PlanGrid Software


 

PlanGrid provides web-based standalone project management software for the construction industry. The software was developed to be used by companies who work in real estate development, engineering, home building, and more. Among the features the system offers is photo management, document control, redline tools and facility management.

PlanGrid allows users to collaborate in real time on all projects. Any updates that are made to construction plans, drawings, and building info reflect on the master plan. Photos that are added to a project can be shared in a photo archive that is automatically synced and tagged by the system.

PlanGrid is web-based giving users the ability to access the system from any device, be it a Mac, PC, or mobile devices such as iPads and Androids. All data is backed up and saved in the cloud where it can be exported and downloaded.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

263 Reviews of PlanGrid

 
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from Hoar Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

The greatest tool I have ever been given.

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Being in construction for over 31 years this product lets me lots more efficient in the field. I have all my documents on my tablet. No more wasted time to and from the office trailer. I can make split decisions, quality control, correct directions on the spot.

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Having all my documents at my fingertips, drawings, specifications, contracts, submittals with me at all times.

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There is none as far as I'm concerned. The perfect app.

Advice to Others

Use it, the more you use it the more time saved, the faster one can be.

 
 

from Frank Rewold & Son, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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PlanGrid is an extremely convenient and time saving program that I do not ever see my self being without again. Simply having all the drawings, RFI's, specs, etc available at my finger tips when out in the field saves time and aggravation. I can immediately answer questions and make decisions without having to return to the project office.

 
 

from Royal Zoological Society of SA inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

Great product for Zoo project

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Love the product and have used it since i was first introduced to it during a building project early last year.

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Great piece of portable software that is invaluable during site meetings with contractors

 
 

from Henegan Construction
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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PlanGrid is very useful for field super like me. The speed that I can flip from drawing to drawing and back check superseded drawings with a touch of a finger is awesome. It is also great to make comments on a drawings and be able to email it right on the spot. It's a great time saver. All field and off know these days how fast jobs are being built. Great product, keep up the service.

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Ease of use, speed

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Great time saver, eases to use.

 
 

from Bernards
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

Wish I was still using

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I miss it because I went to a company that can't afford all the licensing.

 
 

from Clune Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

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I use it on a daily basis. Can't beat it. It's easy to use and easy to mark up. It makes life so much easier for a superintendent.

 
 

from Ritchie Construction Ltd.
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

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This product works great to combine multiple people on a single project.
Removes the need

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team work

Cons

viewing size

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good product if you work on projects with a team

 
 

from Interserve engineering services
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

What a tool

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My project manager always asks for a full report with photos. This does exactly that within minutes instead of hours

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Quick and easy

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Great time and money saver

 
 

from Brockwell & Carrington
Specialty: Government - state & local
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Excellent Product for what I am doing. Provides interaction with others in the company.

 
 

from Fixtur-World, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager

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I like the ability to communicate issues and changes across the whole project team. Another great part of this software is the ability to assign users and the permissions you want them to have on a project.

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It is not as intuitive as it could be. It was a little bit difficult to get started with it. However, that could be due to the fact that this is the first product of this type I have tried to use.

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take the time to really get faamiliar with the product before actually trying to use it.

 
 

from Kraus Anderson Construction
Specialty: Construction manager

Its the small details that help

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I really like the ability to tap on a detail and go to that detail sheet and see what I'm looking for, more detail! Some of my drawings are hundreds of pages deep and plan grid handles them all.

I also like the way plan grid allows me to go back to where I started from, or jump into a completely different group of drawings.

Plan grid updates easily so I can always have current drawings at my fingertips.

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Can't think of anything off hand.
But this will not let me submit until I have at least 50 characters so obviously there is one thing I do not like.

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If you can't tap on a detail and go to that page, get plan grid, save the aggravation.

 
 

from Crane Construction Co. LLC
Specialty: General contractor

Great product, use PlanGrid daily.

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The ease of use from beginning to end. Anyone can utilize PlanGrid to assist them on a project some way. If a person typically has challenges with computers or iPad can use PlanGrid just to read drawings, to someone who is advanced can utilize the full power of the PlanGrid app.

