UDA ConstructionSuite Software


 

Developed by one of the fastest growing construction software providers in the market today, UDA ConstructionSuite from UDA Technologies is a user-friendly, affordable, and comprehensive construction solution designed for small and mid-sized construction firms. This best-selling system offers a fully integrated suite of applications that can be flexed to meet the needs of builders, remodelers, GCs, construction managers, real estate developers, and more. 

UDA ConstructionSuite offers a simpler, more effective way to manage every stage of your construction projects. Applications include estimating, job costing, project management, scheduling, document management, and more. Working seamlessly together, these modules help construction professionals centralize and coordinate everything from project estimates, schedules, contacts, and financials. 

UDA ConstructionSuite was designed to integrate seamlessly with a number of other software systems, offering end-to-end capabilities to your growing business. These include QuickBooks, MS Project, Primavera P3/P6, RSMeans, PlanSwift, and AutoCAD Revit, just to name a few. ConstructionSuite is built on the Microsoft SQL Server platform, offering unmatched scalability while allowing users to have faster access to their data.

UDA also offers UDA ConstructionOnline, a powerful web-based portal with more than 100,000 active users that allows team members to access and share important project information from anywhere with an Internet connection. This includes OnSite Mobile Apps, a family of useful apps that let users manage tasks, take photos or video, access documents, and more.

UDA Technologies has won 8 different Constructech Top Product awards in both the residential and commercial categories over the last 5 years and currently helps construction firms in more than 60 countries worldwide drive sales and grow their business. 

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 8

367 Reviews of UDA ConstructionSuite

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from Morton Construction Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

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compatibility with Quickbooks eliminates double entry. Schedule and job tracking built in as well. No need for separate scheduling software. And best - they are SO responsive and quick to handle questions and issues.

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I haven't found any issues yet and like the parts that I am involved in. The vendor has been great.

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determine whether you want to spend time with double entry into your accounting software and whether the risk of errors out weighs the cost

 

from Built Rite Buildings
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Easy to learn, Makes Organizing projects much simpler

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The Scheduling software works great. The estimating tools are very easy to customize for individual needs. Customer service is top notch.


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Starts slow sometimes and has locked up a time or two.

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Talk to them about your needs. They were very helpful and really explained it well.

 

from M.R. Brewer, Inc
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Excellent Product!

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The software is easy to use and the customer service is excellent.

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I have been using this software for the past 10 years and can honestly say that every year it gets better and better. I do not have any complaints about it.

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The ease of use of the product is what sold me on the software, if you can use Word and Excel then this product will be very easy to adapt to.

 

from Lifestyle Fiberglass Pools
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Service was awesome

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I am new to the product Construction Suite, and have benefited from the online instructional videos. As I have started using the product and had more feature specific questions, I always received quick responses when I called for help. Today I had another great experience-I was having trouble logging in from the cloud. It was determined that I needed to add another user...but every time I tried to do that, I got stuck in an endless circle. I am OK using online chat to resolve issues...but our rep sensed that this was not the right time and suggested we speak over the phone. Once we got on the phone together, we were able to resolve the issue in less than a minute. As working people who communicate with texting, online messaging, emails, etc., I think it's important to remember that the phone is sometimes the best way to communicate and resolve a problem.

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too soon to say for now-so far features are useful

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Use all the available resources to learn the software

 

from B&C Enterprises
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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Looks nice, visually appealing. Customer service is helpful and accomodating

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Does not integrate well with QB, Excel or word. Does not transfer date to Quickbooks as it states

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keep an open mind. Also will have to have separate financial/Job costing capabilities

 

from Design 1 Builders Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Launching CS, CO, mobile and QB!

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Great integration and industry knowledge, excellent support

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Helpful to have high-level overview of all the system components and functionality (CS/CO/QB)

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Know your processes and how they will change/improve after implementing CS & CO

 

from Builders by Design
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

CS7 re-install to Server 2012.

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The customer service and technical support staff is very helpful.

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Not a big fan of how often we have to conduct manual updates to both server & user versions.

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Be honest with your responses about the product and service provided by the technical support and customer service representatives. It should only help them improve on their product & promise to the consumer.

 

from Sexton Construction Coastal LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Happy with UDA

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Customer Service is always present and reliable which is critical and appreciated.

