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. Construction software is not yet ubiquitous within the construction industry; many companies still rely on pen and paper. However, adoption of the software has been expanding as construction firms’ IT budgets increase. Users include general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, and building companies in a variety of industries.
Products in this category typically handle one or more of the following processes:
Construction takeoff software (estimation of materials)
Project management and scheduling
Field service management
Safety and reporting
Construction Estimating Software and Takeoff Software
In the construction industry, estimating is the process of calculating the cost of a project. This includes monitoring and updating price during the job. Many construction companies use estimating software to calculate costs at various phases of the project. This includes:
Pre-estimating - forecasting the cost of the job
Job costing - monitoring expenses during the project
Database comparison - using databases to compare material prices
Takeoff is another important part of the cost estimating process. Construction takeoff software allows contractors and project managers to estimate the cost and quantities of materials need for the project using either hard copy or digital blueprints.
Many products include both estimating and takeoff capabilities, especially construction suite software such as Procore and Viewpoint Spectrum. However, there are a few construction takeoff point solutions such as On-Screen Takeoff and PlanSwift that often have trade-specific takeoff tools.
Construction Software Features & Capabilities
Many construction software products include project management, job site data collection & reporting, and collaboration features:
Plan distribution & viewing
Collaboration & approvals
Project management tools
Building information modeling (BIM)
Issue tracking & punchlists
Mobile & cloud functionality
Estimating the cost of a project is also essential part of the construction process, and construction estimating software offers features such as:
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 Software: This includes takeoff or materials estimation and features vendors such as 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.
Cloud Storage, Collaboration, and Web Conferencing: These areas are a crucial part of 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.
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.
Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is Oracle's EPPM offering.
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...
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...
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...
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...
With thousands of users world-wide, WinEst estimating (from Trimble) is considered one of the most powerful database-driven construction project management solutions on the market. It looks and feels just like Excel with familiar Windows navigation, including drop-down menus and ribbon bars.Behind...
CostX is a construction and estimation software offering from Exactal Technologies Pty Ltd.