Ever wondered which project management platforms are the most widely used in the construction industry? We’ve got it covered.
Construction project management software are single, secure platforms that enable a coordinated, collaborative, and therefore efficient approach to oftentimes complex construction programmes.
They help users to manage risk and resource, phases and scheduling, project scope and delivery, and of course, budget. After all, money makes the (construction) world go round!
Here are the top construction project management software platforms recommended by industry experts, and why they are so effective:
Part of Autodesk Construction Cloud, Autodesk Build streamlines site and office teams and workflows using high cost, quality, Health & Safety, and project control.
With cross-device compatibility, high RFI interoperability, 2D and 3D modelling tools, and centralised issue management, Autodesk Build can ‘eliminate delays and reduce miscommunication’.
Pros: site collaboration, management of plans and docs.
Cons: occasional file syncing; integration with other Autodesk products.
A “top-rated” project management software solution, monday.com is a cloud-based platform, geared towards architects, builders, contractors and engineers.
Easy file sharing, RFIs, and updates, as well as budget, resource and schedule monitoring allows users to ‘achieve goals quicker’.
Pros: easy setup and use, scheduling, task management.
Cons: higher plans have best features; exporting dashboards and charts.
A Buildertrend company, CoConstruct is a cloud-based solution, geared towards independent homebuilders and remodelling specialists, experts say.
A simplified approach to managing financials, clients, labour and scheduling in the residential sector. Features include voice-into-text to-dos, file sharing and notifications, bid monitoring, and financial forecasting.
Pros: easy setup and use, customer support, estimating.
Cons: data export, orders and invoicing.
Geared to owners, main contractors, and subcontractors, Procore provides real-time visibility from office to site. Other features support preconstruction, financials, and resource management.
Real-time updates, overview of project, and sped-up processes like RFIs, scheduling, plans and timesheets create an ‘all-in-one solution from tender to close’.
Pros: customer support, media uploads, communications.
Cons: need for add-ons and timesheet enhancement.
One for contractors and design experts, Houzz Pro provides marketing and brand-building tools to support housebuilders and remodelling specialists, architects, and specialty contractors, experts say.
For meetings, managing leads and bids, estimating, and visual modelling tools to showcase to clients, Houzz Pro is an ‘all-in-one software solution’.
Pros: estimating, dashboard, CRM.
Cons: customer support delays.
A ‘modern platform for projects of every size’, Smartsheet has in-built and custom solutions capacity to support the preconstruction phase, quality control, Health & Safety, resource allocation, and operations.
Features include costing and reporting, while portals and dashboards render important visual data.
Pros: dashboards and templates, planning and scheduling.
Cons: activity log, permissions and sharing not simple.
Best for housebuilders, both specialty and commercial contractors, and remodelling specialists, Buildertrend is built to support the full project lifecycle and to increase efficiency and profits, experts say.
Weather updates, change orders, scheduling, voice-to-text to-dos, invoice and payment processing, and timesheets, as well as sales, financials, and project planning capacities, Buildertrend ‘helps with every stage’, including client communication.
Pros: CRM/lead tracking; customer support.
Cons: use of project accounting features.
A cloud-based platform geared to trade contractors, eSUB has a user-friendly interface, enabling real-time access to key data and documents in a single, secure solution.
Features include unlimited data storage, meeting minutes, as well as daily reporting, resource and RFI handling.
Pros: easy setup and use, strong communications.
Cons: QuickBooks integration; timecard UI.
Ideal for architects, both general and specialty contractors, and engineers, Fieldwire enables collaborative, real-time information sharing.
Unlike WhatsApp, teams can connect conversations with tasks for faster solutions. Easy updates on issues, scheduling and plans.
Pros: easy setup and use; visual.
Cons: image management.
Favoured by commercial general construction firms, RedTeam can support the entire project lifecycle, including the preconstruction phase, financials, and project management, from a free mobile app.
With a Gantt scheduling tool, Microsoft Project compatibility, high RFI interoperability, and a range of change order features, RedTeam enables ‘easier collaboration’.
Pros: customer support, file sharing and management, timesheets.
Cons: scheduling on the app; occasional slowdown.
Houzz Pro, Fieldwire, and monday.com also all received top billing from American business magazine Forbes.
While LetsBuild and GanttPRO ranked high with ProjectManagement[dot]com.
Forbes also recommended Job Progress which it said is ideal for residential contractors, Contractor Foreman it said was the “easiest to use”, and Buildertrend is best for managing “all aspects of business”.
Article sources: Technology advice (https://technologyadvice.com); ProjectManagement.com (https://project-management.com/top-construction-project-management-software/); Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/advisor/business/best-construction-project-management-software/#jobprogress_section)
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