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Autodesk Construction Cloud brings together best-of-breed solutions to unite office and field teams from design to planning, construction to operations to help make construction more predictable, safe and sustainable. No aspect of... Read more
Recent recommendations: 550 recommendations
Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, and general contractors. This solution combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management... Read more
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CoConstruct is a construction project management software that provides custom home builders and remodelers with tools for managing projects, financials and clients. It allows users to sync data from estimates, specifications, selections,... Read more
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Houzz Pro is a lead and project management solution designed for businesses in the home remodeling and design industries. Houzz Pro is able to streamline processes for businesses of all size by centralizing all business needs into... Read more
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UDA Technologies’ ConstructionOnline offers a web-based, integrated approach to project management, project scheduling, and customer management. Designed for emerging construction businesses in the homebuilding and remodeling industries,... Read more
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Procore manages your projects, resources and financials from project planning to closeout. The platform connects every project contributor with the owner and general or specialty contractor. The centralized dashboard allows managers... Read more
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WinEst is an on-premise database-driven estimating solution that helps estimators in businesses across various industries to manage and integrate project estimates using cost-knowledge management. Key features include construction... Read more
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Contractor Foreman is an integrated cloud-based project management and estimation solution that caters to businesses in the construction industry. Key features include financials and accounting, scheduling and planning, contact management... Read more
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BuildTools helps custom home builders and remodelers manage their project schedules with features for subcontractor and equipment scheduling. The system is Cloud-based so contractors can access project schedules in the field. Read more
Recent recommendations: 41 recommendations
Acumatica Construction Edition is true cloud construction and accounting software that provides office and field teams real-time data including job costing, change orders, project management, dashboards and more. With field and office... Read more
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Deltek, together with ComputerEase, provides cutting edge, integrated construction accounting and project management software. This innovative, user-friendly product not only improves the way contractors run their business, but it... Read more
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RedTeam is a project management, construction financials and document control solution suited for midsize commercial general contractors. It is a cloud-based application developed by contractors to manage pre-construction, construction... Read more
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Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on the needs of small to midsize construction companies, including general contractors, service or specialty contractors, and home builders. A great fit for construction... Read more
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Spectrum (formerly Dexter + Cheney) is a cloud-based construction ERP solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. Primary features include accounting, document management, job cost, project management, equipment management,... Read more
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Horizon Site Pro is a project management software designed for small to medium-sized construction businesses. It is suitable for contractors in renovation, landscaping, and other trades. Horizon Site Pro is designed to help businesses... Read more
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Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read more
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For over 30 years, CMiC has delivered state-of-the-art software solutions, purpose-built for the construction industry. Since its inception, CMiC has maintained a laser focus on automating essential back-office functions – such as... Read more
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PASKR is a cloud-based construction management solution built for construction teams that enables users to estimate, build, and track projects. PASKR streamlines back office and field operations. Users are able to access project-related... Read more
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Knowify is a cloud-based construction management solution that is designed for residential contractors and small to midsize commercial subcontractors. It is suitable for trades, including Landscaping, roofing and masonry. Knowify... Read more
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Jobber is a cloud-based field service management software solution that allows small and midsize service businesses to manage field staff, provide customer support, and expand business operations either through a mobile app or a desktop... Read more
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Contractors’ views on project scheduling—and the contractor scheduling software that supports the process—vary widely. Some view scheduling as a necessary evil to satisfy the building owner’s need for control. Others view it as an important discipline for delivering work on-time and on-budget. Typically, the larger and more complex the job, the more important scheduling becomes to both the contractor and the owner. Generally speaking, as jobs get more complex, job scheduling software for contractors becomes more important.
Regardless, scheduling tools available on the market range from a small desktop construction scheduling program to sophisticated multi-user systems integrated within broader project management systems. This guide attempts to parse through these offerings for the construction scheduling software buyer.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
What Is Construction Scheduling Software?
