It can can a challenge to search for and learn about new construction focused apps and software. One of my goals for 2016 is to share more information about new apps and software that I am using or think are relevant to the construction industry. This week I have selected five unique platforms to discuss that can benefit your construction business that you may not have heard of before…

Spreaker: This innovative platform is used by the JBKnowledge #ConTechtrio to record and distribute our weekly podcast show. Podcasters can record this shows on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. The platform is easy to use and provides in platform mixers, audio control and sound effects! For those podcasters that conduct long distance interviews Spreaker offers a Skype integration for the desktop recording. Users can also connect other platforms such as iTunes, YouTube and SoundCloud.

CCS Safety: Has your company made the transition from paper based safety documentation to digital? Is your team looking for a new safety platform and app to try out? The CCS Safety app offer companies a new mobile app that is connected to a web based hub to store and analyze safety documentation. The platform is built on the premise of “Team Learning” where incidents are documented. The platform also has a built in hospital locator function to use during an emergency.

eSub: Is your company a Subcontractor working for several general contractors? Are you working with several different platforms for each project? Do you need a single platform to manage your workflows, data, and project information? eSub provides a platform for companies to manage workflows such as Submittals, Document Approvals, RFI’s, and Change Orders. The platform provides users with real time updates through a internet based platform and mobile application.

Share My Tool Box: How does your company track the location of equipment and tools? Have you tried barcodes, QR codes, and spreadsheets? What about employee owned tools? Those seem to always be commingled in with company tools. Are you looking for an easy to use tool tracking app for IOS devices? Share My Tool Box (SMTB) offers users a unique app that can track both company tools and personal tools. This is accomplished with an app that catalogues tools by entering tool specific information such as make, model, and serial number.

BIM Track: Has your company started using 3D modeling for projects? Is your company working with others to try and coordinate a project model? BIM Track is a cloud based platform that allows users to coordinate BIM workflows in real time. BIM Track centralizes all the model data in one platform to streamline the coordination process. Users can create and edit issues, manage teams, and even set up email notifications. The platforms also offers charts and metrics to help you understand and manage the data in a model. The platform supports both IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and BCF (BIM Collaboration Format).  

Have you heard about or tried any of these platforms? If so please a comment below…