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CMiC Construction Platform

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Likelihood to Recommend

CMiC Construction Platform

Whether it's in the field, or in the office, the CMiC Construction Platform is well suited for daily project management of construction projects. From a project inception, to project closeout, the tools and modules available will help keep your project running smoothly. All aspects of the construction process can be tracked and accessed for real time information. CMiC is a very robust program and we haven't explored all of the modules that are available to us at this point
Caloub Huttash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

If your organization uses office productivity tools from Microsoft, it is no brainer to use Microsoft Projects. The tool integrates well with other Microsoft tools. It is the most popular project management tool and most people with expertise on this tool are available in the market. For some projects we hire contractors and we find most contractors are well versed with this tool, so it makes easier for us to hit the ground running.
Shiva Krishna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
Microsoft Project
Employee demographic data
CMiC Construction Platform
7.0
Microsoft Project
Employment history
CMiC Construction Platform
7.2
Microsoft Project
Job profiles and administration
CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
Microsoft Project
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
CMiC Construction Platform
6.0
Microsoft Project
Organizational charting
CMiC Construction Platform
6.3
Microsoft Project
Organization and location management
CMiC Construction Platform
5.6
Microsoft Project
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
CMiC Construction Platform
4.9
Microsoft Project

Payroll Management

CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
Microsoft Project
Pay calculation
CMiC Construction Platform
6.4
Microsoft Project
Support for external payroll vendors
CMiC Construction Platform
4.5
Microsoft Project
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
Microsoft Project
Benefit plan administration
CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
Microsoft Project
Direct deposit files
CMiC Construction Platform
7.3
Microsoft Project
Salary revision and increment management
CMiC Construction Platform
6.1
Microsoft Project
Reimbursement management
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
Microsoft Project

Asset Management

CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
Microsoft Project
Tracking of all physical assets
CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
Microsoft Project

Reporting & Analytics

CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
Microsoft Project
Dashboards
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
Microsoft Project
Standard reports
CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
Microsoft Project
Custom reports
CMiC Construction Platform
6.8
Microsoft Project
Data exportability
CMiC Construction Platform
6.9
Microsoft Project

Construction Project & Field Management

CMiC Construction Platform
6.0
Microsoft Project
Plan distribution & viewing
CMiC Construction Platform
5.7
Microsoft Project
Plan markups & sharing
CMiC Construction Platform
4.7
Microsoft Project
Issue tracking & punchlists
CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
Microsoft Project
Photo documentation
CMiC Construction Platform
5.8
Microsoft Project
Jobsite reports
CMiC Construction Platform
6.4
Microsoft Project
Document sharing
CMiC Construction Platform
6.5
Microsoft Project
RFI tools
CMiC Construction Platform
6.9
Microsoft Project
Collaboration & approvals
CMiC Construction Platform
6.5
Microsoft Project
As-built drawings
CMiC Construction Platform
5.8
Microsoft Project
Mobile app
CMiC Construction Platform
5.3
Microsoft Project
Submittal design and management
CMiC Construction Platform
6.3
Microsoft Project
Meeting Minutes
CMiC Construction Platform
5.8
Microsoft Project
Specifications
CMiC Construction Platform
5.9
Microsoft Project
Change orders
CMiC Construction Platform
7.0
Microsoft Project

Estimating

CMiC Construction Platform
6.6
Microsoft Project
Takeoff tools
CMiC Construction Platform
5.5
Microsoft Project
Job costing
CMiC Construction Platform
7.0
Microsoft Project
Cost databases
CMiC Construction Platform
7.1
Microsoft Project
Cost calculator
CMiC Construction Platform
6.8
Microsoft Project
Bid creation
CMiC Construction Platform
6.3
Microsoft Project

Project Management

CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.0
Task Management
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.6
Resource Management
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.6
Gantt Charts
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
9.0
Scheduling
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.7
Workflow Automation
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.7
Team Collaboration
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.6
Support for Agile Methodology
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.4
Support for Waterfall Methodology
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.8
Document Management
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.1
Email integration
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.9
Mobile Access
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.2
Timesheet Tracking
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.9
Change request and Case Management
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.9
Budget and Expense Management
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.1

Professional Services Automation

CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.0
Quotes/estimates
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.0
Invoicing
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
7.6
Project & financial reporting
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.4
Integration with accounting software
CMiC Construction Platform
Microsoft Project
8.2

Pros

CMiC Construction Platform

  • It integrates many aspects of project management into one location.
  • It produces easy to understand reports that incorporate financial aspects of the project so that costs and profit can be calculated in real-time rather than as a lagging indicator.
  • Document management is housed within the project, reducing the number of locations and the need for additional cloud storage to maintain project documentation.
  • CMiC customer assistance is prompt and helpful.
Amanda Leffler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

