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Are construction management tools the missing puzzle piece for the building industry?

10.08.2020 | 10 min read | Written by Ralf Steger

A good construction management tool builds the bridge between the individual planners and enables interdisciplinary and parallel work. Depending on the type of planning (building construction, civil engineering, underground-, road- and landscape planning or other specialized planning) a multitude of similar, but nevertheless different and highly specialized CAD software solutions are used. This leads to a plan communication that has been difficult to negotiate so far. PlanRadar solves this problem and saves construction planners an average of 7 hours per project per week.

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Your Benefit: All your plans in conjunction with all project participants, digitally on one interface!

We´ll show you:

  • The potential of a construction business tool,
  • how to save time and money by synchronizing building plans,
  • why implementation planning is so important,
  • and how all those involved will benefit from it.

Many planners – different versions – one software

The conceptual development of the building project is a management process that goes deep down from the big picture. From the determination of the basics to preliminary and draft planning, right through to approval and implementation planning. As planning progresses, more and more planners with different focal points will have to be involved in the construction project to manage the task. Rarely does everything come from a single source. Engineers, structural engineers, building physicists, and architects sit at the same table and are forced to work in a team to get the job done. PlanRadar provides the smoothing and unobstructed merging of previously difficult to reconcile plan communication. Try PlanRadar for 30 days free of charge and without obligation! Start to manage your projects, business, and team with the best software features available on the market.

Although you, as a planner, have been switching from manual drawing to the use of CAD programs for years, you are still not using the potential to the full. In the end, your plans will be printed on paper! At the same time, the worldwide sales volume of CAD software is increasing, according to a study of Statista.

CAD/CAM software segment market size from 2012 to 2020

CAd & CAM software segment


The diagram shows you on the one hand that software solutions for planners are becoming more and more self-evident. The market volume is continuously growing in the CAD/CAM software business segment. On the other hand, you have to ask yourself why there is little attention paid to plan communication among engineers. Is this just because of missing software products or features which are able to facilitate document and project management? We want you to get your job done the best way possible. Therefore, we created an innovative application for you to track, document and monitor all running operations in your field of work. For scheduling your construction project you need to manage and observe sequences with the help of PlanRadar.

The exchange between the different disciplines is not easy. Another software will not be able to replace your know-how, studies, experience and thus your expertise, but it can support you get the best results. This applies if it eliminates unnecessary additional effort by providing tools which save you time and ease your risks in scheduling your projects. Until now, this additional effort has consisted of reconciling the various planning elements (statics, architecture, acoustics…) with good plan communication. All plans, in connection with all project participants, can now be found digitally on just one platform! Referenced and linked to each other. Our cloud-based software helps you to manage your business more efficiently and get the best out of your time on site.

If plans no longer have to be drawn manually, shouldn’t there be a platform on which they can be viewed, edited and discussed with all project participants? PlanRadar´s features for construction and project management are based on more than 70 years of experience in the construction industry. We offer you the best cloud based tools to help you track and manage your field of work on the construction site.

Construction Management Tools – Connector of the specialist

PlanRadar was developed as software for building documentation and defect management. In addition, however, the web application has a decisive added value for you as a specialist planner, your business and your team. Via a notebook or your mobile device, be it a smartphone or tablet, you can load your current plan status as PDF, JPG or PNG into the interface. The limitation of the common file and document formats offers a decisive advantage to all project participants. You will manage to agree with your consultants even if their field of work differs from yours!

On different layers you can upload and categorize floor plans, views, sectional views, technical drawings, execution plans, fire protection plans, etc. and connect them to each other with the help of -tickets- as reference points, depending on the scale and current plan status.

Tasks and responsibilities can be assigned to the responsible project participants and be tracked or proofed in evidence in their completion status. The result is a digital communication on the basis of your and the planning documents of all planners! Based on these transparent steps of documentation scheduling your projects becomes a lot easier in intermediate-term. By observing your team and the work of other subcontractors with our software features, you can track and react to inconsistencies in time and work on a more reliable scheduling. See what you can do with PlanRadar. Our cloud-based web-application provides you with all the tools and features necessary to optimize processes in your business from the office, the field or even on the way via our smartphone app or on your tablet.

Interdisciplinarity or coordinated chaos?

