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United Design Construction Suite Green Commercial Review

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Technology

Platform is a SaaS solution and requires no additional hardware for installation.

Customer Focus

Vendor works with businesses of all sizes specifically in the construction industry.

Select Customers

Tri Vista USA, Hardwick General Contracting, Aspen Basement Company, Challenge Design Innovations and Riley Custom Homes.

 

About United Design Construction Suite Green Commercial

United Design Construction Suite Green CommercialUnited Design Construction Suite Green Commercial is a construction management software catered towards AEC firms (Architectural, Engineering and Construction). The platform allows users to own RS Means, which costbooks estimate prices for accurate budgeting and construction estimating, and Live Workshops, an overview of ConstructionSuite CM through five sessions per week.

The software provides businesses with ConstructionSuite CM, which has a CRM program including project information management, certificate and lead tracking, project and contact associations, with activities and To Dos. Additionally, ConstructionSuite CM allows companies to focus on being environmentally friendly including LEED workflows, documents and Green specifications.

About the Company

United Design was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Auburn, AL.

 

United Design Construction Suite Green Commercial Key Features

  • Energy Star guidelines and standards
  • RS Means green building cost data
  • Correspondence tracking
  • Permission-based access
  • Assemblies, graphs, lead reminders

 

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  • Abe Degnan

    If your decision hasn’t been made, let me say: DON’T DO IT! I made a serious mistake when I bought UDA. While they have a beautiful user interface, there are some serious flaws under the hood. Some are major things, and some are very minor annoyances that will drive you nuts. “You mean, I can’t do THAT with UDA, but I can do it with any other basic software out there?” was a common comment running through my head.

    Some examples.

    1. Their spell checker creates a squiggly line to tell you that you have a misspelled word, but, doens’t allow you to correct it.
    2. The spell checker lets you add custom words to a dictionary, but, it can only use one dictionary at a time to check spelling. So the default dictionary gets used, and your custom words still show up as being spelled wrong!
    3. You can’t select-copy addresses, in order to paste them somewhere else.
    4. Using duplexing on my printer doesn’t work right. It works for every other software I own, but not in UDA.
    5. There is a bug in the WIP date range that doesn’t pull accurate data.
    6. “Options” in the estimate show only cost, not margin. So if you show your customer that report, you are revealing cost info, not selling price!!
    7. You can’t import a PDF into bid notes, even though the premise of UDA is to try to make it a single repository for all your information.
    8. You can’t use the arrow key to browse photos in UDA. You need to close, and click into the next one. No inuitive functionality.
    9. The estimating module separates material and labor, in ways that create a very confusing Scope of Work. You need to select the labor item from your database, then separately select the material from your database. You end up with two line items in your Scope of WOrk for the same thing. Instead of writing, “Supply and Install a new window” you have “Supply a new window” and then “Install a new window.” It’s hard for my estimator, and confusing for my client.
    10. UDA will WREAK HAVOC on your contacts in Outlook.
    11. It does a terrible job of managing husband/wife or partner/partner situations. You can’t mail merge them properly, or, you get forced into combining their contact into into a single contact– and then how do you know whether the cell phone is his or hers???
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    16. They might tell you that these things work, but, after spending MONTHS with UDA, I found out that these problems are deal breakers.
    17. within their customer service department, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. They do not use a structure such as Zendesk that so many other great companies use. Even though I was paying for priority support, there were often days going by where I could not get a call or email back to assist me with a support request or provide a tutorial on how to do something. Had I not paid extra for support, this would be acceptable. But when paying for “TotalCare” priority support, there are times when the software had me stuck, and I was stuck for a day at a time waiting for an answer. Sometimes no answer ever arrived.

    I hope this helps someone avoid the pain I went through!