Best Construction Software
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Construction Software Overview
What is Construction Software?
Construction software helps professionals manage different pieces of the construction process, from planning to execution. Users include general contractors, subcontractors, and building companies.
Construction software tools typically handle one or more of the following processes:
Takeoff (estimation of materials)
Project management and scheduling
Field service management
Safety and reporting
Construction Software Features & Capabilities
Common construction productivity features found in project management, collaboration, and job site data collection & reporting tools, include:
Plan distribution & viewing
Collaboration & approvals
Project management tools
Issue tracking & punchlists
Mobile & cloud functionality
Trends in Construction Software
Construction software is a highly fragmented space. Many small startups offer point solutions. Other large vendors (like Autodesk) offer a portfolio of products in multiple areas. To date, there is low market penetration. Estimating is one of the most common construction software use cases. But many construction companies are still handling other processes the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper. As adoption of construction software increases, so will innovation and consolidation.
Part of the adoption problem is the limited IT resources for construction companies. This includes both people and budget. The construction industry spends less on new technology than other industries. Also, a large percentage of construction companies don’t have dedicated IT employees.
Another factor holding some firms back is that construction software can be seen purely as an overhead expense. In reality, it can be a strategic and competitive part of the business, with benefits for all stakeholders. Construction software is not project specific. However, project owners do reap the benefit when software helps contractors from going over time or over budget. Of course, construction software also benefits the contractor in the long term. The tools can help contractors manage more clients and field sites at once.
Types of Construction Software
The software enables construction business processes in a variety of areas. Sometimes these overlap with other software categories on TrustRadius that are not industry-specific. But here you can find vendors that cater to the construction industry:
Estimating/Takeoff: On-Screen Takeoff, HeavyBid, Bluebeam Revu, Planswift, B2W Estimate, Trimble Accubid, ProEst, Sage Estimating and WinEst. This is by far the most crowded area of construction software.
Customer Relationship Management: Cosential and FollowUp Power. CRM for construction is still not a focus for software vendors. Horizontal solutions can work in some cases.
Cloud Storage, Collaboration, and Web Conferencing: These areas are crucial part to the construction software stack. Many companies do not use industry-specific solutions. Construction software solutions include PlanGrid and Bluebeam Revu. Both have cloud storage and collaboration capabilities. They are tailored to construction needs as a go-between for the office and field. Industry-specific options have more robust features than horizontal tools (DropBox, Adobe Acrobat DC, etc.). Additional features allow better handling of drawings, markups and file sharing.
Other Emerging Technologies: Augmented reality, virtual reality, drones and 3D printers hold promise for construction. They aren’t yet widely used, with many in beta testing or R&D.
Construction software pricing depends on the purpose of the tool and the scale of its deployment and varies widely. For example, tools designed for cloud-based project management are typically priced on a subscription model. Prices start at around $40/mo. Other tools focused on bidding and approval maybe priced with a much larger, one-time license fee. Licenses are usually at least $10,000.
Procore is construction management software, or project management software with features specific to the construction industry. Procore enables construction professionals to collaborate on projects from any Internet-connected device with access to all project documents, contracts, RFIs,...
PlanGrid is construction productivity software used on more than 500,000 projects around the world. The company provides contractors and owners in all construction verticals the tools to collaborate effectively and collect and manage project information throughout the project’s construction and...
WorkflowMax is a web-based project management solution, owned by Xero, Inc. It is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive. The platform offers end-to-end functionality standard to project management software, with a comprehensive suite of features including lead management, quotes and estimates,...
NoteVault is a cloud and mobile tool for daily construction site reporting. It allows field staff to record audio updates and take site photos on their mobile devices, which are then turned into daily reports for office staff and other stakeholders. NoteVault uses human transcription services to...
FollowUp Power CRM for Construction is a customer relationship management system for the construction industry. Features include lead tracking, sales pipeline analysis, closing ratios, quota management, and dashboards.
AutoCAD 360 is an easy to use drawing and drafting app from Autodesk. It that enables users in design, construction, and engineering industries to view, create, mark-up, edit, and share drawings on mobile devices.
CMiC Project Management is designed to support the natural workflow of a project. It is targeted for organizations that deliver construction and capital projects.
SmartBidNet is a construction and estimation software offering from JBKnowledge, Inc.
Newforma Project Center is web-based construction project information management software. Users can file emails with an easy drag and drop interface, relate emails to RFIs, submittals, and other documents, markup and review designs, track meeting minutes and action items, and search across...
Jonas Enterprise Construction Management Software includes integrated service, project, accounting, and operations management. It is used by mechanical contractors, HVAC & plumbing contractors, general contractors, electrical contractors, as well as specialty trade contractors. Features...
BIM360 is a construction software for project managers, site managers, and Building Information Modelling (BIM) managers. It is designed to connect the office and site components of construction, providing cloud-based access to plans and models, which the vendor says can contribute to faster...
e-Builder is a construction program management solution that manages capital program cost, schedule, and documents. According to the vendor, e-Builder is a complete solution designed at its core to deliver control and reduce surprises for owners of capital programs.As an owner-centric project...
CostX is a construction and estimation software offering from Exactal Technologies Pty Ltd.
Quick Bid is a construction and estimation software offering from On Center Software, Inc.
GeneralCOST Estimator for Excel is a construction and estimation software offering from CPR, Inc.