Yes. The integration Portal has a configuration settings area where this can be configured. You can sync projects from multiple Procore Companies to a single Google Drive account. Or have multiple app subscriptions and connect them to different Google Drive accounts. On the Google Drive end we support My Drive and Shared Drives.
Technical Details - Regular Sync
Can I rename file names when they are in my Google Drive account or Procore?
Yes, you can rename the file within your Google Drive account. When you rename it, it will update in Procore in the next 1 minute.
How often does the sync run?
The sync runs every minute and is triggered when any changes are made to the documents folder in Google Drive. Depending on the size of the file and number of files being changed it can take anywhere from a minute to a 5 minutes to sync for hundreds of files added.
What if I already have a Google Drive folder for the project?
In order to maintain the integrity of the sync, we have to start the integration from scratch in an empty folder in Google Drive. Once the initial sync is complete and the data structure is created in Google Drive, you can move your existing data from the existing folders into the synced folders created by SyncEzy.
Can I see who modified or added the files in Procore or Google Drive?
When you authenticate/connect your Procore and Google Drive accounts, this will determine what name/details are shown in files/folders in each application.
So for example, if you authenticate Procore and Google Drive with your own account it will work as follows:
1) whoever adds a file/folder to Procore, it will show their username/details on that file or folder in Procore, however when it is synced to Google Drive, it will show with the details/username of whoever authenticated Google Drive (in this example, your account) in the SyncEzy portal.
2) It works the same the other direction, whomever adds a file/folder to Google Drive it will show in Google Drive with that user's name/details however when it is synced back to Procore it will show the user’s name/details of the account who authenticated Procore in the SyncEzy portal.
We recommend you setup a service email account with a generic name if you wish to avoid using your name when the integration makes changes. You could setup an email called email@example.com or another alias and use this account to connect Procore and Google Drive to easily identify what changes our integration has made.
Is it possible to sync an inactive project?
If the project is inactive in Procore, you will not be able to add that project to our integration configuration as it will not appear in the project dropdown list. However if an active project was added to the configuration but later the project becomes inactive in this case the sync should work as usual. All the functionalities will work fine.
What if I want only certain folders or files synced from Google Drive or Procore?
This sort of custom integration is currently not possible in the standard product. We may be able to do some limited customisations to meet your requirements. This will be at an additional cost as it deviates from our standard integration product.
Are there any limits to how much data can be synced?
There are no technical limits to the amount of data that can be synced. We have synced individual projects with over 50,000 files each and over 200 GB of data per project. Our standard plan comes with some fair use limits detailed in your proposal which can be extended upon request and special pricing.
The only hard limit we have is for individual files to be less than 1GB. Typically this would be data like large laser scans (point cloud) of buildings, large drone video captures and special purpose files. We do not have any file type restrictions. We can sync and support all file types and data types.
We do not stop syncing the files just because the limit has been reached, this will only ever be done after consultation with you. You do not have to worry about the sync stopping once the limits are reached.
What if I need to change the Google Drive Account?
We currently do not support that for a live sync. You will need to reset or delete the configuration and start from scratch again.
How quickly does the data sync? What is your sync speed?
We sync data every 1 minute after edits or changes in Google Drive or Procore. The time to move the files can depend on the size of the file and number of files edited. In 99% of cases, this happens within a few minutes.
We do not throttle data transfer speeds from our end, we are only limited by Google Drive or Procore limits. In most cases this is done every minute for hundreds of files at once. Initially, once the projects are connected, the first download can take from 4 to 48 hours depending on the amount of data in Procore. Once the initial sync is complete every future sync happens automatically, every minute, whenever a file change is detected in either system.
Can I rename my files in Google Drive?
Yes, if you rename files in Google Drive the sync will rename the files in Procore for you.
Service account - Introduction and benefits
Service accounts are usually created specifically for a particular service or application and are granted only the permissions necessary for that service to function properly. They are often used to access other resources such as databases, APIs, file systems, or other services that the application or service needs to interact with. Basically, we use a service account to differentiate the user activity in a particular application.
Why use a service account to connect the integration applications?
We highly recommend you setup a service email account with a generic name if you wish to avoid using your name on folders/files when the integration syncs folder/file changes to the opposite application. You could setup an account in Procore with an email called firstname.lastname@example.org
for example and use this account to connect Procore and Google Drive in your integration. This will ensure you can easily identify what synced changes our integration has made. Please ensure any new service accounts you setup have full admin permissions on the Documents and Photos for all projects you want to sync in Procore and also full read/write permissions on the applicable Google Drive account.
