Technology is revolutionising the planet, industry by industry. With a continuous stream of apps being created for all purposes, this surge implies a definite shift in attitude in the construction industry with the need for cloud computing, 3D printing and smart tech being increasingly valued among tradespeople, all now available via mobile apps.
Trade suppliers, Ironmongery Direct have looked into the rise in tech and how it is transforming the construction industry by evaluating the best apps for tradespeople.
Time saved, money saved
According to Designing Buildings, the construction industry is one of the least efficient industries worldwide with some estimates showing a staggering 50-80% of time is wasted on the construction site. However, app technology is set to bring about change:
- Co-Construct: Project management app that claims to save workers at least 30 minutes a day
- Joist app for contractors: Claims to help workers win more jobs, eradicating the need to do paperwork at evenings and weekends
- Construction Master Pro: Advanced calculator app that claims to reduce costly errors on the worksite
- TSheets: App to replace paper timesheets making payroll and invoicing faster and less costly
- Fulcrum: Information capture app claims to decrease costs and risks of paper storage, effectively replacing ‘the clipboard’
Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, Wayne Lysaght-Mason, commented:
“With most people working in the construction sector now owning a smartphone, the apps we have researched have the potential to save considerable time and money. From builders, carpenters and electricians to project managers and employers, their smartphone can become their best tool with a range of powerful apps to help improve day-to-day efficiency both on site and in the office.”
28 useful apps for construction jobs of all sizes
The infographic created by IronmongeryDirect sums up the 28 best construction apps split by use and trade, covering things like safety, project management, measurement and planning and blueprints. It also provides handy on-the-job tools for tradespeople including glaziers, painters, electricians, plasterers and plumbers. Pros and cons are provided for each app, as well as download and subscription costs.