Tablets and Smart Devices in the Construction Industry

These days, we’re all looking for ways to save time and improve efficiency, which explains the explosive popularity of mobile apps. Cell phones and tablets have become the new device we won’t leave home without, and that’s why so many developers are creating apps that not only entertain, but also make life a little easier for us all.

The construction industry, while not typically on the forefront of the technology wave, is adopting the app trend, and developers are responding and creating apps that will help construction professionals on- and off-site. Here are three, in no particular order, you may want to consider.

GoFormz
One task that takes a considerable amount of time is paperwork. But what if you could take those documents historically filled out by the pen-in-hand method and transition them to a digital format that made updates easy? Form apps like GoFormz can help with that. The best part? They still look like your paper forms, but you can fill them out, and save them, digitally. After a simple scan-and-upload process, GoFormz will configure your forms automatically for this digital manipulation, making it a very useful app for those looking to save time and paper.

GoFormz is a free app for both the iPhone and iPad (and who doesn’t love something free, right?) and can be purchased on the iTunes app store.

My Measures and Dimensions PRO
Want a very powerful application that not only helps you visualize measurements, but also lets you take photos of a construction space, add measurement lines, notes, arrows, and more? Look no further than My Measure and Dimensions PRO. Simply take a photo of your construction space, and you can easily add in arrows, angle marks, and text, organize images into folders (and share them, too), or export marked-up images as PDFs ready for printing.

Not only can you visualize measurements on this app, but calculation tools will also help you easily compute area, volume, and more. In addition, it’s easy to describe and point out details with the free text tool available on the app.

So get rid of the “rough sketches” of a space. With My Measurements and Dimensions, taking the space with you is easy. For the $5.99 price tag (Pro version) on the iTunes app store (available for iPhones and iPads), trying it is virtually risk-free. And who knows? It could be your next favorite app.

Toodledo
Need a little help mastering and completing your to-do lists? Toodledo is known as one of the best list apps around, helping people in all sorts of industries stay on top and in front of project deliverables, timelines, and tasks. The benefits for us construction industry folks are pretty clear.

On the construction site, priorities change, tasks are completed and, most of all, things change. The ability to make quick notes, lists, and changes on a portable and, best of all, digital device will help you streamline your on-site organization. It may even improve your overall productivity on-site.

Toodledo can be found on the iTunes app stores and is priced at $0.99.

At iSqFt, we pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions for our clients, and we’re here to help you find the best solutions to your pre-construction process, too. Just call us at 1-800-364-2059 or visit iSqFt.com.

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