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10 Best Cloud Construction Apps

by Karen McCandless
Published on 13 July 2015

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Update (07/18/17): This post has been updated to include new screenshots and pricing information.

Running a construction company isn't easy. Sometimes, the list of challenges seems endless: managing projects, subcontractors, bids, scheduling, and not only your workers that are on different sites, but also those spread across the globe, to name just a few.

While technology can help, one of the greatest limitations for construction businesses using software on a single computer is that the information can only be accessed from one location. Cloud-based construction software allows users remote access to this information, meaning employees can work collaboratively without being tied to a specific physical location.

These cloud construction management apps can be accessed from any device, anytime, anywhere - the only thing you'll need is an internet access. Below we'll suggest ten cloud construction management apps to help meet your needs, no matter what size or type of construction business you're running.

If you want an all-in-one solution

Procore

Managing projects in an efficient and collaborative way is key for any construction company. Procore aims to be the one-stop-shop for a wide range of different businesses in the industry, with a ton of useful features including budgeting, document management, bidding, draw tools and draw requests, email tracking, and change and contract management.

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Procore integrates with a host of useful solutions you may already be using in your business, such as SAGE for accounting, Box for collaboration and file sharing, and Microsoft Project for project management.

Price: Procore is available on a subscription basis, with unlimited users and data. Contact Procore directly for product demos and pricing quotes.

If you want to manage your mobile workers

Synchroteam

Workers in the construction industry are a mobile bunch. This is where Synchroteam steps in, as it helps construction companies to more efficiently manage their mobile workers, simplify their processes, and optimize their costs per revenue. This intuitive field service solution comes with scheduling, dispatching, tracking and reporting capabilities.

Synchroteam also integrates with Zoho CRM and QuickBooks for accounting.

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Price: Synchroteam's annual pricing is $22 per user per month, whereas monthly pricing is $28 per user per month.

If you want to automate your processes

Corecon

Corecon is a cloud-based suite of software for estimating, project management, job cost control, scheduling, and collaboration. It is specifically designed for general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, homebuilders, architects, and engineers who are looking to automate their entire field and back-office operations.

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Price: A package for five employees costs $100 per month, with enhanced packages available for more employees.

If you're a custom builder

CoConstruct

If your company focuses on custom building, rather than working on mass-produced structures, then you should consider cloud-based CoConstruct. The software is designed to accommodate plans and materials that change constantly, with a raft of useful features to help including scheduling, client communication from within the app, budgeting, photo/file sharing, and warranty tracking.

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Price: CoConstruct prices start at $99 per month.

If you're a residential construction company

Buildertrend

Buildertrend combines features for pre-sales so you can land more jobs and get more accurate estimates for how much these jobs will costs. It also has project management features that enable you to keep track of exactly where you are on a job and a CRM so you can get feedback from your clients and track payments. While the software is web-based, it has complementary mobile apps for Android and iOS.

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Price: Buildertrend prices start at $99 per month, however, prices depend on the number of annual projects and type of projects undertaken.

If you want to improve collaboration

Textura

Textura can help boost productivity and improve collaboration (which is key when communicating with other sites, contractors, and customers) with its set of tools for the construction industry. These tools cover the entire project lifecycle - from design and pre-qualification to bid management, submittals and payment - on a single, integrated platform.

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Price: Contact Textura directly for pricing quotes.

If you want an all-round ERP for construction

PENTA

Going beyond traditional construction industry ERP software, PENTA also incorporates enterprise-wide document, content and business process management capabilities. This helps to ensure that engineering and construction firms' best practices are leveraged more consistently.

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Price: Contact PENTA directly for pricing quotes.

If you want to manage contractor bids

SmartBidNet

Commercial builders rejoice: SmartBidNet provides easy-to-use and fully-featured construction bid software. The cloud-based dashboard provides an overview and access to all documents related to projects and subcontractors, while also allowing you to pre-qualify subcontractors and invite them to bid.

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Price: Contact SmartBidNet directly for pricing quotes.

If you want a Dropbox alternative for construction

SKYSITE

Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, or the variety of other file sharing and document repository solutions serve their purpose, but what if you could have a product that was specifically geared towards the construction industry? Enter SKYSITE, which allows you to access up-to-date drawings, specs, and other documents from any device in real time. It's really easy to search, share, and organize documents, while offering security and IT management features.

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Price: SKYSITE prices start at $39 per month.

If you want to keep visual records of what you're building

Multivista

Keeping visual records of your construction projects from start to finish is key, which is where Multivista's photography, video, and webcam services come in. The video and webcam services offer on demand access to the site anytime, anywhere, while the photographs are inspection-grade quality. The cloud-based solution hosts all of the documentation online, allowing 24/7 access.

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Price: Contact Multivista directly for pricing quotes.

What next?

If none of these apps hit the spot, why not take a look at what else GetApp has to offer for your construction business:

Original article published on March 6th, 2012.


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