Aconex is a SaaS and mobile platform for managing information and processes between companies on complex construction and engineering projects. Several functions include document management, workflow automation, bid management, issue management, handover management and control of project correspondence. Aconex also offers BIM file management and process control, field inspections and issues management and the creation and management of digital O&M manuals.
As a Web-based solution, Aconex allows project members worldwide to create and review documents and other project information from any location, and on any mobile device (iOS/Android). This includes RFIs, drawings, 3D models, contracts, reports and more.
Aconex supports construction and engineering projects across multiple industry segments but is best suited for asset owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, government contractors, heavy/highway construction firms and mining, power, and oil and gas companies.
Aconex's user base includes over 500,000 professionals across 70 countries, including nine of the top 10 engineering, procurement and construction firms in the world.
Terry Rennaker from Rennaker Company
Specialty: Real estate developer
Employees number: 2-10 employees
I found Aconex to be quite functional and easy to access. It's workflow and document control systems were quite robust. I particularly liked Aconex Field. It is a punch list or snag list tool that uses QR Codes to ID building area, smart phones and tablets to take pictures that you can annotate by drawing on the picture with your finger, and then assign it to a company or even and individual. Great, easy to use product.
Incredibly robust and adaptable to any situation
The very robustness makes it time consuming to change for different approval processes.
I would still recommend it.
Sandra from PCEP CalMod Project
Specialty: Government - state & local
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
This review is based on the early stages of implementation and configuration. Aconex guarantees you that they can have your system up and running within a matter of a few weeks. What's not taken into account is the configuration based on your organizations needs and defining your internal processes. Without going through their professional services, you are left to determine what works that can encounter perhaps unnecessary pitfalls. Given our current status, we are still struggling to pull together a system that is fluid for us as well as the contractors and how we collaborate. We are dealing with multiple projects that compounds the situation and would have liked to have been provided more guidance throughout the development phase. To be fair, there needs to be direction and consensus from within in order to produce a workable product.
Communication and retention of emails delivered to and from the contractor within the system.
This software is not intended for an overall program management software and does not have a means of tracking action items, financial, change management. etc. The biggest hurdle to overcome is that this is not a folder based structure.
Bottom line is know what you are buying. No software product is perfect and requires alot more work than any sales person is going to tell you. Know exactly what you want the software to do, and what you want to have at the end of your project.
Charles from Balmond Studio
Does provide a global platform, that allows many users to work together.
Poor support, with a tendency to blame customers for problems, along with poor design aspects (doesn't officially support multiple tabbed windows for examples) that actually creates problems.
Relies heavily upon users having many processes in place to support using it, as there is not intrinsic document management or project management functionality.
Aconex themselves don't provide very much in getting to grips with it, or how to user it. Sink or swim...
I could go on...
Look for both document management and project management funcionality in a product like this, particularly for complex projects.
Aconex is otherwise just a document register with email.
Jack from Watpac
Specialty: Construction manager
best for traceability and sharing of large files. Very good customer support and works well with Aconex Field. Customizable
Requires other parties to create accounts. Not required for small projects
Excellent for tracking correspondence and sharing files, easy to use. Perfect for design and build projects.
Clyde from Zilkha Biomass
Search function is very good. Super search is valuable. Filtering by document type is very good.
Not as flexible as ideal. Login required each usage. Opening documents in original form is cumbersome.
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