UDA ConstructionSuite Software


UDA ConstructionSuite offered by UDA Technologies provides a comprehensive solution to meet the needs of builders, remodelers, GCs, construction managers and real estate developers.

UDA ConstructionSuite combines construction estimating and project management functionalities into a single solution. The solution offers multiple features including estimating, scheduling, specification, and document management. The software gives users complete control of all the activities involved in a property construction cycle. An intuitive dashboard provides an overview of the entire site operations as well as helps to track business KPIs.

UDA ConstructionSuite can integrate with a number of other software systems including QuickBooks, MS Project, Primavera P3/P6, RSMeans, PlanSwift, and AutoCAD Revit. Users can also access UDA ConstructionSuite on their Android and iOS based mobile devices to access project summary from anywhere.

491 Reviews of UDA ConstructionSuite

Overall rating

4.42 / 5 stars

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April 2017

Barry from Advent Home Solutions

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2017

UDA Construction Suite works extremely well 99% of the time

Like any system that has the level of functionality that Construction Suite has there are always going to be occasional "niggles". Customer Support are always extremely polite & professional and today, when I called a couple of times to discuss some minor and one not so minor issue customer, rep was extremely helpful and contrary to what is often the case with support these days, she actually took the time to listen and understand the issues & then helped to resolve every one of them in a timely manner. The most serious of these issues was actually a limitation of QuickBooks and not a Construction Suite issue but all the same this was given the same level of attention and resolved quickly. It makes life so much easier when speaking to someone who genuinely understands the product and is not just reading off a customer service script. UDA provides a fast track to feed issues directly to their development staff. We have been using Construction Suite for several years now and although obviously, it is not a software solution built just for us, it often feels as if it is as it is so versatile. Technology is a huge aspect of our company and a big selling feature to our clients. We could not do what we do without it. I would have rated ease of use as 5 stars; the only reason for giving it 4 is that due to the level of functionality it can take some time to grow in to and learn how best to use the functionality ... but if it were very very easy to use that would probably man a much lower score for features & functionality. I give it a 4 for features as one can always want more.

Pros

Reliability (up time) and functionality are extremely important as well as mirroring how we do business in terms of our estimating & scheduling model.

Cons

Some times the built in application used for creating proposals and other documents can be a bit tricky ... it's kind of like Microsoft Word but the formatting can be a little buggy at times (or perhaps fairer to say a little more prone to user error).

March 2013

ROBERT from FOCUS CONSTRUCTION, LTD.


