The construction industry is massive and rakes in billions of dollars worldwide, yet offers very little margin of error to construction companies, builders and contractors. With smartphones and apps making life easier for everyone else, why should the construction industry be left behind? The iPhone has been the most popular smartphone for some time, but Android-powered devices have taken the market by storm and eaten into Apple’s market share. If you are an Android device user and are worried about the lack of apps for Android phones, then don’t be. Google’s revamped Play Store is lush with functional apps, especially for those in the construction industry. The cost for these apps varies greatly, but there are a few gems within the treasure trove that you can have at absolutely no cost. Here are the 3 best free android apps for builders and contractors:
Tradies App Starter
It is only fair to start off by disclosing that the Tradies App Starter does have a paid full-version. However, the free starter version of the app is often good enough for most purposes. For a general contractor, the Tradies app can helps save a lot of time and money. As far as site management is concerned, no other Android app does it as well as Tradies, no matter if you are a contractor, electrician or plumber. The app contains 8 additional mini-apps that can be unlocked by purchasing them individually. This allows you to try the app out before making a purchase commitment. Also, you only pay for the mini-apps that you require and not the whole suite which you may never use. A site diary, the ability to send RFIs directly, and being able to generate quotes and invoices with ease are just some of the highlights of this wonderful app.
Having a reference guide at your fingertips can be invaluable for any builder and that is exactly what Engineering Libraries seeks to provide. It is a very handy app that is incredibly popular and can be found on every builder and engineer’s Android smartphone. The app provides reference notes for working with various materials, including wood, steel and concrete. The guide consists of various reference notes that can be used by builders and engineers in the US, Canada, EU and Australia. The biggest limitation of the app is that the user interface is not exactly user-friendly and it can prove to be buggy at times.
Good planning is one of the most important steps in carrying out a successful project. AutoCAD is the industrial standard when it comes to all planning and design requirements in the construction business. AutoCAD WS gives an Android smartphone user the power to view, edit and share AutoCAD files on the go. This is very helpful for contractors who need to makes changes to plans on the go. The app can create PDF files of the plans so that they can easily be e-mailed and shared. In addition, you can work on the files offline and then upload them whenever you wish to.
In the construction industry, time and budget are of the essence, but quality cannot be sacrificed either. These 3 apps help builders and contractors achieve their construction goals with minimum hassle.
Stuart Peterson is an avid tech blogger who works as a senior manager in an Australian based Design Management company.