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COINS is all-in-one ERP+ system that connects teams, devices, and all business processes on a single platform. COINS Construction Cloud solutions cover every aspect of construction: Project Delivery, Finance and Operations, Time...Read more about COINS
Since 1985, FOUNDATION has been a trusted name in construction accounting, project management and payroll processing. With powerful job cost accounting and features built specifically for the construction industry, FOUNDATION has...Read more about FOUNDATION
PENTA Enterprise Construction Management
PENTA Enterprise Construction Management
PENTA is an enterprise system that manages every aspect of accounting, project management and service for construction, engineering and service firms. Delivered via cloud hosting or on-premise, PENTA provides functionality fo...Read more about PENTA Enterprise Construction Management
SharpeSoft Estimator is an on-premise cost estimating software for contractors and sub-contractors in the construction industry. Offered on a best-of-breed basis, SharpeSoft provides integrated tools for labor and equipment costin...Read more about SharpeSoft Estimator
On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and reside...Read more about On-Screen Takeoff
eCMS offers a comprehensive suite of software applications that help commercial contractors manage all aspects of their financials and operations. eCMS is specifically built for the construction industry delivering users business ...Read more about eCMS
HCSS HeavyBid estimating and bidding software is built specifically for the construction industry. Used by more than 50,000 estimators, HeavyBid helps users build estimates and manage daily bids. The software helps automate ...Read more about HeavyBid
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 ca...Read more about Jonas Enterprise
Deltek ComputerEase provides powerful job cost accounting and construction management software to help contractors outpace their competition. This innovative, user-friendly software not only improves the way contractors run their ...Read more about ComputerEase
eSUB is a mobile application and cloud-based project management solution that helps commercial subcontractors across various trades to manage day-to-day operations. eSUB offers tools to connect field workers with office managers a...Read more about eSUB
Construction Partner is a construction accounting and job costing system that combines accounting, estimating and job costing in a single package. It is suitable for contractors that are out-growing their current system and need a...Read more about Construction Partner
CompuTool Connect is an integrated suite of business applications designed exclusively for the construction industry. It can be scaled up from the basic version by adding on applications to accommodate growing companies. Base...Read more about CompuTool
B2W Estimate software for heavy civil construction estimating and bidding enables contractors to bid with speed, accuracy, and strategy. Users can pre-populate a centralized database with cost data and structures for labor, tasks,...Read more about B2W Estimate
PlanSwift is the #1 Takeoff & Estimating software in the world! PlanSwift software is designed for Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and Residential GCs and Subcontractors in almost every construction trade. With PlanSwifts...Read more about PlanSwift
InEight provides field-tested project management software for the owners, contractors, engineers and architects who are building the world around us. Over 400,000 users and more than 850 customers worldwide rely on InEight for rea...Read more about InEight
EarthWorks Excavation by TrakWare is a takeoff system for excavation plans that comes with features like onscreen takeoff, digitizer integration, CAD file integration, and 3D takeoff. The product is offered on a best-of-breed basi...Read more about EarthWorks
Maestro Technologies has been delivering information management solutions to the Canadian construction industry for over 30 years. Made in Canada with over 10,000 users across the country, maestro ERP is a complete bid-to-bil...Read more about Maestro
ProEst is a cloud-based construction estimating solution that offers automated features for construction companies of all sizes. ProEst is available on an annual subscription basis that supports unlimited users. Unlimited pho...Read more about ProEst
Oracle Aconex is a cloud-based operation management solution for managing information and processes between companies on complex construction and engineering projects. Several functions include document management, workflow automa...Read more about Oracle Aconex
Eclipse by Explorer is a cloud-based construction accounting and project management solution designed for contractor businesses. It caters to medium to large construction companies belonging to different construction businesses, s...Read more about Explorer Eclipse
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Buyers GuideLast Updated: November 21, 2022
The World Economic Forum predicts a digital future for construction businesses. It said that in the next 10 years, the industry could save an estimated $1.7 trillion by embracing digital technologies.
At Software Advice we see a similar trend, with many small businesses looking to automate processes using a plethora of construction software and technologies.
One such technology is paving software, which helps small paving contractors streamline different construction processes such as cost estimation, proposal generation, time-tracking of field agents and contact management.