Construction job scheduling software supports management of labor, resource, material and equipment schedules. These programs allow a user to define phases and tasks, and then match them with the labor, materials and resources required to complete each task and phase. Of course, labor and resources introduce constraints and dependencies, which in turn affect the schedule and completion date. Construction schedule software runs complex calculations “under the hood” to account for these dependencies and constantly recalculate the project schedule.
Screenshot of Buildertrend user dashboard
Most project scheduling applications make use of the critical path method—an algorithm that calculates the minimum amount of time required to complete a project based on required tasks and dependencies. The user interface is typically visualized through a Gantt chart, which displays each task as a line item, and then illustrates its duration and order with horizontal bars. More sophisticated functionality includes network diagrams, percent completion graphs and what-if scenario planning.
What Type of Buyer Are You?
When evaluating the best scheduling software vendors, it helps to identify yourself with one of the specific types of buyers we see in the market:
Major project scheduler. These buyers are focused almost exclusively on scheduling and are fully embracing the need to automate this function. Their schedules are extremely detailed, and they run multiple scenarios. They are often interested in sophisticated functionality like earned value analysis. These buyers will be best off with best-of-breed systems with enterprise-class capabilities.
Project manager. This type of buyer may also be a sophisticated scheduler, but is also concerned with other construction management functions, like cost control and document management. As a result, they prefer to use the scheduling application offered within their construction management system. Typically, they also want to publish some or all of the schedule to other participants over the Web.
Desktop scheduler. These buyers value planning and create fairly sophisticated schedules, but do not have the same multi-user requirements. Their needs can be met with straightforward residential construction scheduling software for desktops, such as Microsoft Project or VirtualBoss.
Calendar manager. Some buyers just don’t need to create complex schedules. They may manage smaller, less complex projects, or they may prefer to manage “by the seat of their pants.” In these cases, a simple calendar application may suffice. Most solutions will include a calendar, which will address these buyers’ needs. There are also options on the market that provide construction scheduling software free of charge.
The Vendor Landscape
The next step in selecting construction project scheduling software is to map your buyer type to the top-rated vendors that serve the market.
|This type of buyer...||Should evaluate these systems|
|Major project scheduler||Oracle Primavera P6|
|Project manager||e-Builder, HeadsUp, Oracle Primavera P6, PMWeb, Procore|
|Desktop scheduler||Microsoft Project, VirtualBoss|
|Calendar manager||Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar|
Benefits of Project Scheduling
As we mentioned above, there is often some debate over the value of developing schedules—field supervisors sometimes find them burdensome, while most managers and owners view them as critical. We concur that schedules are very important, and we see the following benefits:
- Better planning. The scheduling process requires managers to consider their phases, tasks, resources and labor in greater detail. Managing this activity simply leads to more thoughtful planning.
- Faster time to completion. When properly scheduled, projects can be completed faster by removing bottlenecks, such as when the workforce waits on a prior phase to be completed.
- Lower costs. By more effectively scheduling resources, project managers can reduce costs. For example, a job requiring the rental of a crane can rent that crane for fewer days if its tasks are scheduled more closely together and all materials and labor are scheduled to make most efficient use of that resource.
- Improved accountability. When things go wrong, it helps to have a record of what was originally planned. This way all parties can identify what factors caused bottlenecks and assign responsibility accordingly.
Market Trends to Understand
There are a few market trends that are playing out in construction project scheduling application market. Here are a couple that you should understand:
The move to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Project schedule software is a subset of project management systems, which vendors are offering in the SaaS model more frequently. In the SaaS model, the vendor hosts and maintains the servers, database and code for the application. This significantly reduces the upfront investment in a system.
Development of mobile functionality. In an industry where many employees spend a significant amount of time out at a jobsite, developing mobile construction scheduling programs is an area of increasing focus. With 58 percent of adults in the United States owning smartphones and tablet adoption growing, some vendors are focusing on building native functionality for the iPhone, iPad and Android-enabled devices. Of course, Web-based options are also accessible via the device’s web browser even if a vendor has not developed native functionality. There is also a growing number of third-party free construction scheduling software apps to help improve contractor scheduling.