e-Builder vs. RationalPlan

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
e-Builder
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
e-Builder is a cloud-based construction program management solution that manages capital program cost, schedule, and documents. It allows owners to measure and manage the capital project delivery process from planning, design, procurement, construction and operations.N/A
RationalPlan
Score 7.7 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
RationalPlan is project management software that has been designed to help project managers keep their projects on time and within budget. The main goal of this software is to make the process of planning projects as short and as straightforward as possible and to guide novice project managers through each step but offer enough tools to those who are more experienced.
$0
per month per user
Pricing
e-BuilderRationalPlan
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Free
$0
Beginner
$4
per user
Master
$12
per user
Production
$19
per user
Stakeholder
$64 USD
Lifetime License per Seat
Single
$145 USD
Lifetime License per Seat
Multi
$288 USD
Lifetime License per Seat
Server
$668 USD
Lifetime License per Seat
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
e-BuilderRationalPlan
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredOptional
Additional Details
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Features
e-BuilderRationalPlan
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
e-Builder
7.2
11 Ratings
5% below category average
RationalPlan
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing7.510 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.610 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists7.811 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation4.910 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports7.810 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing7.811 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools7.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals7.111 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings7.69 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app5.67 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
e-Builder
-
Ratings
RationalPlan
6.6
4 Ratings
14% below category average
Task Management00 Ratings7.34 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings6.84 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings7.34 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings6.44 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings3.63 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings6.43 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings6.43 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
e-Builder
-
Ratings
RationalPlan
4.5
1 Ratings
50% below category average
Invoicing00 Ratings4.51 Ratings
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User Ratings
e-BuilderRationalPlan
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(11 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(5 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
e-BuilderRationalPlan
Likelihood to Recommend
Trimble
Well suited for the owner's side of managing multiple projects as it allows for all aspects of a project from development to closeout to be managed on one platform. Not as appropriate for a general contractor as there is better software out there. e-Builder's app is not as effective as others.
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Stand By Soft
Appropriate as a great alternative to MS Project. RationalPlan provides most of the features needed to develop and maintain mid-level complex schedules. Less Appropriate for large complex schedules of long duration. These can be a challenge due to Duration at top-level. It is also a challenge to generate reports for management - reporting feature is limited.
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Pros
Trimble
  • Provide a document structure that is easy to navigate. All documents, even within a process, are stored in the document structure and easily accessed by those with the correct permissions.
  • Scheduling, especially with the new module is easy. It is helpful with a large organization where many hands touch projects to be able to forecast workloads (we have an in house engineering team who reviews all projects during their design phase)
  • Allows for easy interface with contractors and makes the submittal process more straightforward.
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Stand By Soft
  • Portfolio view is great to get a feel for how your programme is running at a glance and which areas possibly might require attention. The fact that you can customise your view by adding your own columns is another plus.
  • All project information in one tool is a big plus for me considering the amount of projects we run with. This really improves efficiency and saves me time. You have the ability to add documents to tasks, manage risks, email resources tasks due for projects they are assigned to(might need some refinement depending on your requirements), material db with costing etc.
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Cons
Trimble
  • The restrictions in formatting, and sorting of information rendered, in a way, affects the reporting output.
  • At certain times of day, e-Builder traffic causes the loading of filtered searches to take a while. This is probably common regardless of the site or software used.
  • More complicated reporting has some limitation, though the program is highly efficient in assisting with simple format reports.
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Stand By Soft
  • Milestones should be a primary option instead of 0h to create one.
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Likelihood to Renew
Trimble
Because again, one of our biggest clients entrusts E-builder to work with their systems. And its functions work for us as well.
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Stand By Soft
No answers on this topic
Usability
Trimble
Simple, because have a used it for the past two years, so i'm very familiar with the particular aspects of its program that I need to accomplish my tasks.
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Stand By Soft
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Trimble
Again, because our technical support is great. He doesn't always answer the phone but he definitely responds to emails fairly quickly. In addition, I like that he actually resolves an issue and I have yet to encounter the same issue twice. Actually, I haven't encountered many issues at all in the two years I have used the software.
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Stand By Soft
I had to ask for support once and got a response immediately.
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Implementation Rating
Trimble
1. Set up the time to get training on the sytem before you go all in.
2. Listen, ask questions and actually practice using the tools and features while in class. It helps tremendously with becoming comfortable and remembering how things work.
3. Don't be afraid to mess up. They are helpful and will help resolve your issue in a timely manner
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Stand By Soft
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Trimble
We have not compared other plans since the boss prefers this program from personal experience. But from using this program for 2 years I can see why we don't need to compare. Why fix something that isn't broken? It gets the job done, yes we might run into some issues but I feel like with all companies that can happen
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Stand By Soft
RationalPlan is cost-effective and allows most users to prepare and manage their schedule. The software lacks comprehensive reporting and duration changes at the top level of a project.
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Return on Investment
Trimble
  • Has added extra steps to processes that were previously easier. And I work for a university that complicates everything
  • Has more than cut in half the time it takes to generate reports about project status
  • Has made project management more efficient
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Stand By Soft
  • Helps explain the target schedule and resource estimates for cost of the project
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ScreenShots

RationalPlan Screenshots

Screenshot of Project infoScreenshot of Notes and linksScreenshot of Working calendarsScreenshot of Gantt chartsScreenshot of Resource levelingScreenshot of Baseline management