Been using it for a while and really like it. We use HCSS Heavy Job, and also HCSS Safety, and the showed us their HCSS Plans, and we told them from the start that we use Plan Grid, and to try and sell us on their Plans APP. They could not sell us on the APP. They at the time only had one thing they can do better and that was area volume measurements, on radius. It gave you more links you can click on to accurately move the radius around. That was about it, other than that it did all the basics of Plan Grid, but i think Plan grid still has other option for Managers like creating RFI's and stuff, but we don't really use those functions.
I like the fact that you can scale the drawings in the field after the job is downloaded, even if you are off line. you can then use it to do your own on the fly take offs, to see if there is a bust anywhere in the estimate. I also like the collaboration that you can do. If you find an issue on the job, you can take a picture of the issue and attach it to the related plan sheet, and describe what is wrong and send, then others can see the issue, and work on getting it corrected. Also i like that you can create links on plan sheets, going from one to the other. You can see on one sheet it calls for a certain detail and you can tie that sheet to a different sheet with the detail. I also make a link on the detail sheet that will take you back to the original sheet for easy access back. Just the way i do it on my own sheets.
I think the ruler should be a little more detailed, basically so you can zoom in a little more and have finer adjustments. Also need to be able to scale down the ruler size as when you are measuring small measurements like under 1' you cant really see the measurement after you make it, and it is hard to get it lined up with what you are trying to measure. Also if you create link from one sheet to another, it would be nice to have the option to automatically have the sheet link you back to the original, so you can go back and forth between the plan set and detail section. Just my thoughts.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
Communication and organization of real time information from multiple job sites Punch list tracking Safety issues reporting improved record keeping Better real time redline recording
Easy to use and to implement. Workers found it easy to understand and use, immediate buy in Keeps your project tasks in order Assigning tasks to works and superintendents easily real time information from projects without the need for constant visits safety issues recorded and documented newly improved field reports and check list creator WAY easiler to adopt than Procore
Terrible user based subscription system, not construction friendly for GCs with many subcontractors Would like to see built in actual budgeting and POs High price for upgraded features (submittals and RFI advanced) that is not rolled out with complete workflow tracking and multiple reviewers User based subscription may actually make this more ex[pensive than Procore with far less functionality
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
My company has been using PlanGrid for 3+ years. Our senior managers and field supervisors all use the program on company provided iPads. Since incorporating the use of PlanGrid into our daily operations, we no longer use paper hard copies of plans (we only provide those now for plan check, etc.) so blueprinting costs have reduced to near $0- and more than covers the cost of the PlanGrid subscription. As the tech application guru for our company, I'm constantly looking at and am reviewing new or improving programs that are coming to or are already in the market. There are other companies now with similar applications, but I don't find any of them to be near as good as PlanGrid. The scaled dimension and quantities takeoff features that PlanGrid has especially cannot be beat by any of their competitors; these are features that most others don't have, but has proven to be very valuable in our daily use. The great thing about PlanGrid that I learned as a fairly early user is that the founders weren't simply really good software programmers/engineers, but that they also had a really in depth knowledge of the construction industry. In my estimation PlanGrid really nailed it as to what the construction industry needs for portable electronic plans, and has demonstrated its commitment to continuously improve the product.
Rendering of plans is fast Ability to zoom in on plans and details (easier to see than on paper copy) Scaled dimension and take off feature Attach job photos to pinpoint locations on plans Punch list Ability to attach job documents (doesn't count towards plan sheets limit...nice!) Very rarely have there been problems with the account or website functions; we've only needed instruction support Customer support is very quick and effective!
Labeling plan sheets at initial load is a bit cumbersome as you have to fully open the sheet to see the designers description (a magnifier bubble on the thumbnail view would be really helpful) Hard to keep up with the new features being added (just kidding...it's a nice problem to have!) No customer support after hours (that's the time of day senior managers need help) Hard to get subcontractors to use it; maybe a slimmed down version with less features and less cost that can work on the cheaper Android tablets would be a solution, or a discount if hooking up with developer's or GC's job only
That a complete project team can use this software simultaneously. Every person on our team uses this software on a daily basis. We can all access drawings, documents and any correspondence necessary whenever we need to.
I like mostly everything about the software, but it takes some time to learn and get used to. Once you have it down you're good to go!
