Construction project managers look forward to the point in each project when they can heave a sigh of relief and say, “We did it.” Setting up architects and construction teams to work in sync requires patience, time and resources. An accessible and well-designed construction management tool is among the most helpful resources available.
Even though a Google search for construction management tools returns over 10 pages of results, this comparison tour showcases five of the best tools. These market-leading platforms have some similarities, but each has notable features that can make a big difference. Let’s dig into a comparison of Formstack, Fluix, Viewpoint, Procore and iAuditor (SafetyCulture).
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Formstack is a tool that helps construction teams collect data online and offline. This platform promises to automate workflows and make collaboration among teams easy and fast. The simple, minimalistic and gently colored interface is also worthy of attention.
Formstack offers a 14-day trial period, and the starting price is $50 per month for each user. Although promotional copy suggests this tool is easy to implement, customizing Formstack takes longer than expected.Our score: 6/10
Some confusion over a new platform is natural. It would be helpful if the support team responded faster than Flash Slothmore in “Zootopia.”Our score: 6/10
After the installation is completed, Formstack is understandable and logical. Every click leads directly to the expected interface.Our score: 8/10
Some long-term users claim that certain Formstack features remain unclear or do not work reliably. Support tries to keep customers waiting by making vague promises of future support.Our score: 6/10
Formstack is available for iOS and Android. This web-based platform is hosted on the Formstack servers and can also be used on an Apple, Windows or Linux computer with a supported web browser. Formstack recommends Firefox, but this tool also works in Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.Our score:10/10
Users can pair offline forms with the Formstack application. These forms can then be accessed and tasks completed regardless of the availability of internet access in any location.Our score: 10/10
Formstack supports adding multiple users. Administrators can assign roles and permissions for forms, folders, themes and integrations.Our score: 10/10
View and execute any assigned workflow tasks within the Formstack workspace. A list of workflow steps assigned to each user is displayed in the left sidebar, and you can select a step from the list to complete within the application. When you complete an assigned task, the next task automatically loops around in seconds.Our score: 10/10
Formstack integrates with many web applications such as Dropbox, MailChimp, PayPal, Salesforce and Slack. The total number of integrations available exceeds 100 platforms.Our score: 10/10
A wide range of forms is supported by Formstack, from business operations to education, finance and healthcare. Conditional logic makes it possible to customize required datasets based on the initial choices made by company employees. One notable feature is missing — checklists.Our score: 8/10
Let’s jump to a full-featured platform with support for automation and digitization. Fluix connects the back office team with the field team online or offline. This construction management tool has a list of clients that includes Centuri, Dyna Crane Services, Leach Wallace Associates and Ludwig Freytag.
Fluix also offers customers a 14-day free trial. Once you log in, you will see a guided tutorial. Messages showing which step to take next appear in the lower-left corner of the screen. It takes as little as four steps to create initial workflows. The guidance Fluix provides during setup simplifies implementation.Our score: 9/10
The Fluix support team genuinely cares about customer comprehension. A demo and training tools are available to help new clients put this platform to its intended use. All of the available guidance inspires confidence in the product.Our score: 10/10
The exceptional Fluix customer support proves useful since it would be harder to create a workflow without this guidance. Customers often experience confusion the first time they use the workflow builder. Once you see how to set up steps, the platform becomes more familiar and simpler to use.Our score: 7/10
Customer service sets Fluix apart from competing construction management tools. The responses the support team provides combine expert proficiency in the platform with awareness of each customer's unique needsOur score: 10/10
Fluix is supported on iOS devices and in web browsers. Customers rely on Apple computers and mobile devices for accessible design and stability.Our score:10/10
The capabilities of this product make the impossible possible. Fluix allows a field team to work in sync with a home office even when they are in the middle of nowhere. Once connectivity is available, this tool automatically syncs offline changes. Administrators can also set the number of days during which a team is allowed to work offline within the application.Our score: 10/10
Admins can also control individual user rights to access the Fluix administration portal and control the flow of documents. This isn’t about policing or Orwell’s slogan, "Big Brother is watching you," but rather allowing team members to do more. Admins can even grant different rights to the same users for each type of workflow.Our score: 10/10
Fluix allows admins to create tasks and link them with any action in accordance with your business rules. It is also possible to schedule reminders for field teams. Smart filters make it easy to find processes and projects by name, status or due date. This functionality may downplay the number of productivity blockers you encounter.Our score: 10/10
The number of supported integrations for Fluix is not extensive, but this platform can connect with some of the most critical applications used in construction management. It may be possible to use Fluix in conjunction with cloud storage, Tableau, Trello, Zapier, Google Sheets via Zapier or some CRM systems.Our score: 6/10
Fluix is generous in sharing templates. Choose from many types of checklists or forms. These customizable and logical templates are made to help, rather than overwhelm, Fluix users.Our score: 9/10
Viewpoint is a powerful web-based construction software with a long history. This platform provides a set of tools for project management, service management, document control, accounting and other workflow processes.
