- Their upload process is fast.
- The takeoff and markup tools work very well.
- The mobile application works very well.
- The price point for sharing between employees is missing a level I feel...between the free and the next level version.
- More integrations with other project management platforms would be great.
- Plangrid is still the quickest PDF reader on the market. It's the only app that keeps pace with our industry.
- The unlimited storage of attachments means that on projects where the number of RFIs can often reach into the hundreds, we never have to make a decision regarding which documents to share with the field.
- The simple to use tools, such as quick document mark-up and photo capture have made generating RFIs simpler than ever before.
- It'd be nice to have access to upload and edit documents from the app. Only for certain users.
- A small business billing option that addresses multiple users of a single account would make managing access simpler. Being able to load unlimited sheets, but only access a specific limit on your team's devices.
- Allow users to integrate their own RFI templates into the app, so RFIs can be generated in your own format right from the field, immediately ready to ship.
PlanGrid Review: "Great resource for hospital facilities staff; perfect way to access & verify Life Safety drawings & features in the field!"
We use PlanGrid in the hospital facilities maintenance world regularly to view our life safety drawings and confirm the integrity of fire and smoke barriers, etc., during environmental rounds, and to note any life safety deficiencies found during weekly rounds or unscheduled inspections. We are also able to check the size of suites and smoke compartments while in the field, and to capture any changes in life safety features (due to remodels., etc) so our LS plans are updated accordingly.
We used PlanGrid on an iPad while walking portions of our 6m S.F. academic health center campus during our most recent joint commission survey, and the LS code surveyor loved it! Carrying one iPad where we had everything he might ask for at our fingertips sure beat carrying around 4 or 5 sets of LS drawings, some of which have up to 40 pages!
Now that joint commission engineers (LS surveyors) are being forced into the digital age and utilizing tech more, I expect more of them will expect to see hospital facility managers utilizing mobile access to their building floor plans during the survey, and PlanGrid is perfect for this.
- Accessing drawings on the fly. By having the PDFs readily available, you don't have to worry about internet connection issues or lagging issues by going to your plans on a website.
- Being able to measure suite sizes, mark issues etc right on the iPad while out in field, instead of carrying a note pad.
- PlanGrid has been focused on design & construction; I'd like to see more focus on user-friendly features (and marketing) to those of use MAINTAINING those facilities once they are built.
- We met with rep from PlanGrid last summer here in our office and listed some features we'd like to see included eventually. We were told she would take these notes home to the development team, but no one ever followed up with us for more details or to give us an update.
- PlanGrid missed a huge opportunity to market itself to healthcare facilities (where the need for such a product is increasing constantly) by not having a booth or presence at the national ASHE (Healthcare Engineering) conference. Many companies with similar technology were there; I was disappointed PlanGrid was not.
- Organize plans and reference past drawing sets.
- Communicate with the field.
- Make sure the field has the latest plans.
- Link architectural or owner changes (by way of attachments) on the drawings so the field has the latest changes (vs previous paper model where RFI's were stuck in a binder somewhere and stuff got missed).
- Post submittals and schedules so the field has everything they need in one place.
- We are an electrical firm. I would love to specify which drawings to view first in a whole set of drawings. Currently I label E1.0 to "_E1.0" so it will be up top, but update the drawings with the latest set means I need to manually add the "_" in front which is a pain.
- Quick count.
- Turn off specific markups, organized by date. I think you can do this on web but haven't been able to do on iPad.
- Send an email summary of changes to the team so the field (who often does not refresh PlanGrid on a regular basis) knows that there has been an update.
- PlanGrid gives us the ability to maintain the most current set of drawings for a project. When plans change the user still has the ability to review the old version to determine where and why something has changed.
- PlanGrid lets the user include PDF documents for the project without using up the number of sheets in the subsctiption. This allows us to provide the field staff with specifications, addendum write-ups, and other internal documents our company uses to make sure things are done correctly the first time.
- PlanGrid allows our users in the field to submit RFI's, document issues, scale drawings, and provide daily markups of the work completed. This keeps our office staff informed of what is going on in the field and make adjustments to increase productivity and profitability.
