Newforma Project Center vs. UDA Construction Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Newforma Project Center
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
Newforma Project Center is web-based construction project information management software for collaboration. Users can access a drag and drop interface, relate emails to documents, markup and review designs, track meeting minutes and action items, and search across projects. It has mobile accessibility.N/A
UDA Construction Suite
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
Pricing
Newforma Project CenterUDA Construction Suite
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Newforma Project CenterUDA Construction Suite
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
Newforma Project CenterUDA Construction Suite
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Newforma Project CenterUDA Construction Suite
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Newforma Project Center
6.0
1 Ratings
25% below category average
UDA Construction Suite
-
Ratings
Employment history6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Newforma Project Center
6.0
1 Ratings
23% below category average
UDA Construction Suite
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Newforma Project Center
7.5
1 Ratings
7% below category average
UDA Construction Suite
-
Ratings
Dashboards8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Newforma Project Center
7.8
5 Ratings
5% above category average
UDA Construction Suite
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing6.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing10.05 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals10.04 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Newforma Project Center
8.0
1 Ratings
2% below category average
UDA Construction Suite
-
Ratings
Job costing7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Newforma Project CenterUDA Construction Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(5 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Newforma Project CenterUDA Construction Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
Newforma, Inc.
Newforma is a great tool to collaborate with large teams and between firms. It allows for great documentation of transfers, activities, and other procedural aspects of projects that require collaboration between disciplines, for example, MEP, electrical, architectural and technology. For internal use, Newforma has been great for communications tracking and archival, as well as for record-keeping of all the users in a team or number of teams. Many great options are features are unused due to a lack of training or exposure to them, for example, the graphical viewers that can preview CAD, Revit, and other formats, or the markup tool available with the desktop client.
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UDA Technologies
If you've never used software before and have low expectations, then you might be able to make it work out.
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Pros
Newforma, Inc.
  • Newforma sits on top of our previous filing system (Windows Explorer). This was very important to us because we didn't have to change the project numbering system in order to fit Newforma's design. Also, if we were to decide we didn't like it, we could easily revert back to our previous methods.
  • Newforma does a great job of indexing information, making searches much easier by being able to use keywords instead of knowing the exact file location. No more traversing through countless folders before finding what you need.
  • Newforma keeps a read receipt for everything that you submit through it for issue tracking, and keeps an easy to read record of your workflow.
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UDA Technologies
  • The beautiful user interface. It looks good.
  • Their videos are professional.
  • They have webinars.
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Cons
Newforma, Inc.
  • I have found it difficult to locate audits.
  • Some users have issues while uploading project data.
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UDA Technologies
  • Their spell checker creates a squiggly line to tell you that you have a misspelled word, but, doesn't allow you to correct it.
  • The spell checker lets you add custom words to a dictionary, but, it can only use one dictionary at a time to check spelling. So the default dictionary gets used, and your custom words still show up as being spelled wrong!
  • You can't select-copy addresses, in order to paste them somewhere else.
  • Using duplexing on my printer doesn't work right. It works for every other software I own, but not in UDA.
  • There is a bug in the WIP date range that doesn't pull accurate data.
  • "Options" in the estimate show only cost, not margin. So if you show your customer that report, you are revealing cost info, not selling price!!
  • You can't import a PDF into bid notes, even though the premise of UDA is to try to make it a single repository for all your information.
  • You can't use the arrow key to browse photos in UDA. You need to close, and click into the next one. No inuitive functionality.
  • The estimating module separates material and labor, in ways that create a very confusing Scope of Work. You need to select the labor item from your database, then separately select the material from your database. You end up with two line items in your Scope of Work for the same thing. Instead of writing, "Supply and Install a new window" you have "Supply a new window" and then "Install a new window." It's hard for my estimator, and confusing for my client.
  • UDA will WREAK HAVOC on your contacts in Outlook.
  • It does a terrible job of managing husband/wife or partner/partner situations. You can't mail merge them properly, or, you get forced into combining their contact into into a single contact-- and then how do you know whether the cell phone is his or hers???
  • There is no good way to credit design fees against the construction contract, if you happen to use that paradigm for your contracts.
  • There is no way to filter contracts by their date created. So, how do you find your newest contacts for entering them into something such as Constant Contact?
  • If you try to use integration of QuickBooks(QB) and UDA, your ITEMS list in QB will either get expanded to hundreds or even THOUSANDS of items... or, your POs in QB will get created in a summary form such that they are virtually meaningless.
  • The "lead funnel" graphic may look cool, but there is not a good way to actually report on the lead status, track the activities and calls that you make, note significant emails that you write, or keep track of when you send out thank-you cards or spiffs/gifts!
  • They might tell you that these things work, but, after spending MONTHS with UDA, I found out that these problems are deal breakers.
  • Within their customer service department, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. They do not use a structure such as Zendesk that so many other great companies use. Even though I was paying for priority support, there were often days going by where I could not get a call or email back to assist me with a support request or provide a tutorial on how to do something. Had I not paid extra for support, this would be acceptable. But when paying for "TotalCare" priority support, there are times when the software had me stuck, and I was stuck for a day at a time waiting for an answer. Sometimes no answer ever arrived.
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Support Rating
Newforma, Inc.
While I have never asked for support myself, a Newforma representative has been in the office annually to give training seminars and info sessions on how to fully use the product. I find this essential to keep the product relevant and make sure everyone knows its full capabilities and an important part of customer support.
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UDA Technologies
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Alternatives Considered
Newforma, Inc.
A good competitor against other similar solutions and support is excellent.
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UDA Technologies
QuickBooks has great quality assurance and while they don't provide support, their software is nearly flawless. Co-construct provides great support and solves problems. In comparison, UDA Construction Suite is full of flaws, and their customer service department is disorganized and overworked.
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Return on Investment
Newforma, Inc.
  • Newforma makes it easy to transfer, share, archive, and search extensive data sets in a single GUI
  • For it to be effective, all users in a team must receive a basic training and use it consistently
  • Adoption in the industry is good (A/E); many teams use it consistently. Learning to use it once produces time-saving in subsequent projects
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UDA Technologies
  • All my money was wasted. I could not get a refund.
  • All my time was wasted. I spent much time on customer support, and even more time "stuck" where customer support could not be reached.
  • My staff time was wasted, because it was hard for them to implement and then we ultimately abandoned it.
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