Co-Construct - project management software for market leaders
February 28, 2020

Co-Construct - project management software for market leaders

Craig Jolly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with CoConstruct

CoConstruct is used across our business - as an element of our estimation process, and client relationship management process. It is our project management program and is integrated into our financial management suite. While it does not function across all aspects of the business, it is designed to support it - what it does well is support project management through interaction with the client on a level that can be controlled entirely.
  • Client Interaction - the ability to capture all interactions with the client on a job basis is invaluable. All discussions, decisions, and selections are captured within the project management suite.
  • Specification and selections - the development of the building specification and the selection of items have always been difficult; however, with Co-Construct, the specification is developed as you go, and selections are made easy for both me as a builder and the client. The process is interactive and can be completed entirely online if required.
  • Scheduling - the scheduling tool and project management plan associated with it is first class, easy to use, and always keeping you on track. Once the data is entered, it will keep you on track - if things change, it is easy to adjust and develop a plan to get you back on target.
  • Estimating is still done on third party software and pulled into the program. If you do manual takeoffs and work on a spreadsheet, this is relatively simple to do - and you could probably enter it straight into Co-Construct. However, if you use automatic takeoffs for accuracy and speed, you will end up doing a bit of double handling as you re-enter the output into Co-Construct. Ideally, you would be able to do the takeoffs within the program, entering the data only once.
  • The product saves time - only really needing to enter the data once after the estimate is completed.
  • We have won jobs though using the program during our preliminary phase - it pays for itself.
  • While not having had to use it - the communications tracking will be a savior when the inevitable client conflict regarding selections/variations (change orders) arises.
Buildertrend provides a similar product; however, I found it a little more clunky to use. Buildertrend integrates with a third party estimating software; however, it wasn't one I used. I had already invested in an estimating system that I could manipulate better to support Co-Construct. Buildertrend is a great project - it just didn't tick all of the boxes for us during the trial.
The support staff is brilliant; they don't operate on Australian time, so you can't just dial up support when you need it. The response times are quick, and the staff is knowledgeable. They are also well versed in most of the differences between buildings in the US and the building in Australasia. Despite their funny accents and strange use of the English language, we get by just fine!

Do you think CoConstruct delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with CoConstruct's feature set?

No

Did CoConstruct live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of CoConstruct go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy CoConstruct again?

Yes

  • Co-Construct is suited to residential building companies of all sizes who want to lead the market. It is suitable for both custom builders and renovation specialists. We have adapted it to work with large electrical jobs and also run small commercial projects through it, although it has slightly less functionality in the commercial area.
  • When it comes to managing our core business - custom sustainable residential homes, it is outstanding. The customer focus and interaction puts it ahead of other programs on the market. Its weakness is in the estimating package, which is slow and clunky. In essence, it requires integration with another software program or further development to get over the double handling of information in this area. The problem is the estimation programs do what they do well plus two-thirds of what Co-Construct does and Co-Construct does project management and client interaction will plus about two-thirds of what the programs can do. You end up paying for a lot of what you don't need on either side.

CoConstruct Feature Ratings

Plan distribution & viewing
8
Plan markups & sharing
5
Document sharing
9
Issue tracking & punchlists
10
Photo documentation
10
Jobsite reports
8
RFI tools
10
Collaboration & approvals
10
As-built drawings
5
Mobile app
9
Submittal design and management
10
Takeoff tools
2
Job costing
10
Cost databases
2
Cost calculator
6
Bid creation
10