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2013

I am a small builder that builds large, very high-end custom homes, and have been using ConstructionSuite for nearly 3 years. I looked for a construction management system because I needed to integrate CSI pricing, manage the unique nature of allowances, and off-the-shelf, tailor-able specifications. I also hoped to find a fully flexible scheduling function; I got more than I hoped for. I tried some other construction cost management systems, but none of them are close in comparison to CS - in terms of functionality, ease-of-use, and reasonable cost (it is not cheap, but it is worth it). The product allows me to have automation in estimating, reporting, invoicing (including AIA Applications for Payment), and project scheduling. The easy, flexible structure has facilitated me taking a giant leap forward in management and presentation of cost and scheduling data. It also provides standardized documentation (contracts, other forms), which I honestly did not need, but many people would find very helpful/useful. Importantly, Construction Suite gives the option to use the CSI pricing structure (both residential and commercial), which is essential to better creating and managing budgets (estimates vs. actuals, CO's, etc.). The other products that do enable the CSI structure are archaic and far more expensive. It also has a Specifications function, wherein it uses standard CSI specs that can be opened and altered for each project. The financial functions save me hours on each invoice (specifically in the reporting that comes with invoicing). The structure, reporting, and schedules give me the presence to rival competitors that have 4 staff people to do what I do. The presentation and functionality that I now demonstrate, I believe, has been a big factor in opening doors to some of the very highest-end architects in the region. So not only am I more efficient and professional in how I manage my finances and projects, I do believe it is getting me more business. And once the project is underway, my budget anxiety has been greatly reduced, because I now have a very important instrument for managing budget, Allowances, Change Orders. Without getting into details, it also helps greatly reduce some of the budget difficulties with customers - they better understand what goes into a high-end home, and they have better assurance in how the budget is managed and invoiced. One other seemingly small but important aspect is that CS has a cost category for Allowances - I did not find one single other product that had Allowances such that they could be handled separately. On all of my projects, Allowances are a fluid cost that account for about 40%-50% of the overall budget, and you need to be able to separate those from the rest of budget. There is still one drawback, in that you cannot apply Allowance status to Change Orders, but I am told that will change in an upcoming release. Lastly - I have never had a software provider that has been so intimately involved with each customer. Even before I decided to purchase their "Total Care", the interaction was truly refreshing, and they have even taken the time to review and discuss every suggestion I have made. They have simply explained a rejection on some of the suggestions, but they have been receptive to constructive comments that will improve their products. (For example, the Change Orders to Allowances, as discussed above). The only 4-star rating I have given them is on "product quality". There have been stability issues and communications issues with Microsoft products. But they are phasing out the dependence on Word (already done) and Excel (purportedly in 2013), and that will provide some great benefit for performance. If you are a small or medium-sized builder, and want to present yourself to high-end customers, if you want to have more professional control on your projects, if you want to keep your QuickBooks but put it on steroids, and you undertake more than one project at a time, you will gain tremendously from CS. It is not inexpensive, but it is much more competitive than its competitors and it will pay for itself. I just hope none of my local competitors use it.

March 2013

Mark from Groleau Construction Co., Inc.


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2013

We are a General Contractor in it's second generation, formed in 1959 by my father. We do both residential and light commercial work, renovation, and new construction. When I got out of college in 1983, and made the decision to come back to work with my father in the family business. I spent 5 years working in the field. Back then all estimating was done long hand on paper, with some use of estimating books like RS means, as well as a gut feeling for the work to be done. I knew if I was to move the company forward, I needed to be more effecient and precise method for accurate estimation. After convincing my father that we needed to computerize, I started researching software. We started with DOS based programs that had estimating, report writing, documents, and bookkeeping. The estimating had the 16-division CSI format, which I was familiar with because of work I had done with architects. This system had a built in database that I could modify and add to and job costing to track actual cost against the estimates. Mom learned the bookkeeping end, but I always did my own job costing to get the most accurate cost data I could, and created many of my own estimating items. This was a good system for 20 plus years. I knew that at some point I was going to have to modernize the system. When my parents retired and my wife entered the business, she immediately needed to run up to date accounting software. We purchase Quickbooks because of the referrals and high recommendations. It works quite well, although we were not job costing with it; I was still doing my own recording for my estimating. Even though she pointed out to me that I could estimate and job cost with it, it had no data base and the CSI format, so I had no interest. I new I wanted somthing similiar to what I was using but with up to date features. I started my reseach on software again, looking at the vast quantity of demos out there - there are a lot of them. Some had programs with estimating, and some with their own accounting modules and billing. Although we do some light design work, I wasn't interested in strictly estimating. We're not a track builder. I didn't want all new accounting software because of our comfort with Quickbooks. I came upon UDA Construction Suite through direct mailings or trade magazine ads. I looked at it several times over a few years, still looking around at anything I came across. I found myself going back to UDA to look again. I was attracted to it because of intergration with Quickbooks, CSI division format, built in documents, and now scheduling which I never had before. I knew that I would be able to create my own data base from years of costing with my other system, but it included RS means cost book which I thought would be real handy for items I may not have. I also needed to stop doing my own data-entry for job costing when it could be done with Quickbooks. I liked that it seemed to have more than I needed, so I could grow with it. Easy to use windows format with spreadsheets we're familiar with. We purchased the UDA Construction Suite Residential Premier. It had everything I was using before and more. Since I had my own data base for light commercial items, I felt we did not need the commercial version at this time. But the decision to buy was also based on the ability to upgrade to a higher package without completely rebuying software. All my questions I had up to making the purchase were answered. UDA really seemed to be a company that wanted to work for and with their clients. That by my making an investment in this, they would be there for me, and that this was a purchase that would work for me for years to come. Since getting the product, I've found it really easy to click around and learn on my own. The training videos that came with it, as well as the webinars offered on a regular bases, are great for showing what the software can do. Customer support is awesome - if I send them an email, the response is very quick. It is very easy to call them and talk to someone; I feel like I have my very own personal customer service representative. Being a small company and having to wear all the hats, it can sometimes take a while to make any transition. I have no doubts at all that as I fully implement all that this software can do for me, that UDA will be there to help if needed, making sure that I can get the most out of it. Definitely comforting that I made a really good purchase decision.

