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The Best Construction Management Apps for the iPhone and iPad
Director of Marketing, Software Advice August 25,2010 From time to time we like to write about the ''lighter side" of construction technology. This time, it's apps. Specifically, construction apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
'' "travel" and ''navigation. It has a rating of3. Google Docs. field notes. then added columns for price.5 stars. It allows users to draw floorplans. engineering and construction project management software apps for contractors. it has a good rating (3 out of5 stars) and it's available on all devices (iPhone OS 2.99 and works with the iPhone (OS 2. REVITKeys . It costs $5.. but it's not going to help you create a punch list item So we decided to build a list ofthe best architecture. please leave us a comment below. Users can pan.3 or later). building owner). square footage. emailattachrnents (iPad only) or fromiTunes (iPad only). status. project managers and architects. This could be used by engineers.99. diagrams.99 and is available only for the iPhone (OS 4. and more." "lifestyle" and "entertainment. . \_ HIM "\ goBIM .0 or later).This app has been rated 144 times and has an average rating of2. It should be used by users looking to take their SketchUp design skills beyond the basics. Then you load the file onto a web server and access them later from your phone. mechanical or structural parts (and calculate moments of inertia). "iShovel" and 'Men at Work . It allows users to keep track of subcontractor and vendor interactions from their phones. It allows you to view native Rhino 3DM files on your iPhone (OS 3. visit this Google Doc.1. due date) and project infurmation (e. . Our methodology was simple: filter out the irrelevant apps (e. It includes both bid (e.•. For anyone interested in seeing a complete list of construction apps (minus the junk).g.__~-~~~. wherever and whenever you want them The app costs _) $5. We tagged each app with one or two category names.5 from 43 users.99.This is a simple reference app for AutoDesk Revit Architecture 2010. mechanical components. iPad or iPod touch.A great app for intermediate and advanced SketchUp users.=l ~ Finger CAD . architects. The app is $4. It's handy for Revit users "on the go. Final designs can be saved -. Users can then send drawings instantly via e-mail or YIP. iPad and iPod Touch.J' '_) and delivered using email." Or try typing "architecture.0 and after). It includes 260 keyboard combinations separated into 14 categories.This app allows you to view BIM models from your iPhone (OS 3. land surfaces (and calculate area and perimeter).gbm file.0 or later).This is a great app from Robert McN eel and Associates. Coogle SketchUp Cookbook . CAD. facades. iPod Touch or iPad. It works by using a goBIM exporter with your BIM application to create a . iPad and iPod touch.0 or later). then prioritize by rating and popularity.FingerCAD has received 64 ratings with an average rating of2. sort by trade and functionality.99.1 and after)." The app costs $0.5 stars. iPad or iPod Touch. The app is $0. zoom and rotate using typical iPhone commands.g. plans of apartments.categorized as "games. device compatIbility and minimum iPhone OS requirements.g. surveyors and students. This app allows you to draw houses. Hid Management ( "\ SmartBidN et .Ultimate Sound Box'). Design and Drawing cadTouch R2 . amount. It provides step-by-step tutorials with detailed color graphics to help users solve design problems. bridges." You'll get a list of255 apps that include ''photography. It's available for the iPhone (OS 3.0) and iPad touch.This app works in conjunction with SmartBidN et bid management software. but it can _) only be used by SmartBidNet customers using the iPhone (OS 3. geometrical figures and more using your finger.99 and has an average rating of3. If there is an app that you think belongs in this list. location. The app costs $3. rating.'' Sure we understand playing SimCity Deluxe might alleviate stress on the job site. iRhino 3D . 3D models can be loaded from websites.
