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Designed for small to mid-sized custom-builders and remodelers, Buildertrend is an affordable web-based solution that manages all aspects of a project including scheduling, purchase orders and change orders.
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Designed for small to mid-sized custom-builders and remodelers, Buildertrend is an affordable web-based solution that manages all aspects of a project including scheduling, purchase orders and change orders.
 
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Procore is a flexible web-based solution for construction management. This SaaS application offers tools to efficiently manage work flow, bidding, project scheduling and a central dashboard with a quick snapshot of all projects.
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Procore is a flexible web-based solution for construction management. This SaaS application offers tools to efficiently manage work flow, bidding, project scheduling and a central dashboard with a quick snapshot of all projects.
 
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Developed for custom builders and remodelers, Co-construct is a web-based management solution that offers a powerful set of efficiency and productivity tools to make the process of custom home building streamlined and effortless.
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Developed for custom builders and remodelers, Co-construct is a web-based management solution that offers a powerful set of efficiency and productivity tools to make the process of custom home building streamlined and effortless.
 
Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) logo
 
Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsize construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a home builder. Suitable for companies that... Read More
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Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsize construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a home builder. Suitable for companies that... Read More
 
ConEst IntelliBid logo
 
ConEst IntelliBid is a job cost estimating system designed specifically for commercial, industrial and residential electrical contractors. At its core, IntelliBid is a bid management and cost estimating system that helps contractors... Read More
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ConEst IntelliBid is a job cost estimating system designed specifically for commercial, industrial and residential electrical contractors. At its core, IntelliBid is a bid management and cost estimating system that helps contractors... Read More

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On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential... Read More
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On-Screen Takeoff is a construction estimating and takeoff solutions for contractors and construction professionals. The solution offers tools for estimating, managing bids and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential... Read More
 
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RedTeam is a commercial construction project management solution suited for midsize commercial construction companies. It is a cloud application developed by contractors to manage pre-construction, construction, as well as project... Read More
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RedTeam is a commercial construction project management solution suited for midsize commercial construction companies. It is a cloud application developed by contractors to manage pre-construction, construction, as well as project... Read More
 
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ComputerEase has become a household name as a leader in construction project management and accounting software. Used by more than 6,000 contractors, this solution is popular due to its ease-of-use and versatility.
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ComputerEase has become a household name as a leader in construction project management and accounting software. Used by more than 6,000 contractors, this solution is popular due to its ease-of-use and versatility.
 
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A leader in accounting software for the construction industry, Foundation is a flexible Microsoft SQL-based solution that offers job costing, scheduling and project management.
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A leader in accounting software for the construction industry, Foundation is a flexible Microsoft SQL-based solution that offers job costing, scheduling and project management.

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STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes in most trades. With STACK Estimating, users are able to produce bids... Read More
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STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes in most trades. With STACK Estimating, users are able to produce bids... Read More
 
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Spectrum Construction Software provides complete construction management, combining accounting, job cost and project management software in one cloud-based application. Spectrum is developed by Dexter + Chaney, a technology company... Read More
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Spectrum Construction Software provides complete construction management, combining accounting, job cost and project management software in one cloud-based application. Spectrum is developed by Dexter + Chaney, a technology company... Read More
 
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and midsize contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premise or in the cloud, the solution enables... Read More
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and midsize contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premise or in the cloud, the solution enables... Read More
 
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Industry leader Jonas Enterprise offers contractors an integrated suite of robust accounting, job costing, and project management applications. We recommend this software to companies in almost every construction vertical.
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Industry leader Jonas Enterprise offers contractors an integrated suite of robust accounting, job costing, and project management applications. We recommend this software to companies in almost every construction vertical.
 
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eSUB is a mobile application and cloud-based project management solution that helps commercial subcontractors across various trades to manage day-to-day operations. eSUB offers tools to connect field workers with office managers and... Read More
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eSUB is a mobile application and cloud-based project management solution that helps commercial subcontractors across various trades to manage day-to-day operations. eSUB offers tools to connect field workers with office managers and... Read More

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Paskr Project Management Suite logo
 
Paskr is a complete project management solution that oversees all details from concept to closeout. This flexible SaaS solution updates projects and budgets in real-time and offers centralized data and mobile applications.
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Paskr is a complete project management solution that oversees all details from concept to closeout. This flexible SaaS solution updates projects and budgets in real-time and offers centralized data and mobile applications.
 
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PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home... Read More
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PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home... Read More
 
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QuoteSoft is a takeoff, estimating and bid management solution developed to meet the unique needs of piping, plumbing and ductwork contractors. QuoteSoft is an industry-specific solution that is used by more than 3,000 contractors... Read More
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QuoteSoft is a takeoff, estimating and bid management solution developed to meet the unique needs of piping, plumbing and ductwork contractors. QuoteSoft is an industry-specific solution that is used by more than 3,000 contractors... Read More
 
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JOBPOWER is an integrated construction accounting management system. JOBPOWER includes accounting, detailed job costing, construction oriented billing, payroll by job, and many additional features designed for contractors. JOBPOWER... Read More
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JOBPOWER is an integrated construction accounting management system. JOBPOWER includes accounting, detailed job costing, construction oriented billing, payroll by job, and many additional features designed for contractors. JOBPOWER... Read More
 