May 2016

Steven from Third Coast Engineering Corporation


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

May 2016

Good Product - Support Fair

Pros

Good product for managing projects. The software can be used for construction projects as it was designed, but can also be used for other projects as it is a good tool for managing projects. From one person operations to small companies this tool can be used as a means to have a good workflow system for managing projects. I have used it for construction but also for environmental consulting. It would be pretty easy for UDA to tweak the software to make it less tied to construction and more general for project management. But all in all it is a well designed and pretty easy to operate project management software.

Cons

The biggest issue I have with ConstructionSuite and UDA is their TotalCare program. It is almost like I have to know the secret handshake. With other software vendors (e.g. Microsoft, Autodesk, Adobe) I can download the software by getting into my account. So if I have to reinstall, which I recently had to do, I had to talk to the UDA folks to get the most recent version (I switched from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in the interim and the version I had saved on my computer was not compatible with Win 10. It took 2 calls to UDA to finally get what I needed. On the other hand when I needed to reinstall my Office Suite all I needed to do was log into my Microsoft account, deactivate the computer Office was associated with, download the latest software, and reinstall. I didn't have to communicate with Microsoft staff at all. Same for my Autocad/Revit software and my Adobe software. That said the last person at UDA, Cydney, took ownership of my issue and in about 5 minutes I had resolved my issue.

December 2016

MIchael from New World Contracting

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2016

Updated Review

Now that we've used Construction Suite for about six months, I wanted to share our experience and explain why I consider it a five star program. We are a small remodeling and cabinet company that specializes in highly individualized projects, with almost all of our design work done in-house. We originally set out to find a replacement for our Excel estimating spreadsheet and to move our scheduling off of a wall calendar. What we've wound up with is an entirely new way of running the business side of things, with all of our contracts and documents, customer management, and job costing being done through Construction Suite now as well as estimating and scheduling. As the owner, I was not expecting to change how I tracked customers (Zoho CRM) or handled job costing (Quickbooks Contractor) but I couldn't be happier now with handling all that information in one place. It has been an easy transition out of our old systems and into Construction Suite by taking things one process at a time; for example we moved estimating over, then contracts and scheduling, etc. and we're now about 90% transitioned. In the other programs we evaluated, I found they seemed to be geared towards general contractors that rely heavily on subcontractors, leaving the estimating side of things with no more utility than our old spreadsheets. Construction Suite's estimating allows us to break down costs into as much or as little detail as we need, and communicate with Quickbooks to track actual cost vs. estimated costs at whatever level of detail we need. For example, we may enter flooring for a project as one item ( a subcontractor's quote) and in the same estimate break down costs for a kitchen island down to each hinge and drawer guide, all in the same estimate. This has been a game changer for us and has cut estimating time down by at least half. Most of all, I can compare each line in the estimate to the actual cost imported from Quickbooks, and know down to the line item if we've made or lost money. If you've tried job costing in Quickbooks, I've felt your pain and I'm here to say there's a better way. There are many more positive things I could elaborate on but I don't want to turn this into a novel, so here's the gist of it: Programs like this can be intimidating, but Construction Suite can be approached as a collection of smaller programs with tiny learning curves. You can treat it as a contacts list to start, then master the calendar, and so on. This worked well for me. Call them. Buy TotalCare and you'll get your money's worth in advice from people who know their stuff. Overall this has been the best single feature of Construction Suite. Good luck with your search, Mike Jungers, Owner New World Contracting

Pros

Depth. For almost every phone call to tech support, there has been a feature already in the program that does what I need. Not that it's a hard program to learn, I've just found it's faster and much more pleasant to call them and let them teach me. Top notch customer service!

