Going with the (work)flow for AEC.

A recent blog post by an AEC practice software vendor focused on the benefits of workflow management. Is workflow the new buzzword and possible savior for all struggling AEC firms out there? Forget BIM, forget IPD, forget LEED.

What do we want? Workflow! When do we want it? Now!! Well, if you do, here are some of platforms that are claiming to “go with the (work)flow” for AEC practices.



New on the scene is WorkflowMAX, which (from what I can see) is job management software developed by the clever kiwi’s behind  “the most beautiful accounting software” Xero.

WorkflowMax is a subscription based cloud hosted service.  There are no long term contracts.  You simply pay month-to-month.  If you cancel you will be billed for the current month, but you won’t be billed again.

They claim that WorkflowMax is the perfect fit for advertising agencies, web designers, print designers, video producers, photographers, sign writers, copywriters and anyone in the creative industry. They also cater for professional services clients, such as lawyers, barristers, engineers, consultants, government policy advisors, surveyors and government departments amongst many others.


They even run an interesting blog for architects, with many tips and tricks (and some good time wasting) at: http://blog.workflowmax.com/category/architecture/

Accounts: accounts@workflowmax.com
Sales: sales@workflowmax.com
Support: support@workflowmax.com

Xero Ltd
3 Market Lane
PO Box 24537
Wellington 6142

Xero Australia Pty Ltd
1/6 Elizabeth Street
VIC 3122

Union Square


** Union Square was a sponsor of The BIM Day Out.

Hot off the press, Union Square has announced a workflow at the following post;

Union Square Software is excited to launch its latest product; the Workflow Store. This free tool, available to all Union Square customers, allows companies to download small applications to run via their Union Square system. These applications (or “workflows”) offer an easy shortcut way to access a variety of functions, such as sending and sharing documents, logging non-conformance on projects and supporting the decision to bid process.


So what is it? Well, at this stage I am not that sure. Further information on the Workflow Store can be gained by speaking to your Account Manager … apparently.

However, from a BIM point of view Union Square is currently the only practice management and financial system with Revit connectivity. (Hence their support of The BIM Day Out).

Union Square Software Ltd
1 Pacific Highway, Level 12,
North Sydney, NSW 2060
T: +61 299 599 699

Total Synergy


Home grown practice management software recently blogged about their workflow “benefits” and secured a seat on the bandwagon.

Total Synergy have been a regular feature of many BIM events, notably the last 3 Revit Technology Conferences, and most recently hired ex-Graphisoft BIMmers to lead the sales team. Alas they still don’t have any BIM connectivity to speak of.

What they do have (more importantly I would expect them to say) is connectivity to popular accounting AEC packages like MYOB, Reckon and of course, Xero.


Total Synergy (A/E/C) Pty Ltd
Level 4, 1 James Place
North Sydney NSW 2060
T: +61 2 8197 9000
F: +61 2 9954 1009


Management for Design (M4D)


Want to play with a “big boys toy” like Deltek Vision but without the enormous implementation (and training) costs, then check out the offer from Management For Design. M4D provides a privately hosted Deltek Vision implementation, and provides accounting, IT and business planning services to support architecture and engineering practices.

“If you feel your practice has greater potential, or your business systems are outdated, or maybe your finance person has just resigned, we could be the circuit breaker that gets you on track for success.”

Deltek specializes in resolving these challenges with architect project management software that is built from years of experience improving the performance of AEC firms. We help AEC firms profitably manage and grow their business with tools that help win new projects, build the right project portfolio, capture and share project/financial/marketing information; meeting financial governance standards, manage resources and control costs.

With Deltek’s architectural project management software, you can rest assured that deadlines are met, processes are streamlined and the business is moving forward. Comprising of solutions that span Customer Relationship ManagementBusiness Performance Management, Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Resource Planning, Project Management and Business Intelligence, your AEC firm can finally breathe easy that industry challenges are no match for your firm’s profitability.

25 Coventry Street
Southbank 3006
Melbourne Australia



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