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PlanGrid Build is construction software built for the construction teams out in the field. Now part of the Autodesk Construction Cloud, PlanGrid is a mobile application included in Autodesk Build and works with Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Autodesk Docs. It enables construction firms and their teams to view, manage, organize, update, and distribute sheets, drawings, models, and other documents. Auto-sync functionality ensures all stakeholders are working on the same page. Users are able to simplify and streamline processes, track progress, and resolve issues throughout the whole project lifecycle.
PlanGrid Build provides file management capabilities that help streamline and centralize document management. It enables construction teams to organize and distribute files through a single connected platform, giving all team members access to needed information. The result is simplified construction document control with access and permission tools as well as custom sharing options.
Automatic version control ensures that teams are always working on the latest versions of drawings and models. Users can also view previous versions and compare versions to keep track of changes. Approval workflow helps facilitate, control, and automate the review and distribution of documents and drawings before publishing. PlanGrid’s tools facilitate easy reviewing, commenting, and approving on shared docs. Other features include real-time publishing of drawings to the field, auto-sync to mobile devices, and advanced markup tools for easy collaboration.
PlanGrid Build includes configurable construction project management workflows to connect the office and the field, and keep teams and projects on track. By integrating with many project scheduling tools like Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, or ASTA Powerproject, users can view and collaborate on schedule data from anywhere in the world. The platform also has custom views, filters, and integration with Cost Management to quickly and accurately connect costs and time.
The RFI management features help improve communication and create accountability up to resolution. Users can connect RFIs across the project lifecycle, link RFIs to tasks, escalate issues to RFIs, and link RFIs to potential change orders. Other features include submittals management, centralized construction meeting minutes, reference links to meetings, and progress tracking with markup tools.
Quality Management, Safety Management, Issues List, Photo Gallery, and More
PlanGrid Build has quality management tools to track all issues in one place with automated clash detection, centralized document management, and quality checklists. Safety management tools allow users to develop repeatable safety programs and assign clear team ownership of site safety. It has safety checklists and templates, issue and incident logs accessible from the mobile app. Other features are offline mode, an intuitive user interface, 3D model and sheet viewing, and photo tags.
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PlanGrid Build Pricing
PlanGrid Build’s mobile app is included with all Autodesk Build subscriptions. All Autodesk Build plans include the complete product feature set, as well as access to Autodesk Docs. The plans come with varying sheet count limits, a number referring to the total number of files and their versions that a subscriber can access in the Sheets tool. Users can choose to pay annually or monthly. A free 30-day trial period is also available.
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Who Uses PlanGrid Build?
PlanGrid Build is ideal for construction businesses of all sizes in need of a cloud-based construction mobile app for the field. Many users are general contractors, specialty contractors, owners, and designers in the commercial, industrial, infrastructure, and institutional industries. Notable customers include BN Electrical, Pond and Company, MAREK, PENTA Building Group, Brasfield & Gorrie, CRB, Glenveagh Properties, Mark III Construction, and Pro-Craft.
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PlanGrid Build Supported Languages
PlanGrid Build through Autodesk Build supports the following languages: English (US, UK), Dutch, French (France, Canada), German, Japanese, and Spanish. Language support includes text, date formatting, and numbers.
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Makayla Oei is the Project Executive of a commercial specialty contracting firm based in Sacramento. The company was continuously searching to evaluate and implement new technology and processes to improve outcomes and transform project delivery, with a specific focus on lean construction processes. With PlanGrid Build within Autodesk Construction Cloud, the company is able to increase its cloud-based collaboration, increase construction productivity, and reduce waste. The software helps them remove data silos to improve access and organization of project data from design up to installation.
Chris McFayden is the Operations Manager of a mechanical and plumbing specialty contracting company in Redlands, California. Looking to change its previous slow and cumbersome process that often led to data mismanagement and construction errors, the company chose PlanGrid Build after a quick demo. It found in PlanGrid an easy-to-use solution that fostered clear communication and collaboration between the office and the field. Since then, foremen are running projects with up-to-date project information and new drawings uploaded to the field in real time.
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Why Choose PlanGrid Build?
PlanGrid Build is an easy-to-use and feature-rich mobile app for all types of construction projects. It facilitates access to project data by connecting teams in the office and the field with flexible and integrated tools. Users are able to manage projects with improved processes and simple collaboration using a single construction project management platform.
PlanGrid Inc., was a private construction software company based in San Francisco. It was co-founded by Tracy Young, Kenny Stone, Ralph Gootee, and Ryan Sutton-Gee in 2011 with a mission to move all paper documents used in the construction industry to the cloud in digital format. The company was a 2012 graduate of Y Combinator, and by 2018, has about 12,000 paying customer companies. In December 2018, Autodesk completed its acquisition of PlanGrid, which is now part of Autodesk Build Construction Cloud solution.
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Jose Santos is a long-time contributing writer for project-management.com. He is a subject matter expert in the field of project management and has many years of experience writing about project management software and tools. He has written hundreds of articles for the project management industry, including numerous software reviews, book reviews, training site reviews, and more.