Top 5 Construction Project Management Software

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top 5 construction project management software imageThe outlook for the construction industry this year and the following years is positive. A summary of a report posted in a building design and construction website lists growth in construction projects in many parts of the world. For example, commercial building, institutional building and public works construction are all seen to increase this year between 5 and 15 percent, with an average rise of 9 percent amounting to more than $600 billion in the US alone. Similarly, employment in the construction project management industry is projected to grow faster than average compared to other occupations, according to government labor and statistics bureau.

What is Construction Project Management

Construction project management (CPM) is a specific application of PM discipline for construction project types that include agricultural, residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, heavy civil and environmental. The construction project manager specify objectives and plans, maximize resource efficiency, implement various operations, and develop communication and mechanisms, among others. Although the technology, institutions, and/or processes are different, CPM has many similarities in the management of projects in other domains and industries such as aerospace, pharmaceutical and software sectors. For instance, construction projects are required to reach an objective at a given schedule, budget and quality.

The Top 5

In the same way, CPM also benefits in utilizing applications and tools that automate administration tasks, simplify estimating and billing, facilitate planning and scheduling, manage workload assignments, centralize document management, and promote real-time communication and issues resolution. Below are five PM software that are valuable in completing construction projects.

1. WorkflowMaxworkflowmax logo

WorkflowMax is a job, time and invoice management software delivered as Software-as-a-Service. It is an end-to-end PM solution that has tools for sales leads, initiation, implementation, close-out and billing phases of the project. Pricing is at a convenient user per month basis, so it is easy to scale depending on the company’s business load. It is ideal for architects, building and construction professionals, surveyors and engineers, among others. It is an integrated workflow and PM toolkit that works well with Xero accounting software.

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2. Procoreprocore logo

Procore is a cloud-based CPM software designed specifically for the construction industry by Procore Technologies. It is designed to use the latest web technologies to provide a simple but secure cloud-based application. It utilizes a one-page project dashboard where the user can manage multiple projects and monitor their progress. It is full of features including a change order system and a drawing management tool. It offers a simple flat-rate annual pricing depending on how the software will be used.

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3. BuildToolsbuildtools logo

BuildTools is a web-based construction management platform that manages communication, project schedule, budget, tasks, documents and more. It is for custom builders and remodelers, especially built for managing custom projects. It is accessible to any web-connected device. Scheduling conflicts are automatically brought to the builders’ attention. BuildTools is offered at a flat monthly rate and includes for unlimited use, projects, users and document storage. It is built by a privately held company based in Minneapolis, USA.

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4. Co-constructco-construct logo

Co-construct is a web-based and mobile CPM software for custom builders, remodelers and design-build firms. Its features are based on the most common challenges that users encounter. Thus, it has a selections function to make changes in a project easy. It has a calendar feature that helps coordinate schedules and make sure deadlines are met. The comments section enables users to inform anyone involved in real time regarding updates, and many other features. Pricing plan starts at $99 per month. Co-construct was founded in 2005.

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5. BuilderTRENDbuildertrend logo

BuilderTREND is a cloud-based, award winning home builder and remodeler PM software. It has features that support pre-sale process such as lead management, proposal generation, and bid management. It has scheduling, to-do lists, time sheets, messaging, and accounting software integrations. It also has customer management functions such as change orders and documents management, to name a few. Pricing starts at $99 per month at one project per year with no setup fees or contracts. Pricing scales as the need to accommodate more projects are required.

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Conclusion

Different groups in the construction industry predict a positive growth in 2015, especially in residential and commercial construction, as national and overall world economy gets better. For companies in this particular industry, it is great news for business. It is also high time to review if present PM practices, applications and tools are ready to handle the new projects slated to come along.

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

6 Responses

  1. amy says:

    I would like to know about the underlying data or reports you used to arrive at this list ? If these software are top 5 , then what is the criteria that you used to reach this result?

    • Project-Management.com Project-Management.com says:

      Basically, we searched for “construction project management software” in Google. Then, we filtered based on a great looking and fast website, a decent alexa.com ranking, and software reviews found on the Internet. Feel free to propose a new one here.

  2. Hi, Jose….

    Awesome article. Like any other sites, you have listed Procore at the top. Also, I have listed some best construction project management software’s on my site.

    http://www.socialpositives.com/2015/07/best-construction-project-management-software/

    Hope its worth to check.

    Regards,

  3. Hi Jose,

    Excellent article on the top 5 construction management software. The need for embracing a construction management software is paramount for the AEC industry in this day and age. Choosing the right ‘construction management software’ can make a sea of difference to a company’s revenue and thereby make a lasting impact on the company’s bottom-line.

    A CMS brings with it myriad of benefits which includes full project autonomy, ensuring high speed and seamless document sharing, ensuring document access anytime, from anywhere and through any type of device, involving your team comprehensively, reducing document access downtime, removing the hassle of creating annotation and linking documents manually, making it easier to maintain document versions, increasing portability, reducing inconvenience of document archiving and maintenance, providing user access hierarchy etc.

    Not all of the above listed software have all of these features. Hence, it would seem feasible to include a sixth member in the top 5 club. That sixth member is “SKYSITE” which includes all the features of the above mentioned software as well as a lot more.

    In this regard I would like to share one of my recently published research paper on LinkedIn to support my claim. Here is the link.. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-construction-management-software-can-increase-roi-dutta.

    Feel free to give your point if you think otherwise.

    Regards.

  4. Andrew says:

    Hi Jose,

    Thanks for cool article. Could you also check up http://geniebelt.com? There is a FREE plan and generally this software is very easy to use. GenieBelt is available as Web app and on Mobile (iOS, Android).

  5. Mari says:

    Hi. I’m trying to help bring my family business into the new age. I’m having trouble determining what software is good for what our business does. We work for leading property management company who owns several hundred properties up and down the east coast, we do all the upgrades and renovations for their units being turned over for new renters. Mostly kitchen and bathroom upgrades but also exterior bldg repair, HVAC, electrical, etc. I need project management, invoices, vendor delivery scheduling, employee tracking etc. Basically a better way to manage and track work being done. My parents don’t want any loud based software and I’m struggling to find a fit. I appreciate any suggestions! Thank you.

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