Put yourself in the following scenario: An architect, building physicist, structural engineer, and landscape planner are working on a joint project. Now the structural engineer tells the architect that his design doesn’t work this way and that his draft plans have to be adapted. A chain reaction begins, to which the physicist and landscape planners have to react. Unexpectedly, this can lead to completely new problems in fire protection resulting from lengthening escape routes and to an endless loop of meetings putting the cart before the horse. The management of a construction project and contractors can be very complex.

You are now in a loop to break through. It costs time and money in equal measure, but it is also associated with a great deal of trouble and an exorbitant logistical effort. This scenario affects your everyday life, so think about it! See the meeting table, belated consultants, various planning states where markers have been jumbled around and your busy diary in front of you. Change requests are noted down, but they are lost, the plan is ambiguous, everyone talks in confusion and communication is a nightmare. You can´t talk about a good business if you aren’t working in a well-functioning team!

And last but not least: How often does it happen that everyone sits together at one table and exchange ideas? Isn’t someone almost always missing? Is this the way you want your construction project management and your business to work? You can now use our tools and web-app 30 days free of charge to give the best cloud-based construction project management software a try!

A study published on informs us about the most common reasons for RFIs (requests for information) in the AEC Industry (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction).

Bar chart about the reasons for RFIs on a project


The graphic illustrates what was suspected. Information that is lost or even leads to errors in execution planning often results from insufficient communication or poor synchronization of the experts working on the project. You have to track operations and document every little step to manage a building lot sufficiently. Doing a great job in your field of work is based on consistent scheduling and an optimized management.

Quintessence: Optimized communication among project participants is the key to reducing costs in the long term.

Is this the epitome of multidisciplinary work – a chaos that cannot be coordinated? If CAD applications already allow you to sketch your plans manually, shouldn’t there be a level that makes the plot obsolete and allows you to view and discuss different plans on the same web-platform without losing time? Your expertise will never be replaced by software, but the exchange between planners is necessary and adds value for everyone in the construction project. What we can do with PlanRadar, however, is smoothing out and merging planning communication, which has so far been difficult to reconcile. All your plans in conjunction with all project participants, digitally on one interface! We´ll help you to get your job done in the field of construction management!

Try PlanRadar for 30 days free and without the commitment!

Joint connection execution planning

engineering responsibilities

This diagram shows an example of which parties can be involved in the execution planning. The implementation planning specifies the ideas and plans that were developed during the draft and approval planning. A large number of experts involved is necessary to ensure a fault-free construction of the building. It is also required to enable quantity determination and thus prepare the allocation. Accordingly, the detailed implementation plans differ from other construction plans. It is common here to work with floor plans and sections in scale 1:50, but also to add detailed drawings. These are produced in a range from 1:20 to 1:1.

The preparation of the implementation plan is the point in time at which the knowledge of the engineers and planners meet. The focus is therefore on effective communication between the project participants. Mistakes made here have great implications. If the planning is flawed, it can not only lead to increased costs but in the worst case to the endangerment of life (e.g. an error in building statics).

The remedy with PlanRadar

The essence of your plans is still in your blueprint. So why should you use software applications that exclude them from communication and management? The best way to manage, track and document work for a more consistent scheduling is to use a professional construction project software. Apps to make your job and daily project life easier are available in large quantities. We recommend that you use PlanRadar because it provides a platform for all project participants in equal measure. Our cloud-based web-application provides you with all the tools and features necessary to optimize construction processes from the office or even on the way via our smartphone app or on your tablet. At the same time, it makes the interdisciplinary analysis of all aspects of the project an entitlement of your own. Remember, you can use PlanRadar now for one month free of charge!

The Planner is a man of action

The result of construction planning and thus the basis for any further action is still the construction plan. It is in the foreground of the approval and forms the basis for all subsequent events in the construction project. A jointly usable, interdisciplinary, functional building planner software can help here. As a planner, you are a maker rather than a theoretician; your technical drawings are the actual foundation of a sustainable and durable object. Take advantage of PlanRadar’s strengths to improve building quality, reduce costs, optimize planning and scheduling, document shortcomings, optimize communication and save time. Use our software as an interface between other CAD software products on the market.

Feel free to contact us any time if you have any further questions regarding the features PlanRadar is providing you and your business. We will answer all your questions based on our long experience in the construction industry. Start to manage your job with the right and fitting tools based on a web application which is going to optimize and reform your team and way of work.

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