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FastEST, Inc. is the United States based developers of takeoff and estimating solution designed specifically for plumbing, mechanical, HVAC and sheet metal contractors. FastPIPE and FastDUCT are two of the company's comprehensive... Read More
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FastEST, Inc. is the United States based developers of takeoff and estimating solution designed specifically for plumbing, mechanical, HVAC and sheet metal contractors. FastPIPE and FastDUCT are two of the company's comprehensive... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: May 27, 2017


Mobile construction applications (or "apps") are almost a necessity these days. Modern construction professionals can use them to:

  • Draw up plans
  • Communicate change orders
  • Calculate precise estimates

We created this guide to help construction professionals understand how they can benefit from these apps. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Are Construction Apps?
Common Features of Apps for iOS and Android Devices
Construction Apps Pricing
The Vendor Landscape
Key Considerations When Selecting Construction Apps

What Are Construction Apps?

Increasingly, construction professionals have sought to harness the power of mobile devices to do their jobs more effectively. In response, more and more construction software vendors are offering companion applications (some being fully featured while others only offer a few core features) for iOS, Android and Windows smart devices.

The flexibility these apps provide allows construction professionals to be where they’re needed most—at the work site instead of the office—while still being able to execute on critical tasks.

Screenshot of iOS and Android construction management apps

Example of iOS and Android construction management apps

One important thing to note is that some construction apps are not standalone apps, meaning that you will have to have purchased the desktop or subscription software before you can use the app. These “paired” apps are generally free from the app store but will not work unless you have an associated account with the software vendor.

On the other hand, some construction apps are standalone, meaning you can purchase them from the app store without having to purchase or subscribe to any additional software or services. Standalone apps, while cheaper in general, might not be as fully featured as apps that are paired with traditional software.

This guide covers general construction management apps. To see our guide specifically for electrician apps, click here.

Common Features of Apps for iOS and Android Devices

Here are some common features you’ll find in many mobile construction management apps both Android and iOS:

Estimates Allows users to digitally create estimates for construction projects on the spot. Users can then sync the estimates back to their office system. Most cost estimator apps will have a material costs database that is regularly updated with market prices.
Bid management Allows users to create, manage and send out bids for construction contracts.
Change orders Allows users to receive—and in some cases carry out—change orders to plans and blueprints from customers.
Project management Allows users to monitor project status and track the time it takes to complete various project stages.
Customer relationship management Allows users to organize and store customer information and work order information associated with that account.
Document control Manages documents, bids, RFQs and other important documents in one place so the user can easily find and edit them.
Scheduling Users can schedule jobs and plan where and when to schedule their crews. Typically integrates with project management features to give users a total view of scheduling for a project.
Blueprints Some apps will allow the user to draw up and modify existing blueprints, allowing the user to export the blueprint in a variety of file formats.

Construction Apps Pricing

In general, construction software is priced one of two ways: subscription pricing or a perpetual license. With subscription, you typically pay a monthly fee to use the software. That monthly fee is usually dependent on the size of your business or the volume of construction work your business does.

With a perpetual license, you pay a one-time fee upfront and can use the software indefinitely. However, even with a perpetual license, you might have to pay annual fees for support, maintenance and/or upgrades. The lifecycle for perpetual licensed software runs around five years, meaning you’ll likely want to upgrade to something new at that point.

When it comes to mobile construction apps, you likely won’t pay anything to use the mobile version of construction software that you are already using, unless the mobile version offers separate features or applications. You may have to pay more for standalone apps that are not paired with other software.

The Vendor Landscape

There are many vendors that offer construction management apps—each targeting different segments and business sizes within the construction industry. Whether you’re a solo general contractor or a multinational construction company, there is a solution to meet your mobile needs.

Below are some of the most popular vendors with mobile offerings:

BuilderTREND

BuilderTREND’s mobile application includes project management, CRM and time tracking

BuilderTREND offers a fully-featured construction project management and customer relationship management (CRM) application for iOS devices. Users can do everything on BuilderTREND’s mobile app that they can do with its desktop web application.

Co-Construct

Co-Construct’s mobile app includes project management, time tracking and scheduling

Co-Construct features project management and document control capabilities (such as managing plans, estimates, bids, etc.), allowing users to track and document the progress of their projects. Users can send, receive and edit documents via the mobile app.

Procore

Procore’s mobile app includes project management, scheduling and document control

Procore’s mobile application helps with managing bids, document control and blueprint creation by allowing users to access all of a project’s data when they are out on the job site.

Users can access Procore’s main features via the mobile application, allowing them to make changes to plans, check off completed tasks and monitor the status of requests for information (RFIs) they have sent out.

Key Considerations When Selecting Construction Apps

Mobile applications have taken the construction industry by storm in recent years, making contractors’ jobs easier and preventing many headaches. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, when making your selection.

Wireless availability. If you’re a contractor on-the-go in rural areas or areas without great cellular or data service, consider how well the mobile app will work for you. Does it require being online to use, or can it sync data later when it is connected? If it’s the former, you might want to look at other options.

Multiple users. If multiple people in your business are going to use a mobile application, consider what it will take to get everyone trained on it. Also consider how advanced the user permissions are. For example, you might want to limit certain functionalities to certain users so inadvertent changes can’t be made to a set of blueprints.

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