Project managers in today’s construction industry are faced with a situation whereby the fundamental roles and functions they perform are witnessing a gradual shift in focus. We’re hearing more and more rumbles about how technology is driving solutions within an industry riddled with process and communication challenges.
To maintain their professional competency, practising project managers in construction adapt to this changing industry environment by relying on knowledge and industry collaboration to keep abreast of trends within the industry.
Project managers are beginning to embrace new techniques to drive efficiencies and improve communications. Awareness of what processes can be transitioned digitally in real-time on cloud based platforms is proving to be a growing trend. However, a survey by construction apps advisory firm Software Advice recently found that 50% of construction companies are still using manual methods to log, process and track on-site activity. Obviously failure to embrace new practices may leave companies lagging behind those who digitally adapt.
Here’s some of the most popular Apps which are being adopted to improve process, communication and collaboration.
PlanGrid makes the top app list every year because of its ease in letting contractors and architects collaborate on all their project plans, specs and photos. It also allows the team to track revisions in real time. Available for Android, Windows and Apple.
iNeoSyte – developed by a construction-project manager, iNeoSyte is a management app that allows you to generate daily reports from your sites. Site owners and managers can keep track of contractors and subcontractors, their progress, and health and safety performance.
Autodesk’s suite of apps contains everything from BIM to a sketchbook app. One of its newest apps, Site Scan, is an aerial analytics platform designed to survey, scan and inspect commercial worksites by way of a 3DR drone.
GenieBelt – the European startup company has designed an app that connects the office and field. It allows users to observe live project updates, reports and tasks from all projects. Available on Android and iOS.
SiteDiary launched in April and already has more than 1,000 users in 20 countries. The app saves time by generating custom reports and sharing progress and issues. It also allows for real-time site progress and monitoring. Available on iOS, Android and Windows devices.
The Quiicker app launched in 2016 and is designed to replace standard systems used to manage construction projects. It allows users to generate to-do lists and instantly share construction reports using photos, annotations and signatures — all in a .pdf format. Available for Apple devices.
Fieldwire – the task management app lets project leaders and foremen delegate jobs and tasks, whether they’re in the field or office. Users can create tasks tied to blueprints, job sites or projects, and categorize tasks by job type and share drawings and more with co-workers. Available for Apple, Windows and Android devices.
iAuditor – the app by SafetyCulture allows users to build checklists, conduct inspections and file reports from your Apple, Android and Windows devices. You can standardize your inspection process and review performance with various teams, locations, templates and more, even when you’re offline.