Top Products 2016

Top Products 2016

With the changing market conditions, an election coming up at the end of the year, and the ongoing need to build more complex projects, No posts found.commercial contractors have a confluence of challenges to overcome.

In order to help contractors identify the best IT (information technology) systems to run their businesses more smoothly, Constructech magazine announces the Constructech Top Products for 2016.

Certainly there were some products that were just a bit too new to name to the list, as they were just being launched at the time of the judging. This meant there wasn’t enough market response and information in order to do the thorough research and analysis needed to vet a Top Product designation. These products include AboutTime Technologies’ WorkMax and Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs.

Market Impact 

In the construction industry, some factors impacting the market today include mobile, BIM (building information modeling), collaboration, and cloud. These are all taken into consideration when selecting the 2016 Constructech Top Products. The winners fall into two categories, New Products or Trusted Products, and help with various tasks from estimating, to project management, to accounting, and more.

On the following pages, there is a complete listing of all of this year’s commercial Top Products solution winners, as well as expanded profiles and custom quotes for select companies. These profiles and quotes are written through the eyes of the Constructech editors. The goal is to give readers better insights of each of these products for the coming year.

Constructech staff


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BIM 360                                                                                                                                                                                                  

BIM/Design                                                                                                                                                                                
Trusted Product                                                                                                                                                                             

 Autodesk, Inc.
 111 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903
www.bim360.com

“Autodesk understands that BIM is no longer a process performed exclusively in the office, and provides BIM 360, enabling access to data from anywhere. This product not only answers the need for improved coordination and collaboration, but also helps improve field performance for construction.”

Constructech editors

BIM Goes Mobile

Autodesk’s BIM 360 portfolio of products is a set of cloud-based service that give construction project teams the tools to coordinate better, communicate more effectively, and resolve issues quickly, which results in faster and more efficient project delivery. BIM 360 includes tools for: field performance, scheduling, office to field workflows, model-based navigation, coordination, collaboration, document management, and commissioning and handover. What makes this product so unique is the fact it leverages the cloud to enable access to data anywhere throughout the construction lifecycle. In the past year, Autodesk has continued to enhance the product including improved sync, photo time stamps, location services, and enhanced push pin functionality, as well as a new administrative service.


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Navigator CONNECT Edition

BIM/Design
Trusted Product

Bentley Systems, Inc.
685 Stockton Dr.
Exton, PA 19341
www.bentley.com

“Bentley Systems Navigator CONNECT Edition enables contractors to gain insight into projects. What is so exciting about this release is the consistent user experience across desktop and mobile devices that can be extended through the asset lifecycle.”

Constructech editors

Better Collaboration

For years, Bentley Systems’ Navigator has been the go-to tool for model-based review and issue resolution. Now, the company unveils its next generation release Navigator CONNECT Edition, which offers new capabilities, performance, and a consistent user experience across desktop and mobile devices. With this tool, contractors gain insight into projects and operations with clear visibility into the information in the 3D models to improve project delivery and project coordination, and accelerate collaboration. The product enables clash resolution, punchlists, field-data collection, and capabilities to resolve issues through the asset lifecycle—while in the office or at the jobsite. Bentley Systems was keeping its customers in mind when it released Navigator CONNECT Edition.


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ProjectWise CONNECT Edition
BIM/Design
Trusted Product

Bentley Systems, Inc.
685 Stockton Dr.
Exton, PA 19341
www.bentley.com

“Bentley Systems understands that project teams are dispersed and need a solution to connect globally. This is where ProjectWise CONNECT Edition comes into the equation, offering comprehensive worksharing for virtual project delivery.”

Constructech editors

Connect Your Project Teams

The next great area project teams can leverage to improve projects is collaboration and content management. Bentley Systems’ ProjectWise CONNECT Edition offers collaborative, interoperability to connect global project teams where information and deliverables are available on-demand for improved performance and increased project transparency. The product provides comprehensive worksharing for virtual project delivery processes including document management, change control, and third-party reviews and approvals. In the past year, the company has made significant changes to the product, including being able to manage deliverables, global work sharing, and visibility. Bentley’s ProjectWise has been one used for years, and now the CONNECT Edition takes the technology to the next level.


