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What is ProjectWise?

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, RFI management, and document…

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Recent Reviews

Love it for large projects

8 out of 10
December 06, 2021
My whole organization uses Bentley ProjectWise. It helps us archive files or create different versions of the same file. Anyone can access …
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ProjectWise Review

1 out of 10
June 01, 2021
There is no doubt that ProjectWise (PW) is powerful, it is probably one of the oldest and most developed file management tools out there.
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What is ProjectWise?

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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Product Demos

Bentley ProjectWise Deliverable Management demo (한국어 설명)

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Product Details

What is ProjectWise?

ProjectWise, now powered by iTwin, enables organizations to establish multidisciplinary collaboration across stakeholders, synchronize multiple workflows, as well as provide project deliverables across the project ecosystem. Evolving from its original file-centric philosophy to a data-centric approach, ProjectWise focuses on the data to help users leverage and reuse data intelligence teams have already produced across projects. Focusing on data helps firms capitalize on componentized design delivery workflows powered by iTwin, advanced 3D digital design workflows and delivery validations, and standards-based information management for all infrastructure data including reality context. ProjectWise helps to make data securely available to the right people at the right time.

ProjectWise Features

  • Supported: Digital delivery
  • Supported: Data governance
  • Supported: Portfolio intelligence
  • Supported: Engineering work in progress

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ProjectWise, powered by iTwin Digital Design Delivery

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ProjectWise Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo
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Reviews and Ratings

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Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
My whole organization uses Bentley ProjectWise. It helps us archive files or create different versions of the same file. Anyone can access any file unless they are locked or blocked. The software is good for helping us organize our projects by discipline and the audit trail gives us a restore point if someone accidentally makes a change they shouldn't have.
  • organize projects
  • create restore points/audit trail
  • locking files and not providing access to certain users
  • collaborative files
  • many users cannot be in the same file at the same time
  • files are not automatically freed upon closure
  • copying files to another ProjectWise folder is complicated. There is an option to copy, another to copy to, etc.
ProjectWise is good for really large projects with many team members. I would not recommend it for small projects or those with a small team of people working on them. It is best for technical people and those who plan to use it daily. There are better FTP options out there if you just want to use them for file sharing.
  • It has saved us time in archiving and versioning documents
  • It has saved us effort in backing up files and restoring them when mistakes are made
  • It has had an overall positive impact on our bottom line by helping with file sharing and collaboration
I think ProjectWise is better for technical users than Dropbox, one drive, or SharePoint. It is less intuitive than any of the others though. It is better for restoring files and creating an audit trail than any of the other programs. It is better for sharing large files in a short period of time than SharePoint or one drive. It is also better for larger teams and larger projects than SharePoint or Dropbox.
June 01, 2021

ProjectWise Review

Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
There is no doubt that ProjectWise (PW) is powerful, it is probably one of the oldest and most developed file management tools out there.
  • It works for collaboration
  • The backend is customisable to do work that other document management systems just cannot do.
  • It's worse than a virus, it WILL get into every part of your system, with the only way to get rid of it is to do a full system format.
  • Integration is dependent on if Bentley wishes to support your software.
  • DMS system, it just makes it incompatible with native programs unless you have integration, which is at Bentley's discretion for support, exporting to your system is a work around, though this takes significant time to export and to re-teach PW linked file locations when you reimport it.
  • Clunky user interface, if you want to work on more than 1 file at a time expect to be at least 50-80% slower.
  • a Labyrinth of forms that are prone to user error.
  • Interface straight out of Windows 2000, and that's generous.
  • Inability to delete or even "Recycle bin" files, this is more an admin issue but most PW instance lock out deleting files, which makes it impractical for general use.
  • Encourages unnecessary and convoluted workflows, This comes down to the Pro of "The backend is customisable," it may be customisable but this encourages system admins to write convoluted and time consuming workflows just because they can.
  • Seems to require an IT team to manage it - this probably relates to the highly customisable component.
If you need something more than just a file server, my advice: try it, if you like it use it, if you find it is slowing you down try ANY of the many other products out there. It is capable, it is highly developed, it is better than a file server, but it is not streamlined and is in need of a major overhaul for an acceptable 21st century user experience. I personally have threatened to quit my job if we changed from our current document management system to ProjectWise, this is not because ProjectWise is not a good product, it is because I just want to be able to do my job without wasting time fighting the system.
  • Provides a central place for people to store files.
  • Incredibly long time to fill out forms to initialise a file. 4 hours to update files instead of about 10mins.
  • Significantly longer to open drawings. up to 1.5mins to open vs about 10seconds.
  • Can't easily batch script over files, thus making this workflow either ineffective or redundant. Scripts can take 10mins to do an hours worth of repetitive tasks.
  • Restricts you to 1 file at a time, so rather than in the morning opening 10-15 files at once and doing other work while they open you have to site their and open via dialogue boxes each and every file. This can take 10-15mins of your morning run.
  • People seem to email more documents unofficially now, which kind of defeats the first point.
Bentley ProjectWise from a user perspective just does not stack up to even something as simple as Dropbox. ProjectWise is powerful, it is capable, it has a ton of features. The best implementation I have seen from Projectwise is where the admins unlocked everything and let the users do as they please defeating everything it stood for and using it as a big Dropbox account, though even then the user interface couldn't be improved still causing significant workflow delays. I would reluctantly leave a good company if they implement ProjectWise, I respect that it's powerful for system admins but it sucks for users. This means 2-10% of what it is used for is well designed while the other 98-90% of its functions are just bogged down by a lack of development in its user interface and I say this as someone who has periodically used it over the last 10 years and seen no effective improvement in usability. Bentley ProjectWise was one of the first I believe to do this type of system, but as is common with being the first is you don't keep up with the times and bring a lot of baggage with you.
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