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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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BIMx is a mobile app for Building Information Modeling, provided by GRAPHISOFT. It aims to bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site, by providing integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation with data access from any device.

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SafetyNet, from Predictive Solutions, is a SaaS cloud-based safety management system for construction companies and contractors that predicts workplace injuries. SafetyNet allows users to: Collect high-quality safety data using mobile phones and tablets.Analyze the data to uncover actionable informa…

1 Ratings

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems headquartered in Markham offers BuildTopia, an integrated residential construction managment platform providing scheduling & estimating, sales management and CRM, accounting, and BI.

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We are the production management software that helps roofing and exterior contractors manage their sales pipeline, create roofing estimates, schedules, oversee production, order materials and better understand the performance of their business. The vendor says that their roofing CRM specifically sup…

Foundation Software headquartered in Strongsville, Ohio offers their construction accounting and payroll software. The vendor states that their job costing construction accounting software is designed to be easy to use and provides the accounting and management tools needed to run a successful const…

Bentley Navigator is a BIM model review and collaboration software for managing the project lifecycle of construction/design projects. In addition to accessing drawings, documents, and 3D models, Navigator allows users to create visual reports, query model information, resolve issues and conduct coo…

4Clicks Project Estimator is software that is designed to support the mission of Department of Defense and Federal Government facility owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers. The vendor says multiple contracts, including JOC, SABER, 8(a), IDIQ, SATOC, MATOC, IFB, MACC, POCA, …

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Prolog software is a construction project management solution for contractors and other AEC firms, providing a complete system of record for managing project information, from the field to the back office. Designed by construction professionals for construction professionals, Prolog is built for pro…

Bentley Systems offers ProjectWise, a construction management software for keeping construction project personnel and engineers up-to-date with most recent progress information, with daily logs and punchlists, risk item lifecycle management through identification, creation, tracking and resolution, …

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iTWO is a construction and estimation software offering from RIB Software AG.

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LaserQuote is a construction and estimation software offering from Idronic.

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The EDGE™ construction estimating software, from Estimating Edge headquartered in Boynton Beach, enables commercial subcontractors to prepare estimates with accuracy, as well as increase efficiency and consistency. The user can perform takeoff with precise measurements from project blueprints simply…

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.

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.