A bunch more pros, but a small one that I really enjoy is it's pleasant to look at. Well done design team.

Cons

I have had a few cons, such as using assemblies in an estimate, but the version 8 update has addressed literally every small complaint I've had.

February 2016

Scott from JLS Construction Inc


Ease-of-use

3.5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3.5 of 5

February 2016

Construction Suite

Pros

UDA is a great program to manage a project from the first lead contact to the Final inspection, when I have had a glitch or a question on the program total care has been really great with solving the problem or question.
I really like the Job management capabilities UDA has the dash board works well and is easy to navigate.

Cons

the proposal writer is probably my least favorite option, I like the concept and how the proposal writer is set up however there is a big learning curve on how you enter it in the estimate portion especially if you pulling it from a assembly or the item data base as far as wording an item as to how it pulls it into the proposal I find I do a lot of editing. Also I wish you could chose to pull in a few columns such as allowances, or options and maybe a few other columns you can see in the estimate view next to the line in the proposal item like you see it in the estimate as it sits now you can only have them grouped in the allowance or option category at the top.
I also wish there was a Specification integration button in the estimate, they have great sub contractor specification templates I wish you could modify these and save them to fit your company, so then you could click a button in the estimate and pull the specification up and edit and save it in the job and maybe even attach it to the line item in the estimate in the notes category.
This is a big part of a job, the specification could be then sent from the job folder in a email attached to a PPF set of plans and be easily sent out, then some how integrate the returned specification and estimate to the job folder and line item. This would streamline the tracking of all theses items.

April 2013

Jack from Forever Homes, Inc.


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

April 2013

Our company is a family owned and operated organization. We specialize in luxury custom estate homes, and we are experts in waterfront construction. Typically, we build no more than 4 or 5 homes simultaneously due to the complexity of the projects, the size of our company, and the market size for this type of construction. After going through a fairly difficult economic downturn, things are starting to move again. From 2009-20012 we only built 1 home. In the past year, we have bid on several projects and we are currently building 5 homes ranging from the $500,000 range up to $3,000,000. I can directly credit the detailed proposal that we made using UDA Construction Suite with 3 of the 5 homes we are currently working on. Each of those three customers told us specifically that our proposal was so much more comprehensive than the other builders that were bidding on the job. One customer also said they felt more confident choosing us to build their dream home because of our attention to detail in the proposal and tentative schedule we provided. While we are not a big corporation, we are still competing with them and we must present our company in the most professional, competent manner possible. UDA Technologies Construction Suite has proven to be one of the most valuable investments we have made to help us achieve this crucial goal. In 2006, we started using UDA's Office Suite, since then we have continuously upgraded to the most recent version and we are currently using Construction Suite Pro. We also take advantage of the "Total Care" customer support plan. I must say, this aspect of the software has proven invaluable. The only "negative" thing I could say about the software is that it is somewhat complex and a little time consuming to learn. With that being said, the time invested in learning the software pays off ten-fold. With the help of the staff at UDA, the difficulty is minimized. Every single time I have called to get assistance with some aspect of the software, I have been immediately put in contact with a very capable and friendly technician who seemed genuinely eager to help me with my problem. I never had to press 1 for this or 2 for that. The technicians actually know the software, in and out, and are always able to quickly resolve my problems. They are not looking up the answer in a "help database" as they generally do when I call QuickBooks for technical assistance. UDA also holds frequent webinars that are free to attend. I have only attended two, but I will be doing my best to utilize this feature more often as I learned a lot from it. Thank you UDA! I truly believe your software and customer support has been instrumental in helping our company stay afloat during this painful recession. The software and the support plan have paid for themselves many times over – we couldn't be happier!

