
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Pros
CMiC
  • The user interface is similar to that of other project management software applications so folks in our company that had previously used other applications have been able to switch over fairly easily.
  • I really like the software and it was much less expensive than other applications.
  • I like the mobile application so that our superintendents can view the documentation on their phones.
  • I really like the punch list capability mobile field, however, we have a hard time getting our superintendents to use it for some reason.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
  • CostWorks is very good at generating quick and valid estimates for standardized facilities such as office buildings, schools, etc. It allows you to validate other cost estimates at the UniFormat level when doing an estimate validation.
  • CostWorks' database of detailed line-items is a very resourceful asset when it comes to finding a very specific line-item. Sometimes, when using Success or MII, I will have CostWorks open on the other screen so I can find an item that the other softwares just don't have and build it into the other software from the CostWorks entry.
  • CostWorks does a very good job of generating reports that are both well-developed and have enough detail at the summary level to be able to sit with a client or a project manager and have them follow along and understand without being overwhelmed with detail and numbers.
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Cons
CMiC
  • Needs to be more user friendly on the mobile side of the platform. Ease of use is key here.
  • There is not much instruction or support in standing up some programs like deploying ECM for outlook, making Collaboration Gateway work, or setting up the system for getting Plans available on the mobile devices.
  • Security configuration is extremely detailed and spread throughout the system. It is extremely hard to make adjustments to a person's security unless you know exactly where to look, which requires years of experience but shouldn't.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
  • small project costs where labor is a bigger portion than materials on cost
  • markup factors on governmental projects
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Likelihood to Renew
CMiC
This is a platform that would continue to be in the best interest for our company. I just hope that CMiC support removes the gaps between the enhancements that they create to better the system to what they currently have
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Usability
CMiC
I believe it isn't easy to use and is unintuitive. Undecipherable error messages appear throughout the application without indicating what is wrong or how to correct it, in my experience. The terminology on the screens is specific to Canada, which adds to the confusion.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Reliability and Availability
CMiC
Sometimes since this is a cloud based product the system can become slow but we haven’t had any issues of availability without CMiC first letting us know it would be down
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Performance
CMiC
Reports are pretty shown to run but general pages typically load pretty quick.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Support Rating
CMiC
The support team [has] been in touch with our deployment team and has given them effective guidance up to completion. It has helped us in [the] best methods of resource allocation and secure record-keeping process. We have tracked all our billing information and made the right payments with documentation and avoided [unnecessary losses]. [The] support team has [to] lead our teams to the right channels and empowering our team with the right skills for maximum production.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
I've never had the need to discuss CostWorks with a vendor.
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In-Person Training
CMiC
The training was on system functions and not really how best to use it for our business. It would have been nice to be provided recommendations for use rather than just a blank slate of functionality.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Online Training
CMiC
I felt the training was good and the trainers knew the software.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Implementation Rating
CMiC
Lots of confusion between sales and implementation regarding what was included and not included...the security encountered a "bug" and made it extremely difficult to set up roles and individual responsibilities
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Alternatives Considered
CMiC
CMiC Construction Platform is the best price point in the market. Others are revenue-based billings, and the annual fees reflect as such. CMiC Construction Platform support staff is generally amazing and offers real-time support on critical issues. The imaging and workflow functions are real-time savers. CMiC Construction Platform is generally a smaller and in touch organization that treats your team like their own and stays with you after the purchase.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
CostWorks is a unique software for estimating as compared to the other softwares I have listed above. PACES is mostly used for federal modeling and really cannot be compared to Costworks. It has its own developed modeling database and has its own quirkiness and issues. MII has been developed for the USACE and utilized a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. I use CostWorks along side this software to find line-items that are not in the MII RS Means Database. Success has been developed for NAVFAC and again, utilizes a user-developed folder structure and RS Means Database. When I use this software, I ALWAYS have CostWorks open on the other screen as Success' RS Means database is extremely lacking when it comes to the number of detail line-items. Timberline is by SAGE and I use it mostly for DOS and FAA work. Of the 3 RS Means Database softwares, this one has the most detailed database for reference, however, there are times when I do have to look up an item that Timberline does not have and the first software I open is CostWorks.
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Scalability
CMiC
CMiC has several key features that can either work together or independently depending on your companies needs.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
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Return on Investment
CMiC
  • Better project visibility, surely. I can step into a former project and see how well/poorly it was run.
  • Forecasting underway - nearly complete with year 2.
  • Cost status tracking - this has been valuable, especially when figuring out how much of a liquid budget is left over.
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The Gordian Group, Inc.
  • I don't really see any "negative" impacts on my business or my ROI by purchasing CostWorks. It's a valuable tool that we use, however, some of my colleagues do not use it or use it very infrequently.
  • I find it well worth the cost even though we don't develop complete estimates in CostWorks due to client dictated softwares.
  • It has provided very quickly-built estimating models that let our team and project managers know that the RFP or the task that they are contemplating bidding on or starting to work on is actually feasible to construction given the budget and directive.
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ScreenShots

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