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8 Unique Ways Mobile Technology Helps Contractors on the Job

Posted by Shawn McCadden on Tue, May 24,2016 @ 08:33 AM

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Contractors are joining the ranks of workers who bring their own devices to the workplace. A Texas A&M survey found that 72 percent of professional contractors now use smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at work, while 53.9 percent use laptops and 50.1 percent use tablets.

Mobile devices are assisting contractors in virtually every phase of construction, from finding clients and managing projects to making estimates and bookkeeping. Here are some of the top ways mobile technology is helping contractors on the job.

Customer Relationship Management

Any construction job starts with a client, and customer relationship management tools such as Improveit 360 make it easier to find and manage clients. The Improveit 360 app is especially designed with the needs of contractors, remodelers and home pros in mind. It includes tools for:

  • Phone and email marketing
  • Centralizing your incoming lead database
  • Tracking and managing leads
  • Preventing duplicate leads
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Sales


Invitations to Bid

apps for contractorsThe bidding process is a big part of landing clients, and bid invitation apps like SmartBidNet are designed to make it easier for you to win projects. SmartBidNet provides a communications dashboard, where you can send, receive and monitor your invitations to bid. The app includes templates to help you:

  • Formulate and start the draft bid process
  • Customize subcontractor access options
  • Share calendars to manage bid deadlines



Estimating is one of the most important and time-consuming parts of the bidding process. Construction calculator apps like BuildCalc make estimating easier by providing a spreadsheet-style layout, where you can enter and calculate bid data. BuildCalc comes with design layouts for different parts of a building to help you develop details of your estimate, material estimation tools and quick conversion tools for distance, area, volume, weight and angles.


Building Information Modeling

With today's technology, digital building information modeling is the most efficient and least expensive way to plan projects. The Autodesk app allows you to do BIM from your mobile device. The app also helps you build more efficiently and cost-effectively by letting you create 3-D models of your building projects that you can rotate and even animate.


Project Management

Once you start a construction project, use your smartphone to manage it through an app like Fieldwire, which is designed to assist construction managers and workers in the field. Fieldwire enables you to:

  • Pull up blueprints
  • Share files with your crew
  • Create and assign tasks
  • Track issues using photos from the field
  • Receive notifications when tasks are updated



osha_logo-wr.jpgSafety comes first on any project. From a technology standpoint, the Safety Meeting app makes it easier for contractors to comply with OSHA safety meeting regulations. Safety Meeting allows you to:

  • Schedule meetings
  • Pull up safety meeting topics
  • Document meetings
  • Receive incident and near miss reports


Field Data Collection

The success of any construction project depends on accurate data collection, and field data apps like Canvas make it easier for you to collect the information you need. In addition, Canvas lets you:

  • Create and fill out forms
  • Capture photos
  • Obtain GPS coordinates
  • Perform calculations
  • Send emails and files to crew members



QuickBooks for contractorsBookkeeping is a necessary chore for any contractor, and accounting apps like QuickBooks Online take much of the labor out of bookkeeping by letting you automate the most repetitive and tedious bookkeeping tasks. Use your mobile device and let QuickBooks Online:

  • Manage your cash flow
  • Send invoices
  • Accept payments
  • Scan receipts
  • Make and record deposits
  • Pay bills and expenses
  • Create monthly statements
  • Print or email reports
  • Export data into tax preparation software


Topics: Technology for Remodelers, Business Management, Customer Relations