There are many different tools needed by a construction firm, ranging from small gadgets, such as hammers and nails, to heavy machinery and Symons concrete forms. While few people think of mobile apps as a tool used in construction, they can be incredibly helpful to contractors.
Here are some of the best free mobile apps that construction firms can use to become more efficient without any impact on their budget.
The PlanGrid app allows your crew to share blueprints, drawings, and notes with each other. They can later upload progression photos and add notes as well as create RFIs directly from the app. This collaborative tool is available for Android and iOS, and it uses both Wi-Fi and standard phone data to sync information. That means it’s usable anywhere you can get a cell signal.
Another collaborative app, Procore helps you manage project details directly from the job site. You can even make notes and update drawings, specs, RFIs, timecards, and inspection results while your device is offline, then have it sync that data later when you do have a signal. Procore can access your phone’s camera, too, so you can take and add photos to project files.
GasBuddy is a small app that only does one thing: help your team find the most affordable gas stations. Users can add prices and other information to each station listing in addition to the automatic updates.
The app also includes a review system where you can read other people’s reviews and leave your own. This app may not seem that impressive, but if you can save even a few dollars each time your crew refuels, it will add up over time.
DEWALT Mobile Pro
This app is created by DEWALT, the tool manufacturer. It’s a resource and calculation tool that provides a large number of illustrations and examples.
The calculator has various add-ons you can install that are specific to certain trades. You can save and share these calculations in emails, too, and create shortcuts to the ones you use more often. While the base app is free, there are some in-app purchases that can extend its usefulness.
Construction Calculator (iOS) and Building Calculator (Android)
These two apps basically do the same thing, but one is iOS exclusive and the other is Android-only. Construction Calculator gives you an on-the-go tool for calculating rafter and stair measurements. Building Calculator is similar in that both will provide you with an estimation of how much material you need for certain projects, including paint, lumber, concrete, bricks, and flooring.
Autodesk BIM 360
Autodesk BIM 360 was built primarily for project managers. It’s broken up into different categories, including BIM, documents, commissioning, safety, and quality.
You can make notes in each category from anywhere, then have the app create custom reports as needed. Each job site can be represented by a pushpin on the map, and all you have to do is tap that pin to see reported issues and other detailed information about the location.
Another reporting app, Canvas lets you fill out forms, audits, inspections, work orders, and other documents on your phone or tablet. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of paperwork you have to take with you to the job site. Once you’ve completed a form, you can save it as a PDF and send it back to the office or share it with others.
All of these apps are designed to improve your efficiency and preparedness on the job site. Here at Forming America, we’ve worked with crews of all sizes to make certain they have the forming and shoring equipment needed for their jobs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.