August 28, 2006
Planning and Scheduling Software for Construction
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Welcome to AECWeekly! In August, Primavera announced
two versions of Primavera Contractor planning and scheduling solution for the construction industry. The standard version simplifies schedules for projects with up to 750 activities, while the deluxe version handles scheduling for more complex projects with up to 2,000 activities. Nicole Styer, Product Manager, Primavera Systems, Inc. spoke with AECWeekly about the release.

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Planning and Scheduling Software for Construction

by Susan Smith

In August, Primavera announced
two versions of Primavera Contractor planning and scheduling solution for the construction industry. The standard version simplifies schedules for projects with up to 750 activities, while the deluxe version handles scheduling for more complex projects with up to 2,000 activities. Nicole Styer, Product Manager, Primavera Systems, Inc. spoke with AECWeekly about the release.

AECWeekly: Is this a major release of Primavera Contractor?

Nicole Styer: Yes, this is a major product release for us. Primavera is constantly finding new ways to meet the needs of the construction industry. Primavera Contractor simplifies scheduling for contractors and improves their overall project management process – helping them to be more successful in their businesses and deliver their projects on-time and on-budget while getting paid faster.

AW: Providers of similar software solutions have said that their biggest competitors in this space are email, the fax machine and Microsoft Excel. Would you agree with this and why or why not?

NS: We agree that the products listed in this question are competitors in this space. Typically, most people use these items on a daily basis. What's great about Contractor, is that we can take the data from these items and directly import that information into our product.

AW: When you say the Deluxe version handles scheduling more complex projects up to 2,000 activities, are these activities spread across the features you list, such as Project Kickstart Wizard, industry reports, progress spotlight, etc?

NS: Both versions of Primavera Contractor enable users take advantage of all of the software's unique capabilities, including Project Kickstart Wizard, Progress Spotlight, industry reports, forms and graphics, and other easy-to-use features.

AW: What do you believe sets Primavera Contractor apart from the competition?

NS: Primavera Contractor is designed specifically for the construction field by Primavera. Primavera Contractor is an intuitive and easy-to-use project planning and scheduling software that provides contractors and subcontractors with a step-by-step guide to creating an accurate project schedule. Real-life construction project samples (residential, hospital, highway, building, etc.) are included and customized templates make it easy to build a schedule faster. Contractor also makes submitting progress reports and processing change orders much easier. Enhanced industry reports, forms and graphics make generating reports faster. Additional features allow contractors to manage data better,
go back to a previous step, transfer information with simple drag-and-drop capability, and import/export data from other sources.

AW: Who are the customers for each of the two different versions of the products?

NS: Contractor is used most often by contractors and subcontractors. They can use either version of the product depending on the size of their projects.

AW: How many users does this product have so far?

NS: Thousands of people are using Primavera Contractor.

AW: Do you have beta users testing the products and what have been their comments on the new releases so far?

Yes, A&E Construction has beta tested the product and provided us with the following quote to share: “Primavera Contractor's Kickstart Wizard feature showed us step-by-step how to build our project schedule and make updates quickly – without extra paperwork,” said Fred Zeitter, Senior Project Manager, A&E Construction, Inc. “That lets us focus on what we’re here to do – deliver a finished building for our client.”


Autodesk, Inc. announced the launch of two online customer councils for its flagship architectural solutions, Autodesk Revit Building and Autodesk Architectural Desktop software. The new online customer advisory panels will help Autodesk better understand and respond to the changing needs of its customers in the architecture industry, and will provide an opportunity for Autodesk’s architecture customers to communicate directly with the Architectural Desktop and Revit Building product development teams. The architecture councils join existing programs for Autodesk customers in the manufacturing and infrastructure industries, and will initially be available in English and German
with other localized versions to follow.

e-Builder, a provider of web-based document management and collaboration systems, announced the formation of a Product Advisory Board (PAB) focused on the needs of design professionals. The PAB consists of ten diverse individuals from the architecture and engineering communities with a deep understanding of the industry as well as technical knowledge and practical experience.

Construction and contractor industry confidence in the economy has dropped by nearly 40% in the past three months, according to the results of an International Profit Associates Small Business Research Board (IPA SBRB) survey released this week.

The IPA SBRB Construction / Contractor Confidence Index fell to 30.7 for the most recent poll completed earlier this month, down from an index of 49.3 in May. By contrast, this outlook was far more pessimistic than that of all small businesses for which the IPA SBRB Small Business Confidence Index (SBCI) dropped about 20% to 39.3 from 47.3 during the same three-month period. See


Trading in Hungarian software developer Graphisoft SE shares will be suspended for a three-day period beginning Thursday on the Budapest Stock Exchange (BSE), as part of the process to de-merge a separate firm to carry on with the company's real-estate development business, the BSE said in a statement Thursday.

Shareholders voted unanimously at a July 29 extraordinary general shareholders meeting to create and list the separate firm to carry on with the company's real-estate development business in the form of a new holding company known as Graphisoft Park SE (GP SE).

Contract Awards

Intergraph Corporation announced Techint, the leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in Argentina, has chosen SmartPlant Enterprise as its core engineering, construction and customer delivery solution. Working with Alas Engineering, Intergraph's distributor in Argentina and Uruguay, Techint will streamline its project execution by standardizing on the SmartPlant portfolio of integrated, intelligent engineering applications, including SmartPlant 3D, which provides all of the capabilities needed to design a plant

Deltek, provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, announced that international risk management consulting firm, Diligence, Inc., has licensed Deltek Vision, a comprehensive enterprise solution that helps firms improve project and business performance, streamline operations and win more business by integrating end-to-end business processes.


NBBJ, a leading global architecture and design firm, has won a 2006 BE Award for its Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich. The award category was “Building: BIM for Architecture.”

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