April 2014

Martine from Open Range Construction Co.


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2014

Useful and indespensible construction management tool.

Pros

ConstructionSuite is relatively easy for our staff to learn and use, as is the ConstructionOnline feature. I particularly like being able to make our clients a part of the team by connecting them to ConstructionOnline. We have clients who live in another city or state, and since the scheduling component was added online, we've had phone conferences with clients, and we've literally built or changed the schedule literally before their eyes. It gives them the assurance that they will be a part of the process. I also really like the logging tool; it has come in handy this winter, especially with the weather delay feature. As I learn to utilize more of the features of ConstructionSuite, I really appreciate all of its capability. The support staff and development team have also been a great resource, especially being responsive to technical issues and continually working to improve the functionality of the software.

Cons

I'm always looking for ways to save time and to be more efficient, so I find little things like having to browse for a file from the desktop location (on both ConstructionSuite and ConstructionOnline) cumbersome. It's a little better now that we can select multiple files, though. Also, I've been working more with the dimensioning tool, creating a template for project type to help with estimating. It works, but I can't say I like it because of the way you have to input it into that little window. If there was a dimensioning template in the OnCost/Excel format, I think it would be easier to use. I think part of the problem is that the formulas and inputs are all in this long list, and though I've tried to put the inputs on the top of the window and all of the corresponding formulas below, it causes confusion to the user, and they miss more. I would love to talk to the tech staff more about this feature. We are also still having intermittent issues with sending emails, especially with attachments, from ConstructionSuite. No complaints about the vendor. We've enjoyed working with them.

March 2016

Mark from Groleau Construction Co., Inc.


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

March 2016

Great product, great support, and great customer service.

Pros

The product was obviously created by people very knowledgeable of construction. It seems any way a person wants to do something, the program lets you customize. Yet the standardized parts and templates fit right in with common practices. When ever I have a question about anything, it usually can be understood just by watching a video. The few times I've called customer support, they are always real helpful without a lot of wait. Makes me feel good about my investment every time I get off the phone with them.

Cons

I haven't been using the product that long even though I've had it 3 or 4 years. I've been gradually transitioning from another estimating program purchased over 20 years ago. When times get real busy, I still find it faster for me to do an estimate on the older program only because I know it so well. So the only thing I think I can say that I like least about this product, and it's not the products fault, is that because it is so different from what I've been using for past 20 years, I find myself struggling at times with the learning curve that comes with having to learn any new software. It has so much more depth to it.

April 2013

Jay from Environmental Design Inc.


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2013

Environmental Design Inc. is a full service environmental consulting firm in business since 1995. We specialize in asbestos, indoor air quality, mold, and lead related professional consulting services, as well as conducting environmental site assessments. One of our many functions is providing our clients with detailed cost estimates, not only for our services, but for the overall project's remediation cost, typically performed by other contractors. We provide complete project oversight and the UDA Construction Suite really is a powerful tool that helps us do that. We purchased the UDA Residential Premier Suite which has made managing our projects much easier, more efficient, and way more organized. We got the suite in 2010 when it became clear to us trying to manage a large regional transportation contract with dozens of projects in progress at any given time just wasn’t working in a timely manner with conventional Excel sheets alone. What the Construction Suite does it allows us to set up a project, assign contacts, and do a project schedule. We can customize cost estimate templates for each client, so our pricing structure, which is somewhat different for each client, can easily be turned into a proposal quickly and easily, or just forwarded in PDF. For our more complex projects involving contractors, we can track the project with a detailed Gant Chart, which we can send to our clients for use in MS Project, track payment applications, change orders, etc. Plus, I think one of the most useful aspects of the UDA Suite is being able to drag and drop files into the project folder and keep everything in one place so all of my employees using the suite can use and view the entire project in one place, even remotely via our IPads. I would highly recommend the UDA Construction Suite to professionals, like engineers, architects, and consultants. It is a great one stop way to organize your projects. For contractors like landscapers and builders, look no further, this product will make you much more organized and efficient, and the product you send to the client will be way more professional. UDA is easy to use, easy to implement, and easy to customize for your industry. Plus if you need any help whatsoever, just pick up the phone and an expert will walk you through your issue or remotely help over the internet. The UDA Construction Suite is not just for contractors doing construction, it is one of the best ways to do project management in any industry.