:.99. and 23 are designed specifically for architects. In total. This app allows you to perform simple math using the feet.9Ii~r. segments and arched rake-walls.99 and works with the iPhone (OS 2. In addition to calculating total cubic yards.f circumference. There are formulas for electricians. BuildCalc . It allows users to calculate how much drywall is needed for walls and ceilings (or both). and even build reports all from your iPhone (OS 3. It allows contractors to run muhiple types of calculations for a variety of projects (e.calculations. inchCALC . carpenters. _~"f" __ framing. ~ •• Concretulator. iPad and iTouch.2. However. inch.1 or later). ~\f. fraction format (as it appears on a tape measure).1.1 or later). and 80# bags).There are both free and paid ($14.g. but it allows you to perform many different types of estimates and calculations.1. It costs $1. it works with iPhones (OS 3.This app has an average rating of3.This costs $0.m::Pitch. it has an average rating of3.There are many positive reviews of this all-in-one or multipurpose construction calculator.99. The app is $9.This is just one in a series of apps developed by Marui Civil Design & Engineering. After a user inputs their dimensions. It costs $4. Fast Concrete Pad Calculator . iPad and iPod Touch. iPad or iPod touch. including: =c.This is the highest rated drywall calculator in the App Store. the total square footage is calculated.5 out of5 stars. store room estimates and specs. fencing. There is one caveat: it's based on Canadian Electrical Code. It is easily the most popular carpentry app.0 and above).i_I'3I.99 and has an ~'V average user rating of2. Leave us a connnent If you know an app based on US electrical code.99) versions ofthis app. . 60#. plumbers and other trades. and volumes. E-Calc . Civil Curve). makers of On-Screen Takeoff Software.This is a great app from On Center Software.otr. However. Drywall Calculator . run and diagonal right-angle calculations. iPad and iPod touch. The app can be used by both do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike. The latest version works on the iPhone (OS 3.'-=~ with an average rating of3. This allows users to compute discharge capacity using the formula of Manning's mean velocity.load amperage of any transformer. Simple Beams. Concrete Calculator . ~=-:-:~ . iPad and iPod touch. The app is only $1.3 or later). It calculates concrete for square or rectangular slabs.0 or later). "Architect's Formulator" is a bit ofa misnomer.99 and has high customer ratings in the App Store.).1. Carpenter's Helper .)IIIa Carpet Estimator . this is likely the most widely used with over 3. It has a price tag of$19. The app is $0. The app works on the iPhone (OS 3. Users can even send an email withthisinformationdirectlyfromtheapp. The app costs $0.2 or later). and. and more). circular concrete slabs and concrete columns.There are a number of calculators that will perform this simple function. arcs.2 and later).5 stars and has been reviewed 22 times.99 and is available for the iPhone (OS 3. and. It allows users to determine how much concrete is required for a project (by cubic yard and the number of 40#. ~ Discharge Capacity . iPad or iPod Touch.g. decking. iPads and the iPod touch.This allows electricians and electrical engineers to calculate many common formulas. They make several other useful apps (e.This is one of two popular and highly rated concrete calculator in the App Store.99.This is another concrete calculator for DIYers and contractors. Coulomb's Earth Pressure. it will determine the amount of lineal feet ofrebar required and the cost. It allows you to estimate cost and materials for carpet-laying jobs.99. it has a rating of5 stars.5 and it works with the iPhone (OS 2. It's a handy concrete calculator for DIYers and can be used by contractors as well The cost is $0.3 or later). along with the number of 4' x 8' drywall sheets required.99 and can be used on the iPhone (OS 2.:.130 ratings and an average user rating of3 stars. rectilinear. cylindrical areas. iPad and iPod touch. and one of the most popular construction apps in general There are over 1650 ratings of this app. rise. number of wires you can fit into a given pipe and complex voltage drop . including: the full . there are 200 formulas.
iPad and iPod Touch. The app costs $5.. Users can enter the dimensions of the room. This app costs $0." This app costs $0.99 and works with iPhones (OS 2. along with the dress width and the face width for that particular Roofmg Calculator .0) and iPod Touch. It costs $0. but it has been rated by over 50 users. iPad or the iPod touch. It can also be used to tr . \_ Fast Paint Calculator .2) and best of all.2 or later).99. it can be used on all devices (rninirmun iPhone OS requirement of3 . then click calculate to determine the job cost. flooring. enter the price per gallon of paint.cormnon paneling profiles (e. iPad and iPod touch.1 k. the iPad and the iPod Touch Contract Maker I HIe IQ . you can email your bid directly from the app to your client. It has an average _) rating of3 from 35 ratings.1.99 and works with iPhones (OS 3.0 or later). This information can then be emailed directly from the phone. '- .A popular roofing app. or number of bundles for a job..This is one in a series of construction apps from iQuick Tools..Similar to the previous app..99 and is available for the iPhone (OS 3. iBlueprint allows users to create and export custom floor plans. but can also be used by contractors for quick access to blueprints on the job site.5 out of5.99 and can be used on the iPhone (OS 3.0 or later). and you'll get the board feet needed to order.99.This app allows users to create and email contracts to customers from your phone. paint and concrete projects. it's free. iBlueprint . making it one of the more popular document-viewer apps in the market. drywall. It allows you to view technical drawings (e.g.This is a popular and highly rated flashcard app that will help you study for the LEED AP 2009 Building Design & Construction exam It has an average user rating of3.This app seems to have mixed reviews. It can perform simple for framing.~! estimates '\ iQuick Estimator . Enter the square footage desired to cover. Estimating ( iQ!!~.There are both free and paid versions of this app.5 stars. It's handy for homebuyers and real estate agents. roofing. t [customize contracts for your industry or trade. the pitch and tap "Calculate.This is a handyapp for painters and finishing contractors that need to quickly calculate costs and materials of paint projects. It costs $2. The free version seems to be more popular with 259 ratings as compared to just 3 for the paid version. etc). tongue and groove. After determining material and labor costs.1. The app uses templates and pre-written information for quick creation ofa contract._-~') roofing shingles. iQuick Contract Maker .1 or later). The app has been reviewed 13 times and has a good rating of on ac rna er. Document Viewer Drawvis . bevel siding.0 or later). this allows DIYers and contractors to estimate the number of II roofs . The latest version is only available for the iPhone (OS 4. this is designed to help construction professionals study for the LEED AP Building Design and Construction exam The app includes 200 flashcards and a 100 question practice exam It has received a 5 star rating by 2 reviewers and comes in at }acostof$19. It can be used on the iPhone (OS 3. --- LEED ( EcoFlash BD+C Lite . drawings from Autocad) so long as they are in DXF textual format. 3. Input the building's square footage. LEED AP Building Design + Construction .g. the iPad or iPod touch. number of squares.
