Contrary to popular belief, cell phone integration on the job site is a huge value add. Before you start an Angry Birds tournament driving a forklift, the apps that are growing and proving valuable are those that offer calculations, bid prep, and documentation to the construction process. I’ve written on this topic previously, but for 2017 there is an even bigger and better list. Joe Yovino of Daily Reporter touches on many app store resources that I wasn’t aware of previously in this article. Hopefully there are some throughout this list that come as a surprise to you as well. With the shifting demands of the construction industry, the following apps can add some much-needed organization to an ever-changing playing field:
Real-time status updates always seem to have some sort of delay built in. Fortunately, there is an application that eliminates any lapse in information or changes across all parties involved in a project (architect, contractors, owners, etc.) With compatibility accommodating a few operating systems, this tool can help project managers have a strong hold on each step and instantly share updates to those involved. A similar app is SiteDiary, also allowing document upload for progress tracking.
Performance in terms of health and safety can be difficult to judge without “apples to apples” criteria. Thanks to iNeoSyte, this app generates daily reports for each member of the team to make sure each asset is being tracked and monitored for safety and wellness with identical standards.
Having recognized the challenges of a disconnected office and field, GenieBelt keeps both sides aligned and in communication. With live features and tools for contact, projects are able to run with much more collaboration.
(4) Timesheet Mobile
Yovino mentions that this app has made his list in previous years, however now there are functions that allow for a more multidimensional experience. Timesheet Mobile lets site workers track their time and shifts while using phone GPS to capture hours worked automatically within a particular geoframe.
With the help of your smart phone, iAuditor is designed for users to build checklists and inspect sites and worker performance in one consolidated location.
(6) FallSafety Pro
Using a motion detector, FallSafety Pro is able to detect falls and potential safety infringements. If the app detects a fall or unsafe motion, an alert will be sent via email, text, or voice message while providing GPS location to the other party as well.
Want more thoughts where these came from? Check out 17 Construction Apps for 2017, and always remember to be safe while using a cell phone on the job site.