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Hoping in the future they add some bidding software options similar to On Screen Takeoff.

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Comparative to other similar products, the cost impact of PlanGrid is far more economical than some competitors, this product is perfect for team use and collaboration.

 
 

from King's Electric Services
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

Awesome product that truly makes our Company more successful

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The product helps make our Company run much more efficiently and increases our field staff's productivity. PlanGrid constantly strives to make their product better and they are very accessible when it comes to answering questions or troubleshooting problems.

Likes Least

We really wish the product offered a daily log tool.

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Look at all the features and evaluate the entire software. It offers lot's of features other than the ability to view drawings electronically.

 
 

from L. S. Owens construction, inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

21st. Century plan viewing experience.

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The ability to upload several sets of drawings, in a as needed basis at a very small fraction of the cost compared to printing hard copies and being able to view, make annotations and or share while on the field or the office.

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I don't think I have anything to say on this subject. Nope, their product and service is great.

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This particular software not only improves your PDF files by making it easier to view and navigate but, but it builds these links that connect your call outs with the actual page. How great is that?

 
 

from Technical Innovation
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

I don't know what i did before i found PlanGrid

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Punch list stamps make tracking items to completion so easy. In the event I have a question, the online chat feature is almost instant support.

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Being able to view and update attachments. It would be better if i could update an existing attachment with an updated pdf just by clicking on it. instead of having to delete and upload and label a new one.

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Try it for one project start to finish and you will never stop using it.

 
 

from Brasfield & Gorrie GC
Specialty: General contractor

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All documents from CDs to specifications, submittals, RFIs and history are available so you don't have to search multiple locations for your info.The ability to overlay current CDs with older versions for comparisons on what changed. The ability to create status reports and deficiency reports and include photos. Prompts to update documents... All this and more with just ONE app!

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Have not found anything not to like. Still learning the ins and outs of the different functions.

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Utilize the available tutorials and the ( what's new ) site

 
 

from Epic Builders
Specialty: Construction manager

PLanGrid way better than pdfs or paper

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It is really simple. If you are using paper or pdfs you could safe a lot of hassle. In the case you want to do something more compelx there might be other options available out there.

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They are a little bit intense with the sales calls.

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You are limited to 50 pages in the free trail. So might no work for your big projects.

 
 

from APD Architects
Specialty: Architect

Absolutely love it! It streamlines our office efficiency

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I love that plan grid is always updating and listening to its clients needs and uses. Always improving the application to fit today's industry standards and needs.

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I wish there was a way to share some of the uses with people that are not necessarily paying a monthly fee for the product. This will greatly expand the usage between architects and clients who do not have paid accounts. Maybe these non pay users become some sort of visitors

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I would recommend trying to incorporating in your daily basis to fully understand a software capabilities and lacks thereof

 
 

from Sequoyah Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

Great app for prints

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Ease of using, make notes, hightlights, accessibility

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Not having the ability to print things to scale, creating links to different pages

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Check to see what prints will be necessary for you and how you can best use them digitally with all its functions and features.

 
 

from Woodward Design+Build, LLC
Specialty: Design/build firm

Good, Though Limited Product

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PlanGrid is simple to use, and makes drawing management a breeze. Subcontractors can no longer complain they don't have the most up to date drawings - they're in their pocket at all times.

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PlanGrid's simplicity is both its greatest strength, and its greatest weakness. The ubiquity of "There's an app for that" has turned into many tight and incredibly useful apps that (only) do one thing or another really well. PlanGrid is one of these - the drawing management capabilities are fantastic, but the RFIs tool is not. It is also somewhat a barrier to entry that there is an ever-growing cost associated with PlanGrid. Many subcontractors struggle to justify the cost month to month, especially if they have a small scope on a large project with many sheets. It would make more sense for the cost of PlanGrid on each project to be borne by the GC, and Subs to gain access via invitation, without incurring exponential costs in the process.

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As a drawings management tool, PlanGrid is wonderful. It is, however, being copied by other companies who provide products with much more utility by having a wider range of nimble tools for a complete Project Management system. Make certain that a solid drawings management tool is all you require when looking into PlanGrid. If you need something more varied, with wider capabilities, look further.