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BirdDogHR Talent Management System

Human Resources
Trusted Product

BirdDogHR
4453 NW Urbandale Drive
Des Moines, IA 50322
www.birddoghr.com

“BirdDogHR is certainly the leading product when it comes to HR in the construction industry. It is exciting to see how the product has continued to evolve from a recruitment and applicant tracking solution to a complete talent management system.”

Constructech editors

HR, Reinvented

Being able to use technology to manage the entire employee lifecycle provides significant benefits. This is where BirdDogHR’s BirdDogHR Talent Management System comes into play. The technology is targeted to construction and allows management of employees from recruiting to retirement. In the past year, the system has changed significantly, having evolved from recruitment and applicant tracking solution into an integrated, modular talent management system, which includes recruiting, onboarding, learning management, performance management, and succession planning. Additionally, a company can implement any module combination as workforce needs evolve. Many of its customers are also federal contractors so the system is built to support rigorous compliance requirements as distributed by the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs).


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JobTrac Mobile

Project Management
New Product

ConEst Software Systems
592 Harvey Road
Manchester, NH 03103
www.conest.com

“With ConEst Software Systems’ JobTrac Mobile, technicians have a new solution to submit daily work reports to project management and office personnel using smartphones and tablets. It is refreshing to see how this provider takes a new spin on project management.”

Constructech editors

From the Jobsite to the Office

ConEst Software Systems has proved it has what it takes to deliver a “top” product to the construction industry, and now brings to market one of its newest offerings—JobTrac Mobile. Used by field technicians, the solution enables instant submission of daily work reports to project management and office personnel from smartphones and tablets. They can report project details as-it-happens from a mobile device, information such as field requisitions, inspection and testing reports, labor installations, OSHA training reports, accidents, weather conditions, deficiencies, equipment and material received, and all communications with GCs and sub trades. What makes this product so unique is the integration with ConEst IntelliBid estimating software for comparing completed project information with the project’s original estimate, which provides full-cycle job costing for future projects.


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EcoSys EPC

Cost Management
Trusted Product

EcoSys
385 Interlocken Crescent
Broomfield, Colo. 80021
www.ecosys.net

“With EcoSys EPC, construction companies are able to budget, plan, forecast, and ultimately better manage projects. The product has been enhanced with realtime analytics to meet the needs of the industry, and has a solid software roadmap for the future.”

Constructech editors

Seeing Projects More Clearly

EcoSys EPC (Enterprise Planning & Controls) provides the construction industry with a Web-based project controls software platform. EPC addresses the inherent challenges the construction market faces. What makes this product so unique is the platform is designed to standardize best practices—from budgeting and planning, to cost forecasting, and project performance management—across the entire enterprise. This means organizations are able to analyze project and program costs faster and improve predictability, as it fosters greater visibility and efficiency through an Excel-like interface. EcoSys EPC features realtime analytics capabilities and an interactive charting solution. EcoSys also announced its roadmap, which includes a new app framework, enhanced business intelligence analytics, and 5D BIM (building information modeling) integration capabilities.


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Explorer Eclipse

ERP
Trusted Product

Explorer Software
220-145 Chadwick Court
North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 3K1
www.explorer-software.com

“As an integrated browser-based solution, Explorer Eclipse provides realtime data to users. The product has some key updates in the past year, including a new mapping analytic using GPS coordinates to accurately map and display job, equipment, and project information.”

Constructech editors

Bridge the Gap

Explorer Eclipse offers companies an integrated browser-based solution, providing realtime data to users. With the system, users can manage jobs, maintain equipment, and track their workforce. The company says with more than 30 modules, Eclipse bridges the gap between accounting and operations. What makes this product truly unique is custom dashboards and innovative technology such as OCR (optical character recognition) and GPS (global positioning system) tagging, which identifies, files, and stores documents such as RFIs (request for information), photos, submittals, and drawings. Explorer has also been adding some key new enhancements to this product in the past year, including AIR (automated invoice routing), launchpad, bid solicitation, a new mapping analytic, and enhanced forms designer.


