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I have been on the hunt for some project management software (web or locally based) that could help manage an Architectural company of around 250 people with a couple of offices world wide.
I have not had luck finding many good programs at all - I found one or 2 programs specifically designed for Architectural offices that weren't so good, and then a lot more that were too general..
I was wondering if the members here that work for larger offices could share what kind of systems they use, what kind of features they have - and possibly give me some links, ideas .. I have set out to have such a system custom programmed and an idea of what existing companies use would help "inspire" features that the software might have..
Any info would be appreciated ! :)
Have you tried Microsoft Project?
A firm I worked for 4 years ago (120 employees) used Sema4 www.sema4.com with apparently much success.
I'm not sure how the software has evolved since, however.
: are you looking for "scheduling" software or "job cost accounting" software ?
Sema4 was acquired a while back by Deltek Systems ... I doubt that Deltek will continue to support Sema4 for very long.
If you are looking for job cost accounting and financial management software, I recommend that you take a look at Deltek Vision.
and ... I can't imagine why you would want to undertake a custom programming effort ... that's a massive and expensive undertaking and will have no end of support issues.
I'm looking for total management software
Document versioning, CAD file review (review dwg with a tablet pc, then the new layer with remarks is automatically put into Autocad), Accounting related to project, Correspondances oriented around projects, Scheduling oriented around projects plus actions possible, to do lists, time tracking, file archiving, scheduled printing etc.etc.
well ... that's quite a diverse challenge ... can't say that i've ever seen any package that tries to do all of that.
good luck ... let us know what you find
several larger gc's use constructware. it provides everything you are looking for (except a built it scheduling function). I find the document control via their file director to be a fantastic tool. We use it for extensive MEP coordination exercises and I think it would work well for architects as well.
For design team co-ordination and one site works we use thrid party software administerted by external specialists. The contractor or the client pays on a project by project basis. Large projects only.www.4projects.comwww.BIW.co.uk
Any other links, suggestions, anything :) ?
Has anyone here actually USED archioffice? I've been curious about it.
it doesnt look so good to be honest :\
What makes you say that? Can you be specific? I've been looking for something for awhile, too.
Im not sure, it just seems too general and doesnt have many specifically architectural document managament features, review etc.
This one looks hot although i'm not sure how well it's integrated with windows apps, but it looks like it makes good use of OS Xhttp://www.copperproject.com/index.php
seems very similar to basecamp .... hot but kind of generalised
I have tried a couple of project management software. I started with Microsoft Project but I found it too hard to learn and the cost would run into thousand of dollars when you implement it for a big team. I have also looked at e-project, PromptPM, Primavera. PromptPM have just launched their beta site (www.PromptPM.com), check them out as they may be willing to customize according to your requirement.
Here's another company/software - recommended by a friend/ Dont know how good it is, but he seemed impressed.
I like it www.arcilook.com
You can manage projects, share files, and draw with collaborators.
Cosketch is amazing tool.
Project management software is a term covering many types of software, including estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, quality management and documentation or administration systems, which are used to deal with the complexity of large projects.
Most project management software sucks. This one doesn't: http://liquidplanner.com
Newforma isn't project management software. It's document and file management software. There's a big difference between those things, and if you try to use Newforma as a PM/PPM tool it won't work (I've been using Newforma for almost 10 years now).
My bad... I was responding to the criteria in Adelz posts, which Newforma handles well.
The original poster here asked about AE software for a firm with 250 employees. The question was asked years ago, but it's still relevant.
There are only a handful of options for high-end Project Management and Accounting AE software for that size of firm. As another commenter pointed out, Deltek bought many of them like Sema4, meaning often that firms were forced into an upgrade they didn't want or use unsupported software.
That created an opportunity, so we stepped up and built an AE software company (Clearview) with one offering called InFocus for PM, accounting, billing, etc. It's got the power of Vision with a better user experience (if we may say so ourselves) and a much easier to swallow pricetag. Several hundred firms run it now with good success.
I suggest you try this. http://www.project-managementsystem.com/. I hope It can help.
I would like to discuss one of the management software which allows you to manage the whole task of construction and here you can manage the things well like customer records, Supplier information in well organized manner.
Building Construction Software | last planner system
This tool (new) has many document handling features which would work for architectural design or such companies www.webactionhero.com/architectural-project-management-software
That was http://www.webactionhero.com/architectural-project-management-software
ProjectNote by far is the best! It functions like a digital project binder and it does everything you're looking for and more! It's affordable (like under $1,000.00 and no subscription fees), easy to use, and allows multiple users. There are 3 versions currently available (AE for Architects and Engineers, FM for Facility Managers, and GC for General Contractors). It also has templates for Change Order Request Logs, etc... Emails, submittals, drawings, Autocad files, videos; you name it, you can store it in ProjectNote! You can download a free demo below!!!! It will seriously make your like 100 times easier (especially with managing ALL project information). Our office uses it every single day!
Have you tried Paypanther.com or Zoho? They are great CRM software for managing architecture projects!
We are an architectural company of about 100 employees and we have been using www.OfficeTimer.com employee time tracking software for our employees, and we are quite happy with it. Moreover, it is priced reasonably like $1 per user per month.
I am not a professional architect but in my experience the most valuable project management system for me was Comindware Project. It is just right not too complicated and has a convenient user interface.