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Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors and general contractors. It combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management and service... Read More
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Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors and general contractors. It combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management and service... Read More
 
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CoConstruct is a project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once, and have that data... Read More
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CoConstruct is a project, financial, and client management system for custom home builders and remodelers. It is the only single-entry estimating system that allows each user to enter a piece of information once, and have that data... Read More
 
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Procore is a cloud-based construction management software application that helps firms increase their project efficiency and accountability by providing streamlined project communication and documentation. Users are able to manage... Read More
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Procore is a cloud-based construction management software application that helps firms increase their project efficiency and accountability by providing streamlined project communication and documentation. Users are able to manage... 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
 
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

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Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... Read More
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Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... 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 was founded in 1983. Since then, the vendor has built a large customer base of over 6,000 contractors. It offers a fully integrated construction management suite with accounting, project management and service management... Read More
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ComputerEase was founded in 1983. Since then, the vendor has built a large customer base of over 6,000 contractors. It offers a fully integrated construction management suite with accounting, project management and service management... 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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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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Viewpoint Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating capabilities... Read More
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Viewpoint Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating capabilities... Read More

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FOUNDATION® construction accounting software is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud. The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and... Read More
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FOUNDATION® construction accounting software is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud. The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and... Read More
 
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Accubid offers an estimating program for electrical contractors. The solution offers both cost estimating and digital plan takeoff capabilities in its electrical estimating system. The estimating application can be sold on a best-of-breed... Read More
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Accubid offers an estimating program for electrical contractors. The solution offers both cost estimating and digital plan takeoff capabilities in its electrical estimating system. The estimating application can be sold on a best-of-breed... Read More
 
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Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read More
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Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read More
 
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
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CMiC offers a fully integrated ERP system that caters to the needs to builders, design teams, and architects across the construction industry. The solution can be deployed locally on a server, or hosted in the cloud, and offers modules... Read More
 
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PASKR is a cloud-based project and bidding management software designed for contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry. The solution streamlines activities right from bidding to closeout, allowing businesses to spend... Read More
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PASKR is a cloud-based project and bidding management software designed for contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry. The solution streamlines activities right from bidding to closeout, allowing businesses to spend... Read More

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InEight Estimate is construction software that enables multi-user collaboration throughout the estimating process. InEight Estimate can be used to estimate projects of any size, across all construction and capital projects markets... Read More
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InEight Estimate is construction software that enables multi-user collaboration throughout the estimating process. InEight Estimate can be used to estimate projects of any size, across all construction and capital projects markets... Read More
 
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TurboBid is a powerful estimating software solution that makes it easy for even the smallest contractor to complete accurate, consistent and professional estimates regardless of the type of work, whether it's new residential, light... Read More
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TurboBid is a powerful estimating software solution that makes it easy for even the smallest contractor to complete accurate, consistent and professional estimates regardless of the type of work, whether it's new residential, light... 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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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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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: September 20, 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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