3 Construction Apps to Download Today
“You’re in construction? Man, no offense, but…what happened?”
“Oh, so you basically sit around whistling at the ladies all day, huh?”
“What? I’m kidding!”
“MOST of the day?”
“Wait…so you work in construction, but you’re not out there swinging a hammer? So what do you do? Are you a paper pusher?”
WHOA! PAPER PUSHER?! Now you’ve gone too far!
Let’s face it: There are a lot of negative stereotypes about the construction industry. It can be hard to overcome decades of less-than-flattering portrayals of our industry in popular culture. Some of it is to be expected, but one stereotype that’s particularly difficult to stomach is that of the construction professional as just some dolt in a hard hat, gruffly barking orders and grumpily pushing paper.
As those in the industry know, working in this industry is neither for the faint of heart nor the weak of mind. A contractor has to be a human resources manager, a legal expert, a logistical master, and a math ninja. The math…oh, the math! Whether it’s managing bids, dealing with payroll, or calculating how much concrete to pay for, a contractor’s brain is constantly swimming in numbers.
The good news is that there are now lots of mobile construction apps to help you do these things (and many others). Here are just a few for your consideration, courtesy of your Atlanta IT solutions specialist.
BIMx allows the user to open and explore 3D Building Information Models (BIM) that have been created with ArchiCAD. Contractors and architects can collaborate on design concepts, and designs can be shared with clients. BIMx is free and is available for iOS, Android, and 2nd Generation Kindle Fire Devices.
BuildCalc is an advanced construction calculator app that can do it all and then some; it prides itself on being highly functional and easy to use. All this functionality and ease of use doesn’t come cheaply, though: it’s going to make your wallet $19.99 lighter. It’s available for iOS and Android.
3. iQuick Contract Maker
Need to draw up contracts on the job? iQuick has templates that let users generate and email easily customizable contracts. It’s available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch for $2.99.
Mobile computing isn’t going anywhere, and that’s a good thing, since construction projects are here to stay, too. Hopefully mobile apps will continue to be dreamed up and designed with construction professionals in mind. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself developing an app to solve that pesky on-site problem you’ve been experiencing!
What construction apps do you find most beneficial on the job? Please tell us about it in the comments!
Image credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers