From drones and 3D printing, to augmented reality and robotics, the construction sector has awoken from its tech-free trance and is adopting innovative new technologies at an incredible rate.
A report from Jones Lang LaSalle reveals that an incredible $1.05 billion was spent on construction tech start-ups during the first half of 2018 alone – a 30% increase on the amount spent across the entirety of 2017.
What does all this investment mean for construction professionals on site? One sector where we’ve seen some of the greatest progress is with on-site management apps, built to save you time and help you keep on track of everything going on during a build.
Here’s three of the best for you to consider:
1. PlanGrid – this app takes the pain out of project management, allowing you to keep up to date with specs, drawings and plans at the touch of a button. It’s automatically syncing function also means you don’t need to worry about version control, as it will always displays the most recent version of a document, regardless of who has updated it.
2. SmartBid– this app streamlines the entire preconstruction process, allowing you to send invitations to bid, prequalify subcontractors and manage subcontractor data, all from one central app. With 24/7 live support offered to all customers, this is an app that’s built to suit all business needs.
3. Timesheet Mobile – this app may not be specific to the construction sector, but it is certainly more than capable of keeping pace if you’re managing a construction project with a highly mobile workforce. With group messaging, geo-fencing and job costing reports all available at your fingertips, everyone on your site should embrace this app.
Once you’re sorted on the apps, you need to streamline your
site management processes. And although your trusty iPhone may have been a long-term
companion for the last couple of jobs, is it really giving you the usability
you need to keep on top of everything?
This is where the Samsung Tab Active 2 and XCOVER 4 come in. From just £38 per month and no upfront costs, you’ll have all the usability you need from a tablet that’s built for the worksite not the boardroom.
The tablet and cover are dust and waterproof, shatter and vibration resistant, and can be used while wearing gloves – and offer all the processing power and usability you need for a busy site, no matter what scale.
So, if you want to transform the way you run your site, why not consider investing in some new tech this summer.
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