September 2015

Vince from Universal Design Solutions


Ease-of-use

4.5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4.5 of 5

September 2015

Great asset for any construction company!

Pros

CS has grown with leaps and bounds as the development and support teams continues to stay in sync with industry & client needs; from Estimate to end of project... CS has our team covered. We have had great support from the CS team from product use questions, updates, to customizing templates to fit our company needs. CS has become the hub for all of our day to day project and lead interactions.

Cons

I would like to see a more centralized location and auto sync between the field and CS... single access mobile app, a calendar that has a push notifications and follows more along with an Outlook feel would be helpful in tracking, scheduling and completing events / activities. When attaching email or texts from with-in CS a better log of who what , when in project history - can't really see what the log refers to once it is sent.

March 2015

Barry from Advent Home Solutions


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

1.5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

March 2015

Mediocre support / good product (mostly) / slow performance

Pros

I like the way they do estimates and schedules as this works well for how I run my business. I put up with a lot of small annoyances with the functionality and the relatively slow performance because, having evaluated several other systems, I still found this one to be a bit better for my purposes.

Cons

For the most part, this is a good product, although syncing between the desktop and online apps could use a lot of improvement, as there are lots of differences in functionality between the two (the online version is more restricted, so you need to be wary of using some of the custom settings in the desktop version, as it will not necessarily transfer the date over to the online version as it tends to only use standard settings).
My experience of the support has not been good. I pretty much always end up having to call, as my emails and support tickets go unacknowledged. I see lots of reviews praising the support, but I just don't see it, as that has not been my experience.
It seems to take a long time from the marketing hype of a new product release to this actually being available to existing customers. Any improvements take a long time to work their way into production releases, and the updates don't contain any information to tell you what has actually been updated.

January 2014

Chuck from The Country Carpenter Topsfield, LLC


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4.5 of 5

January 2014

UDA Construction Suite - A winner for this Remodeler

Pros

For the longest time I had used a combination of programs to operate my remodeling business and came to realize how inefficient that approach was. Excel, QuickBooks, Outlook, and Word are great tools but there had to be a better way. I spent a considerable amount of time looking for a program that would deliver all of these tools in one format. UDA Construction Suites did that and even more. As I have become more acquainted with the program, it has a far exceeded my expectations.

Even more important has been the support offered by this great team of dedicated technicians and instructors. Here is a great example: I purchased a new computer and had to transfer my program and files. I have a large database and needed help with the transfer. The new computer needed updates, etc and all of that was taken care of by UDA. Then, the new computer had a blue screen problem which could not be resolved so I purchased another computer which again needed updating etc. Well, here it is on a Friday night and after having over an hour of support earlier, I just got off of the phone with another support tech (at 6:45 PM EST) who made sure I was up and running for a busy weekend of estimating. That says it all right there. Whenever I call, even for the dumbest question, I feel like I am calling my family for help. No kidding; these guys and gals are that good!

Cons

That I can't keep up with some of their online products as they are constantly working to improve their services and programs.

March 2018

Lacey from Sterling Renovations & Design

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

March 2018

Exceptional tech support!

Pros

We lost a server so had to reload our programs and rebuild our data. During this process our IT specialist was called away, though we were still in the process of resolving our issues accessing UDA. We called UDA tech support to walk us through everything, but the issues were clearly beyond our level of expertise, so their rep and his team ended up taking the reins to get us back up and running. His professionalism and efficiency gave us great confidence that we were in good hands during a very stressful time. He and the rest of the team have always been great to work with whenever we've reached out for help, but their top-tier service and competence when we were in crisis was highly appreciated and we can't speak highly enough of how they came through for us at a critical time.

