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- Plangrid is the best SaaS I have seen for ease of uploading construction plans and automated organization of those plans.
- For companies that are not using other products for mobile access, the Plangrid mobile apps are perfect to allow people on and off site to share and collaborate in many phases of construction project documentation.
- Plangrid has a very responsive technical support team (although it is pretty much email only).
- Plangrid's website layout is easy to use and understand and allows new users to jump right in and do basic to moderate tasks without little training.
- Plangrid is in the process of adding enhanced construction documentation such as better Submittal, RFI, and Field Reporting modules, but the ones in place right now will not be up to par for some people used to more full-featured applications such as Sage or Procore.
- Like other SaaS Construction applications, Plangrid is very expensive. Too expensive in my opinion. They should find ways to offer more tiers of cost so smaller companies can use the application is a limited manner and not have to pay the same cost as the larger companies which may get more use out of advanced features.
- On the same theme of cost, many of Plangrids collaboration features require all collaborators to have a license. Try telling all 30 subs on your project that they have to run out and pay an extra $50-$100/MO per employee to collaborate with you. Does not always go over well.
- Plangrids Field Report, Submittal and RFI modules are still a bit of a work in progress.
I only gave it an 8 because their support is almost 100% email and chat driven with little to no voice offering.
- One of the things that we like about Plan Grid is when we receive an updated plan sheet we can upload it and have a record of the changes that have been made along the way.
- Information can be shared in real time.
- Our field team has all of the information that they need at their fingertips.
- Uploading revised plans is a little cumbersome. It would be nice if you didn't have to add a new version every time you updated a sheet.
- Sometimes the sheet number and name recognition does not work properly when adding a new job or updating sheets. There is a workaround but it would be nice if it was more consistent.
- The cost seems a little high. It would be nice if they increased the plan limit for each pricing tier.
- They got rid of their free version, 50 sheet limit. We used to have our estimators use this option, but now we have to pay for a subscription for a service that is only used once in a while.
- The user interface is extremely easy to use for both the advanced and not-so-advanced computer users. This is huge in an industry that has a high diversity of computer skills among end-users of technology.
- Rendering speed of documents is extremely quick on every device/platform.
- The application can be used on every platform from Windows/iOS/Andriod (mobile or desktop) as well as the web, without diluting platform features.
- The ability to import 3D models and maintain accompanying metadata is extremely beneficial.
- It would be ideal to see a free viewer license that would allow some users (subcontractors) the ability to view the documents and be notified of updates. These users, of course, would be limited only to "viewing" permissions.
- It would also be beneficial to be able to customize daily job log fields.
- Keeping an up to date set of documents and sharing it instantly with front line workers.
- Keeping a history set of drawings, documents, etc. for use in change or schedule management.
- Integration of other software such as BlueBeam or Asta Scheduling Software.
- Response times on the web based application.
- Plan management
- Ease of use
- Punchlist implementation and tracking for items through to completion
- Document storage
- Unlicensed client access for issue corrections
- Mark up tools. Need symbols that relate to construction industry (outlet, fire alarm, light switch, drain etc.) that can be selected from a list to update better on redline drawings
- Issue symbols should not be limited to 2 characters. I have run into several scenarios that I need a 3rd character to identify the issue symbol with
- PlanGrid is great for updating drawings. In the fast-paced world we live in, and with drawings constantly changing, it is nice how the sheets are automatically updated and slip sheeted in.
- It is very helpful at writing RFI's and tracking them. The ease of writing them and allowing others to see an answer is very helpful.
- The picture log is great how all pictures taken to PlanGrid are stored even if they are deleted from a tablet.
- The field reports need to be improved greatly. It is a very basic idea right now. Collaboration on the same report by other usernames would be great.
- The fact that I can access my photo library when writing RFIs is very frustrating. You have to add pictures to PlanGrid and then add them to the RFI. Should be allowed access to photo library and add them while writing. The current process requires a lot of upfront work to be able to write and RFI.
- Best suited for construction progress and documentation of existing field issues.
- Not as well suited for design and sharing with non-paying users. Sometimes it's helpful to share the project site with the project's owner. They often are not in the construction industry and would only be accessing the site during this project with our firm. It would be good to create guest access.
- Drawing markups: The ability to annotate drawings with pictures and their exact locations helps eliminate guesswork and production slowdowns related to design questions
- Issue tracking: The ability to note issues and communicate them and their resolution between the field and office help limit miscommunication.