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I don't have any specifics that I don't like, but you have to learn how to use the software to get all the benefits.

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I chose to purchase the software for a trial period to be sure that I was comfortable with it. I think this is a valuable option if you are unsure of your needs or the performance of the software.

 

from AQC Builders Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Needed help to edit a custom proposal

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We are a small construction company and have used UDA software for many years, and the support staff has always been very helpful. the support staff is the best part of UDA.

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We have used UDA for many years and it is not as user friendly as it use to be - have been very frustrated with the software these last couple of years. We have even considered changing programs however we have all are history in UDA so have kept using the program. Since we are a small company it is expensive for us to pay for the monthly subscription price.

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No comment - I don't know what I could add to recommend this software

 

from Rick Roy Construction LLC.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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The endless possibility's to taylor it for individual needs of various trades. As an estimator for a high end custom home builder I deal with many different designers and trade people. So it is important not only to present the numbers in a clear and logical order, one must provide a clear and easy scope of work for the various elements that go into the proposal. This product allows me to accomplish this to projects of various sizes and scope of work. So as every estimate is individual. (not boiler plate). Many of the architects and clients have commented on this fact in the competitive bidding process.

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Some of the predefined templates that you can not customize for visual effects

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The webinars and training videos make learning the software effortless I highly recommend viewing them.

 

from Mahto Construction, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

I use this product as the main platform in my company

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The Ease of Use and its awesome power for tracking and keeping things in order

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I don't really have many negatives other than suggested integrations with other programs, but those are being worked on daily by the awesome team at UDA

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Be open and honest about your wants and needs, the team has done wonders with this program over the years and that is attributed to the feedback in the field

 

from SunBlue Energy
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Great Experience with Katy

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This is really going to help us organize our business. The format is clean and easy to understand.

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All good so far, but we'll let you know if we have issues.

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Not sure yet--too new to say. I would rate your team very highly, everyone we spoke with was helpful and truly cared about our experience. I would say others evaluating software should consider the level of attention the support team will give them.

 

from Taylor and Son Builders
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

After a few years sabbatical, i was upgrading my account.

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Personal attention provided by my rep in resolving my problem. This software is my sole source for managing our projects

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Not quite as customizable as I would like. Have not tried the new upgrade, so I hope some of those issues are resolved.

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No real recommendations. Always examine cost vs functionality.

 

from Madison Area Builders Association
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

They make a big promise, and fall flat on their face.

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The beautiful user interface. It looks good. Their videos are professional. But, BEWARE: When you start using it, you'll be unpleasantly surprised...

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It does not do what it promises to, and there are dozens of annoying quirks.

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If your decision hasn't been made, let me say: DON'T DO IT! I made a serious mistake when I bought UDA. While they have a beautiful user interface, there are some serious flaws under the hood. Some are major things, and some are very minor annoyances that will drive you nuts. "You mean, I can't do THAT with UDA, but I can do it with any other basic software out there?" was a common comment running through my head.

Some examples.

1. Their spell checker creates a squiggly line to tell you that you have a misspelled word, but, doens't allow you to correct it.
2. The spell checker lets you add custom words to a dictionary, but, it can only use one dictionary at a time to check spelling. So the default dictionary gets used, and your custom words still show up as being spelled wrong!
3. You can't select-copy addresses, in order to paste them somewhere else.
4. Using duplexing on my printer doesn't work right. It works for every other software I own, but not in UDA.
5. There is a bug in the WIP date range that doesn't pull accurate data.
6. "Options" in the estimate show only cost, not margin. So if you show your customer that report, you are revealing cost info, not selling price!!
7. You can't import a PDF into bid notes, even though the premise of UDA is to try to make it a single repository for all your information.
8. You can't use the arrow key to browse photos in UDA. You need to close, and click into the next one. No inuitive functionality.
9. The estimating module separates material and labor, in ways that create a very confusing Scope of Work. You need to select the labor item from your database, then separately select the material from your database. You end up with two line items in your Scope of WOrk for the same thing. Instead of writing, "Supply and Install a new window" you have "Supply a new window" and then "Install a new window." It's hard for my estimator, and confusing for my client.
10. UDA will WREAK HAVOC on your contacts in Outlook.
11. It does a terrible job of managing husband/wife or partner/partner situations. You can't mail merge them properly, or, you get forced into combining their contact into into a single contact-- and then how do you know whether the cell phone is his or hers???
12. There is no good way to credit design fees against the construction contract, if you happen to use that paradigm for your contracts.
13. There is no way to filter contracts by their date created. So, how do you find your newest contacts for entering them into something such as Constant Contact?
14. If you try to use integration of Quickbooks and UDA, your ITEMS list in QB will either get expanded to hundreds or even THOUSANDS of items... or, your PO's in QB will get created in a summary form such that they are virtually meaningless.
15. The "lead funnel" graphic may look cool, but there is not a good way to actually report on the lead status, track the activities and calls that you make, note significant emails that you write, or keep track of when you send out thank-you cards or spiffs/gifts!
16. They might tell you that these things work, but, after spending MONTHS with UDA, I found out that these problems are deal breakers.
17. within their customer service department, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. They do not use a structure such as Zendesk that so many other great companies use. Even though I was paying for priority support, there were often days going by where I could not get a call or email back to assist me with a support request or provide a tutorial on how to do something. Had I not paid extra for support, this would be acceptable. But when paying for "TotalCare" priority support, there are times when the software had me stuck, and I was stuck for a day at a time waiting for an answer. Sometimes no answer ever arrived.


