InEight construction project management software now takes care of design project management

InEight, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based provider of project and program management software, today announced the launch of InEight Design, which provides integrated project controls for professional engineering and architectural services.

InEight Design provides traceability of design quantities required under alternative delivery projects such as Design, Build or Engineering, Procurement, Build (EPC).

The new InEight module is launched after a pilot involving more than $14 billion in design-build and alternative delivery work. According to the company, the software reduced the risk of design quantity growth by up to 20% and reduced engineering costs by 10%.

The resulting product, InEight Design, helps engineering and design teams control their scopes, manage resources, forecast completion dates, track progress, and perform earned value management (EVM) as design work progresses to 30-60-90 issued for construction (IFC).

Extension of project cost management

With InEight Design, the company revisits its origins while extending its offer of construction project management software to a new population.

“InEight started 30 years ago,” Brad Barth, InEight’s chief product officer, told ForConstructionPros during a debriefing call the day before the announcement. “Originally, we focused on project cost management – ​​estimating, budgeting and forecasting, especially for construction. But when you start automating estimates, budgets, and forecasts, that data ties into adjacent items. The same assumptions that go into estimates go into work plans and supply plans – it’s part of the planning. Next, we need to track achievements, progress, completion percentage, and earned values. So today the software has moved from managing project costs to bridging the gap between results expectations and realities. Whether our clients are owners or contractors, they can use InEight software to plan the project and then control these things in three dimensions: progress against budget, delivery of scope, then quality and commissioning. They can look back and determine what lessons need to be learned and what risks have we missed? »

According to Barth, the new module came largely from perceived demand among InEight’s customer base, many of whom are large generals, owners or EPC contractors with in-house design teams. These engineers and designers often operate on a risk-sharing model with

“Most of our clients are owners or contractors – with a trend towards more iterative contracts – design, build, integrated project delivery where there is overlap between the design and build processes,” Barth said. “We got more designer stints, and for good reason. Imagine you are a design firm, involved in a design-build project, or perhaps you are a design entity within an EPC. On the design portion of the project, they must identify the design scope, manage design resources, and ensure that the right people are assigned to work. They must track the progress of this design work, often at 30, 60, and 90 percent completion intervals. Our design customers can still support projects where design and construction are handled separately, and with a stand-alone design model, the need for this project functionality can be even greater. But this feature was born out of this internally connected approach where you have to make your design and build more than the sum of the parts.

InEight Design provides project controls for construction design projects. It is particularly well suited to iterative design processes such as design-build and engineering-procure-build (EPC).InEight

New feature in the construction software suite

InEight Design becomes a new net selling module, joining modules for:

  • Project cost estimation and management
  • Document management
  • Connected analytics
  • Capital and contract management
  • Field Execution Management
  • Safety, quality and commissioning
  • Virtual design and construction

While InEight Design can provide value as a standalone solution, according to Barth, “the real benefit is that it interoperates with all other InEight solutions. So this new InEight Design product helps you manage that design work. , but it also creates documentation that needs to be routed through a high-level design or detailed design review process, and this happens for example in our document management solution.

This high degree of internal integration with the InEight solution is complemented by external integrations with enterprise resource planning (ERP), design, collaboration, and other types of software. But those are more of a factor for the rest of the InEight suite, more than the new InEight Design.

“The good thing about the design work is that there’s not a lot of integration with external systems,” Barth said. “You manage design quantities and percent complete, but the integration is more with other InEight apps that tie into our budget management and construction work scheduling systems so your work plans can be updated based on your design quantities.”

Pricing and market

The InEight product suite is built on the Microsoft Azure cloud and is available through a shared SaaS (Software as a Service) subscription or as a single-tenant solution under a special enterprise-level agreement.

InEight’s product team ships updates every nine weeks, and customers can preview each update in a test environment before going live. In the multi-tenant environment where each customer is running the same instance of the software and internal software conflicts are not likely to result from an upgrade. But some customers may have custom integrations with other systems and may want to make sure the integration doesn’t break with the new update.

Single-tenant customers can more freely choose which updates and new releases to adopt, but are often still on one of the latest releases, according to Barth.

InEight uses a per-module, per-user pricing model. Situations where there are multiple types of users, some of which will be heavier software users than others, the variable number of paired users may suit the company’s at-will pricing.

“The thing to remember about our pricing is that some of our competitors base their pricing on annual volume, so the more you earn and do more work, the more money the software company makes,” Barth said. . “We don’t do that, we want to be predictable.”

The InEight Design module is suitable for engineering or design companies with a turnover of approximately $25 million or more. Construction contractors who are a good fit for InEight typically have an annual construction volume of over $50 million. But more important than business revenue is the size of the project.

“You can control a smaller project on a fancy spreadsheet,” Barth said. “But this large, multi-year project with multiple collaborators and stakeholders benefits from something like InEight.”