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What is construction software?

Construction software covers a wide array of applications which are used in the construction industry. The main aim of these applications is to be able to map a construction project from its initial plans to its completion. Aspects such as project scheduling, project management, job costing and other areas of the construction business can be covered by useful software applications.

There are a market trends you need to understand when evaluating what software to use and which firms to hire.

What is vendor consolidation?
Large construction management software vendors often tend to acquire smaller software vendors. These small vendors will still extend support for their products but buyers will mostly want to work with the consolidating firms acquiring the small vendors rather than with the small firms likely to be acquired. It is therefore important that the buyer should determine the vendor’s liability.

Software as a Service is getting more popular
SaaS is a model in which the software vendor hosts the applications through a web browser, making it easy for the buyer to access. This cloud approach is increasingly getting popular in the construction industry mostly in the project management area and less so in the estimating and accounting areas. Different SaaS offerings should be evaluated before deciding on the right one to use.

Mobile apps for work on the go
Being mobile is important, especially in the construction industry, and having access to project information while in the field is a must. Mobile platforms are improving by the day and making sure that the construction software solutions you are using is compatible with mobile devices is essential. Furthermore buyers should look for native mobile construction app support so that all functions are optimized for mobile use.

Types Of Construction Software

Construction software should cover all the necessary aspects of a construction project. Here are the main applications:

Project takeoff
Using blueprints and digital files to measure volumes, lengths and areas for more accurate and faster takeoffs

Project estimating
Increasing accuracy of cost estimates whilst also increasing project profitability based on your takeoffs

Management of bids
Provides a database to manage the processes of contract management, procurement and purchasing.

Scheduling of projects
Helps project managers to schedule resources, tasks and people efficiently through the Critical Path Method (CPM)

Construction project management
Helps to manage important documentation and track project costs throughout all parties involved in the project

Program and portfolio management
Help building owners, homebuilders and site managers to coordinate projects through a set of management applications

Project accounting and job costing
Helps contractors with their costing needs and core accounting based around a job costing module

Managing customers
Bringing together customer contract information, past customers as well as potential future customers.

Project field service management
Help contractors with dispatching and monitoring inventory for service technicians across multiple fields

Why Use Construction Software?

The benefit of using construction software solutions is vast and goes a long way into helping to make a construction project more efficient and more profitable:

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Your use of software will of course depend on your needs and the needs of your business:

  • You might be looking at consolidating all of your applications onto a single platform as you are getting frustrated with the lack of integration.
  • Also, you might want to boost your efficiency in one specific area, may it be accounting, estimating or contract management. Using certain specific applications will help you to do just that.
  • Another reason is that your firm might be looking to have it’s own specifically tailored software solution as general software doesn’t quite fit your needs.
  • Then there is the most obvious advantage of using software: to get rid of old fashioned paper documents and consolidate everything into one single and easily accessible database.
  • It is all about finding a solution that fits your business needs now and into the future.

Cosential

by Cosential

Cosential is a cloud-based CRM and proposal automation tool created by AEC experts (architecture, engineering and construction). It allows business developers, marketers and principles to access and act upon the information specific to their role that compliments cross-functional workflows.Cosential also provides a lead management solution that organizes contacts, tracks new opportunities, manages pending projects, runs reports and responds to RFPs by generating prescriptive, engaging proposals.

JobNimbus

by JobNimbus

At the core of the product, JobNimbus is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, combined with project scheduling, project management and service management. JobNimbus makes it easy by bringing these all together into a single solution, so users can quickly organize their teams, track materials, check on jobs, update contacts and generally encourage better communication across the company, especially when it comes to their customers.

Corecon

by Corecon Technologies

Corecon is a construction software suite that offers organizations a complete web-based solution for estimating, project management, job costing and scheduling. Corecon Technologies' cutting-edge solution includes executive dashboards which offer complete visibility into every facet of the project, and construction firms can easily automate complex tasks to work more profitably and efficiently.

Procore

by Procore Technologies

Procore provides users a way to collaborate on projects and view various documents, including submittals, RFIs, contracts, schedules, and drawings. Everyone from general contractors and architects to engineers and construction management firms are able to edit and share project data from the job site while facility owners can view the progress of each project in their portfolios.

The software can automate repetitive tasks and utilize multiple data sources, including past estimates, standardized libraries, historical costs, performance data, and integrated RSMeans. Users can build, review, and edit estimates quickly, and automatically run price calculations to identify errors and reduce last-minute issues.

UDA ConstructionSuite

by UDA Technologies

UDA ConstructionSuite offers a simpler, more effective way to manage every stage of your construction projects. Applications include estimating, job costing, project management, scheduling, document management, and more. Working seamlessly together, these modules help construction professionals centralize and coordinate everything from project estimates, schedules, contacts, and financials.

Co-construct

by CoConstruct

Co-construct provides builders unlimited, no-charge projects for use with prospects, estimating, and bidding. Each builder only pays for the number of projects currently under construction.

Buildertrend

by Buildertrend

Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders and remodelers. It combines project scheduling, project management, customer management, and service management in a single suite. As a Web-based platform, this system can be accessed anywhere with a computer or mobile device.

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