Construction managers spend most of their time on site. They do not always have access to PCs or laptops for checking emails or documents. Usually, the rest of the organization reaches out to them through phone calls. However, these tend to disturb daily routine. Construction managers cannot respond quickly in case they need the documents in hand. Sometimes, sites are also remote with limited mobile connectivity. In this scenario, mobile/tablet apps can help. They enable construction managers to be in touch with the rest of the organization on a real time basis. Further, sites which has Wi-Fi networks through landline connections can be used effectively for communication instead of mobile connectivity. Online record management also helps reduce paperwork and reduces the time required for communication. Here is our pick of 5 mobile apps for construction managers. We hope that these apps will increase productivity at your organization.
1. Construction Manager
One of the popular apps among construction managers, this app allows seamless flow of data between construction sites and company headquarters. It allows construction managers to: –
• Create cost estimates; materials, labour and equipment
• Track construction activity daily using timesheets
• Automatically create activity reports from the entered data
• Record important events or milestones of a project
This app is a blueprint management solution. It allows users to view, edit and share drawings in real time. At the same time, it also has task management features that can be used to manage daily construction activity. Finally, it also has features that enable quality control for under-construction projects. It allows companies to:-
• Reduce communication time between head office and sites
• Reduce paperwork
• Establish version control; ensure that only the latest plan is used
• Manage construction activity
• Manage construction quality
3. AutoCAD 360
This app allows construction managers to view and use the latest AutoCAD drawings in real time. It enables paperless workflow and allows for secure data transfer. Apart from viewing, there are editing and commenting features available followed by sharing it with others in organization. It also ensures that the changes done on mobile are reflected when user logs in on PC/laptop in office.
By PlanGrid, Inc.
This app is a blueprint management solution and allows users to share plans, markups, photos, and reports with full project team in real time. By using this app, the on-site construction manager always has access to the latest information; enabling better decision making. It can also be used to track revisions in documents, progress, and troubleshoot problems in the field. With online documentation, paperwork can be reduced.
By 42nd Parallel
This app is an advanced calculator meant specifically for construction professionals. It has a series of features to perform design calculations and material estimation for various building elements. It also helps users in unit conversions. All this can be done on site using a mobile or a tablet. Further, the app helps to save, email and recall these calculations at a later stage.