However, paving solutions differ in pricing, features and deployment. For instance, how do you choose between cloud-based and on-premise deployment options? The right choice depends on understanding your software budget, having employees with the right IT expertise and asking for custom software.
Businesses should carefully evaluate these key factors when considering to purchase a solution. However, not everyone has the time to do exhaustive research. That's why, we created this buyer's guide to give you a general overview of paving software, its common features and buyer considerations. This will help you identify the right solution.
Here's what we'll cover:
What Is Paving Software?
Common Features of Paving Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
What Is Paving Software?
Paving software helps contractors manage different aspects of the construction process. For instance, it can be used to track the time of field workers in multiple locations. They can log in their time and job details from their smartphones, while contractors can use the online dashboards to track the data, create billable hour reports and determine pay.
Tracking employee work hours in TRUE Contractor
Likewise, contractors can use paving software to manage client information, create job quotes, generate invoices, handle project schedules and so on.
Common Features of Paving Software
Paving software has a wide range of functionality such as cost estimation, proposal generation, job management and project scheduling. Here are the common features of these solutions:
|Document management||Store project data, such as drawings, customer requirements and requests for information (RFIs), in a central location.|
|Contact management||Track contacts and communications between organizations, customers, subcontractors and suppliers.|
|Estimation and proposal||Calculate the cost of labor and materials to create professional-looking bid proposals.|
|Project scheduling||Break down projects into phases to identify constraints and assign tasks to workers based on their availability, location and the work order.|
|Time tracking||Maintain records of the time employees spend on specific tasks to understand team performance and create billable hour reports.|
|Accounting||Keep track of payroll for subcontractors and employees, in addition to managing customer receipts, invoices and other expenses.|
Besides the above features, most paving software offer mobile solutions that allow employees to manage project documents and record working hours from their smartphones.
In addition, these solutions offer third-party integration with related construction tools such as takeoff software that's useful in building construction plans (drawings or blueprints) to understand a project's requirements for materials and labor.
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Paving software can be used to manage different kinds of projects such as asphalt paving in a construction site, office parking lot paving and residential driveway paving.
Choosing the right tool depends on the kind of projects your organization handles, your software budget and your specific business requirements.
Below are the three common buyer categories of paving software:
- Full-suite buyers: These contractors typically handle large commercial and industrial paving projects. They want advanced functionality to manage their complex requirements. For instance, they want construction estimation functionality to offer built-in integration with third-party cost databases such as RSMeans. This allows large companies to automate cost calculations of different items and materials. They can also eliminate clerical errors when users manually add prices of items to the cost sheet.
- Small business buyers: A contractor who handles small and indiscriminate paving projects doesn't need a full-suite construction solution. Instead, buyers want web-based construction management tools that are affordable and easy to use. Even small business project management software would suffice if they need better visualization of project progress or enhanced productivity for small teams.
- Best-of-breed software buyers: These buyers are trying to solve a specific business challenge with software. What works for them is specialized construction software such as construction accounting solutions, home builder CRM software or field service software. These solutions help them efficiently manage certain processes such as job costing, lead management or work schedules for field agents.
To learn more about such specialized solutions, read our buyer's guide on construction software.
Making software purchase decisions requires you to consider additional factors than just checking out the features of a tool or knowing your business size. Given below are three top considerations to keep in mind when purchasing paving software.
- Options for deployment: Businesses can use paving software either as on-premise, deployed in their own servers or on the cloud (deployed on the vendor's servers). Usually, small businesses prefer cloud over on-premise as the latter has a hefty upfront license fee, which could push their budget. Cloud-based tools have a subscription-based “pay per month" or “pay per user" models that are more suitable for businesses with a limited software budget.
- Ease of use: Using the software shouldn't be a burden on your employees. That's why, businesses should explore the solution's usability before purchasing one. This means exploring solutions that offer drag-n-drop functionality to simplify file sharing. The tool should also offer visual dashboards and calendars that help in tracking tasks and creating schedules.
- Number of third-party integrations offered: As your business grows, you need an ecosystem of tools. This could include CRM software, project management solutions and ERP software. You will need a solution that allows integrations or open API. For instance, paving contractors should integrate construction bidding software. This allows you to create bid proposals and track interactions with clients, subcontractors and suppliers on a central dashboard.