- Linking drawings: PlanGrid makes it simple to link drawings to one another, as well as, linking purchase orders, specifications, and listing drawings.
- The lack of auto reports requires users to check in on projects daily and creates extra work should we want to push issues out to our clients.
- Works well on computers, phones, tablets. Great for a large team on many different platforms.
- Ease of use. Very user-friendly on all devices.
- Can be used for complicated tasks as well as simple tasks. Good tool for taking photos of equipment and assigning to a plan, or for more detailed drawing changes and tracking.
- Pricey for small team users. Would be nice to have team pricing or at least lesser than a nailgun account for users that use under 50 pages.
- Some UI improvements are still needed, such as reviewing images that have been uploaded; there is no way to scroll to the next image.
- Great at updating and consolidating plan sets!
- The filter option on plans is particularly helpful when you want to vie wa specific plan set, like electrical drawings only or fire protection and plumbing only.
- Great with incorporating and managing RFI's, ASI's and punchlist items.
- I wish there were an option to git rid of a notification once you've seen it, e.g. "you're viewing an old plan sheet - do you want to continue?" There should be an option on this pop-up to say "Noted - do not show this message again".
- Better markup options, similar to BlueBeam. I feel like the options available are limited.
- Better able to view linked sheets. Some sheets do not link automatically to the detail they are referenced in.
- Allows the subs to view the plans electronically
- Subs get the plans within minutes instead of days
- Saves printing cost and saves trees
- Sometimes the plans take too long to get to subcontractors
- Certain items are difficult to understand in the program
- Short cuts would be helpful while using the product
- Easy to share information
- Automatically creates review documents from your markups
- Easy to use in the field
- A better way to implement User-Friendly to control who can view specific items
- Create a takeoff application
- PlanGrid is ideal with the submission of RFI’s directly to the design team
- PlanGrid makes real time Punch List creation and tracking easy
- PlanGrid is much easier with an Ipad to perform job walks than carrying a full set of construction drawings
- Revisions and changes are a breeze and update quickly
- I would like to see PlanGrid assist in supporting photos from the user device not taken within PlanGrid
- I would like to be able to manipulate documents loaded to PlanGrid similar to sheet markups
- Adding a few more document templates for daily reports would be nice
- Very easy to use, and training takes less than a few hours for field staff.
- Connects office to field quickly and efficiently.
- Uploading , naming, and tagging sheet is the best in the business.
- Sheet and document manager always display most current information and also gives you the ability to look back at previous versions for changes.
- Their sheet system by user could use some revisions. Their plans only allow a certain number of sheets per user.
- Customer service and local sales reps could be more responsive.
- PlanGrid syncs drawing sets across users and devices. This is a strength because everyone on PlanGrid has the most up-to-date drawings without any effort, other than uploading. For subs, it is easy to distribute the latest drawing uploads.
- PlanGrid is quite easy to use. Unlike other CM software, PlanGrid only has a few features but it uses all of them well.
- PlanGrid has a great iPhone and Android app, so users on site can have the entire document and RFI log on their phone, with full access to all features.
- The photo attachment process is a bit complicated. In Procore (another similar software I've used), you can upload photos directly into RFIs for your reference, or into e-mails. For PlanGrid, you have to first upload the photo into the documents tab, then link them into the RFI. It's not intuitive and can add confusion to the documents tab.
- Photos can't be directly uploaded. Between different devices and colleagues, it's possible you'll get an important photo outside of the PlanGrid photo capture feature within its app. Again, it's complicated for users to use.
- In their new drawings viewer, the icons for actions do not have icons available. I had to use them all in order to understand what they meant, and I'm fairly tech savvy. I'm not sure if a new person to PlanGrid will pick up on each icon's abilities very easily.
- There's no all-in-one solution in CM, but PlanGrid is fairly barebones, and I don't believe it has any ability to connect to other software. There's no ability to take meeting munites; you can hack the field reports feature to accomplish this, but it's clear that was not the intent of the designers.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
- Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
- Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
- Entry-level set up fee?No
|Nailgun||$39||user per month|
|Dozer||$59||user per month|
|Crane||$119||user per month|
PlanGrid Support Options
|Free Version||Paid Version|
|Video Tutorials / Webinar|
PlanGrid Technical Details
|Mobile Application:||Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mobile Web|
|Supported Languages:||English, Spanish, French, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Swedish|