CONSTRUCTION PLANNNG SOFTWARE

Why Construction Pros are Switching From MS Project to Powerproject Construction Project Planning Software by Elecosoft

If you’re in the business of construction, you don’t need to be told how complex and critical accurate project management is. Not only for the successful completion of the project, but also for maintaining the profitability, success and reputation of the business itself.

If you’re currently using, or thinking about using MS Project as your construction project planning software, you may want to know why over one hundred thousand construction professionals are choosing Powerproject by Elecosoft instead.

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MS Project has enjoyed widespread adoption among project planners in many different industries. From planning software development projects to corporate change management projects; it’s even been used for planning large events!

MS Project has a breadth of functionality designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience. However, it simply lacks the depth and types of specialized functionality that construction professionals need to manage large construction projects efficiently and accurately..

Let’s face it. There’s a huge difference in the approach to planning a party compared to say, a large commercial condominium high rise. And dare we say, a lot more at stake.

Construction Project Planning Software: MS vs Powerproject:

Ease of use:

When you’re scheduling, planning and managing a large construction project; time is of the essence. You don’t need to spend hours learning a complex software system only to find it doesn’t have half the functionality you need, or that you need to contort yourself in order to bend to an illogical and inconvenient user interface.

Microsoft isn’t exactly renowned for its dedication to usability or intuitive interfaces. In fact, it’s reputation is for the opposite. A clunky, outdated and counterintuitive set up means learning to use MS Project will take longer, and be more frustrating than getting set up with Powerproject.

And once you’re set up, you’ll find it doesn’t really save you the time you’d hoped, because it’s designed for project management in general; not complex construction projects.

Why is Powerproject easier to use than MS Project?

Powerproject is built specifically for construction project planning, so thoughtful details and functionality designed to save time and provide an intuitive way to manage projects are built right in.

Think, one click filters for managing subcontractors. Now that’s smart construction project management.

Based on the familiarity of the GANTT chart, Powerproject by Elecosoft offers a drag and drop functionality which can save hours during both project set up and the day to day updates and modifications to the schedule.

 

Construction Project Planning Software: MS vs Powerproject:

Data Compatibility:

 

When you’re scheduling, planning and managing a large construction project you need to be able to import and export, save and print files in many different formats and collaborate with multiple tools. Compatibility with the systems your stakeholders and vendors use is imperative.

Many MS project users are stuck using MS Project simply because it’s what their clients and vendors use. They think they can’t switch because of compatibility issues.

But Powerproject by Elecosoft is compatible with the tools you use. Whether you need to work with Primavera, MS Project or SAP, you can synchronize data from Powerproject painlessly.

And, Powerproject by Elecosoft offers a free viewer, so anyone can view your project files.

These are the kinds of thoughtful details Powerproject is known for. And we’re just getting started on the reasons why it’s a dramatic improvement to MS Project.

 

Construction Project Planning Software: MS vs Powerproject:

Affordability:

MS Project licenses are similar to the software itself; clunky, rigid and non ideal.  Powerproject offers licensing options that allow shared access – a smart way to get everyone access without overpaying.

The result? A common sense, affordable and flexible approach which truly supports the success of both the project and the business.

 

Construction Project Planning Software: MS vs Powerproject:

Future-proof:

The last thing you want to do is invest in a planning solution, only to need to switch a year or two later because it hasn’t innovated with the market.

MS Project has been conceptually and functionally the same for years, whereas Powerproject adapts constantly to what it’s users ask for and market conditions, like the now-mandatory BIM requirements in place in so many Western Countries.

Powerproject offers BIM and mobile device addons, so you can ensure your compliance and compatibility now and in the future.

 

Construction Project Planning Software: MS vs Powerproject:

A business solution:

MS Project will help you manage projects, sure. But Powerproject helps your business. It’s designed to help you:

  1. Manage your margins & keep costs low with resource, costing and schedule management.

  2. Proactively troubleshoot: get real-time reports on project progress enabling you to mitigate challenges before they derail your schedule.

  3. Get more bids; with professional presentations and easy to print schedules.

 

Construction Project Planning Software: MS vs Powerproject:

Used by 100,000 construction professionals:

Construction professionals choose powerproject because it easily and affordably helps them manage construction projects. It provides real business support because it’s easy to use, has intuitive, construction specific functionality, flexible licensing options, is future prepared and proof with BIM and other addons.

