Oracle Aconex Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Aconex is a construction management software that is part of Oracle’s Construction and Engineering Cloud platform. It connects teams on the world’s largest construction and engineering projects. The solution helps users manage their information and processes across their projects. It has tools and features that enable construction firm owners, engineering, procurement and construction management companies (EPC/M), contractors, and project management consultants to collaborate in projects, manage data, documents, and costs with complete visibility across all stages of the project lifecycle.
Features, Benefits, Product strengths
- Document Management, Project Controls, and Workflow Management – Aconex document management software is built for construction and engineering. It provides all partners and organizations quick access to current documents that include drawings, BIM models, contracts, and more. It has tools for document distribution, transmittals, and drawing management. It also has version control so that everyone is working on the current version. Project controls provide users an accurate view of how projects are performing across cost, schedule, design, and the effects of changes to all these. Workflow management helps reduce complexity, improves data capture, and increases control through process automation.
- RFIs, Mail & Forms, BIM Management, Quality & Safety – The construction management software improves project management by centralizing communications. It digitalizes RFIs and queries, provides users with a tool to easily manage and coordinate advice to RFIs, and allow them to issue site instructions and directions. It also has tools for requests and approvals, change management, delays & EOT, and more. BIM and model management tools provide a true common data environment to simplify the process. It provides cross-discipline collaboration, with interoperability with other systems. It also has tools for design coordination, and review and approvals. For quality and safety, it automates and standardizes field-based processes, to speed up inspection times, drive accountability, and minimize delays. It has features for checklist and forms, health and safety, defects and punch lists, and more.
- Bids & Tender, Handover to O&M, Insights and Reporting, and more – Aconex is an integrated and centralized platform that enables smart and streamlined bids and tender management. Users can easily work with package distributions, receive bids securely with a digital lock box, and award contracts. It has tools to progressively collate operation and maintenance manuals for handover, standardize subcontractor submissions, and search information with its asset management. It also provides graphical dashboards and configurable reports. Mobile apps work with iOS and Android devices. It also has Outlook integration that allows users to send and reply to Aconex mail from within Outlook.
Aconex offers different plans to cover projects of different sizes. The Starter plan includes tools for document, drawing and model management, BIM management, RFIs, mail and forms, and workflow and change management. The higher plans are the Professional plan and Enterprise plans, with more features. Plans are also fully customizable.
Social network presence
Aconex is ideal for the construction, infrastructure, and energy & resources industries. Organizations that benefit from using the software are owner/developers, EPC/M firms, general contractors, joint venture/public-private partnerships, and construction project management and consultant firms.
Supports English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (Simplified).
Some of their clients
Clients include Burns & McDonnell, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Hill International, OHL Construccion, and Marriott International.
Roger Gagnier stated that he would use Aconex for every project AECOM will have going forward. By providing a platform for deep collaboration across multiple organizations and users and document repository, the solution resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars per year saved in employee costs, 50 percent reduction of contractor submittal turnaround time, and 3x faster document search and retrieval.
Chris van Beek described the platform as a great solution for their Block Island wind farm project. Project set up and usability was very easy. The result was project delivery that was on schedule and on budget.
Aconex is trusted worldwide with over 16,000 projects implemented in over 70 countries. It provides project-wide solution for all users in all stages of the lifecycle. The cloud and mobile platform offers accessibility whether in the office or the field. Also, the platform is secure with ISO 27001 certification, 2FA, and 3 levels of security controls.
Aconex Limited was a publicly traded Australian construction software development company based in Melbourne. It was founded in January 2000 by Leigh Jasper and Robert Phillpot. It provides a cloud and mobile platform for the global construction industry. In December 2017, it was announced that it was being acquired by Oracle for $1.2 billion. In March 2018, the acquisition was completed, and Aconex is now part of the Oracle Construction and Engineering Cloud platform. Aconex has been used in projects that totaled $1 trillion in projects across 70,000 organizations in over 70 countries.