There are several reasons why you might want to use service accounts in your computing environment:
Security: By using service accounts, you can limit the permissions granted to individual applications or services, which helps to reduce the risk of security breaches. Because service accounts are typically used for automated processes, they do not require interactive login sessions or access to sensitive information that humans would normally need, such as passwords or other confidential data.
Accountability: When you use service accounts, you can track the actions of individual services or applications, making it easier to identify which system or service is responsible for particular actions or changes within your environment.
Centralization: By using service accounts, you can centralize the management of access and permissions across multiple applications or services, making it easier to ensure that each application has the appropriate level of access and reducing the complexity of managing permissions across your computing environment.
Best practices around the integration
Do not have any trailing spaces at the end of folders or project names
Google Drive (Windows) does not handle Document library names well with spaces at the end of the name. Procore allows trailing spaces at the end of Album names in their Photos tool.
Make sure your team does not change the first three levels of folders in the Google Drive Folders.
Level one Folder Name: Selected root location
Level 2: The project name
Level 3: The name of the tool, for example Documents, Photos etc.
Do not rename the name of the top-level project name in Procore
This will create a new top-level folder inside Google Drive. The files will need to be synced again.
Note: if you need to delete a large number of files
If you need to delete a large number of files from both systems, do it manually from both systems. This is because as a safety mechanism, SyncEzy has a delete limit for the maximum number of files that can be deleted through the sync in any 24-hour period.
Once the limit is hit, the sync will not delete any more files and the sync will email the administrator with the path of the files not deleted.
Why my files/folders are showing as unsynced in File Manager?
The possible reasons for file being shown as unsynced are as below.
1. If you have changed the top level folder name as explained in above section
2. If you have deleted the files/folders from either Procore or Google Drive
3.If you have moved the files/folders to a different project
Can I buy additional space? I’m getting an out of space error?
Yes this will be based on your Google Drive account. Please contact your organization's Google Drive account admin for details. We do not have space restrictions for the integration.
Some of my folders look different or have not been synced?
This can occasionally happen when the delete limit has been reached, due to somebody manually deleting a large number of files or a top level folder from one of the systems, and the corresponding data isn’t deleted from the second system. In these cases, reach out to support and we will assist you.
How does your pricing work?
Please contact us for pricing. Pricing is based on the ACV Annual construction Volume or Revenue processed through Procore.
Does SyncEzy keep a copy of my data stored?
Your data is only stored on your Procore account and in your Google Drive account. SyncEzy is only the conduit and does not store any of your organisation's project data files. We only store relevant metadata (file names, folder names and folder paths, sync time, modified time etc) as required for us to manage the integration and syncing the files.
Your files are transferred through our servers for only as long as it takes to pass them from one system to the other. Once the transfer is complete the actual files are automatically deleted. We only store the metadata and the file paths.
This is why if you have any technical issues our support team may ask you to add email@example.com
to the project documents folder so we can review the data. We do not have access to any of your tools or login to your Procore.
Where is SyncEzy hosted?
Our application and the metadata that we store is hosted securely with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This is the same back end infrastructure system that Procore uses.
Do the files transferred into cloud storage count towards my cloud storage account storage limits?
Yes, all files & folders synced across will count towards your file storage limits.
What triggers the files being transferred?
Any changes made to the files or folders will trigger a sync. For example, renaming the file, opening the Word document and saving it, revising it in Procore, editing a document in Google Drive, deleting the document in either system. All of these changes will trigger the sync, and the older file in either system will be replaced with the current / latest version of the file.
Where do I go to check the settings and billing details on my cloud storage integration?
You can view your settings configurations and any billing details by going to the SyncEzy Portal here
. In the Portal, navigate to Plan Details to see billing details. Contact support to make changes or cancel your service.
Is there a limit on how many files can be synced in an hour?
There are no limits from our side. On the Procore end, there is a hard limit of 3600 API calls per hour. On average, every single file takes about 4 API calls. Based on this, and depending on the speed of the data connection, we have a hard limit of 900 files that can be synced in one hour.
Most of the time we are only running an incremental sync of what has been changed in the last five minutes, which is far fewer files than 900. So on a day-to-day basis you should see all of your interactions sync automatically every five minutes.
Currently we can sync Procore Project Documents, Photos & Daily Log / Site Diary. We also plan to add additional modules to the sync like Drawings, Models, RFI and more. If you have any specific requirements regarding data extraction or having to sync specific tools from Procore, please reach out to our support team and we will do our best to help.