Overall Great Program
March 28, 2016

Overall Great Program

Peter O'Laughlin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with PlanGrid

PlanGrid is used by all project teams working on site during construction. As a general contractor, we use PlanGrid in the field offices to upload all project drawings, update those drawings with RFIs, and allow our subcontractors on the project to access and use those drawings freely on site using their iPads. PlanGrid addresses the problems of coherent communication and efficiency with drawing updates.
  • PlanGrid programmed the option of hyperlinking a document to an RFI to increase efficiency when viewing drawing updates.
  • PlanGrid organizes drawings and drawing updates in a clear way for users.
  • Plangrid is programmed to be used on iPads, which allows foreman and project managers on site to access any drawing on their iPad, instead of carrying around physical paper drawings.
  • Since PlanGrid is programmed to be viewed on the iPad app, the size of the drawing when viewed on a desktop is not maximized. There is a lot of unused space on the screen when viewing drawings on a desktop. This can be fixed by reprogramming PlanGrid to be used for both iPads and larger desktop screens.
  • I have had problems in the past with PlanGrid overloading and not being able to save my drawing updates. I had to switch between Google Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer to get PlanGrid back on track and saving drawing changes properly.
  • PlanGrid only allows you to cloud parts of a drawing in rectangles. Sometimes there are areas of the drawing I want to cloud that do not fit this shape without clouding a large and unnecessary space. An example would be perpendicular walls forming an L shape. To be able to cloud multiple shapes in comparison to BlueBeam, would make clouding more precise.
  • PlanGrid has only had a positive impact on my business objectives. Coherent communication between project managers and subcontractors has been improved.
  • There has been a massive reduction in paper use.
  • Efficiency and organization has increased when updating drawings.
I have only used PlanGrid on the two projects I have worked on. I do not have an alternative suggestions.
BCP-Construction & Estimating, UDA Construction Suite
PlanGrid is well suited for projects that give all foreman, inspectors, and project managers iPads to allow them to view drawings freely anytime on site. I cannot think of a project scenario where PlanGrid would not be appropriate.