Cons


June 2017

Rick from Stately Design & Renovation

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2017

The detail in ConstructionSuite was directly responsible for a notable increase to my net income.

Greatly increased accuracy in my residential estimates that resulted in a significant increase to my net income.

Pros

The ConstructionSuite to QuickBooks link is probably my favorite component of the software. This link provides up to the minute accuracy with estimated costs vs. actual cost; we use this information regularly to perform job forensics.
The customization allowed in ConstructionSuite provides the flexibility to conform to my business processes instead of forcing us to conform to the software. The estimating templates are the core of the entire program, customizing these to our pricing and our items is how I substantially increased my net income after I had ConctructionSuite up and running.
The time invested at the product implementation has given us a fantastic return.

Cons

The interface is a little quirky in places. That is, the software doesn't always behave in ways I expect; usually these have been programming decisions instead of bugs, but they can be annoying. Thinking especially about repetitive tasks.

March 2013

Robert from RCC Construction LLC


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2013

We are a custom home builder on the Island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands with over 34 years of experience in construction, building, and cabinet making. We bring a broad area of knowledge to our clients projects. One of the unique aspects of doing business in Hawaii is that each Island is different with different challenges and most of our clients are part time or seasonal inhabitants. Australia to Russia, South Africa to Canada, each client brings one goal: they want the best, the most efficient, and they want it now. That is how we got involved with UDA Technologies and Construction Suite. Our client was relocating from Florida who lived in Canada and had purchased a lot on Kauai that they wanted to build on. They hired an architect from Honolulu, Interior Designer from Vancouver, consultants from Montreal and Jacksonville, and last but not least his Financial adviser from Toronto. They asked us if we could coordinate and build the home of their dreams with the assembled team. We said YES! Then spent the next month searching the internet and calling on the phone to find a software package that would allow us to deal with all of the issues and different locals and still work with their accounting department and financial people so that our cost and expense information was in a format they could work with. This was 2006, we took Construction Suite for a "test drive", kicked the tires, and learned the basics. And with Time Zones to take into account, there were many challenges our team had to face. UDA and their team are up to the challenge no matter what time zone you're in. Two very important items that UDA excels at is customer service, working to improve and expand the capabilities of Construction Suite, and update the cost book information so that your bids and proposals are accurate. In this customer's opinion they have mastered the concept of making one entry do all of the work thus eliminating the opportunity for what I like to call repetitive errors! Make a change to your schedule and the critical path makes all the changes for you, when properly set up it will inform everyone in your organization and involved in your project about the changes. If you don't own it you should and if you do you know!

April 2013

Reva from Kawartha Lakes Construction


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2013

We are a construction company in Ontario Canada. We are celebrating our 25th year in business this summer. In the past, we were using excel spreadsheets to do our estimating. We ended up with multiple master copies in the system often, as people saved their version as a new master. Finding out which one was the most current, and having to reformat the document was an ongoing problem. There wasn't a single source document to keep unit cost history, a list of prices from our vendors and subtrades, or their contact information, etc. We found ConstructionSuite through the internet as I was trying to find an easier way to do estimating. I used the trial version and found out it would be suited to our company needs. We discussed the change with the team and in September of 2011 we took a big step and purchased the Contractor version with enough licenses for the estimators and accounting. Since then, we have added more licenses to include all the divisions in the company. I worked with the program, learning how to use it, merging Quick Books contact lists, inputting some cost data and budget estimating information. We had to revise the standard forms and make them suit our company specifically. We had weekly meetings with the staff where they each learned their portion of the program. Working with the UDA tech staff made the transition quite painless and within 6 months we were ready to go live with UDA on a daily basis. The information passes between Quick Books and UDA easily and without error. The support staff were usually available when we called, and a very short time to wait for a call back if they were all busy. The on-line help while on the phone is a great way to work out the issues we have and be able to see how things are fixed. Now we are able to figure most things out on our own. After using the program for over a year we are able to be ready to present an initial budget to a client within 24 hours. We used to take 3 weeks to finish a budget. Being able to populating the divisions using dimensions makes it is easy to show a client what the cost difference would be between a 1000 SF home and a 1200 SF home. I have found this program to be a time saver and helps to reduce the possibility of error.