  • Being a Microsoft product, Project integrates extremely well into the Microsoft family of applications!
  • Furthermore, the user interface is similar to other Microsoft applications. Therefore, there is a valuable familiarity out of the box.
  • Project is incredibly detail-oriented and always receiving valuable updates. Project Online is now the cloud-based version of Project.
  • Scheduling works really well for the most part. One can be extremely detailed with Gannt charts and other project management metrics!
Joshua Melder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CMiC Construction Platform

  • Missing functionality on the drawing management side. See previous question.
  • Submittal module changes in R12 took away key functionality from the user. Specifically the Fabrication and Delivery fields. CMiC promises to bring this back but the process is too slow. Users have waited months to bring back functionality that was taken away.
  • Submittal module interface via collaborator and I/O email is not updating status correctly.
  • The mobile app does not allow users to change auto-generated checklist names. We have a checklist that is supposed to be used per room but the program auto-generates list names as ###-001, ###-002, etc. In the mobile app, there is no way to see a unique identifier in the list view so users have to open and close each record to find unique identifiers. There is a workaround with the web client but our field employees say its too cumbersome. They are abandoning using the web client checklists and going back to paper copies.
  • Specification extraction does not work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

  • Expertise Needed: The software is not always easy to use or intuitive. I took several Project courses, on top of my project management certifications, to understand the software better. While all the elements are there for anyone familiar with standard project management processes, it takes experience and training to really get the best out of the software.
  • Collaboration: Project does not work well with multiple users simultaneously. There's no real-time updating, and if we had multiple project managers, there'd be no way to work together on the same projects.
  • Price: Project is expensive, largely due to it being an industry standard.
Robert Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I like the functionality of CMiC; however, there are always going to be "opportunities" that we encounter to get corrected
Laurie Smithson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I am very happy with the software and am definitely get use out of it.
Josh Rice, MBA, ACSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Great for the system with a little difficulty with security
Laurie Smithson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 8.1
Based on 6 answers
Microsoft Project was for many years the reference tool when you were talking about project management software, even if it has some gaps. However, in the last several years, other tools emerged and covered those gaps and are getting more and more users. Microsoft needs to keep up with the trends as they did with adding Project Server. However, that needs a significant rework.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 6.2
Based on 79 answers
It's a cumbersome platform that doesn't support plans and specs in a way utilized by most construction companies. There is no way to download a specific set (or specifically selected number) of individual drawings sheets, it doesn't package drawings in sets, the Specs function (at least as far as we've been set up for) isn't a function as much as it is a documents folder, uploading is a tedious process that gains no benefit.
Marie Roscoe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 8.1
Based on 38 answers
I’m giving MS Project an 8 because in general this is a solid scheduling program. It’s definitely designed with the professional in mind, and they have done well preparing the program to integrate with their other Microsoft products. The program is a workhorse so if you have serious scheduling needs then I would highly recommend MS Project.
Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC Construction Platform 6.0
Based on 1 answer
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
Laurie Smithson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

CMiC Construction Platform

CMiC was the software currently in use when I joined Pence. I've used Prolog, Constructware, and Procore. All seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. If CMiC was able to mirror the user interface of Procore then this software could be amazing. A program should be very intuitive. CMiC has improved greatly over the years from the last time I used it but it's still very esoteric.
Tony Ricca | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

In all cases where I didn't use Project, i used an application given by Excel freely as a template, when you open Excel 2013 or higher. It is basically a Gantt chart, with several capabilities built in. All what is necessary for you to do in order to quickly get a basic Gantt chart, is to create a basic Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), including names assigned to each task and the estimated number of hours that will be expanded on each task. This information is filled in the lower side of an Excel sheet displayed in landscape view. On the upper portion of the sheet, a Gantt chart is immediately created. It is a very simple tool, no learning curve required and is free. I do like it a lot and use it a lot, since lately I'm involved in many simultaneous projects, however, each one of them has a short span, not exceeding two weeks.
Fred Abraham, P.Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CMiC Construction Platform

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Project

  • We are currently only now opening the door to these opportunities but do see ways to implement and save in areas that include a reduction of man power and gaining efficiencies and reducing cost and schedule by providing more real time relevant data to our project team which will allow them to make better informed and timely decisions.
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Microsoft Project

Pricing Details

CMiC Construction Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Microsoft Project

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CMiC Construction Platform
6.5
Microsoft Project
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

CMiC Construction Platform
8.0
Microsoft Project
10.0

Usability

CMiC Construction Platform
8.0
Microsoft Project
8.1

Support Rating

CMiC Construction Platform
6.2
Microsoft Project
8.1

Implementation Rating

CMiC Construction Platform
6.0
Microsoft Project
5.0

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