Construction Apps that Every Builder Must Have

All smartphone applications are getting into the construction industry with some innovative solutions for all related professionals. Certainly, smartphone apps are leading the way providing solutions, and mobility on the go to construction professionals.The following list can be considered as the hottest and best apps available for the construction professional. Some of these apps are so powerful and useful that your office can now be your actual smartphone.Check out these great construction apps.

1
SmartBidNet

Construction bids
Know how to win bids. Photo J Rodriguez

Consisting of bid management systems, this IPhone app will allow you create and track your bid process with your subcontractors, and companies, in a secure and reliable way. SmartBidNet will provide you with accessible information to make ​bid projects easier and on time.



2
GoBIM

BIM software
BIM software. Photo Tekla
BIM applications are now used everywhere in the construction industry. GOBIM application will provide you the possibility to navigate 3D BIM models and their associated data. However, the size of the model that GoBIM can handle is dependent on three factors, number of triangles, number of parameters, and number of materials.



3
FingerCAD

FingerCad
FingerCad app screenshot. Photo FingerCad

CAD application for technical drawing with fingers assisted by computer. The final design will be saved, and it can be sent via e-mail or printed. CAD designs made at the site or at your favorite location and can be saved in different formats. It is a great and simple application.

4
Plan Grid

Plangrid
Plangrid screenshot. Photo Plangrid

PlanGrid is a relatively easy to use app that will manage and keep all your construction team members up to date with the latest revision of drawings. PlanGrid allows you to publish your latest drawing to a cloud server and share them with all your team members. It also has the capability of having old versions of the same drawing and will alert you when viewing an outdated drawing. More

5
Carpenter's Helper

Carpenter's helper
Easy way to calculate lenghts using the app. Photo J Rodriguez

This excellent app will help you calculate roof pitch, rafter lengths, stair lengths, and more. The app has a nice graphical interface that will calculate stair, roof and floor projects.

6
Truckast

Truckast
Ordering concrete is now so easy. Photo Truckast

The app provides many benefits and features. Truckast will allow you to set up your ready mix concrete order easily directly from your smartphone/tablet.  In addition, and once the order is placed, you gain access to track delivery times and have an idea on when the concrete trucks will be arriving on site. The app also will  maintain complete record of how many concrete has been placed, how many is on its way and soon will also support photos being uploaded into the platform. More

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Fast Concrete Pad Calculator

Steel fiber concrete
Steel fiber concrete. Photo Excel Pacific General Contractors

This app will calculate quantities needed of concrete and rebar for your next project. It will also calculate waste materials, concrete, and rebar costs. The app will get you all the information you need to order concrete.

8
OSHA Heat Safety Tool

Heat Safety Tool
OSHA developed a Heat Safety Tool. Photo OSHA

This app will send you reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms,  More

9
Roofing Calculator

Roofing Calculator
Roofing Calculator. Photo Roofing Calculator

After entering the area to be worked, this app will calculate  the number of roofing shingles, number of squares, and number of bundles for a given job. In addition you can input a cost per bundle and a waste overage percentage to be included in the calculation.

10
Procore

J Rodriguez

This app allows you to create and manage punch list items, access contact data, share and store project photos, log time card entries and more.  In addition, you can also manage construction schedules, RFI's, submittals, change orders and many other processes.

More to Come

Be sure to bookmark this article as the list gets updated from time to time as new apps are out and are tested by construction pros. If you have another app not listed here, don't hesitate to contact me and I will be sure to review it and if deemed appropriate, include that app on this list.

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