August 2013

Wayne from Red Hook Design LLC


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

August 2013

I am a General Contractor in Brooklyn, NY after having been a builder in the Syracuse, NY area for over thirty years. As a builder for over forty years with a Masters in Construction Management, I like to think that my approach to construction projects is organized and well managed. This iteration of my company, now six years in the NYC metropolitan area, is predominantly engaged in the renovation of residential townhouses and doing very sophisticated architectural detail work. I had used UDA Construction Suite for a number of years prior to arriving in the city, and it always provided a high level of organization in preparing bids and managing my projects. Now that I am working in an environment that is both much more competitive, and infinitely more complex, Construction Suite is indispensable in preparing and managing my projects. From the extensive spreadsheet based estimating, to the integration of up-to-the-minute data on materials, to the ability to post and manage projects online, it's all here. As in all of my major purchases, I do a lot of homework before making a decision. That was the case before I signed on to UDA Construction Suite. From my first phone call for information on the Construction Suite package, it was clear that these folks had their act together, and understood my needs. All of my questions were answered, but most impressive to me was that there was absolutely no pressure to purchase until I was comfortable with the value that UDA would bring to my company. Once I did sign on, UDA technical support made the process of installing and configuring the software a snap. As time passed, through many iterations of the software, version revisions, and new functionality, UDA support has been right there to assist and answer any and all questions that I might have - working through issues and always checking in with a follow up call to be sure that my problem has been resolved. In my organization, UDA Construction Suite is a "Best in Class" package that definitely contributes to our success. In my humble opinion, this is the best Construction Management package out there.

May 2015

Chalmers from J Lynn Company, LLC


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

May 2015

I have been using UDA Commercial Suite since 2011

Pros

UDA Construction Suite an extremely powerful and diverse software. I have been using the software for five years and I still have not fully utilized all the features. Construction Suite seamless integration with QuickBooks is a huge timesaver for my construction business. Setting up projects once they are awarded, creation of purchase orders, tracking actuals, creation of schedules and tracking change orders etc. The preloaded templates are excellent in creating proposals and contracts.
Another aspect of UDA that I cannot speak more highly of is the entire staff. They are friendly and extremely helpful in resolving any technical issue you encounter. The product development team have done an excellent job with enhancements to the software over the years. They understand our needs as construction professionals, they ask questions, and they listen and implement the suggestions from their customers.

Cons

I can honestly state that there is not anything I dislike about this product. Or the team members of this company.

August 2014

Brad from Bradley J Rodgers Remodeling


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Customer support

4.5 of 5

Functionality

3.5 of 5

August 2014

Great Product. Steep Learning Curve.

Pros

I appreciate how professional the staff are and the way the product looks to clients. I appreciate the efforts UDA has put into providing links to their webinars and their training videos on YouTube. Their technical support is invaluable.

Cons

There's a steep learning curve to using it, and it does not help that UDA is constantly changing their system. It took me a long time (several years) to familiarize myself and set up my database and templates from versions dating back to 2007 or so. This year, when I was required to update to a newer version because my 2011 version was not supported anymore, I ended up losing a lot of data and functions that I finally had dialed in to my system, and now I am backpedaling and having to re-learn new things.

Sometimes, when I am in a support session with a tech, it doesn't inspire confidence in the sense of the software's user-friendliness when they seem to struggle finding a location, knowing why something functions in a certain way, or knowing why it's set up that way.

It would be helpful to have a linked directory of keywords to search the video training series. As it is now I find it time consuming and cumbersome to wade through several training videos to find an inkling of relevance to a topic of a problem I'm trying to figure out. And sometimes, that is made more difficult by me not being able to describe technically the facts of the type of problem I'm having. So being able to search a database using keywords would be a good start.