By: Abbas Hussain
There are many construction applications available now, and there are also new ones coming out every day. Here are a few of the latest apps for people in construction.
Roofing estimates on the iPad
Roofing Calc app from Taunton Press & Fine Homebuilding estimates all the materials for a roofing job. Available for the iPad, iOS 4.0 or later.
A new application is the Roofing Calc from Fine Homebuilding for the iPad. This is an application that offers the ability to calculate the cost of any particular roofing job. It takes into account all of the materials that you might need whether the list includes shingles, edge metal, roofing nails, ridge vents, flashing boots, or otherwise. For those of you who have to report these expenses to your boss, there is an email feature that allows you to send the details of the cost of each job. Along with the ability to calculate these expenses, you also gain access to links to various articles and videos that offer information on the best products for a particular job, and tips on how to install them properly.
Keep track of things
Also recently released, is On-Site Reporter for Android. This app allows you to report and keep track of everything pertaining to your job site. You can dictate details about the job or location,take notes, snap pictures and record all of the trickiest details of your day. You can also organize all of these details right within the application using the reporting system. Included with these reporting features is the compass and GPS, which are extremely helpful in marking the exact location with each detail that you report.
Project info at your fingertips
The Maxwell Systems ProContractorMX 2.9.0 Mobile Connect was actually first created on April 25 of 2012 but has been updated as of July 31, 2012 to improve performance and offer more features. This app allows managers to obtain the latest information on a particular project whether onsite or elsewhere. You can see project documents, view details of the original estimate, manage crew assignments, see project financials, get subcontractor information and much more. With the imaging system, not only can you obtain these details but you can actually see the progress if you are in a completely different location for an extended period of time.
Construction apps can be helpful to anyone in this industry. Some of the latest applications are free while others cost a bit of money. Even those that have a minimal fee can be worth downloading simply because they make your job easier and make you more efficient.
Abbas Hussain, is a blogger who writes about construction apps and Steel Buildings for companies like Cyclone Steel.