This is part 3 of my ongoing series on Apps for Construction to watch in 2015.
This week I will add to the list of Apps to Watch for Construction in 2015:
1. Assemble Systems: “Instant Access to BIM Data”
Are you in need of a way to share BIM models with team members that cannot user programs such as REVIT? This powerful BIM platform is internet based and does not require massive training to use. While they may not have an IOS or Android App, the platform does work well on Windows tablets such as the Surface Pro3. The collaboration between Assemble and Kahua for punch list management works well. Assemble is working on some filtering functions, such as different colors for trades. They are also trying to see if the BIM model section views can be created in the software, meaning to show a specific view of an area.
2. Fieldlens: “Every conversation, Note, and Task in one place”
This IOS and Android app allows users to communicate with other team members in real time. This can be accomplished by taking and sharing photos, videos and notes to document observations on the project. Through a news feed view team members can keep up with events occurring on a project. Items can be sorted by category, location, and and status. The recent platform updates allows users to upload plans, connect with Revit files, and upload directly from cloud sources such as Box/DropBox/Google Drive.
3. BuildingConnected: Pre-Construction for the Modern Builder
Are you looking to expand your coverage on Subcontractor quotes for project bids? Would you like to send invitations to bid and communicate about your projects for FREE? Check out BuildingConnected for a builders looking for a complete Pre-Construction solution. Users can store all project bid documents on the platform or sync with their Box account. Any user can search the entire BuildingConnected network, create connections, and communicate about projects – all in one location.
The app is available on the Windows App Store and IOS App Store. The App provides users with an easy navigation experience to move between plan sheets, detail callouts and submittal documents. Users can start workflow items such as “redline” mark ups of plans by adding photos & videos. This is the first plan app that I have used on a tablet that allows a user to compare plans by displaying side-by-side, or overlaying like a light table. This is accomplished in the “workspace” section of the app. The App also works natively on the 55” touchscreen table that can be leased through a special arrangement with NRI.
5. GA811: Check Locates from the Field
This Mobile App for Apple iPhone and iPad devices /App for Android devices allows users to check for positive response on utility locate request from GA 811 (thee Utility Locate Center in Georgia). This app was created to allow excavators, utility owner operators and homeowners an additional method to access the Positive Response Information System, or PRIS, on their mobile devices.