Ten apps for the construction industry have been recognized as tops in their class.
From estimating and bids to project management, the 10 apps have received the 2017 Construction App Award from scheduling software maker TSheets. The award is based on a number of criteria, including how well the app solves a specific problem, its interface, and the quality of the app’s customer service. A full review of each app is available on TSheets’ website.
Here, awards organizers list each winner with some thoughts on why it’s a standout app:
Estimates and Bids: JobFLEX
This is the second year in a row that JobFLEX has won this category. We love the fact that you don’t have to be at all tech savvy to use the app. It also works with or without a cellular connection.
Safety: Red Cross First Aid
This gets great reviews in both the Apple App Store and Google Play and it’s easy to see why. The app is packed with info, it’s easy to navigate, everything’s available in Spanish and English, and it connects straight to 911.
This is a new category for 2017, recognizing how many drones are buzzing around construction sites these days. We love how easy it is to create flight plans with this app and share maps with your other team members.
Project Management: e-Builder
This is a competitive category every year but e-Builder was our top choice for 2017 largely because of its no-fuss, simple layout. The interface is intuitive and the app really comes into its own when you have multiple projects on the go.
Mobile Tool: DEWALT Mobile Pro
The basic version of this app is free and it covers all of the essentials but what sets this app apart from all of the other construction calculators out there is the fact that you can buy job-specific add-ons, which are a lot cheaper than having to buy a ton of extra features you don’t need.
This is the second drone app to make the final 10 this year but this one is targeted at a very different market because you don’t need to own a drone to use it. if you’re considering using fly-through or time-lapse photography, TrueLook puts a national network of experienced drone pilots at your fingertips.
Task Management: Closeout
This is another very competitive category and Closeout is another newcomer this year. The way it handles reports straight from the construction site is where it really comes into its own. It’s well laid out and makes great use of photography.
BIM: Autodesk BIM 360
Autodesk has had a long time to perfect its software and you can see that in its BIM 360 app. It’s versatile, comprehensive, and comes highly recommended.
This app wasn’t built with the construction industry in mind but it’s ideal for it. If you’re on the road a lot between job sites, finding cheap gas is one of the easiest ways to save money and boost profit.
Canvas does what many construction apps were built for — getting rid of paper forms and tedious processes — and it does this really well. But what sets it apart from the others is its focus on great customer service. That’s a huge advantage these days.