- PlanGrid lacks in the scaling/measuring of plans. We would like to see an improvement in setting up the scale for a sheet and make it easier to measure in ways other than a straight line.
- I would like to see PlanGrids sheet recognition improve when uploading plan sheets. Sometimes it picks up the plan number and title, but not consistently.
Our company is using PlanGrid nation-wide.
We use it on our iPads to document changes, show RFI's, do existing conditions reports, and help subcontractors with layout.
We keep all the submittals as attachments so you always have everything you need right in your hand at any time. It makes it so much easier to cross reference drawing and items such as Millwork shop drawings or Appliance Submittals to verify clearances. It's one of the best tools we have in the field.
- It's great for Layout because you can get measurements with the scaling tool then have Architects verify on Layout approval.
- Using it to store all the submittals and ASK's from everyone is really useful when you're walking around and want to be able to verify that something is going to fit or make sure needed clearances are being meet.
- Best tool for doing existing conditions report because you can mark right on the drawings where there is a problem and even take pictures to prove the existing damage and its all kept together.
- Overall it make my day a lot easier.
- I would like to be able to save a page as an update without having to keep everything on the original plan.
- Compile punch list items from multiple team members.
- Create reports on the current status.
- Visual documentation of the issues.
- Easily group like issues in order to distribute to sub-contractors.
- Moving items to different sheets after the fact
- Options to condense reports
- When there is a team working on a project.
- The ability to have 5 people add items at 5 different times, and still be able to create a report without having to collate 5 different reports is great.
- Real-time, cloud based project data - keeps everyone on the same page
- Photo history allowing issues, concerns and documentation of conditions for owner
- Easy to navigate site, able to be used on multiple platforms from mobile (IOS or Android), desktop or web based
- RFI format
- Adding a pricing request log
- More detail on punch list
- Plan sheet organization, renderings speed and image quality in the field are all great.
- UI is simple, attractive and easy for users of most experience levels.
- Slipsheeting, updating or changing drawings is easy and effective.
- Photo quality in printed reports is low. If markups or dimensions are made on an image within the system it's oftentimes difficult to see once printed.
- Clouding and markups sometimes obstruct you from seeing the actual drawing. Clouds for instance, grow and shrink when zooming. This makes sense, but sometimes on sheets with a large number of markups, when you zoom out it's just a mess of illegible bulky clouds/bubbles.
- Convenience- Gone are the days when you had to take the time to walk back to the job site trailer before being able to review the plans. Now every plan in detail is available on your tablet or right in your pocket on your phone.
- Construction documents- All construction documents can be stored on plan grid making it easier than in the past when you had to haul around a set of plans and a binder full of all changes and RFIs.
- All notes, needed corrections, and issues can be documented directly on PlanGrid and seen by everyone with access.
- Not extremely user-friendly. At times it is difficult to figure out how to print, access certain applications, etc.
Plangrid is less suited when you would like to share a specific detail or plan sheet.
- You can use the default buttons to note deficiencies or you have the option to make your own buttons.
- It's easy to load and sync dwgs.
- The reports that PlanGrid makes are very well suited to what I use it for.
- It lacks the ability to delete buttons in one action. If I have a sheet that has multiple buttons on it but things have been resolved and I want a fresh sheet, I have to individually delete all of the buttons. Time consuming task.
PlanGrid is well suited for sharing of projects between team members as well as using it to make notation for inspections.
I don't know any scenarios where it would be less appropriate.
- Foreman have access to drawings on their iPads or laptops instantly.
- As drawings are updated the most current drawing is always the first drawing foreman see.
- Keeps us GREEN since we don't need to print out large sets of drawings.
- Love it as it is currently so anything you do to make it better only makes it better for us.
- Punchlists. I have not found another product that is as simple to use for punchlists.
- Drawings, including updated versions of sheets. It's great to be able to simply swipe down on a sheet and see the older version(s) of the sheets.