A free demo of Viewpoint software is available. The base price is determined by the number of subscription licenses and modules a company selects. Administrators who are well versed in setting up software should be able to get down to brass tacks. Even technically skilled staff may encounter difficulties along the way, and Viewpoint does not designate a support team to assist new customers.Our score: 6/10
The support team did not respond as well as expected to questions posed during implementation. This could be due to the fact that many customers end up making a large number of requests.Our score: 5/10
Viewpoint is entirely browser-based. Users open a new tab for each task and can keep tabs open and accessible. This approach has pros and cons: Nothing closes by mistake, but a browser window with dozens of open tabs can be less than inviting to use.Our score: 7/10
Some users find workflows in Viewpoint to be temperamental. It can also be difficult to customize information flow and the form submission process, which may lead to the undesirable consequence of dealing with too many reports.Our score: 5/10
Viewpoint is completely web-based and runs on most hardware and operating systems, including several versions of Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The developers recommend using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 11 and above. The Brava Viewer is compatible with HTML 5 in all major browsers but only works with ActiveX in Internet Explorer.Our score: 6/10
While Viewpoint is only available in an internet browser, this tool does have an offline mode for viewing documents. If the question is yes or no, the answer is, basically, yes.Our score: 8/10
Viewpoint has adjustable security and permissions settings. Administrators can control user access and limit actions.Our score: 10/10
There is currently no way to build task-based workflows in Viewpoint. This platform does support adding attachments to workflows, but these files are not returned in search results.
Viewpoint is fully integrated with Document Imaging, General Ledger, Job Cost, Equipment Control, Preventative Maintenance, Time and Materials, Purchase Order, Order Processing and Sales Analysis.Our score: 10/10
The resources section of the Viewpoint website does not have many ready-made downloadable checklists or forms. This platform does publish podcasts and webinars with a focus on project management, which may be valuable.Our score: 6/10
Based on Google search results for construction management tools, Procore is a big player in the industry. Let’s break down the pros and cons of this platform.
Get started by requesting a demo of Procore. This tool provides customers with a straightforward road map to implementation. After setting up an account and launching the software, the customer success team arrives on the scene to help roll out this platform across an entire company. Pricing is based on products, projects and annual construction volume.Our score: 10/10
Although the support team is readily available, they tend to choose the easiest way to deal with important requests. A typical response to requests for help consists of links to articles, tutorials or YouTube videos. While these resources are relevant, more humanity would be appreciated.Our score: 6/10
Sometimes the best of intentions can lead to problems. Procore tries to cover everything, which makes the interface too complicated for intuitive understanding. Users have to interact with many sections, and there are many steps involved in getting work done. It is almost impossible to put the pieces of this puzzle together without referencing how-to articles and answers to frequently asked questions.Our score: 6/10
Some users report very slow responses to major issues. In at least one instance, it took months for a company to connect with a support representative to resolve a problem with Procore’s accounting featuresOur score: 5/10
Procore is available for iOS in the App Store and can be downloaded on Android devices via Google Play. Procore Drive must be set up on a computer running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 10, and it is not supported on earlier versions of Windows, the Mac OS operating system, iOS devices or Linux computers.Our score:10/10
One of the strengths of Procore is its ability to fully function offline and automatically sync updates when an internet connection is reestablished. This platform does not pose problems for field teams working on remote job sites.Our score: 10/10
Administrators can manage user access to different tools within Procore. This platform has some default role-based permissions templates, and admins can create new permissions to meet unique needs.Our score: 10/10
The tasks tool in Procore enables users to manage events within a project. Add comments to a task, edit a task or even close a task that has not been completed if you feel that work on that task is no longer required.Our score: 10/10
Procore shines in the area of integrations. Over 300 supported apps can connect to this construction management platform, including popular tools such as Bluebeam, Primavera and Zoom.Our score: 10/10
Logs, checklists and forms are available and can be accessed on mobile devices. You can audit, review and document day-to-day events anywhere at any time.Our score: 10/10
The fifth and final tool in this comparison is iAuditor. This platform lets teams collect consistent data, standardize operations, send reports and identify failed areas. Find out more about its strengths and weaknesses for construction project management.
Sign up for a free 30-day demo of iAuditor. This tool is available on three tiers, including a free version for teams of 10 users or less, a Premium version for $19 per user per month or an Enterprise level. After downloading iAuditor, the implementation only requires a few clicks. This tool is so easy to set up that you may not have to look at the help section or read articles on the website.Our score: 10/10
If the implementation is a strength, ongoing support for iAuditor is a weakness. The support team responded to selected queries with helpful explanations and detailed information but left a large number of requests unanswered.Our score: 7/10
At the start, everything about iAuditor looks simple and understandable. When issues arise at critical points, such as an attempt to export a CSV file, customers cannot be sure that support will respond to this particular query.Our score: 6/10
Most companies that implement iAuditor report decreased accidents and incidents. This platform empowers users to develop and maintain safer practices.Our score: 10/10
Download iAuditor on the App Store for iOS or get the Android version on Google Play. The iAuditor web application is compatible with computers that run Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 10, Mac OS Sierra 10.12 or newer, or modern Linux or Unix systems. The web app works best in Google Chrome but can also be used in the Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer browsers.Our score:10/10
It is possible to access inspections stored on a device while offline. If users happen to overlook the necessity of storing this data locally on the device currently in use, it will not be possible to access these materials offlineOur score: 6/10
Administrators can control feature access through the iAuditor Permission Management utility. No users, except those to whom an admin grants permissions, are able to make unwanted changes such as adding or removing users from projects or creating new templates.Our score: 10/10
There is currently no way to build task-based workflows in iAuditor. It is possible to get updates that provide support for attaching PDF files to inspection reports.
Although the iAuditor website has a landing page for integrations, there are not many tools from which users can choose. This platform is compatible with several basic platforms such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Power BI and Tableau.Our score: 7/10
Building templates in iAuditor is cumbersome. It is also a challenge to export user-created templates to a PDF version for download. The form builder on this platform has room for improvement.Our score: 6/10