by Karen McCandless
Published on 13 July 2015
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 remote access to this information, meaning employees can work collaboratively without being tied to a specific physical location.
These cloud apps are more sophisticated and feature rich than ever before, and can be access from any device, anytime, anywhere. The only thing you need is an internet access. Here we suggest cloud construction management apps to help meet your needs, no matter what size or type of construction business you are running.
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, email tracking, and change and contract management.
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.
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.
Corecon V7 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.
If your company focuses on custom building, rather than working on mass-produced structures, then you should consider Co-construct. 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 with the app, budgeting, photo/file sharing, and warranty tracking.
BuilderTrend combines features for pre-sales so you can land more jobs and get more accurate estimates for how much these jobs will costs; for project management to enable you to keep track of exactly where you are on a job; and for 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If none of these apps hit the spot, why not take a look at what else GetApp has to offer for your construction business.
This post was originally published on March 6th 2012, and has been updated.