The Must-Have Apps and Tools to Improve Efficiency and Profitability
Running a construction business is unlike managing any other business. With so many moving parts and a lot at stake, having the right tools is key to success. From project management to imaging and GPS time tracking, here are seven tech tools construction pros need in their toolbox.
Procore is an all-in-one construction management software application that has everything to run a construction firm. It combines project management, financials, and quality and safety control into one solution. Features include bidding, meetings, drawings, photos, email, RFIs, time cards, specifications, inspections, budgeting, contract management, accounting integrations and more. Procore is a cloud-based solution and is also available as a mobile app, making it accessible anytime, anywhere, even out in the field and job sites.
atlas3D is an interactive map and virtual tour platform. It comes with the MapSpacer app, which allows construction firms to show an interactive map of locations and building specs, and also provide immersive virtual tours of the building that's planned or under construction. Atlast3D is also fully VR capable so users can easily connect their gear and dive in.
Bluebeam is a document conversion tool that helps streamline collaboration and workflow efficiency. It is an alternative to Adobe targeted specifically toward working with plans, as it integrates with many common software packages like AutoCAD. Bluebeam also lets you turn scanned images into searchable documents, add text and markups, upload photos and videos, and export into Office file formats.
Kukun helps construction businesses with bidding, estimating and subcontracting. The tool allows construction firms to break their projects into subcontracts and issue bid requests from one platform. Users can specify subcontractors individually, use a list of their own subcontractors or find new ones using Kukun’s directory of vetted subcontractors. Subcontractors can then submit their bids online, and the bid manager can see a dashboard that compares all bids in one place to put together the best team possible.
Raken aims to make reporting faster and easier for construction firms. It automatically creates branded daily reports from inputs created by users, such as a field worker, foreman or superintendent. Project managers and other approved users can log in and find reports and real-time job site information straight from the Raken dashboard as well as set up text alerts for specific events, such as delays and safety issues.
Canvas allows construction professionals to create custom forms with no coding or tech skills. Users can instantly collect, share and learn key job site information, especially for safety and compliance. Canvas provides real-time, time-stamped insights needed to stay up to code and improve overall operations. Features include OSHA templates, procedure evaluations, corrective actions, material assessments, quality audits, safety inspections and more.
ClockShark is a GPS time-tracking and scheduling mobile app built specifically for companies with mobile workforces. GPS-enabled, mobile time-tracking apps are a must for construction firms to avoid wasting resources on poor timekeeping and payroll processes. ClockShark helps construction workers track time while at the job site simply by punching in and out, and management can easily locate them using GPS location data grabbed from their mobile devices.