Current Scheduling Software in the Construction Industry

I’m really excited that I have opportunity to research current scheduling software programs out there. When I thought of this topic to research and to write about, I did not thought there would be so many great software programs out there to compete effectively in the construction Industry. I will only touch on some that are available on a market today.PrimaveraSome would say it is the most popular software construction software out there, but I was surprised that it’s only one of the good ones. Primavera, based on my research, has been utilized by owner/organizations, architecture, engineering, and construction firms in order to properly delivery the project on time and on budget. There are version, like P3 and P6 but I will talk about it in general, the basics of it. The software greatly helps all parties involved in building/managing construction projects to create schedules and manage/updated them, as well as to manage cost, resource, contracts, changes, and other documents all in one single program! Based on the research that I did, I can say that Primavera project management software is great for architecture, engineering, and construction firms with $10 to over $500 million in annual revenues, no matter if the owner or user is involved in private or public projects. The following are winning points that are taking from one of my resources:o 25 years of profitable growth centered on customer success.
o 6-time Northface ScoreBoard Award Winner
o Easy to learn…intuitive interfaces and functionality.
o Easy to access…web-based
o Easy to administer…configurable by role, group, or individualsSAFRAN PLANNERSafran Planner software is popular for its simplicity and professionalism at the same time; it is simple to use-even for the first time user-but has all the requirements that a professional user needs. The makers of this software say you can put together a schedule and communicate it in fewer steps than required by other scheduling software programs. The following are four points that are brought by SAFRAN PLANNER developers:o Safran Planner will help both private users and professional organizations improve planning and scheduling for both project and non-project tasks.
o Safran Planner provides a straight-forward, simple and easy-to-use user interface that allows users to draw their schedules without the extra overhead of nonproductive navigation through complicated features rarely used.
o With Safran Planner you will find that it’s a breeze to produce output with great presentation-ready look. The ability to define individual activity bar, symbol and patterns provides the power to draw exciting schedules, allowing you to highlight any area of concern. This capability turns even the largest schedule into a clear presentation.
o Outlining, grouping, symbol definitions, sort and match criteria can be saved. Users can combine these features and provide a striking flexibility unmatched by systems of this type. The makers of this software program emphasize that just because their program is quick and easy to use does not mean it is not powerful, or good enough, for professional usage.Microsoft ProjectMicrosoft Project is available to many professional and non professional. It is on a personal computer of many who don’t even know it that they have it. It is very simple to use and provides basic scheduling that you need to make and manage your project schedule. Compare to other scheduling software out there, like P3, Microsoft Project is very inexpensive. Standard versions start from about $600, while Primavera Project Planner (P3) is about $6,000. Price is the factor that appeals too many users of this program, especially to beginners or those involved in less complex project scheduling.Next, I would like to share some of the problems that are prone to scheduling software, in general, by including an excerpt from an article written by Jon M Wickwire and Stuart Ockman: I also like to add the following excerpt about computer scheduling software problems: A solution to this problems, the way I see it, is not as complex as many think. I think Jon M Wickwire and Stuart Ockman state the solution to this problem sharp and to the point: I want to finish by saying that scheduling software is just a tool, and like someone once said “a fool with a tool is still a fool”.