Construction is considered to be the branch of industry that is slowly acquiring and implementing new technologies. I mean, seriously, how often do you see a construction worker or a manager of a construction site going about with an iPad in hand? I thought so. However, it seems that this branch of industry has finally decided to go hand-in-hand with the latest tech advancements. The app market is slowly getting crowded with various applications that can be used to improve construction and the whole ordeal, which the managers use in order to improve the organization of work and keep frustrations at a minimum. So, here are some of the best applications that can help you improve construction.
While this application was never developed strictly for participants of the construction industry, Dropbox has found great use among this part of the population. From the architect to the contractor, this application is used by just about everyone. Great construction projects are usually weighed in gigabytes and this app is the best way to share all the relevant information with all the participants.
This application is mostly used by architects when planning what the building will look like. STEEL is an app that allows the user to have access to the database of existing steel shapes, as well as the historic ones. The best feature of this application is that the whole database is downloaded locally, so you can have access to it at any time, without any internet connection. It also allows you to convert the units between the imperial and the metric system. All in all, this application can easily find its use with every architect.
This is another app that is used by architects. Everyone knows about AutoCad, the computer program used by architects and engineers all around the world to create blueprints and plans along with a 3D representation of the whole idea. AutoCad 360 allows easy access to the blueprints that have been made at the desktop PC. Also, it will allow the user to seamlessly integrate these blueprints into the visits to the site. If the user decides to go Pro, he or she will have access to even more features.
This application is closely connected with contractors who present the projected building. BIMx is the application that allows the user to present the works that have been done in AutoCad and ArhiCad. It enables smooth navigation through the whole project in 3D environment with the support for presenting 2D documentation alongside it. So, instead of printing the plans and carrying around a lot of paper, the whole presentation can be carried out by using an iPad and a projector, while providing comments along the way.
The iAuditor is an application which offers the services of conducting quick and easy safety inspections and audits, making them completely paperless. It also allows the user to create templates for the inspection of different construction site types and to access those templates that the other app users have already shared. This way, the users will always know what dangers they absolutely have to pay attention to in order to improve the safety on the site. In the end, the report can be signed off and sent via email, making the inspection official.
This is also an application that is concerned with construction site safety. It enables the users to conduct safety inspections on-site and to synchronize the data collected on the site with the data already existing on the web. Then, SafetyNet will use the data that is already on the web to point out key dangers on the site, as well as locations where the chances of a jobsite injury occurring are high. This allows the contractor and the safety inspector to take preemptive actions to improve the safety in said zones.
The technology is making rapid progress to enable us, the people, to conduct our business in an easier manner. It should be applied wherever possible, so as to improve the quality of the job done. I’ve spoken to Brian Martin from the Ensafe Group and he has said that the improvement in the field of construction applications (and especially in the field of construction site safety) should not be ignored, because they offer a good way to improve upon the existing techniques.