Onware is a construction software solution that can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise. Key features include modules for project management, design, bidding, contract administration and project close-out.
Onware’s primary feature is its project management module. It includes automatic alerts that notify users when they need to complete tasks associated with their projects. The system has a company directory, a person (or user) directory and a project list. It also includes a documentation feature, and users can submit and share documents and reports. Users can also track meetings and share meeting notes.
Onware’s design module includes an equipment list and a feature called the “Master Door Schedule,” which includes all aspects of construction phase doors, such as drawings, hardware sets, methods of operation and security.
Onware has a module for bidding and negotiation. Users can request clarification, request alternatives to the originally specified materials and submit letters of acceptance. Users can ensure quality by scheduling site visits in the system. Contractors can upload quotes for review.
Onware can also help users close projects. Documents that can be stored in Onware for close-out include: sub-consultant compliance verification certificates, certificates of substantial performance, certificates of total performance, certificates for construction completion, facilities take over and project warranty notices.
Onware can be licensed in perpetuity or priced per client per month. Its on-premise deployment is compatible across a variety of operating systems.
Christian from Manshield Construction Inc.
I've used other web based project admin/construction software and find Onware, not very intuitive or simplistic where it should be.
Miriam from GWA
I like the new colours and layout. I don't like the timestamp which causes issue for me when I issue CFPs not in sequence. Taxes always calculate wrong.
Adam from Clark Builders
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
I don't feel that it is a user friendly system. It is challenging for subcontractors to use and they tend to make multiple submittals that cannot be deleted which makes the logs confusing.
I like that all actions are date stamped which helps in identifying who may be holding up a submittal.
I don't like that if you make a mistake on submitting something, like numbering or division, you cannot go back and change it.
Eric from Clark Builders
I have been using Onware on my last two projects and it has been a great tool for the entire project team. The software itself is very user friendly, and I found it very easy to pick up, and also trouble shoot problems any trades/ consultants may have.
Dale from KENNEDY
Employees number: 11-50 employees
I have been using Onware since version 7 and it has made my life as a contract administrator very manageable. As the team lead for the CA Team at KENNEDY I wouldn't want to try to handle all of our projects any other way. I'm looking forward to all the new features in version 9.
-Control of documentation for projects
-Collaborative nature of software
Some of the features and interfaces were not intuitive but that appears to have been resolved in version 9.
Dale from KENNEDY - Architectural Design
Employees number: 51-200 employees
I use Onware on a daily basis to perform contract administration on large and small construction projects. It has given me the power to move information quickly, track everything, and keep all the project participants current with all the information in one spot accessible to everyone. This software has helped prevent me from being the bottleneck for information on my projects. There is a large construction project management component to this software as well that was developed with a subsidiary of Turner Construction.
Excellent Customer Support
Excellent tracking and information management
Access everything everywhere through the cloud
Automatic email notifications that are nearly infinite in their configuration
Third party tracking ends arguments over timing of submittals and RFI responses
There are some features in the bidding and negotiation portion that are not developed. They are working on this and it should be resolved in the then version.
Do your research when selecting your software. Get the proper training for your and your staff to ensure maximum chance of success. Enjoy the happy clients that now have their projects managed well and are saving money as a result.