corn.5. I-----i-I. iPads and iPod Touch.99 and can be used on the iPhone (OS 3.Buiklitl. wall hangings..com and ''This Old House" staff. '---/ Project Management _--"Procore . It allows users of Pro core construction software to create.This app popular among homeowners and DIY ers. Specifically. manage and share Procore project data from their phones.and widely .A simple news app that pulls architectural.This is the first official construction app for iPads. engineering and construction industry news from 1i~~~Engineering News Record.. iPad and iPod touch.0 or later). It presents screen samples and detailed information for almost 160 different woods. News AEC Info ..This is a very popular app that is highly . .. It is designed to synchronize with www. this is easy to believe. iPad and iPod Touch. The developer claims it has "everything you will need when checking / drafting / designing a steel member. specifications.0 or later).99 and can be used on the iPhone (OS 3.requirements and indicate when a particular requirement has been met. then using the horizontal red line to determine the slope. tilting it until the bubble is centered. dividers. Not only is it an iTunes Staff favorite.1.. CEO of Viewpoint Construction Software .5 rating. right from their phone..0 or later). but the app has been reviewed by BobVilla. It works by holding the phone in landscape view. The Procore iPhone Papp has a rating of4. fences.2 or later). iPad and iPod Touch.99.D.. engineers and contractors to access drawings from the field without having to carry paper plans. [steel] . and picture frames are level The app costs $1. Builder Online and others.5 and can be used on iPhones (OS 3. The app also works on iPhones (OS 3. access contact data. LD. This could be used to determine if walls. iPad and iPod Touch.This is a popular and highly rated reference tool about structural steel It gives users access to the current and historic AISC Structural Steel Database. The app costs $3.rated. There are mixed reviews about this app.This is our favorite construction app. It 23 ratings and has an average of2. Architectural Record.The Definitive Guide To The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of20l0 NEXTVideo Interview with Jay Haladay. The app costs $4. but it could be used on a job site when a normal level isn't available. w<XXi Wood . share and store project photos. log time card entries and more. The app is free and can be used on the iPhone (OS 3. The app is $4.D ~ I. a web-based software application that allows project members to share drawings. Wood helps users identify different types of woods from around the world.ive...0 or later). and other electronic information. Tweet lb•• 1 PREVIOUSCash for Caulkers .. __ Reference ( I." With over 60 ratings and a 4. -_"'-.2 or later).99 and is available on the iPhone (OS 3. sightLevel. but it is one of the few apps that pulls news headlines in from multiple industries. It allows architects. Plan Room Mobile PlanRoom. users can create and manage punch list items.
