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The Top 10 Construction Apps

By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly

With the right applications, your smartphone becomes your mobile office, making it possible for you to manage everything from employees to project planning.

Gone are the days where you are forced to run from office to work site and back again to manage paperwork and other administrative duties. With right data plan and these 10 apps, you can run your construction business from anywhere.

iHandy Carpenter
This iOS and Android app won't actually help you run your business, but with five carpenter tools, including a plumb bob level, surface level, bubble lever bar, rule and protractor, it's definitely handy on the job site. Price: $1.99

Construction Master Pro
Available for iOS, Android and Microsoft phones, Construction Master Pro is a powerful calculator application that calculates any math problem on the job site, ranging from how much siding a project will need to how to cut rafter angles. Price: $24.99

Downloadable on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices, ConvUnits provides you with the most common units for length, volume, area, density, mass, pressure, speed, acceleration, energy and power. It also offers other useful information, such as the density of common building materials and energy of common fuels. Price: $1.99.

Construction Manager
This all-in-one iOS and Android application allows you to track employee hours, monitor maintenance logs, capture project details, calculate measurements, log daily activities, send status updates, and more. You can easily transfer that data to folks back at the office. Perhaps most useful is the ability to provide customers with estimates for projects while you are on site. Price: free, however, you need to register to use it.

With Synchroteam's drag-and-drop function, you can easily manage your employees, dispatching them to the appropriate locations as needed. You can see who is booked—and for how long—in real-time, and reassign workers as needed to ensure all work is covered. Synchroteam keeps everyone connected and in-the-know about projects. The companion app is available on iOS and Android devices. Price: packages start at $22 per month per user, and you can test it with a free trial.

Corecon Mobile
Ideally used in conjunction with Corecon V7, a software suite designed for contractors that allows you to track leads, create estimates, manage vendor bids, collaborate on documents, manage budgets, and more, Corecon Mobile allows you to create daily logs, timecards, punch-lists and more, right from the job site. Price: free, but contact Corecon for pricing options and a demo of Corecon V7.

Are you a custom builder? Then Co-construct, a web-based and mobile construction project management software is the perfect application for you. It can accommodate custom builds where plans, materials and budgets are constantly changing. It also captures, tracks and organizes all your team and client communications, so everyone stays connected and up-to-date. Price: plans start at $99 per month.

AutoCAD 360
This is a drawing and drafting AutoCAD app for iOS and Android that allows you to share, view and edit drawings from your phone, desktop or the Internet, extending the power of CAD to the job site. AutoCAD 360 simplifies on-site redlining, as-built documentation, and design review and approval. Price: free, however the optional Autodesk® AutoCAD® 360 Pro plan offers additional features and benefits.

BIMx Pro
Available on iOS and Android, BIMx Pro is a presentation tool that allows you to easily view and share your BIMx 2D and 3D models right from your phone or tablet. If offers smooth handling and performance even for projects with complex 3D building models and extensive 2D documentation. Price: $49.99.

PlanGrid for iOS and Andriod allows you to more easily collaborate on your project plans, markups, specs, photos and reports. You can upload PDF drawings to plangrid.com, where they automatically sync to all stakeholders' devices at once. Price: plans start at $19.99 per user per month.

These ten applications not only improve how you work, they allow you to run your construction business from any location.

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Jaimy Ford is a professional business writer withnearly a decade's worth of experience developing newsletters, blogs, e-letters,training tools and webinars for business professionals. She contributes to bothThe Intuit Small Business Blog and Docstoc.com. She also serves as editor-in-chief of SalesMastery, a digital magazine writtenspecifically for sales professionals.
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