Learn about the difference powerproject can make for your business. Contact us for a free trial of Powerproject, the software used by over 100,000 construction project professionals.

BIM SOFTWARE

What is BIM? | Building Information Modelling | BIM Software

What is BIM? | Building Information Modelling | BIM Software

If you’ve heard rumblings about BIM, both in Canada and abroad, and you’re wondering what it is, how it can benefit your project and what BIM software does, read on!

BIM SOFTWARE

 

This is the first in a series of 5 posts about all things BIM, prompted by our attendance at a construction management scheduling software conference in Oslow, Norway this past month.

 

At Petroglyph Project Analytics, we are dedicated to bringing you the best project management solutions from around the globe.

What is BIM ?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is primarily a construction management process, usually facilitated by BIM software, of creating, modifying and utilizing digital representations of the planning, construction and handover stages of  physical infrastructure, such as buildings.

 

BIM has shown to be so much more efficient at construction project management that countries all over Europe are making BIM mandatory. For public works projects in the UK, BIM has been mandatory since 2016.

 

So what are the advantages of BIM?

 

The old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words, has never been more true than during the planning, scheduling and construction of a multi-year, complex and costly construction project such as that of a high rise building.

 

Providing a 3D rendering of a project as an accompaniment to the project plan provides construction management professionals with a nominally improved understanding of the project’s scope and final appearance. Simply adding a visual element can enhance communication to various stakeholders, increase understanding of the look of the final project and provide an additional perspective from which to spot project challenges.

 

This is BIM at its most basic; the generation and management of digital 3D models. Most Canadian construction firms have adopted this level of BIM.

 

The next level of BIM, 4D BIM, adds an extra level of information to the project model.

BIM Software and 4D BIM

Combining the project schedule and the 3D rendering of the project together into one BIM software solution produces what’s called BIM 4D.

 

Using scheduling data to generate the 3D rendering of the project delivers such powerful functionality, it has fundamentally changed the construction project management industry.

 

Powerproject BIM Software; now the best kind of construction project management software

 

Providing a crystal ball of sorts, 4D BIM software like Powerproject BIM allows planners to run scenarios via GANTT chart while providing a real time understanding of the impact to the 3D renderings.  

 

In this way 4D BIM provides a more in depth understanding and more easily communicates how the build process will appear at different stages of the project. 4D BIM makes bidding for projects and submitting tenders much faster and easier than using old construction project management software.

 

Being able to visually demonstrate how projects will come together dramatically improves the communication with stakeholders, and allows for on the fly modifications to the project plan.  

 

Additionally, having the ability to run the planned project schedule through from beginning to end ensures feasibility can be realized; increasing the accuracy of the project schedule.

Potential clashes, illogical sequencing and unsafe scheduling can all be mitigated well before ground is broken; at substantial cost and time savings.

 

On a per task planning level,  4D BIM will provide accurate information on lead times, installation and construction times, the time required for elements to become operational, the order in which components must be installed, and more.

 

Additionally, when the schedule drives the generation of the 3D model itself, it reduces human error and ensures planned work is safe, logical and optimized for efficiency.

 

What are the BIM compliance regulations in Canada?

 

With European countries writing BIM compliance into their requirements for tendering and performing public works projects, the demand for BIM is huge in Europe and gaining traction in the Middle East.

 

While BIM compliance in Canada isn’t required yet, there are signs voluntary industry compliance is growing, likely due to the benefits of BIM based project planning as discussed above.

 

The following organizations support BIM adoption and implementation in Canada: the Canada BIM Council , the Institute for BIM in Canada, and buildingSMART Canada

In Canada, BIM adoption grew 46% from 2009 to 2012 in a survey performed by McGraw-Hill Construction (2012) with national companies proving the growing interest in this area by local construction practitioners.

 

The Canadian practice manual for BIM is now available.

Want to try BIM Software, free ?

 

Contact us for a free trial of Powerproject BIM, the software used by over 100,000 construction project professionals.

 

It reads and writes P6 schedules, is easier than P6 and more robust than MS Project.

Learn about Powerproject here, or click to request a free trial and demo

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