Any chance of Droid apps review.apple.wordpress. paper-like screens make it fast and easy to juggle with your other field tasks.com Gary Greenberger Vela Mobile: iPad enables construction team members to run checklists and create issues throughout all project phases .com Vincent Cadoret ?rnt=8 I would like to suggest apps for HV AC which includes my own ''PsychromeTree''.anywhere on the job site .com clark morgan Thanks Houston! Some great apps.which can be anything from estimates and schedules to proposals or .udatechnologies.• http://vircon. Architactile Inception Lite is a tool for early project pre-planning. It's a psychrometric calculator for HV AC engineers among other things. Also like to recommend PlanSwift there estimating software works with iPhone so you can take it with you.com Matt Galloway Awesome roundup! Our new app was just released yesterday but it would definitely be at home on your list.com charles Thanks for the great list..PlanSwift. Trick Land Design Thanks a lot.000 apps on itunes .com/us/app/inception-lite/id380883651 • http://www. many of which I have not had the time to analyze thanks to the library of200. does anyone know of any that do? • http://astricklanddesigns. I'm sure you had a great time playing with the apps to see what one are best. • Jim Do any of these apps run on a BlackBerry Curve? Ifnot. This is very interesting and I've added a Trackback to it on my web log @ .. been a great help more than once. Thanks for that great list by the way! • http://mbevivino. It's designed to rapidly develop high level scope. The simple. share. Conduct QAlQC. Safety and Cormnissioning checklists and list work-to-complete or log punchlist issues while walking in the field so nothing gets forgotten or lost in translation. It's a free app that lets you view. and relationship diagrams for architectural projects. conceptual budgets.blogspot.velasystems.vincentcadoret.com/Michael Great list! • http://www... • http://www. • httpt//architactile. and comment on your files .com Ali Rauch Bevivino A brand new construction app that has been doing really well is OnSite Files for iPad. httpj/itunes.P -Clark • http://www.with or without an Internet connection.com/shipping-container-home-design-construction/ Shipping Container Home Design & Construction .
http)/itunes. For more info.hagenbusiness. BD+C.go.managers. .com/2010/09/0 1/construction-project. • http://www. Corecon Mobile V7 project management.apple.net/Phoneapps.WordPress. • http://www.mobile/ • Shane White E-Calc USA is now available and has the features ofE-Calc.com/us/app/onsite-files-for-ipad/id381589129?mt=8 • gerald When will it be available for Iphone 4? • AMANDA HAMILTON Did I miss the Punchlist Ap? Who's got one? • http://www. but I would trust their calulations over any of the others. check out their website. ID+C. I blogged about it earlier this month and have added a few video updates since http)/caroIhagen.com/main/?page id=5 • Wolf Great listing! Thanks! • Scott I would like to second the request for a good punchlist App (specifically for the iPad).constructionknowledge.net. http)/www. I have found EcoFlash has a whole gamut of apps for LEED study material There are GA.rtkl. O+M. Their apps are probably a little more expensive.com carol hagen You missed one. • http://noneJo Ruan You didn't mention the Calculated Industries suite of iPhone apps. I downloaded one (uPunchit+) and it was horrible.php lex pelger just this week we launched our suite of construction apps from constructionknowledge. android and blackberry: Steel Shapes (Hot Rolled) Wood Beam Design Steel Beam Design Converting Units for Construction Accessibility and ADA Code Help Strategy of Personality Profiles for Better Communication • Brian After loking more into the LEED apps.ecoflashapps. They are the manufacturer and orginal creators of the ConstructionMaster calculators.com Mauricio Del Pozo but is the USA version. and even Homes. here's what we have for iphone.
I would also suggest RC Design and RC Beam for iPhone and RC Design HD for iPad. AngleCalc and RadiusCalc for the iPhone and iPod touch and ArgyleCalc for the iPad.comau. Once the signature process has been completed all parties are emailed the document in a PDF format.santeedesignbuild.• http://iconfirmapp. I have developed some apps for the iPhone and iPad platforms. What sepperates iConfirm from the other field verification apps is that once the document has been created the signatures are applied to the document directly on the phone. • http://www. • AE Engineer Good list. The iConfirm website alows the user to log in and view all their iConfirm documents in one central location • http://www. • http://www. You can find more information at their website: http://www.com Josh Powers iConfirm is an app designed for any building professional It allows the user to create Change orders. Makes my day in the field a lot more efficient. disclaimers ect.0 a while back so check it out.com LOCAL SLACKS iBlueprint is now FREE. The best apps I've found for reinforced concrete design (beams.localslacks. We released v2.hammerheadcdc. Material Verification. cohmms. you will be pleasantly surprised. Norman • Michelle OnsiteAEC is an app that will do punchlists and field reports.. etc).com. Check them out.com Robert Santee What about iestimate construction? I've read some good things about it but no one has mentioned it here.au David An App for Punch Lists. check out Defects App on iTunes or http://www.eziapp.com Excellent list of apps.eziapp.StructuresApps. Critical Path Verification. Also able to expedite projects a lot quicker and more efficiently.miguelalonsogarcia. on the users phone. slabs . thanks • http://www. iConfirm helps any building professional create a paper trail without the paper. . • http://argylecabinetry.com • Kevin Great list! Another very helpful app is the contractors app box for the I Pad.com Norman Lucia As a lifelong woodworker.com Michael August Miguel Alonso Garcia You left out the made for iPhone UDA Construction suite apps • http://www.
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