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Newforma LeanPlanner

Project Management
New Product

Newforma
1750 Elm St.
Manchester, N.H. 03104
www.newforma.com/top

“It is inspiring to see the launch of Newforma LeanPlanner for the construction market. In an industry where project outcome is key, a visual production planning platform is essential for gathering advanced analytics and reporting capabilities to enable lean construction.”

Constructech editors

A Lean Project

From the company that brought the construction industry Newforma Project Center comes a new solution specifically with lean in mind. Newly launched Newforma LeanPlanner is a visual production planning platform where project teams can improve production schedule reliability. The product is unique in that it was designed specifically for the superintendent and foreman, meaning the user interface is visual and more intuitive. Powered by LeanKit, LeanPlanner’s advanced analytics and reporting capabilities accelerate the lean journey and promote improvement through deep understanding and insights including planned percent complete and at-risk milestones. This product comes at the right time too, as many contractors are looking for tools to manage lean in construction.


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NoteVault Reporting Platform and Mobile Apps

Mobile
Trusted Product

NoteVault
6305 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121
www.notevault.com

“NoteVault has the ideal solution for managing reports in the construction industry. The needs of the mobile worker in the construction industry are constantly evolving and NoteVault keeps up with the updates available in its latest release.”

Constructech editors

On-the-Go Reporting

NoteVault’s platform and mobile apps enable users to document everything as it happens on the jobsite. The program allows companies to invite subcontractors to contribute to the daily project report at no cost. What makes this product so unique is the ability to communicate in realtime and the company’s understanding of the market, with ongoing product updates. For example, the new Crew! Activities app records labor, materials, and equipment used on any project, providing greater visibility into production rates. Ultimately, NoteVault understands the construction industry and delivers with its technology, as the mobile environment in construction continues to change.


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Pantera Tools

Bidding/Estimating
Trusted Product

Pantera Global Technology
10411 Corporate Dr. Ste. 208
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
www.panteratools.com

“Coordinating bids can be challenging, but with Pantera Tools GCs can manage bids, organize projects, and manage subcontractors. The product’s Verified Network makes it stand out, as the subcontractor management tool features a network of vetted subs available in a GC’s address book. ”

Constructech editors

At the Heart of the Sub

Plexxis Mosaic Enterprise Suite eliminates the gaps between the systems and spreadsheets subcontractors use, as it unites estimating, construction management, accounting, and mobile apps. The platform enables specialty contractors to centralize all data so they can breakdown the information silos that prevent full cooperation and visibility. The centralized database also has built-in data conversion tools that automatically convert data into actionable information in realtime, from anywhere. What makes this product so unique is it targets a very specific market in construction and delivers an integrated solution. The fact that it also has one database to easily exchange data between apps and the database also makes this platform appealing for the construction industry.


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Plexxis Mosaic Enterprise Suite

ERP
Trusted Product

Plexxis Software
77 Pillsworth Road Unit 1
Bolton, Ont. L7E 4G4
www.plexxis.com

“For specialty contractors looking for an estimating, construction management, and accounting solution, Plexxis delivers. The product eliminates data silos by delivering a centralized database with built-in conversion tools, providing the industry what it needs.”

Constructech editors

At the Heart of the Sub

Plexxis Mosaic Enterprise Suite eliminates the gaps between the systems and spreadsheets subcontractors use, as it unites estimating, construction management, accounting, and mobile apps. The platform enables specialty contractors to centralize all data so they can breakdown the information silos that prevent full cooperation and visibility. The centralized database also has built-in data conversion tools that automatically convert data into actionable information in realtime, from anywhere. What makes this product so unique is it targets a very specific market in construction and delivers an integrated solution. The fact that it also has one database to easily exchange data between apps and the database also makes this platform appealing for the construction industry.


