Top Things to Know about PlanGrid & Autodesk Build

By Jim Stephen | Collaboration, Data Management

When Autodesk acquired PlanGrid in 2018, it was incorporated into Autodesk Build, which brought together Autodesk’s cloud-based construction software offerings. Autodesk and PlanGrid have developed complementary construction software.

Autodesk Build was launched, bringing together the best of PlanGrid and Build into a single product. Easy to deploy, adopt and use, Autodesk Build unifies best-in-class features from BIM 360 and PlanGrid and adds powerful new capabilities to make information immediately available across the entire construction team.

When your renewal date approaches for your PlanGrid subscription, you now have the choice to renew your subscription with us on the Autodesk Build platform.

We can assist you and your team to transition on the Autodesk Build and the Autodesk Construction Cloud unified platform hub, add and assign users, create a sample project. You can request assistance by contacting us.


Here are some common answers to frequent questions about PlanGrid and Autodesk Build today.

What is PlanGrid?

PlanGrid let General Contractors, Subcontractors, and owners benefit from real-time access to project plans, issues, photos, forms, and more. Autodesk Build is the next evolution of PlanGrid that lets construction professionals have all critical project information such as plans, files, issues, photos, forms, assets, RFIs, submittals, meeting minutes, schedules, and much more. Users have mobile access to Autodesk Build through the PlanGrid Build mobile application.


What is the difference between PlanGrid and Autodesk Build?

While PlanGrid users can use the side menu to link to photos, sheets, and videos, Build users can link to all of these as well as PCOs, RFIs, assets, forms, submittals, and files. Importing photos in Build also uses AI-assisted automatic tagging for easier file management.



Why you should transition from PlanGrid to Autodesk Build?

You can access project data from anytime, anywhere, all in one place. With a common data environment, you’ll work with confidence, knowing you’re looking at the most up-to-date information.

You can connect design to construction, from the office to the field. Ensure projects stay on track and improve collaboration all with a mobile-first tool that works wherever you are.



Built on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform, unified project, and field collaboration software connects data, workflows, and teams to maximize collaboration and drive better business outcomes. As part of Autodesk Construction Cloud, a subscription to Autodesk Build includes and is reinforced by:

  • Autodesk Docs A centralized document management solution that underpins Autodesk Build’s CDE, providing users with seamless navigation and integrated workflows to create a single source of truth across the project lifecycle.
  • Insights – Analytics capabilities that support the ability to collect, interpret, and export project data; encompasses Construction IQ artificial intelligence to identify and mitigate risk.
  • Administration – Project setup tools including centralized user management and permissioning capabilities, templates, and single-sign-on.


Is PlanGrid and Autodesk Build cloud-based?

Yes, PlanGrid and Autodesk Build are both cloud-based construction management software. With all project information – sheets, files, issues, photos, forms, and much more – in the cloud, project teams have access to all critical information wherever they are.


How do I log in to PlanGrid?

  • To log in to PlanGrid, first, create an account.
  • After creating an account, you can log in to the web anytime.
  • To log in on mobile, download the iOS or Android open the app.
  • Tap Sign In on iOS and Log In on Android, and enter the same email and password that you used on the web.

PlanGrid Account Setup Screenshot


How do I log in to PlanGrid Admin Console?

The PlanGrid Admin Console is for organizational admins. If your username is designated as an Admin Console Admin, you can log in using PlanGrid’s Admin Console lets you manage your organization’s users and licenses from one convenient location. Upgrade and manage user accounts, transfer licenses as needed, and view your available licenses from your organization’s Console.


What file formats does PlanGrid support?

​PlanGrid supports all PDF files. It does not currently support CAD files, but it’s pretty easy to generate PDFs from any file format.


Is PlanGrid available on iOS and Android?

Yes, PlanGrid is available on iOS, and Android. You can access it via the PlanGrid Build mobile application. You can download the app from the iOS and Google Play stores. The app is now named PlanGrid Build.

The PlanGrid desktop app helps get everyone on the same page, across any device—including Windows laptops, desktop computers, and tablets (including Surface). To get started, download the Windows App. Note the app requires Windows 10 or higher.


Where can I get support for PlanGrid?

For help with PlanGrid and to contact our support team, please visit our support site.

We can assist you and your team to transition on the Autodesk Account and the Unified Platform hub, add and assign users, and create a sample project.


How much do PlanGrid and Autodesk Build cost?

PlanGrid access is now available through Autodesk Build. Subscription and pricing information can be found below. You can also request a quote by contacting us at


Want to learn more about PlanGrid & Autodesk Build?

Get in touch with our team to learn more about the benefits of switching from Plangrid to Autodesk Build.

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Published on March 17, 2023 in Collaboration, Data Management.

About the Author

Jim Stephen is the Construction Industry, Account Executive at Microsol Resources. He supports construction professionals across the U.S. He focuses on solutions that improve workflow, enhance margins, and reduce risks through software adoption.