I hope this helps someone avoid the pain I went through!

 

from New World Contracting
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

So far so great.

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Construction Suite is one of the best software packages I've used, with an intuitive interface and a deep feature set. Clearly this program was designed from the ground up by people who know construction as well as software. My company does remodeling, builds cabinetry, and is a licensed electrical contractor, and Construction Suite can handle all three branches without compromise.

UDA as a company has so far been A+. I purchased the Total Care support package and every question I've had has been answered accurately and patiently. They also have a series of training videos that make starting out a short and painless process.

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Nothing so far. There have been no issues with either the company or the software.

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Try out the trial download and see for yourself. I suggest watching the overview video available on youtube and then giving them a call with any questions.

 

from Cowdin Design + Build
Specialty: Residential remodeling
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Steep learning curve, but very powerful.

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The customer support is superb from UDA. I really like how you can create an estimate, then pretty seamlessly draft a build contract form that, then build a schedule from that.

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There are so many features, options, hidden check-boxes, etc...it can be very confusing and overwhelming. Once you start to get used to the system it has gotten easier, but I do foresee a continued steep learning curve over the next 6 months.

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I'd highly suggest the users of this to be very computer literate, familiar with Excel as well as accounting software to get the most out of this product. Know it is very powerful and one "wrong" move, can throw your day off...

 

from KC Constructors, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Willing to go the extra mile

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Construction suite/construction online has streamlined our process of sending bid notices out to our subcontractors. Being able to see who has accessed the information via recent activity is also nice.

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While the integration of Construction Suite (desktop) and Construction Online (cloud) has increased the overall functionality of the product over the years for the better, some desktop features are not still available online which can be frustrating. There is usually a work around however.

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I recommend considering the Total Care service along with your purchase of Construction Suite/Online. While you may not need to use it often, the times you need the assistance just giving them a call and having them walk you through it will save you valuable time.

 

from Bright Living & Improvements, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Information all in one place

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Construction Suite helps me keep track of everything in one location

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It has been challenging to learn the software because it is so robust, but that takes time.

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Make sure to define your needs and find the software that best fits

 

from RJP Const. Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Our company has been using UDA for several years for estimating, CO's

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Software is good but with UDA its all about the people. The BEST customer service we receive.

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We are a commercial sub-contractor so most of the benefits don't fit our business plan. The templates at times have been very frustrating

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You can tweak it to make it work just like we did. Our generals are very impressed with the reports, proposals etc.. that we send out through UDA

 

from DsnBld Consulting Inc.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Easy to use with intuitive interface.

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Use primarily for estimating, scheduling and proposal / contracts
1-Intuitive Excel like estimating interface with CAD Import capability (a must)
2-Scheduling component also intuitive and easy to use

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Immediate wish list...
1-CAD import capable of importing LMSE item classification (everything is Material)
2-Custom Estimator Column head setting capability in addition to or in lieu of the (4) 'hard wired' options now available

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Best used with other digitizing takeoff software like Planswift ...import that data to generate the final estimate, proposal/contract and schedule.

 
 
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