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Sage Service Operations

Accounting/Job Costing
New Product

Sage Construction and Real Estate
15195 NW Greenbrier Parkway
Beaverton, Ore.
www.sagecre.com

“It is encouraging to see a new product targeted specifically at service contractors, with the intent to help them provide a higher level of customer service. Sage Service Operations not only improves communication, but also streamlines work order processing and reduces paperwork.”

Constructech editors

Service Management

A challenge for many electrical, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), roofers, and other contractors that dispatch service technicians is business inefficiencies can keep these contractors from providing the level of service their customers expect. Enter Sage Service Operations. The cloud-based service management solution helps contractors reach goals by improving communication, streamlining work order processing, providing realtime schedule updates, and reducing paperwork. What makes this so unique are features such as a dispatch board, mobile access to client information, purchase order creation from the field, mobile payments, and a self-service portal. The software integrates with Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate and Sage 100 Contractor. This leads to increased productivity, saved time and money, and improved cash flow—all big benefits for service contractors.


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Early Payment Program (EPP)

Payment
New Product

Textura Corp.
1405 Lake Cook Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015
www.texturacorp.com

“With a combination of technology and unique payment strategy, Textura’s Early Payment Program solves a big challenge in the industry: the long waiting period between invoice submission and payment in construction. The program will ultimately provide benefits for both GCs and subs.”

Constructech editors

A New Way to Pay

Textura has long been known as a leader in payment technology for the construction industry, and now it provides a new supply chain finance product that will enable GCs (general contractors) to pay subcontractors significantly faster via third-party funds. The Early Payment Program was developed to address subcontractor challenges arising from the long waiting period between invoice submission and payment in construction. Rather than waiting for an owner to provide funding for invoices, GCs can offer subs optional early payment via third-party funding, in exchange for a small fee. Textura’s CPM technology facilitates subcontractor enrollment in an EPP as well as program administration. For the construction industry, this option improves subcontractor cash flow and working capital access, enabling growth, and provides GCs with benefits including improved relationships, stronger subs, and potentially lower bids.


2016 Constructech commercial Top Product Winners

Company

Product

Trusted or New

Aconex

Aconex Platform

Trusted

Assemble Systems

Assemble Insight

Trusted

Autodesk, Inc.

BIM 360 Plan

New

Autodesk, Inc.

BIM 360

Trusted

Bentley Systems, Inc.

Navigator CONNECT Edition

Trusted

Bentley Systems, Inc.

Projectwise CONNECT Edition

Trusted

BirdDogHR

BirdDogHR Talent
Management 
System

Trusted

ConEst Software Systems

JobTrac Mobile

New

EcoSys

EcoSys EPC

Trusted

Esub Construction Software

Field Works Mobile App

New

Explorer Software

Explorer Eclipse

Trusted

FASTTAC, Inc

FASTTAC 5D System

Trusted

Fieldwire

Fieldwire

New

IPM Global

IPM Project Management

Trusted

KNAACK, Llc

KNAACK DataVault Mobile

New

Newforma

Newforma LeanPlanner

New

NoteVault

NoteVault Reporting Platform
and 
Mobile Apps

Trusted

Pantera Global Technology

Pantera Tools

Trusted

PlanGrid

PlanGrid

Trusted

Plexxis Software

Plexxis Mosaic Enterprise
Suite

Trusted

PMWeb, Inc.

PMWeb

Trusted

Sage Construction And Real Estate

Sage 100 Contractor

Trusted

Sage Construction and Real Estate

Sage Service Operations

New

STACK Construction Technologies

STACK Estimating

Trusted

Systemates, Inc.

Projectmates

Trusted

Textura Corp.

Early Payment Program (EPP)

New

Textura Corp.

PlanSwift

Trusted

Textura Corp.

Textura – Construction Payment
Management

Trusted

Viewpoint Construction Software

ProContractor By Viewpoint

Trusted

Viewpoint Construction Software

Viewpoint For Projects

Trusted

Viewpoint Construction Software

Vista By Viewpoint

Trusted

 

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