While the disruptive impact of digital technology in construction is still mostly speculative, technology is playing an increasing role in the economy as a whole. Tradespeople need to be well-versed in the use of apps and tools that boost productivity, quality and safety. Being tech-smart is no longer optional.
According to JBKnowledge, 79 per cent of construction firms consider the use of apps an important part of their day-to-day work. Whether you're a contract or project manager, in-charge of onsite construction or simply looking to streamline processes there is likely an app that can make your life easier.
Tsheets.com.au produce an online timesheet app which simplifies payroll, invoicing and labour costing. They have provided us with their top picks of the best construction apps for 2017.
1. Hipages (Google Play And App Store)
Hipages has been connecting Australians with local trade professionals and home services for 13 years. An online marketplace providing benefits for both tradies and their customers, Hipages provides a screening process that gives customers direct access to qualified tradies, while connecting tradies with clients that may not otherwise have been able to reach.
Key features of Hipages:
Aconex provides collaborative technology to assist in compiling and managing the paperwork-heavy and asset-based projects in the construction sector effectively. The app provides functions such as document manager, workflow automation, bid management, issue management, handover management and control of project correspondence, along with BIM file management, field inspections and maintenance manuals direct from the users mobile device.
Key features of Aconex:
Fleetmatics provides a GPS-based tracking system allowing visibility into vehicle and driver data, fuel usage, mileage and routes to help users make informed decisions, schedules and optimise fleet utilisation.
Key features of Fleetmatics Reveal:
APE Mobile rolls daily OP reports, punch lists, permits, site diaries, logs, forms and drawings all into one paperless platform, streamlining efficiency by avoiding the tradition office paper-work systems.
Key feature of APE Mobile:
iAuditor allows users to build checklists, conduct inspections and generate reports to ensure all checkpoints are covered in all safety inspections. iAuditor also gathers this data and generates an automated audit to ensure accuracy and enforce accountability.
Key features of iAuditor:
Winner of the best app for UAV mapping, DroneDeploy provides an eye in the sky giving users aerial mapping of all construction sites before, during and after every project. DroneDeploy is helpful at all stages of the project from mapping to verify site plans, while gathering data quickly to improve accuracy and safety.
Key feature of DroneDeploy:
Debtor Daddy is an automated receivables management platform, that helps users get paid and increase cash flow, ensuring to reduce overdue invoices by up to 43% in just 30 days.
Key features of Debtor Daddy:
Emergency+ is able to establish the users precise location using GPS satellites to pinpoint precise latitude and longitude required to mobilise emergency services.
Key feature of Emergency+:
Construction Master Pro is designed to work and convert all dimensional formats, helping to reduce errors, while saving time and money throughout every stage of the project.
Key feature of Construction Master Pro include:
Waze is a navigational app with real-time information, alerts and immediate re-routing as incidents are reported. The app also includes a multi-stop option to plot out destinations to ensure the user never looses track of where they need to be.
Key features of Waze: