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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 cost
  • Project management and scheduling

  • Project design

  • Cost accounting

  • Bid management

  • 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 needed 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

  • Document sharing

  • Jobsite reports

  • RFI tools

  • Submittal management

  • Collaboration & approvals

  • Photo documentation

  • Time cards

  • Project management tools

  • Job costing

  • Building information modeling (BIM)

  • Issue tracking & punchlists

  • Mobile & cloud functionality

Estimating the cost of a project is an essential part of the construction process, and construction estimating software offers features such as:

  • Takeoff tools

  • Job Costing

  • Cost databases

  • Estimation calculator

  • Bid creation

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:


Construction Software Comparison

To compare different talent management products, consider these aspects of each software offering:

1. Comprehensiveness: Construction software is a broad category with comprehensive tools that cover the entire scope of construction management and some that are more niche and focus on key aspects of running a construction business. Some buyers may want to use a comprehensive tool as a one-stop shot for all their construction company needs whereas others are happy with their existing construction management systems, but would like to use a budgeting/estimating tool that’s more specific to the construction industry versus sticking with Microsoft Excel, for example. Niche tools may also be cheaper to use than more comprehensive ones, so it may not always make sense to get the tool with the most features possible, if you’re already enjoying those features in software you already use and are going to keep.

2. Templates: Construction software should help you save time and effort, as well as help prevent mistakes. Built-in templates to complete the tasks you need for each project are crucial. Before purchasing construction software, make a list of the required task you need help with and then identify the software available that has all the tools you need. Common templates provided in construction software are for project portfolios, accounts payable, general ledger reporting, purchase order management, and transmittals, as examples.

3. Mobile-friendliness: The majority of construction work obviously does not take place in offices, but on build sites. Owing to this, construction software needs to be accessible and easy-to-use from mobile devices. While you may not need an application that works on every type of device available, make sure the construction platforms you’re considering or compatible with mobile devices used by your organization.

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Pricing Information

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 may be priced with a much larger, one-time license fee. Licenses are usually at least $10,000.

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Construction Products

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Procore

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Top Rated
948 Ratings

Procore is a project management software designed specifically for the construction industry. Procore is cloud-based and allows unlimited users per instance, so that construction team members and stakeholders can all access project information and documents.

Top Rated
127 Ratings

PlanGrid is construction productivity software. The company provides tools to collaborate, collect, and manage project information throughout the project’s construction and operations lifespan. It enables document centralization and tracking.

Bluebeam Revu

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Top Rated
202 Ratings

Bluebeam Revu is a PDF management, control, and editing tool. It enables collaboration and markup within shared documents across projects’ life cycles and has takeoff and bid creation capabilities.

Viewpoint Spectrum

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60 Ratings

Viewpoint Spectrum is a cloud-based construction ERP suite with project management, accounting, resource management, and reporting and analytics. Key features include workflow automation and collaboration tools, document imaging and sharing, cost estimating tools, and RFI management tools.

102 Ratings

HCSS is a construction software suite. It includes functionality for bidding, time card and project management, safety, planning, scheduling, equipment management, and data warehousing and reporting. Each module can be purchased separately. The suite can be hosted in the cloud.

Revit

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91 Ratings

Autodesk’s Revit is a Building Information Modelling (BIM) tool. It enables architectural, MEP, structural, and engineering design, and provides analysis to support iterative workflows

Vista by Viewpoint

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67 Ratings

Viewpoint’s Vista is a construction accounting software. Vista’s core accounting features include accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, payroll and time management, and cash management. It also provides tools for document management, including document templates and reporting.

58 Ratings

WorkflowMax is a web-based project management solution.The platform offers end-to-end functionality standard to project management software, including time tracking, lead management, collaboration with external stakeholders, invoicing, integrations, and customizable reporting.

16 Ratings

NoteVault is a construction reporting tool with three components. The Notes! app is supported by an audio-to-text translation service, and the Crew! app allows users to track labor, materials, and equipment quantities. The AlertMe! app supports group calls for issue notification.

18 Ratings

FollowUp Power CRM for Construction is a CRM system for the construction industry. Features include lead tracking, sales pipeline analysis, closing ratios, quota management, project management, and dashboards. It can integrate with other marketing and accounting products.

BuildingConnected is an online preconstruction platform supporting communication and collaboration with contractors, subcontractors, and real estate owners. The platform supports bid management with cost tracking and analytics, relationship tracking, alerting, and unlimited bid invitations.

30 Ratings

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.

Navisworks

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15 Ratings

Autodesk's Navisworks is a construction project review and simulation software to improve BIM (Building Information Modeling) coordination, allowing the user to combine design and construction data into a single model, and identify and resolve clash and interference problems before construction.

11 Ratings

CoConstruct is an all-in-one Custom Builder & Remodeler Software. It allows users to enter data once and have that information flow through the estimate, specs, selections, bids, proposals, change orders, and budgets, including to and from QuickBooks. In addition, CoConstruct includes scheduli…

14 Ratings

InEight offers construction project management software solutions. InEight solutions focus on project cost management, field execution, project administration, and document management and control. It is intended to integrate with other construction software for real-time information and insights.

11 Ratings

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.

22 Ratings

PlanSwift is a quantity takeoff software for construction estimating. It features a drag-and-drop interface and automatically calculates material and labor estimations in exportable formats.

13 Ratings

SmartBid is a construction bid management software for general contractors. SmartBid provides a web-based and mobile platform to streamline their bid project data, documents, and subcontractor communications. It also supports user permissions control for data security.

5 Ratings

Esticom headquartered in Austin provides their application supporting takeoff, estimation and collaboration on construction projects from anywhere with real-time access to plans, labor, material database and pricing.

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 accessibil…

7 Ratings

Fieldwire is a mobile-first (iPad / iPhone, Android) collaboration platform designed for construction foremen, superintendents and engineers. The application allows field workers to access up-to-date information like blueprints, files and tasks directly on their mobile device. Fieldwire focuses on t…

TrustRadius Top Rated for 2019

2019 Top Rated Construction Software

There are plenty of options out there, but here's our shortlist of the best Construction Software. These products won a Top Rated award for having excellent customer satisfaction ratings. The list is based purely on reviews; there is no paid placement, and analyst opinions do not influence the rankings. To qualify, a product must have 10 or more recent reviews and a trScore of 7.5 or higher, indicating above-average satisfaction for business technology. The products with the highest trScores appear first on the list. Read more about the Top Rated criteria.

Bluebeam Revu

202 ratings

PlanGrid

127 ratings

Revit

91 ratings

Frequently Asked Questions


What kinds of construction software are there?

There are types of construction software that are only relevant to the construction industry. These software types include Bidding, Estimating and Takeoff, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) products. There are also many broader software categories that feature products tailored to the construction industry, such as project management, collaboration and document management tools, and accounting software.

Can I get a single platform for all of my construction software needs?

There are some products and vendors that centralize most construction software functions, such as Procore, HCSS, and Viewpoint.

How much does Construction software cost?

Price usually scales by the number of seats and the feature set you want to access. Individual prices range from $15-30/month/user for some project management software, to $500 per month or per seat for more comprehensive suite offerings.