Apple’s iPhone 5s was recently named the best smart phone for construction industry professionals by Equipment World.com. It’s not the biggest, the most rugged, or the cheapest. Despite its faults, the iPhone still has far more readily available apps that make construction pros smarter, more efficient and more effective on the job. Add a beefy case and the right app and you have a powerful tool that goes wherever you do, including the jobsite.
Construction apps can provide the developer, project manager, and even site foreman a wealth of real-time resources that make every job easier. From apps that monitor project bids to finger-assisted CAD drawing to calculating architectural formulas, the number of available construction-specific apps is currently in the thousands and growing.
Best Apps for Construction
The best app for you depends on your job responsibilities, personal preferences and technical aptitude. Here are a few of our favorite free apps you may find useful:
Track and share project documents, images and videos with team members and customers
Force Effect by AutoDesk
Analyze structural reactions from images and translate them to diagrams with load calculations
Manage, tag and markup, then share images from your jobsite
Easily store, access and share large files from the cloud
Sync notes, images and voice memos across all of your mobile devices
What’s on Your Phone?
It’s time for construction to take advantage of the possibilities. With any industry, the best information comes from within, specifically those who have “boots on the ground.” So we’d like to hear from you.
- What construction apps do you currently use?
- What is the best app for construction?
- Is there an app that you would like to see developed?
Give us your recommendations in the comments below.