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
cheap to get into need to fill the space for minimum number of characters
lack of functionality OCR is not upto par can't search text within reports
Likelihood to recommend: 0/10
Pricing is based on the amount of storage a user requires, and is on a per user/per device basis:
- 51-550 drawings is $39/month billed annually
- 551-5000 drawings is $59/month billed annually
- More than 5000 drawings is $119/month billed annually
All subscriptions include unlimited photo and attachment uploads. Project based and enterprise pricing is also available.
Collaboration is paramount for professionals working in the construction industry, but traditional workflows and offline tools have made it challenging for contractors, architects, and engineers to work together without physically being in the same location. PlanGrid is an innovative cloud-based solution that facilitates the sharing of project plans, specifications, photos, RFIs, and punch lists from desktop or mobile devices.
Built for professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction industries—and particularly, for working on healthcare, commercial, multi-family residency, and heavy civil projects— PlanGrid allows plans and markups to be instantly shared with everyone on a project, regardless of their physical locations. Key features include automatic version control, sheet name reading, automatic detail call out hyperlinking, RFI, and photo tools that sync notes across all platforms instantly.
PlanGrid a field collaboration and document management tool for people who work in the construction industry. Although there are project management platforms that facilitate sharing among office personnel, PlanGrid has managed to carve out a niche for itself as the go-to, cloud-based tool for professionals in the construction industry who actually work in the field and physically build from sheets, including contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers, and foremen.
The software was built natively for mobile, which means the cloud-based application works efficiently in any field settings with continued performance even when the Internet is down or Wi-Fi connections are spotty. Traditional office workflows happen out in the field with mobile devices, enabling PlanGrid users to spend more time in the field and less time inside their trailers looking for information.
Multiple users can edit and sync a master set with PlanGrid, which means everyone is always working off of the most updated set and the need to wait for updates to be printed and distributed across the worksite is gone completely.
With PlanGrid, users can maintain one master set, with automatic version control to keep all members of the team updated on the latest changes that are being made to blueprints and sheets in real-time. Not only does this feature decrease errors at the worksite, but it also decreases lag time, since new documentation doesn’t have to be printed and distributed each time plans are edited.
Take a snapshot of your blueprints from any mobile device, and you can automatically share that snapshot with all of your connected PlanGrid users. These users, also known as your collaborators, will then be able to reference that latest snapshot, along with any photos or attachments. At the same time, PlanGrid will be silently recording every edit to the RFI, which means you can go back through the complete history of any RFI from your mobile device at any time.
When sheets are uploaded to PlanGrid, the sheet names and descriptions are automatically read, saving the PM hours of manual labor. Sheets can be renamed and reordered, and PMs can also tag sheets with specific disciplines or project areas. This allows subcontractors and superintendents to quickly pull up subsets of sheets while in the field, instead of spending minutes flipping through a paper set.
To edit the information of any sheet, click on the List View button and click on the name of the sheet on your list that you wish to update. You can edit the name, description, and tags for that sheet. Once your sheets have been published, they will count against your sheet limit and they will be accessible to all of your collaborators.
One of the unique features that PlanGrid offers is automatic detail callout hyperlinking. PlanGrid is able to read and automatically fill in unique sheet names. Using this information, the application also automatically hyperlinks detail callouts. When a callout is tapped, the app jumps to the referenced sheet. This saves users the hassle of having to manually search for individual sheets.
Upload your sheets to PlanGrid, choose Grid Bot OCR during publishing, and let PlanGrid handle the rest. The software will read your sheet number and automatically create the link on your drawing. Once this link pops up, your collaborators will be able to click on a thumbnail of the sheet to quickly jump to the appropriate link.
PlanGrid offers markup, issue, RFI, and photo tools that sync notes across all platforms in real-time. Project participants—such as contractors, engineers, and architects—can use these syncing features on the jobsite, even when they do not have access to a reliable Internet connection.
To export drawings and share markups from the field, choose from one of four sharing options: snapshot, full-size PDF, PDF packet, or issue packet. The option you select will determine how your drawings are transmitted to fellow collaborators. You can also share annotations with your team members by using the Master Annotations feature.
PlanGrid does not integrate with other applications.
Pricing is based on how many sheets a user uploads to PlanGrid’s cloud. Costs are also determined based on the number of users and devices on an account, with the starter “Nailgun” plan costing $39 per user, per month when billed annually.