- Sheet comparisons are good and getting better. It's nice to be able to simply overlay different versions of sheets and clearly see what has changed.
- More customization for punchlists would be appreciated. The ability to add the company logo and creating lists were nice additions to help the process. However it would be nice to be able to select items created by more than one person in the filters.
- One of the best features is being able to hyperlink from a section drawing to a specific detail on another sheet. This is done by clicking on the detail and hyper linking to the specific detail.
- We are able to keep records of all revised drawings on a project to track changes based on changes to a specific drawing.
- While setting up the drawings, we can only use the drawings pertinent to our trade so the field can effortless look at information only viable to them for effective understanding of the scope.
- PlanGrid would be more helpful if it had additional places to store documents related to the project but not just related to the drawings allowing a more complete management tool.
- Prepare punch-list reports
- Administrate and compare different plan versions
- Document the project photographically in relation to plans
- Annotate and draw on plans, include undo option and add a note layer
- Allow users to generate reports from iPad app
- The annotate photo option should be made easier, part of the photo taking process and not as an additional step.
- The speed at which you can move through the drawings and zoom in and out is amazing.
- You can customize the punch lists for what your company standards are. This is great for doing observations and making reports standardized through out the company.
- The sharing of the same job between multiple individuals is great.
- There is nothing that I would say they need to improve. If I have an idea, they usually try to get it incorporated if multiple individuals request it.
- Being able to include submittals and any other documentation as an attachment either per sheet or per project on 1 device is a lifesaver.
- Marking up drawings for review between everyone involved is a very nice feature.
- Having all of your projects at the touch of a finger through an iPad is awesome. The whole system is a time saver.
- I would like to see it be better at scaling measurements, I feel there is plenty of room for improvement.
- PlanGrid helps save time and most importantly helps provide quality production.
- With this tool communication is much better across our organization.
- PlanGrid is very user-friendly.
- At the moment, I haven't encountered any areas where PlanGrid has given me difficulties.
- Red lines and changes.
- Attaching pictures showing different existing situations.
- Attaching change orders to the projects.
- Copy and paste functions are difficult to use for using Plan Grid on the computer
- Drawing lines would be a good feature.
- Changing font text will be nice.
- It is extremely easy to use.
- Functions are well organized.
- The ability to pinpoint on the drawing [to] any problems is invaluable.
- It would be better if I could create my own standards and reuse them for each project.
- The self-paced instructions are a little hard to use.
- The compare sheet is amazing. I used to have to use a light table on some projects.
- Revision control is amazing.
- Very easy to use for all types of people.
- The document section of PlanGrid could be easier to use. Sometimes it's difficult to find what you are looking for.
- Keeps documentation and plans in one place.
- Keeps plans updated and shows when they were changed or added.
- They are continually updated and current.
- I would like to use as punch list creator but haven't had time to research all aspects.
- Easy navigation between plan sheets - even while walking a job site with no table.
- Great zooming for review in the field.
- Loading and deleting plan sets can be confusing and time-consuming.
- Deleting plans or plan sets is difficult - I do it infrequently enough that I have a hard time finding what to click on.
- User friendly, from a classroom training for PlanGrid to the PlanGrid videos online to help something forgotten or learn something new.
- However spending time using PlanGrid one can pick up on quite a few "tricks."
- Punchlist with PlanGrid is great, taking pictures and putting them right on the floor plan is easy, and eliminates wasted time searching what room what picture went with. You can also note that it is a completed item for tracking.
- PlanGrid is great for running around the job site with an iPad and getting needed information from the plans on the spot, makes answering questions a lot easier and faster during these busy days.
- PlanGrid is one of 3 apps I have used, I honestly cringe thinking about the other two apps. I think PlanGrid does a great job trying to improve themselves, I don't know what I could add.
PlanGrid Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
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 operations lifespan.
PlanGrid aims to increase team productivity by: streamlining document management and control, providing collaborators with easy access to all project information from any device, and enabling seamless collaboration. This leads to building the most comprehensive record set for the entire construction and operations lifecycle and consistently delivering on time and on budget.
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